Steamboat Dance Theatre back for 41st year
March 12, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Roddy Beall stood in the lobby of Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday night stretching his arms across his body and laughing.
He was admittedly anxious.
"I'm nervous," he said. "I'm so nervous."
Beall is entering new territory with his choreographed piece titled "The Future of Man."
It's not that Beall is new to dance. He's done Steamboat Dance Theatre three times, was in Steamboat's version of “Dancing With the Stars” and spent years in Boulder in an African troupe called Logo Ligi.
But for the second time in the 41-year history of Steamboat Dance Theatre, there will be a dance with an all-male cast.
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"Roddy met me out on the dance floor one night," said Jordan Worden, who was recruited by Beall after doing a backflip at The Tap House Sports Grill one evening. "He asked me if I wanted to do it. I love it. It's one of the best things I've ever done."
The first show is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. There are also 7 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday and a children's matinee at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $20 for reserved seating. One child gets in free with an adult for the children’s matinee.
Tickets are available here.
The theme of the show is world travel. It features 12 pieces, including hip-hop, country, aerial, hoop, belly dancing, jazz and modern dance, among others.
After last year’s performance, several longtime Dance Theatre choreographers stepped down.
"It'll make it a unique show," Producer Janet Peasley said. "There is a lot of fresh choreography and dances."
Maybe none more so than Beall's. It features 14 dancers, half of whom never have danced onstage. Beall recruited the dancers in his piece by going to dance parties and reaching out to athletic teams, which is appropriate considering Beall described the feeling before a performance as similar to “how it feels in a locker room before a game."
"I love dance for the same reason I love sports," Beall said.
Beall's theme was derived from his work with Integrated Community and his hope to bring more men into the production. It's the first all-male dance piece in years, Peasley said. The last one featured men in drag.
"It's different," said 12-year-old Marty St. Pierre, who has danced for seven years mostly with girls. "It's not what you see every day. Usually, it's a ton of girls and maybe a few guys. Roddy really did well with this piece. It's not the most technical, but it's the most creative."
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com
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