Old dances, new dancers

Steamboat Dance Theatre presents Fall Dance Review this weekend


What: Steamboat Ballet Theatre presents a "Fall Dance Review" When: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Steamboat Springs High School auditorium Tickets: Tickets are $10 and go on sale in the box office at 5:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

To give her dancers another chance on stage, Stephanie Reese has added a fall show to the Steamboat Ballet Theatre's performance schedule.

The "Fall Dance Review" features intermediate and advanced dancers from her dance classes. Reese took her favorite pieces from the long list of pieces she has put on Steamboat Springs stages.

Dancers will perform "Forgotten Swans," which was the first piece Reese choreographed. It hasn't been on stage since she was a teacher at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in 1999, before starting her own dance studio.

This will be the last year for dancers Meghan MacNamara and Tara Delancey, who are graduating seniors.

"(Delancey) has the lead in the last piece, which is an intense jazz number called 'Colors,'" Reese said. In "Colors," dancers dress in brightly colored leotards with silver wigs.

"I wanted to give the girls a chance to do pieces they saw when they were younger," Reese said. "It's been a while, I thought why not do it? "

Because most of the work had been performed before and already was choreographed, the Fall Dance Review came together in less than five weeks, Reese said.

Dancers met at Reese's studio every Saturday and practiced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reese made muffins for breakfast and another instructor would bring lunch for the girls.

Longtime Steamboat dance audiences will recognize pieces such as "Water Edge," which Reese choreographed in 2003. The movement is lyrical, following the music of Sarah Brightman.

"It's my favorite piece that I've ever done. It's so moving," Reese said. "It's spiritual."

Dancers also will perform "Dream Catcher," an upbeat pointe piece staged in 2001, a can-can piece from 2002 and Reese's first Metallica ballet.

"I'm kind of know for (Metallica ballets)," Reese said. "Whenever I go down to Denver now (to the Manhattan Dance Project), they expect to see one."

The style of dance required to keep up with a Metallica song Reese calls "aggressive ballet."

The only two original pieces are a hip hop piece choreographed by Mary Ruppert and a modern piece choreographed by Lisa Harner.

Each of the 25 dancers in the Fall Dance Review has parts in eight dances. To facilitate all the necessary costume changes, Reese inserted video footage from rehearsal between dances.

"It's behind-the-scenes life in the studio," Reese said. Reese did much of the filming, as did her 4r-year-old daughter, Maggie Hunter, and 14-year-old dancer Hannah Greene.

Greene's aunt, Cathleen Ahern, who works for WB2 in Denver, edited the three hours of footage into eight five-minute segments.


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