Seniors take the lead in spring ballet

Wilton Dance Studio’s 2016 Spring Show will showcase classical to contemporary performances on Sunday, June 12 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at the Clune Center for the Arts at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road.

Following its traditional format, the Spring Show has three acts that highlight the various styles of dance taught by the studio. Act One is the classical ballet The Firebird, based on music by Igor Stravinsky. The story follows a Russian fairytale about a prince who captures the magical Firebird. In return for her freedom, the Firebird offers the prince a feather he can use to summon her should he need help. The prince’s adventures take him to an enchanted castle where he meets a beautiful princess held captive by an evil sorceress. Ivan and the Firebird together free the princess and her fellow captives and vanquish the sorceress.

Dancing leading roles are Wilton High School seniors Jackie Cahill (The Firebird), Michele Assef (Evil Sorceress Katschvina) and Jace Collins (Prince Ivan).

The studio’s owner and artistic director Brenda Froehlich created and designed the concept for the ballet and created an original score with selections from Camille Saint-Saëns Javotte, Edvard Grieg’s Norwegian Dance Op 25/2, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Flute & String and Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices for violin solo.

The second act of the show is Under the Big Top, where the studio’s youngest dancers show off their developing dance skills set to a circus theme.

The show’s third act is All That Jazz, where older dancers show off with jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, Irish and a new style for the studio called Acro, in the style of Cirque Du Soleil. This act also includes a tribute to the late artist Prince, choreographed by New York-based professional dancer Shawn Rawls, who runs an annual intensive summer camp as well as master classes at the studio.

The show will also include solos performed by graduating seniors. Wilton seniors Michele Assef, Jackie Cahill, Jace Collins collaborated with Weston High senior Lily Harwood to create their own piece.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 203-544-9007 or downloading an order form at Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.