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Review: Winging It

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3 stars

Artsgarden, Oct. 3; directed by Victoria Lyras. "Winging It," a demonstration/lecture showed the way classical ballet dancers learn, warm up, choreograph and utilize this precise training to open themselves to the eclectic requirements of the real world of dance. Paul Vitali and Victoria Lyras choreographed a waltz ballet that the young dancers carried from the opening graceful, pensive mood to sparkling joyfulness, radiance — then back to a reflective mood. Each of the sections flowed into each other with constantly changing configurations allowing each of the ten dancers to star and participate as part of groupings in flowing swoops, turns and leaps. Emily Nord Womersley choreographed a flirty tap work to 1940s music by the Andrew Sisters and Bette Midler. Dancers in the three sets expressed the lyrics' range of emotions while changing up tricky dance steps and ending in a rousing kick-line. For "Save the Last Dance," Scott Jovovich set Fosse moves to perfection and the dancers embraced them with total delight, sizzling with attitude. These 8-to-18-year-olds are polished young professionals capable of excellence in a range of genres, and enticed people who pass through the Artsgarden to linger and watch.

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