American Youth Ballet

May 11th, 2013 Saturday - At JCCC Carlsen Center Polsky Theater

"Sleeping Beauty" and "Firebird"

11 May 2013
American Dance Center (studio rehearsals) and
Performance at Carlsen Center at JCCC
in the Polsky Theater

 

Once again a great program from American Dance Center's performing troupe, the American Youth Ballet. Owned by Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown, the American Dance Center is at 118th and Quivira in Overland Park, Kansas.

This year two ballets on the bill, with double casting for some roles.

Sleeping Beauty

and

The Firebird

And once again both performances were all but standing room.

In-Studio pictures ( see the stage pictures below)

Studio run through for Sleeping Beauty with (L-R) Danica Williams (edge) Katy Hagen, Alec Roth, Stephanie Ruley and Danny Ryan.
Studio run through for Sleeping Beauty with (L-R) Danica Williams (edge) Katy Hagen, Alec Roth, Stephanie Ruley and Danny Ryan.

My first day for rehearsal. I had just dropped my bag at the side opposite the door, taken a shot to establish exposure and then shot these six pictures in a row in less than a minute as dancers warmed up before the run. The came right by me and all I had to do was click. Amy DeHart, Danny Ryan, Jered Solace, Alec Roth, ... Erik Sobbe. It is all a part of my warm up too.
My first day for rehearsal. I had just dropped my bag at the side opposite the door, taken a shot to establish exposure and then shot these six pictures in a row in less than a minute as dancers warmed up before the run. The came right by me and all I had to do was click. Amy DeHart, Danny Ryan, Jered Solace, Alec Roth, ... Erik Sobbe. It is all a part of my warm up too. Good thing I shot when I did because Erik was the last one crossing my area before they got ready for the run.

Kristopher Estes-Brown in studio giving notes
Kristopher Estes-Brown in studio giving notes


On Stage in the Theater

Performances were Saturday, 11 May 2013

American Youth Ballet

Program information

 

Sleeping Beauty

Choreography by Kristoper Estes-Brown and Marius Petipa
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Lighting Design: Kristopher Estes-Brown
Costuming Director: Jennifer Tierney
With Deborah Green and Carol Brookover
Mazurka Dancers Hannah Baillie, Ellie Festa, Morgan Bartram, Genevieve Frank
Princess Aurora Taylor Arel (2 pm), Stephanie Ruley (7 pm)
Prince Desiré Danny Ryan
Aurora's Page Elizabeth Remington
Aurora Attendants Julia Hughes, Elise Johnson, Ashlyn Mills, Malerie Moore
Lilac Fairy Dena'h Gregory (2 pm), Danica Williams (7 pm)
Fairy Trio Sofia Acosta, Juliana Kuhn (2 pm), Cassie Wang (7p)
Anne-Marie Dahms (2 pm), Molly Cook (7p)
Fariy Variation I Amy DeHart (2 pm), Juliana Kuhn (7pm)
Fairy Variation II Sidney Wilson
Fairy Attendants ElIje Johnson, Tara Cook, Lily Leach, Rebeca Flores, Alice Lenz
Puss in Boots Dalton Heinle
White Cat Molly Cook (2 pm), Anne-Marie Dahms (7 pm)
Little Red Riding Hood Cassie Wang (2 pm), Lisa Kobayashi (7p)
Big Bad Wolf Jake Bartley
Bluebird Alec Roth
Princess Florine Katy Hagen
Frog Prince and Princess Theo Muhammad, Malerie Moore (2 pm), Elise Johnson (7 pm)
Tom Thumb Annie Cook
    Tom's Friends Rachel Pickert, Anna Wolock, Asher Wilson, Eric Wright
Ogre Jered Solace
Kittens Julia Harshbarger, Lisa Kobayashi, Madeline Oliver, Julia Walewicz
Lilly Pads Madalyn Hesterlee, Melaina Hesterlee, Tina Li, Jordyn Finkelstein, Isobel Li, Anna Hawk, Hannah Chong
Butterflies Ximena Flores, Katie Xue
 
Intermission
 

FireBird

Choreography by Kristoper Estes-Brown
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Lighting Design: Kristopher Estes-Brown
Costuming Director: Jennifer Tierney
With Lisa Choules, Carol Brookover and Gayla Voss
Shadows Dena’h Gregory, Katy Hagen, Cassie Wang, Danica Williams, Sofia Acosta, Taylor Arel, Molly Cook, Anne-Marie Dahms, Amy DeHart, Juliana Kuhn, Stephanie Ruley, Sydney Wilson
Princess Meredith Green
Firebird Emily Tatham
Prince Ivan Erik Sobbe
Costumes generously sponsored by the Flores Family
Princesses Hannah Baillie, Ellie Festa, Genevieve Frank, Lisa Kobayashi, Sasha Reid, Paula Walewicz, Catherine Watkins, Bonnie Weinberg, Anna Wolock
King Kaschei Jered Solace
Peasants Annie Cook, Elise Johnson, Julia McGregor, Malerie Moore, Rebekah Nelson, Miriam Rogers, Emmeline Schow, Samantha Sperke

