Children From Saratoga County Among Those Chosen to Dance with New York City Balletat SPAC, July 8-12
SARATOGA SPRINGS – A number of Capital Region children successfully auditioned to dance with New York City Ballet during its Saratoga Performing Arts Center season, July 8 – 12. The young dancers were among 40 Capital Region children chosen by NYCB’s Children’s Ballet Master Dena Abergel, and Arch Higgins, Assistant Children’s Ballet Master after an extensive audition process at the National Museum of Dance that included tryouts by approximately 100 dancers.
Children from Saratoga County who were selected include: Abigal Becker, Nicole Buhac, Lily Byrne, Sophia Colon, Emelia DeLong, Sophia DePaulo, Emma Gowen, Anna Jankowski, Annalise Marron, Alexandra Nicolaus, Sophia Olechowski, Cordelia Padovan, Grace Scheffel, Annika Schermerhorn, Akhila Venkat, and Angelina White.
"We are thrilled to be bringing our region’s young talent to the SPAC Amphitheatre stage this season. This is a dream come true for these children who will have the opportunity to dance alongside New York City Ballet stars on a stage that has showcased the finest artists in the world,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President & Executive Director of SPAC.
The local children will be dancing with NYCB in Robbins’s Circus Polka. The ballet, which had its world premiere in 1972 at New York City Ballet’s Stravinsky Festival, features a ringmaster and 48 young dancers. The ballet is set to Stravinsky’s Circus Polka which he composed for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1942.
Ticket prices for SPAC’s NYCB performances start at $24 for lawn seats; inside seating ranges from $32 to $85. The Kids in Free program entitles children 12 and under to free lawn admission for NYCB performances. The Student Discount program allows students of all ages to purchase tickets at a 25 percent discount. Tickets are on sale now on SPAC's website, www.spac.org. New York City Ballet will be in residence at SPAC from July 8 - July 12.