This Saturday, The Florida Ballet brings Spectrum to dance lovers here in Northeast Florida.
Sponsored by The Haskell Company, the ballet's artistic director promises a stimulating performance. "Spectrum gives the audience a diverse program of classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and modern dance," says Laurie Picinich-Byrd.
Based in Jacksonville, the 31-year-old dance company features five professionals and five apprentice dancers. All ten dancers are scheduled to perform Saturday's classical portion, Raymonda, which the director describes as a rich and traditional Russian ballet.
TFB has invited a guest company to join them for the modern element. "Braided Light Dance Project will present a piece that features aerial work," continues Picinich-Byrd.
Additional elements include a dance inspired by September 11th recovery, a dramatic new piece, and a contemporary piece inspired by natives of Peru.
When they're not performing, the company dedicates its' time to rehearsals, and has an educational program that reaches into schools.
"The Florida Ballet Training Center prepares talented young people for a career in dance. Graduates have a 100% acceptance rate in university dance departments," says Picinich-Byrd. She also adds that the Training Center awards $40,000 in need-based scholarships annually.
For more information on supporting TFB's performing arts programs, visit the company's support page.