Sitting in the velvet seats of the gorgeous Arkley Center for Performing Arts is such a pleasure that you could watch somebody push a broom on stage. Lucky for you, North Coast Dance's Spring Show is there instead on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. ($15, $12 children 12 and under).
The first half is classical ballet choreographed by company director Nancy Call. We defy even the most cynical among you not to smile at the opening number — dancers ages 3 to 8 swirling in fluffy tutus as fairies. In an excerpt from Cinderella, Clarissa Call is the domestic-turned-princess with Prince Charming Anthony Mankins. Pieces from Swan Lake follow with solos by Elizabeth Poston dancing the Fairy Godmother, Iris Van Atta as the Summer Fairy and Shelly Harris as the Winter Fairy. More drama (but not scary Black Swan drama) comes with Odette's solo by Clairese Mayo and Prince Siegfried played by Tristin Filsinger.
Contemporary ballet takes over in the second half, with Gabriel's Garden, in which children dance as Romano Gabriel's statues playfully choreographed by Ikolo Griffin. Following that is "Cool in America," a piece from West Side Story choreographed by Melissa Hinz. The show closes with the big guns: some 60 people on stage for Stars and Stripes.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill