Continues May 3 and 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Don Baggett Theatre, located at 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley
Over one hundred NU dance students from advanced, intermediate, and beginning level classes perform a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, and modern/contemporary. Each dance is inspired by a famous show on Broadway, such as West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Dreamgirls, American Idiot, Waitress, Rent, and more. For the past four months, NU dance students have trained daily in technique classes and attended after-school enrichment classes as well as several weekend rehearsals to prepare for this show.
The NU dancers worked with multiple professional dance choreographers from across the country to rehearse pieces for this show. The opening piece, titled “Behind The Chorus Line,” tells the story of dancers auditioning for Broadway shows. It was choreographed by New York City professional dancer Jesse Beck, who taught ballet master classes to nearly 150 NU dance students. Advanced dancers learned “Magic To Do” from Pippin during a weekend rehearsal with Los Angeles-based choreographer Chelsea Asman. Guest choreographer Karen Attix, a professional dancer from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, worked with intermediate and advanced dancers on a piece inspired by the hit new musical, Hamilton. NU dance alumnus Jackson Knappen traveled from Seattle to teach contemporary dance and floorwork to NU students; he choreographed a piece to “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserablés. There is one student choreographed piece in the show, created by NU senior Nevada Wadman, who taught a dance class two days per week to sixteen special education students, who will perform a scene from Newsies.
Tickets for the show are $12 to $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadauniondance.com. Tickets can also be purchased in the Don Baggett Theater lobby on Wednesday, May 1st from 4:30-6:00 p.m., and on show nights at the box office. The box office opens two hours before each performance. Online ticket sales close the morning of the performance to prepare the box office. In-person sales are cash or check only. For additional information, contact the Nevada Union Dance Department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2103.