JDU to present spring show

Juneau Dance Unlimited dancers, from left, Natalie Millay, Carraig New and Misha Culver rehearse for their upcoming performance, "Ballet/Broadway/Bollywood" May 3-5.

Juneau Dance Unlimited will present their spring concert, “Ballet, Broadway, Bollywood!” this weekend, May 3-5, at the TMHS auditorium. Friday and Saturday’s performances are at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 2 p.m.


The show will include the full-length classical ballet “Paquita,” with all new costumes. Other highlights include Broadway pieces choreographed by Bob Fosse; new choreography by Ricci Adan, Julie Tran and Becky Engstrom; and solos by JDU dancers Misha Culver and Máire New.

The ballet portion of the program includes a performance of “Paquita,” JDU’s first full-length ballet other than the Nutcracker. Choreographed by Marius Petipa with music by Ludwig Minkus, the ballet was first staged in 1847, and is considered an important piece in the classical ballet repertoire.

Broadway numbers include four choreographed by Fosse: “The Aloof,” “The Heavyweight” and “The Big Finish” from the Broadway musical “Sweet Charity,” nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man,” Fosse’s tribute to Fred Astaire from “Dancin’.”

Bollywood (a name that combines the words Bombay and Hollywood) will be represented in “Shakalaka Baby,” choreographed by Ricci Adan, which features music by A. R. Rahman from the musical “Bombay Dreams.” Bollywood dancing blends the tradition of Indian classical or folk dance styles, with the influence of Western dance styles, such as jazz, hip-hop and modern.

Student solos are “Underground Storm,” choreographed and danced by Misha Culver, and “La Valse d’Amèlie,” choreographed and danced by Máire New, both modern dance pieces.

Culver choreographed her piece, “Underground Storm” featuring music by Burkhard Dallwitz, for an audition for the Alvin Ailey School summer intensive in New York City and for the TMHS Dance Team Season Finale. She was inspired by women’s strength and their bravery throughout war after studying women’s rights, and a desire to show how women have persevered in difficult times throughout history.

New danced the “La Valse d’Amèlie,” at Youth America Grand Prix for the Seattle Regional competition this past February. In her choreography she was inspired by the lyrical and flowing quality of the music from the film “Amèlie,” written by Yann Tiersen. The message she hopes to convey is that in spite of everyday setbacks, there are always moments of joy interwoven within the darker times of life.

Tickets for this event are available at Hearthside Books, the JACC and online at jahc.org/buy-tickets. Adult tickets are $12, students and seniors are $8, and a 10 percent discount is offered for groups of 4 or more.

For more, visit juneaudance.org


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