Currently, only a select few dance studios are able to offer classes on Pas De Deux
as a result of the extremely small number of remaining qualified instructors.
Sandra Chapman of the Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum said: "The aim of Pas de Deux
has always been to remove any perceived barriers to accessing dance or cultural activities by bringing the theatre to the beach and ultimately to the classroom.
From that fateful finger-prick, the ballet is off and running with a remarkable assortment of solos, pas de deux
and character dances including Lilac Fairy, Tenderness Fairy, Diamond Fairy, the Bluebird pas de deux
, and the duets of beloved fairy tale characters who serve as entertainment at the wedding, including Puss-and-Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf.
Pas de Deux
will see dancing at five locations in and around the bay.
Next is the remarkable grand pas de deux
from Don Quixote, followed by the company premieres of Jose Limon's masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane, and the imaginative Stravinsky Violin Concerto by George Balanchine.
He will keep the famous Le Corsaire pas de deux
(which was actually not part of the original).
Corella will be dancing the so-called slave pas de deux
with Ananiashvili, a former member of the Bolshoi Ballet who joined America Ballet Theatre in 1993, and who received Dance Magazine's prestigious annual award for extraordinary contributions to dance.
Medina-Gellago recently performed Ali in Le Corsaire pas de deux
and then slapped on his pointe shoes to dance Odile in the Black Swan pas de deux
("That adagio alone is seven minutes long," he groans).
If being a principal dancer with one of the world's leading ballet companies were not enough, Bocca started his own dance troupe, Ballet Argentino, a decade ago, wanting to give other young dancers from Argentina the chance to develop and dance works other than the standard ballet troupe fare of the top 10 grand pas de deux
He was at the program setting two pas de deux
to Spanish and Latino music.
But don't think for a moment that the Russian dancers get much pleasure from night after night of greatest-hits pas de deux
A polished performer, Scheller dazzles in the demanding Ballo della Regina, but impresses most with her exhilarating performances of the Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
, a role she first performed with Julio Bocca on his summer tour in 2005.
The carefree pas de deux
with the cartoon character Jerry the mouse in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), which Paula Abdul admittedly copied for her "Opposites Attract" music video four decades later.
While most of the work, especially a bouncy male solo perfect for the highflying Randy Herrera, takes a quick, happy tone, the most interesting choreography comes in the pas de deux
called "Canzonetta" (a musical term that defines the light, airy song that accompanies this section).
The lifts in the final pas de deux
are remarkable: Aminta looks like he's taking hold of a statue--Sylvia's all in one piece--rather than a dancer.