JDU heralds spring with Vivaldi

Weekend show to include jazz and modern dance

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2004

Once Juneau Dance Unlimited artistic director Eckhard Heidrich settled on the music of Antonio Vivaldi for his ballet company's spring show, he had to decide how he wanted to split up the work.

"I decided to give more solos, since we're such a small group," Heidrich said. "I do like Vivaldi tremendously, and I decided I'd break it into short pieces, two, three minutes."

So, the seven students in the ballet class will take on a delicate, but rigorous, program. The program includes some selections from the spring section of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."

This weekend's shows will include all the classes at Juneau Dance Unlimited: jazz, modern dance, hiphop, salsa and beginning, concluding with the ballet. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at the JDU studio in the Scottish Rite Temple. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

"I think I can feel the motion in his music," said Whitney Rickards, a senior at JDHS. "I don't know that it's much easier than some things that I've danced to, but it's fun music."

"It's pretty easy to hear the beats in the music," said Ramie Carlson, a freshman at Juneau-Douglas. "This performance is to show how we've progressed this year."

"There are some fast parts that are hard to do, but most of it is pretty easy," said Kailee McMurran, a sophomore. "Some of the pieces are repetitive, so it's easy to learn."

This will be the final JDU performance for Rickards, who will be attending Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., in the fall. She plans to continue to study dance.

"I'm going to miss it," Rickards said. "It's so informal and relaxing here, and I'm going to miss Mr. Heidrich a lot. He's been so great. He's been amazing for developing my dance spirit."

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