Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy presents spring show

This semester, Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy presents its 10th annual Spring Show, “Twilight.” This annual dance, music, and visual art presentation will bring together a cast of nearly 100 dancers of all ages and from all parts of Kaua‘i performing a unique blend of classical ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern dance. This year’s show presents many new dances, new video features, and other original multimedia presentations.

The show’s theme encompasses Birth (nature), Growth (development and industry), Destruction, Rejuvenation, and Celebration in Cooperation, and demonstrates a symbiosis between the natural world and the developed, industrialized world.

Emphasizing enthusiasm and love of story telling, classical dance technique, and both traditional and innovative ways of engaging audiences in multimedia, visual dance and music performances, Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy productions are unique on Kaua‘i.

Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy has been performing and servicing the Kaua‘i community since 1998. Many of the dancers have been performing for years, and their families have become a part of Kaua‘i’s artistic community.

In addition to its annual shows and recitals, Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy has most recently been invited to perform for the Coconut Festival for the past two years, the Christmas Fantasy Faire in December 2005 and last summer at the Kaua‘i County Fair.

Dance productions are the co-creation of Jennifer and partner/husband Mel Bell-Grey, an accomplished producer, dancer, musician and singer-songwriter from London. For each production, the Bell-Greys work together on concept, choreography, costuming, and production. Mel Bell-Grey’s original music is featured in many of the dances and is available at Borders in Lihu‘e or via iTunes on the web. For more information about Mel Bell-Grey, visit his website, www.meledelicious.com.

Audiences can see examples of the Bell-Grey’s unique collaboration in excerpts of their most recent show, also called “Twilight,” now available on DVD. The full-scale production was recently performed at the War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e in June 2006.

Want to go?

This year’s performances will be held at 2 p.m. and

7 p.m. on Saturday, at the War Memorial Convention

Hall in Lihu‘e. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 19 and up ($15 at the door), and $7 for children ages 4-18 ($10 at the door). Ages 3 and under are free. Ticket outlets include Progressive Expressions (Koloa), Bounty Music (Kapa’a), Kaua’i Children’s Discovery Museum (Safeway Shopping Center, Kapa‘a), Seven Seas Trading Company (Anchor Cove, Lihu‘e), Magic Dragon Toy & Art Supply (Princeville Shopping Center) and are also sold by

students of Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy. For more

information contact Jennifer Schwartz Bell-Grey at

823-9588 or visit the Web site, www.jenballet.com.

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