Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp dancers rehearse the new work “First Contact” by Adam Barruch this week in preparation for Evening of Dance this weekend. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp dancers rehearse the new work “First Contact” by Adam Barruch this week in preparation for Evening of Dance this weekend. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Perry-Mansfield's Evening of Dance returns to Steamboat

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Past Event

Evening of Dance at Perry-Mansfield

  • Friday, July 20, 2012, 8 p.m.
  • Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Center, 40755 County Road 36, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $25

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Past Event

Evening of Dance at Perry-Mansfield

  • Saturday, July 21, 2012, 8 p.m.
  • Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Center, 40755 County Road 36, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $25

More

— For the past 10 summers, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp faculty member and dancer Jennifer Golonka has watched her students grow as artists in their weeks at the prestigious performing arts school near Steamboat Springs.

But she was subject to a transformation, as well.

“This opportunity has offered me the chance to grow as an artist, a choreographer, a teacher and a person,” she said. “I grew up here as an artist.”

In celebration of a decade at the school, Golonka choreographed a new piece called “Impact,” a fusion of her modern style and traditional pointe ballet in a nod to her ballerina career.

“I haven’t ever put my work onto a pointe shoe,” she said. “The dancers are just doing an amazing job.”

The piece will be one of nine works in this year’s Evening of Dance performance, which opened Thursday and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The show takes place in the campus’s Main Studio and costs $25.

The nine pieces are one more than the show usually offers, but the wealth of new and repertory works is pushing this year’s program to new heights.

Six of the pieces are new works created in the past few weeks and months.

From aerial dance on canvas slings and ropes to the Israeli-born movement language of gaga dance, the pieces challenged the young Pre-Professional Intensive dance students throughout the past five weeks.

This year’s program runs the gamut of jazz to modern, playful to darkly intense.

Three repertory pieces include a collection of excerpts from Paul Taylor’s “Aureole,” an iconic work celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Thang Dao’s piece he developed for the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival this summer and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” also will be performed this weekend.

“These kids this year are fantastic,” said faculty member and choreographer Ernesta Corvino.

A month ago, her baroque-inspired ballet piece, “Il Giardinetto,” was just a rough cut, and this weekend, it comes to life in costume and under full lights.

“They dance it beautifully,” Corvino said.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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