Taylor to welcome dancers from 13 states for Mid-States Regional Dance America Festival

Ballet Americana of Taylor is pleased to announce that the Mid-States Regional Dance America Festival 2010 will be held April 29 through May 1 in Taylor.

The event, “We dance for joy,” will attract an estimated 300 dancers and staffs from 13 states to celebrate their achievements and perform works selected by dance adjudication.

Classes and performances will be held at the new Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center at the Downriver Campus of Wayne County Community College District, 21000 Northline Road.

Three performances will be given:
●The “Opening Concert” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The performance will be shortened and include the introductions of directors and staff of the visiting companies and the esteemed instructors who will be taking part in the event.
●The “Concert Performance” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30.
●The “Gala Performance” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

All of the performances will be open to the public and tickets will be available at the door.

Gala parties for the dancers, directors and staff are planned after each evening’s performance.

“We are extremely proud of all of our dancers and the tremendous support we’ve received from the community, our friends, the dancers’ families and local businesses,” said Joy Squire, the director of the host company, Taylor’s Ballet Americana.

“It has taken so many people to bring this together. We’re planning to offer them the best time in Michigan. We want to showcase the beautiful venue and the host city of Taylor.”

Mid-States Regional Dance America is considered the premiere organization for pre-professional ballet companies. Only those approved by adjudication - those with a high level of classical training - are allowed to become members. Deborah Hadley of the Pacific Northwest Ballet - one of the top ballet instructors in the country - served as adjudicator this year.

Ballet Americana is currently one of only three Michigan companies that are members - and the only one from Wayne County.

The festival is not a competition, but rather a showcase for performers and an outstanding educational opportunity. Some of the top dance educators in the country will instruct classes in modern dance, jazz and ballet for guest dancers.

Patricia Squire Lorenz and husband Leif Lorenz of Ballet Americana are the artistic directors.

The faculty includes many highly-acclaimed instructors, including Joe Istre, Chio Yamata and David Howard of New York; Marjorie Grundvig, Dennis Marshall and Robert Moore of Pennsylvania; and Peter Sparling, a dance professor at the University of Michigan.

Five nationally known pianists have been hired to play ballet music for the performances, including Steve Mitchell, a celebrated figure in dance accompaniment around the world.

For more information on Ballet Americana or the Mid-States Regional Dance America Festival, visit www.BalletAmericana.org, send e-mail to ballet.americana@comcast.net or call (734) 374-3904.