Bringing Degas to dance at Nelson's Capitol Theatre

The Allegro Dance Theatre is bringing its Degas-inspired performance to the Capitol Theatre this Saturday. - Sam Van Schie photo
The Allegro Dance Theatre is bringing its Degas-inspired performance to the Capitol Theatre this Saturday.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photo

You are invited to attend the Allegro Dance Theatre’s winter performance this Saturday at 2 p.m. Escape the cold and snow to come to the Capitol Theatre to indulge in music, dance, theatre and chocolate.

Under the direction of Lynette Lightfoot, students have been working since September to improve their technique and performance skills to get ready for this show.

“It has been a very enjoyable experience working with such talented dancers this term and to watch their improvement has been very exciting,” she said.

“You can, however, only learn so much in the classroom. Students need to get out of the studio and perform as much as possible. Performing in the Capitol Theatre exposes them to the professional atmosphere of the theatre.”

“Preparation for festivals and competitions is also available for those students who want to get additional training and contact with students and teachers from other studios and towns to expand their training and learning.”

Featured in this performance, is a tribute to Edgar Degas choreographed by Lightfoot. She was inspired by the impressionist art of Degas and had a vision to bring his art in “full circle.” Dancers and theatre inspired Degas to produce some of his most famous works, Lightfoot wanted to use dance and theatre to bring Degas paintings back to life on the stage using dance to interpret the mood of Degas’ paintings.

The combination of visual and performing arts is natural and always produces a lively program that is suitable for the whole family.

As special guests, senior acting students from JV Humphries School will perform several short and humorous presentations from the plays of William Shakespeare, directed by Jill Holland.

“Nothing rounds out an evening of classic performance material like a taste of Shakespeare,” said Lightfoot.

The talented Slava Doval will join in to present her colorful and lively style of dance fusion that is so popular internationally.

Tickets are available through the Capitol Theatre box office.


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