This weekend, The Portland Ballet opens their latest performance with their career track company dancers along with company alumni. The show, entitled ‘Up Close‘, will feature works from Phillip Neal’s ‘Grand Avenue Blues’, and Christopher D’Amboise’s ‘Pandora’s Box’ as well as original work from some of the company’s alumni themselves.
To hear more about the company, we sat down with creative director Nancy Davis, alumni and choreographer Caroline MacDonald, and were also lucky enough to view a sneak peak of the show to come.
Nancy Davis told us “we are trying to build incredible human beings, not just incredible dancers”. The Portland Ballet knows that their dancers will be able to succeed at anything they choose to do. Whether it be dance or another path, the dedication and drive that they learn from committing to their dancing will always allow them to succeed. These young dancers put their hearts and souls into the training and that cultivates into life lessons that they can utilize in anything they chose to do.
This supportive and loving atmosphere is apparent as you first step into the studio. The Portland Ballet to stand out in a sea of studios. After speaking to Caroline MacDonald – a teacher at the studio – it was apparent the love The Portland Ballet dancers and alumni have for their studio. The fact that nearly a dozen alumni returned for a performance speaks volumes in and of itself. These dancers have dedicated so much time to this performance and cannot wait to share their art with you.
The performance is sure to be incredible, and you don’t want to miss it. ‘Up Close’ opens this Friday, June 8th at The Portland Ballet’s in house theater. Seating is limited, and tickets are selling out so get your tickets soon!
Words by: Abbey