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Ballet and British music show next weekend at MontBleu

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Sierra Ballet Theater Company soloists rehearsing for their presentation of "The Seasons" are, from left, kneeling, Audrey Uhland and Alex Gemmill. In back are Sarah Tompkins, Alysha Manke, Emily Uhland, Jayde Reid, Cesarina Ceglian and Allie Marlow.
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The Sierra Ballet Theater Company will present the ballet “The Seasons” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the MontBleu Resort Casino Theater. The second part of the program, “A British Invasion,” showcases British music, ranging from Elton John to Natasha Beddingfield and Mika. Admission is $20 per person and tickets are avilable by calling MontBleu at (775) 588-3515.

The company is headed by the mother-daughter team of Irma and Kelly O’Fallon in the roles of ballet mistress and artistic director, respectively. They have added another talented choreographer to the mix this year — professional dancer and actress Elizabeth Brissenden choreographed dances for the jazz portion of the show.

“The three of us collaborated very closely on the creation and conception of this year’s performance,” Kelly O’Fallon said. “Last year was our first season as The Sierra Ballet Theater Company, and the response was amazing. We knew we had some very talented dancers in the company, but I don’t think any of us were prepared for the magic that appeared on the stage last year.”

“The many months and the hundreds of hours of rehearsals were very apparent by the professionalism exhibited by each and every dancer on the stage that night. And now, a year later, it is a very intense and exciting time for these dancers. They just continue to take their dance and performance skills to a new level,” Kelly O’Fallon said.

The Sierra Ballet Theater Company consists of 23 young women ages 14 to 21 who want to have more performing opportunities throughout the dance season and to work on a professional level learning new ballet and jazz choreography.

The O’Fallons’ philosophy is that dance is an art, not a competition, and feel fortunate to be working with such talented dancers. The students dance for the joy of self-expression — not to compete for a trophy.


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