Midwest Young Artists and Chicago Ballet Collaborate
Pictured below are Ted Seymour, Choreographer, Allan Dennis, MYA Founder and Director, and Dan Duell, Ballet Chicago Artistic Director.
This team came up with a wonderful dance and music program for young students which was presented at Preston Bradley Hall on Thursday this week. The concerts were part of Young People's Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, sponsored by the International Music Foundation. Titled DanceVision, Young Artists for Young Audiences, the concerts included two dance interpretations of Antonio Vivaldi's Winter from The Four Seasons, accompanied by a chamber orchestra from MYA's Concert Orchestra, which featured Aidan Perreaut, 8th grade violin soloist who played well beyond his years. Dr. D read the original poetry that inspired Vivaldi's music. Students in the audience also got a chance to try ballet positions, I-V, plies and reveles, and to watch Dance of the Sugar Plums from the ever holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. It was just the right mix to capture and keep the attention of this young audience!