Joyce Matthies Dance Ensemble’s annual concert set for Sunday

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Joyce Matthies Dance Ensemble will present its annual concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at Plymouth Shoes and the Joyce Matthies Dance Centre. Tickets will also be available at the box office before the show but will be $2 more.

The concert opens with “Coppelia Suite” with music by Delibes. Macy Paul dances the “Swanhilda Variation,” Whitney Walker does the “Bolero” and Kayla Swee performs “Le Travail.” The Junior Ballet will also perform several dances. Members are Lindsey Horejsi, Katelyn Hendrickson, Jordan Friend, Rachel Kenis, Alysia Ness and Chelsea Poplow. Dancers from the beginning ballet class will also perform. They are Morgan Phillips, Angle Schmitt, Madeline Phillips, Kelsey Enger, Justine Nelson and Mackenzie Glaser.

The first jazz section of the concert uses music by Prince, Queen Latifah, Paul Anka, Madonna, Tom Jones, Melinda Doolittle and Bette Midler. From the fun of “I Enjoy Being Here With You” to the intensity of “Seasons,” Macy Paul, Amy Horejsi and Whitney Walker show a range of technique and style. Members of the Junior Jazz also do several dances. They are Lindsey Horejsi, Katelyn Hendrickson, Jordan Friend, Katie Appel, Rachel Kenis, Chelsea Poplow and Angie Schmitt. Younger jazz dancers Madeline Phillips, Morgan Phillips, Kelsey Enger, Justine Nelson and Mackenzie Glaser also perform.

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The last part of the show uses music by the singer Bjork. Bryan Gerber, a professional dancer based in the Twin Cites, choreographed the Joyce Matthies Dance Ensemble in the final number. The rest of the concert was choreographed by Joyce Matthies. Charles Boentgen designed the lighting and Nick Gosen is doing sound.

Four of the jazz pieces and the three ballet solos will be performed Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Frank Bridges Theatre at Riverland Community College in Austin as part of the “If You Wanna Dance… Dance” show.