MANHATTAN YOUTH BALLET
June 5, 2015
Manhattan Youth Ballet presented “With Regard…In Practice & Performance Friday evening at their center on the Upper West Side. The school that counts NYCB’s Daniel Ulbricht as it’s artistic advisor, provides training for children and teenagers. Their performance took their technique lessons from the classroom to the stage in an elevated recital.
Resident choreographer Brian Reeder was one of many faculty pieces that placed the fundamentals of ballet into an artistic stepping stone, challenging the dancers while also showcasing their abilities. In many different polkas, some of the youngest dancers skipped their way across stage, falling in and out of lines, bringing countless smiles to the friends and family watching from the audience.
The more advanced dancers were solid in Balanchine’s “Valse Fantasy.” They kept the movement alive and flowing while also accomplishing many of the challenging jumps and sequences. Their youth gave the piece a new life, displaying what the night was all about, that hard work and practice leads to a successful performance.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Bailey Moon