 

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Onstage Class

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Onstage Class: (L-R) Dalton Heinle, Erik Sobbe and Danny Ryan

 

Sleeping Beauty: Danny Ryan and Stephanie Ruley (Prince Desiré and Princess Aurora [7pm])
Sleeping Beauty: Danny Ryan and Stephanie Ruley (Prince Desiré and Princess Aurora [7pm])

Sleeping Beauty: Fairy Variations I, Juliana Kuhn and Variation II, Sydney Wilson in front with Fairy Attendants
Sleeping Beauty: Fairy Variations I, Juliana Kuhn and Variation II, Sydney Wilson in front with Fairy Attendants

Sleeping Beauty: Katy Hagen (Princess Florine) and Alec Roth (Bluebird)
Sleeping Beauty: Katy Hagen (Princess Florine) and Alec Roth (Bluebird)

Sleeping Beauty: Alec Roth (Bluebird)
Sleeping Beauty: Alec Roth (Bluebird)

Sleeping Beauty: Julianna Kuhn (Fairy Variation I, 7pm)
Sleeping Beauty: Julianna Kuhn (Fairy Variation I, 7pm)

Sleeping Beauty: Tom Thumb (Annie Cook, left) and Tom's Friends: Asher Wilson, Rachel Pichert, Eric Wright, Anna Wolock
Sleeping Beauty: Tom Thumb (Annie Cook, left) and Tom's Friends: Asher Wilson, Rachel Pichert, Eric Wright, Anna Wolock

Sleeping Beauty: Stephanie Ruley (Princess Aurora, 7pm)
Sleeping Beauty: Stephanie Ruley (Princess Aurora, 7pm)

Sleeping Beauty: Taylor Arel (Princess Aurora, 2pm)
Sleeping Beauty: Taylor Arel (Princess Aurora, 2pm)

Sleeping Beauty: Taylor Arel (Princess Aurora, 2pm) and Danny Ryan (Prince Desiré)
Sleeping Beauty: Taylor Arel (Princess Aurora, 2pm) and Danny Ryan (Prince Desiré)

Sleeping Beauty: Katy Hagen and Alec Roth
Sleeping Beauty: Katy Hagen and Alec Roth

Sleeping Beauty: Molly Cook (White Cat 2pm) and Dalton Heinle (Puss in Boots)
Sleeping Beauty: Molly Cook (White Cat 2pm) and Dalton Heinle (Puss in Boots)

Sleeping Beauty: Anne-Marie Dahms (White Cat 7pm) is carried off by Dalton Heinle (Puss in Boots) with kittens following behind (Julia Harshbarge, Lisa Kobayashi, Madeline Oliver, Julia Walewicz)
Sleeping Beauty: Anne-Marie Dahms (White Cat 7pm) is carried off by Dalton Heinle (Puss in Boots) with kittens following behind (Julia Harshbarge, Lisa Kobayashi, Madeline Oliver, Julia Walewicz)

Sleeping Beauty: Study from two dress rehearsals (for 2pm and 7pm) (thu across bottom and fri across top) showing Danny Ryan at points through his turning jetés in a circle. Each frame number is listed. Frame 8064 at top I shot a bit late and I deleted frame 6618 before I thought to put together this composite. It seems to me I am also missing at least one frame somewhere because my buffer filled up and wouldn't let me shoot until later.
Sleeping Beauty: Study from two dress rehearsals (for 2pm and 7pm) (thu across bottom and fri across top) showing Danny Ryan at points through his turning jetés in a circle. Each frame number is listed. Frame 8064 at top I shot a bit late and I deleted frame 6618 before I thought to put together this composite. It seems to me I am also missing at least one frame somewhere because my buffer filled up and wouldn't let me shoot until later.

Sleeping Beauty: Molly Cook and Cassie Wang (part of the Fairy Trio at 7pm)
Sleeping Beauty: Molly Cook and Cassie Wang (part of the Fairy Trio at 7pm)

 


Firebird: Meredith Green as Princess - pre-rehearsal practice

Firebird: Dena'h Gregory - one of the shadows - onstage before rehearsal Thursday
Firebird: Dena'h Gregory - one of the shadows - onstage before rehearsal Thursday

Firebird: Meredith Green (princess) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)
Firebird: Meredith Green (princess) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)

Firebird: Emily Tatham (as the Firebird)
Firebird: Emily Tatham (as the Firebird)

Firebird: Emily Tatham (Firebird) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)
Firebird: Emily Tatham (Firebird) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)

\Firebird: Emily Tatham (Firebird)
Firebird: Emily Tatham (Firebird)

Firebird: Shadows
Firebird: Shadows

Firebird: Shadows around Jered Solace (as King Kashei)
Firebird: Shadows around Jered Solace (as King Kashei)

Firebird: Shadows
Firebird: Shadows

Firebird finale: Emily Tatham (in red, as the Firebird), Meredith Green (left front, as Princess) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)
Firebird finale: Emily Tatham (in red, as the Firebird), Meredith Green (left front, as Princess) and Erik Sobbe (Prince Ivan)


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