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An Appalachian Summer Festival Presents Dance Theatre of Harlem on Saturday, July 19 at Appalachian State

by Madison V. Fisler

July 15, 2014. On Saturday, July 19, the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem will have a one-night-only performance at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The show will start at 8 p.m., following a pre-show question and answer session held at 7 p.m. by artistic director Virginia Johnson.

“This is the first time that Dance Theatre of Harlem has performed at ASU, and we are expecting a very full house,” said Megan Stage, Marketing and Public Relations Director for An Appalachian Summer Festival.

dance-theatre-of-harlem-01-800“Their repertoire is very different. They are a classical ballet company but they incorporate classical ballet into all kinds of movement. They are doing classical pieces like an excerpt from Swan Lake, but they are also doing some of their own original pieces too.”

Guests can enjoy complimentary pre-show refreshments courtesy of Joy Bistro in Boone while they wait for the show to begin.

The repertoire for the performance includes Lark Ascending, Black Swan, past-carry-forward and Return.

Tickets for the show are $28 for adults, $26.60 as part of the “pick 5” discount and $26 for students and children 3 and up. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 822-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

On Friday, July 18 from 6-7 p.m., Dance Theatre of Harlem will host The Making of a Ballet Dancer: An Interactive Presentation with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. This free event is an informal presentation on the art and science of classical dancing. This introduction to ballet includes exercises in turning, jumping, partnering, lifting and dancing on pointe.

From the company’s website:

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers, a national and international education and community outrach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings.” Now in its fourth decade, the company has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success.