Ballet Theatre of Illinois is a company in residence at Dance Academy of Libertyville, a Little Lake County paid advertising partner.
Spring is coming early, no matter what the groundhog says. Ballet Theatre of Illinois is staging it’s next performance February 29 – March 1 and it will help you forget the snow and think of the flowers and spring that are coming soon.
Ballet Theatre of Illinois is a non-profit dance company for pre-professional artists. BTI was established to enhance the training of aspiring dancers. Their purpose is to provide company members with opportunities to perform and cultivate personal artistic growth.
Their spring show will feature two ballets, Peter & the Wolf and Le Jardin Anime. This wonderful production is only fifty (50) minutes in length. The perfect amount of time for little ones who have short attention spans.
The dance double feature starts with Le Jardin Animé. The ballet is one of three acts based on the poem The Corsaire by Lord Byron. Le Jardin is the story of a young girl joining the women she is captive with to dance a fantastical Grand Ballet in which they celebrate beauty, grace, and harmony in a garden filled with flowers and magic fortunes.
Many adults may be familiar with the tale of Peter and the Wolf, but it will be a delightful new fairy tale to many young children. It will delight newcomers to the lyrical sounds of an orchestra. In the story, each character is represented by an instrument: the bird (flute), the duck (oboe), the cat (clarinet), grandfather (bassoon), the wolf (french horns) and Peter (strings).
After each performance young audience members are invited to meet the cast and have the dancers’ sign autographs. I look forward to the photo ops and seeing my own tiny ballerina ooh and ahh over their costumes.
Dancer Badge Workshop for Girl Scouts
For each of their productions, Ballet Theatre of Illinois offers a Dance Badge Workshop that provides the opportunity for scouts to earn their dance badge and see how performance works. For this show, the Girl Scouts workshop will be on Sunday, March 1, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Girl Scouts will attend the show and then after the performance, they will complete a dancer badge with company members. The program includes learning dances from the show and touring backstage. Pre-registration is required online.
Ballet Theatre of Illinois
Ballet Theatre of Illinois is a non-profit dance company for pre-professional artists operating under Artistic Director Isabelle Melo Elefson and Associate Director Emily Winkler. It was established to enhance the training of aspiring dancers. The company provides it, 40 members, with the opportunity to work with professional artists, perform for their community, and cultivate artistic growth. Members represent Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Grayslake, Antioch, Gurnee, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and Lincolnshire. No specific dance studio affiliation is required and auditions are held each Fall.
Disclosure: Ballet Theatre of Illinois is a company in residence at Dance Academy of Libertyville. Dance Academy of Libertyville is a Little Lake County paid advertising partner. This story is part of their partnership with Little Lake County.