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Seeing is believing
(From left) Student Dancers Elise Miller, Alyssa Springer, Aubrey Clemens, and Mara Livezey in "Paquita." Photos by Ralph Stewart
With leaps impossibly high and steps perfectly executed, Stiefel and Stars wowed the audience at the Performing Arts Center last Thursday evening in a benefit performance for the Martha's Vineyard Museum.
Ethan Stiefel and Melissa Thomas dance the opening number, "Konservatoriet," last Thursday at the high school's Performing Arts Center.
It was not magic or miraculous and attaching such words to the performance in some ways diminishes the dancer. These people are artists, athletes, and performers who have spent years perfecting their craft. No miracle, just lots of talent and hard work. Such as the hard work these dancers put in at the three and one-half week intensive training program in Edgartown this summer, the program run by Mr. Stiefel. Last Thursday's show was the culmination of the program.
Jazz hands reach in "All That Jazz," part of the Bob Fosse Suite.
The first piece was "Konservatoriet," with choreography by August Bournonville. The setting was a school of ballet where the ballet master (Mr. Stiefel) conducts a class. The dancing was superb. The dancers included the Dreamcatchers, young dancers between the age of 12 and 15 years, selected to train along with Mr. Stiefel's older students. These younger dancers come from schools all over the country and are certainly the stars of tomorrow.
(From left) Marian Butler, Ethan Stiefel, and Melissa Thomas.
"Paquita" was the last piece in the show and I think the strongest one. Gillian Murphy and Sascha Radetsky's solos were breathtaking. Ms. Murphy couldn't have asked more of herself or given more to the audience.