BYU ballet dancers bring their show to Everett

EVERETT — For the third consecutive year, the Marysville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host one of Brigham Young University’s performance groups.

Brigham Young University Theatre Ballet will perform “Fairy Tales and Fantasy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Everett Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Marysville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Web site or at the door on the night of the performance.

“We love touring the Pacific Northwest, and Everett is an excellent location to perform our tour program,” Shani Robison, artistic director for BYU Theatre Ballet, said. “We also have a couple of dancers from Washington, so it is extra exciting for them to go to their home state.”

The performance includes excerpts from ballets including “Le Corsaire,” “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and “Les Sylphides.” The audience can expect to see dancing princesses, princes, swans and fairies, Robison said.

“This show gives the audience a taste of the fairy tales and fantasy found in classical ballets,” she said.

The performance group of 14 women and two men will arrive in Everett on Monday, according to Meledie Knopf, media specialist for the Marysville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They will stay with church members while the group is in the area, she said.

Dancers will take part in a session at 3:30 p.m. after arriving in the area Monday. Dancers from local studios will get the opportunity to meet the performers in the commons at Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. in Arlington.

“Any and all who would like to meet the dancers or who want to be dancers are invited,” Knopf said.

The Marysville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hopes to make the BYU performances a regular event, she said.

“Next year we’ll be doing it again,” she said. “We’re trying to make this a permanent place for them to come. We’re excited about every group coming in. They are high quality performers and they are exceptional dancers.”

As part of their tour, the Brigham Young University Theatre Ballet is also scheduled to perform at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien and South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

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Brigham Young University Theatre Ballet performs “Fairy Tales and Fantasy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or on the night of the performance.

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