This weekend, a total of 180 Beyond the Barre dancers (ages 3-16) will be performing Alice in Wonderland at the Wyoming High School Pendery Theater. This original production is complete with two casts split across four performances. Dancers have been working hard in the studio at the Wyoming Recreation Center for months to prepare for these performances.
Beyond the Barre’s Alice in Wonderland production is comprised of four different dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary, with original choreography by six Beyond the Barre teachers. This production is unique because, unlike the annual Nutcracker production, with two full casts, the more advanced dancers have the opportunity to learn more choreography and have more stage time. The younger dancers will perform in two out of the four performances. “BtB productions are designed to be entertaining and not your typical end-of-the-year recital,” says Dena Morley, Beyond the Barre Artistic Director. “Even the youngest dancers help to bring the theme to life. In Alice in Wonderland, we have tapping doors, large and small, contemporary caterpillars, jazzy mad hatters and lots of gorgeous ballet.”
Four 90-minute performances will take place at Wyoming High School Pendery Theater, 106 Pendery Avenue: Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday May 5 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale online at www.beyondthebarre.co or at the door if still available.
The Beyond the Barre studio began with Dena Morley teaching a ballet class at Lads and Lassies Community Pre-School in 2010. Nine years later, the studio has grown by leaps and bounds. Beyond the Barre dance classes are offered at the Wyoming Recreation Center for children and adults.