Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Tradition Gets a 'Dance-Lift'

A photo from Schuylkill Valley Dance Company's 2010 performance of "the Nutcracker."
Cast from 2010 performances.
Pottstown is trying hard to re-imagine itself as the region's arts and cultural center, both as a means of economic revitalization and also as a way to improve quality of life.

Ironically, this task is probably more about getting the word out than establishing arts and cultural organizations, largely because the region already has so many.

A case in point is the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company, which not only teaches the beauty and discipline of dance to our young people, but also provides some remarkable performances for us to appreciate.

One such performance will be held this weekend at the Hill School Center for the Arts, when the SVDC celebrates its 40th anniversary with a "new to the area" performance of "The Nutcracker."

Two former principal dancers from the Kirov Ballet, in St. Petersburg, Russia -- Andrei Ustinov and Elena Martinson -- have set the choreography based on the original work by Marius Petipa, which was first staged at the Kirov on 1892, according to an announcement from the SVDC.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center, located at Beech and Sheridan streets in Pottstown, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

There is a specially priced matinee on Friday for school and senior citizen groups and director Michelle Jones Wurtz will be assisting the ballet masters and joining the cast for a cameo appearance.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students with a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more.

You can purchase tickets on-line by clicking here or at Coventry Pack-N-Ship, Pottstown Dance Theater, The Gallery on High in Pottstown, All That Jazz in Collegeville or at the door.

For more information, call the company at 484-941-0683.

Also, if you're interested in seeing traditions like this continue, you can visit Five Below in Upland Square and print out the invitation below so that 10 percent of all purchases made from Dec. 9 to Dec. 18 will be donated to the dance company.

So if you want to help the arts thrive in Pottstown and start a holiday tradition for the family, consider attending the performance and helping out one of Pottstown's many non-profit arts organizations.

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