Students of the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet performed several fairy tale ballets last Friday evening at the Edgartown School. Photos by Ralph Stewart

Step into story land

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - June 15, 2006

The Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet held their Spring dance recital last Friday at the Edgartown School. The students danced to timeless tales such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Anastasia."

The Edgartown School auditorium was filled to capacity with parents and ballet fans, all there to support the children. The show opened with "Anastasia," danced by the students of the Edgartown School. For the past three years the elementary school has offered a free ballet program to all students, grades 1 through 5. "Anastasia" was the final performance for this year's program.

A beauty, Katelyn Fritz, and the beast, Devon Lodge, tell the classic tale in dance.

Next on the bill was "Little Red Riding Hood," presented by the Dancers Project, for more advanced students in the ballet school. Some of the students also acted as choreographers, writing the dances for this comic ballet.

After intermission, the children's ballet "Beauty and the Beast" was performed. All the favorite characters came to life and the dancers were rewarded with a standing ovation.

Devon Lodge is the recipient of a scholarship to the prestigious Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Conn. Although the scholarship covers his tuition, there are other expenses such as travel and dancewear that are not covered. To help with these additional expenses, a fund has been set up through Children in the Arts of Martha's Vineyard, 181 Mayflower Lane, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. This is a wonderful opportunity for the talented Mr. Lodge and the school is doing all they can to help him further his dance education.

For more information on the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet, including their summer dance program, call 508-627-9644.