Contemporary dance and classical ballet take to the stage for the 2017 “Pointe of the Evening” fundraising performance Saturday, March 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St.
The event begins with a silent auction in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. The performance follows at 7:30 p.m. with a reception afterward.
Proceeds go to the Chance to Dance Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance and instruction opportunities for local dancers. Donations to the 501(c)(3) organization may be mailed to the Chance to Dance Foundation, in care of Judy Reading, 7443 Eagle Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
Advance tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, and are available through the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. All tickets are $17 at the door.
The performance begins with selections from “A 1940s Nutcracker,” with dancers from Neos Dance Theatre and the Findlay Academy of Ballet. Members of Neos Dance Theatre will perform to a live piano accompaniment of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” by Findlay’s Patrick Sadowski and offer a duet to selections from George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
The evening will be capped by a presentation of “Games,” performed by advanced members of the Findlay Academy of Ballet and choreographed by Reading, a ballet professional at the academy.
“It is always a treat to see such world-class professionals in Findlay,” Reading said. “These dancers also inspire my students not only through their technical skill but through their sheer love of the arts.”
The Findlay Academy of Ballet offers instruction for students ages 5 through adult. Those dancing in the “Pointe of the Evening” have been rehearsing for nearly a year. Most students spend several nights a week in class at the studio, and most weekends in rehearsal.
Local dancers include Amy Barto, Brian Jones, Lydia Mattingly, Caitlin Smith, Laura Stark, Allyson Utz, Victoria Wurm, Josephina Bouaphakeo, Shawna Bartson, Kitty Cleary, Parris Crowe, Emi Kawamura, Miki Kawamura, Lindsey Stultz, Kendra Tossey, Clara Baker, Lauren Baker, Amber Bihn, Emma Cook, Maria Debord, Christina Horn, Isabella Nigro and Riley Orchard.