‘Rodeo’ part of ballet

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In Andalusia Ballet’s upcoming performance of A Western Tale, Taylor Donaldson (left) will portray the cowgirl and Lakin Thornton (right) will portray the rancher’s daughter. In the background, Cameron and William Morgan look on. | Photo courtesy of Robert Evers

The Andalusia Ballet going western?

Well, at least a portion of the annual Spring Showcase, set for this weekend, has a western flair. A Western Tale is set to the popular music of Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo.”

The performance will open with “Minkus Suite,” named for the composer Leon Minkus, and incorporating musical excerpts from several famous ballets including Paquita, Don Quixote and La Bayadere. All ballet students in the Academy will perform.

Following Minkus Suite will be two modern pieces choreographed by Foy DuBose and A Western Tale.

The performance concludes with an exciting variety of tap, jazz and acrobatic pieces choreographed by Shelly Wagoner.

Andalusia Ballet will honor four graduating seniors, Tori Bernstein, Taylor Donaldson, Sam Fairley and Lakin Thornton. The ballet will also recognize the volunteer and board member of-the-year, and during the Saturday performance will stage a special tribute to Mrs. LaRoy Bass in recognition of her 20 years of work with the ballet.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 13, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., May 14, in the Dixon Center of LBWCC.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.