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Alumni ballet dancer creates new, self-expression routine for the Spring Gala

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
March 27, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 26, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.

The Victoria Ballet Theatre will present its 28th annual Spring Gala, which is a mix of contemporary and classical dance. There will be two Saturday performances at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Courtney Bosier made a full turn in dance. The former Victoria Ballet Theatre student now teaches others how to perfect their art.

The 20-year-old Memorial High School graduate said she empathizes with aspiring ballerinas because she knows the sacrifices they make to perform.

"I can relate to what they go through, I was once in their shoes," she said, describing the preparation for the spring production. The dance company will host its 28th annual Spring Gala titled "The Red Shoes."

On Saturday, fine arts enthusiasts can see fan-favorite routines, including "Nautical Novice," which shows a synchronized swim team of nuns, "Chamada," a dynamic Brazilian dance, and a classical selection, "Concert o de L'estro."

This year's program will feature a mixed bill of classical and contemporary works, including guest artists from the Houston Ballet, Ian Casady and Sara Webb in the "Twilight" duet.

The performance will conclude with Hans Christen Andersen's cautionary tale of love and pride, the "Red Shoes."

Tally said the diverse spring production shows the dance company's versatility.

"If you like the Nutcracker, you'll love the Spring Gala," she said.

Courtney choreographed "A Work in Me," a contemporary dance that infuses spoken word for this year's program.

It's based on my family, faith and life experience," said the Victoria College student. Courtney said she works with the ballet company as an artist-in-residence and as an alumna.

The Victoria College student said the different dance styles suits a variety of taste, "There's a little something for everyone," she said.



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