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.
For the sake of clarifying the ballet's story line, Holmes has turned the pas de deux
, a dance for two, into a dance for three - Conrad, Ali and Medora.
He was at the program setting two pas de deux
to Spanish and Latino music.
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
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.
But don't think for a moment that the Russian dancers get much pleasure from night after night of greatest-hits pas de deux
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 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.
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.
I figured out what I could do with the steps in that first slinky pas de deux
Consider Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones in the Black Swan pas de deux
, she stitching fouettes for days, he soaring for the stars, both rewing up audiences with consummate showmanship.
The traditional choreography for the White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux
was left intact, as was that for the four cygnets (mostly).
In the bedroom pas de deux
, Romeo, wrapped around Juliet from behind, guides her hand up her leg and across her body, past her open lips and into his mouth, as if tasting her love.