Steamboat Dance Theatre show opens Thursday
March 9, 2011
Steamboat Springs — In her second year as Steamboat Dance Theatre director, Tiana Buschmann is not afraid to compare this year's production with last year's.
With 18 pieces, more than 130 dancers and a central theme of Montage in Motion, Buschmann said this year's version, the 39th annual, would be much better.
"The idea this year is that it's so cohesive," said Buschmann, who oversees the artistic portion of the show. "It has one concept that flows through the entire show. In the past, it's been very individual pieces. It was more recitalish. This year, it's a production and not just a dance show."
The program features choreographed dances in styles including ballet, belly dance, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, hoop dance and line dance.
The two-hour show opens at 7 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $20 for reserved seating and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at All That Jazz.
The 2 p.m. Saturday performance will be a children's show, when a free child ticket will be available with each adult ticket purchase.
The change in this year's show has all the dances taking on different movies. There will be an "Alice in Wonderland" set, a "Godfather" set, an "Inception" set and a James Bond set, among others.
"There are a number of different individual pieces to something that has some sort of cohesiveness," said Kelly Erickson, one of the show's producers. "You have that theme and connection."
In addition to the 130-plus dancers, about 30 volunteers help put on the show.
The shows usually sell out or nearly sell out, so Buschmann and Erickson encouraged people to buy tickets as soon as possible.
Proceeds from concert tickets and sponsorships cover the cost of the production and support Steamboat Dance Theatre's outreach projects. Those projects include a scholarship program offering financial assistance for Routt County students to take dance classes, a biannual concert series featuring nationally recognized dance companies, and workshops and master classes by guest artists.
"For people who haven't seen the show, it's a great opportunity to see people in this community that they know in a different light," Erickson said. "It's a great show of the depth of talent this community has to offer."
— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@SteamboatToday.com
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