Mobile Ballet wins top honors
Mobile Ballet dancers and instructors won top honors at the internationally famous Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Final Feb. 14-17 in Houston. The recognition is a first for Mobile Ballet at what is considered one of the world’s largest such competitions.
“This competition is like the Olympics of ballet. Companies and ballet schools from Japan, Germany, China, Italy, Brazil, France, Korea, Mexico and more get together to give students and dancers opportunities for scholarships and jobs,” Mobile Ballet Artistic Director Katia Garza told Lagniappe.
Tyrone Reese won first place in Classical and second place in Contemporary Male Senior Division and will advance to the International Finals in New York City April 12-20. The 17-year-old Davidson High School student won a full Next Generation Scholarship at the Patel Conservatory, as well as acceptance to the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive.
Reginald Turner won third place in Contemporary Dance for the Male Senior Division, as well as a full Next Generation Scholarship at the Patel Conservatory.
Fifteen-year-old Catherine Terreson was named fifth among the Top 24 overall in the Women’s category and won acceptance to the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive.
In the Pre-Competitive Division, 10-year-old Sunny Benziger was named second place in Classical and Contemporary Dance. In Junior Division competition, 14-year-old Sage Jernigan ranked Top 12 in Contemporary and won acceptance to the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive.
Garza and her husband, Mobile Ballet’s Ballet Master Israel Rodriguez, were also named Outstanding Teachers.
Bellingrath show blooms with maternal memory
As the great granddaughter of Walter Bellingrath’s brother, Elmore DeMott has a closer association with Bellingrath Gardens than the average Alabamian. Her mother enjoyed childhood stays at the estate and recounted them to a young Elmore on long-ago visits.
Now an artist, DeMott has a photography exhibit at the south Mobile County attraction to honor her mother’s Alzheimer’s journey. The show, “Flowers for Mom,” utilizes nearly 1,000 photos displayed atop a botanically inspired iron sculpture. The exhibit runs through April.
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Spring ballet on Eastern Shore
Bay Shore Ballet will perform “Coppelia” at the Fairhope Civic Center April 12-14 at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.). The comedic Léo Delibes work follows a misguided youth who drops his paramour for a new infatuation: a life-sized mechanical dancing doll named Coppelia. His discarded girlfriend schemes to win him back by utilizing his fresh passion in her favor.
Friday curtain is 7 p.m., Saturday is 2 p.m. and Sunday is 3 p.m.
Tickets range from $8 to $12 for children/students, adults and seniors. They may be purchased at the door or online at bayshoreballet.com.
Call 251-583-3875 or visit the company’s website for more information.
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