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MOVE! a fundraiser for MLKBallet
Photo by Scott Haydon 


MOVE! #20

June 1, 7:00 PM, Theatre on the Square, Tacoma, WA

In it’s twentieth installment, MLKBallet presents some of the area’s best contemporary dance to the Tacoma audience. This installment features Spectrum Dance Theater, Bridge City Dance Project, Coriolis Dance Collective, Alana O Rogers, Tara Dyberg and more. Sure to be an eclectic show, the performance is also for a good cause. All proceeds benefit MLKBallet’s tuition-free dance training programs. The MLKBallet School provides tuition free ballet lessons to children ages 6-12. Students receive ballet uniforms and shoes, high-quality instruction, and performance opportunities throughout the year. Along with offering free children’s classes, MLKBallet also offers affordable and accessible adult classes, open to all levels. Tickets for MOVE! are available here.


PNB Directors Choice
May 31June 9, 7:30 PM, McCaw Hall
Pacific Northwest Ballet closes their fortieth anniversary season with a tribute to George Balanchine, whose works have been vital to the company’s history. A triple-bill, the program features Balanchine’s starkly neo-classical Agon and his sensational Diamonds, as well as a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon, frequently cited as today’s best contemporary ballet choreographer. For a little insight into Wheeldon’s process see the Seattle Times article here. Agon has been expertly staged by Francia Russell (an original New York City Ballet cast member) and appears as startlingly avant-garde as its 1957 premiere. The program’s dazzling grand finale Diamonds, is the crowning gemstone of Balanchine’s three-part Jewels, first added to PNB’s repertory by Artistic Director Peter Boal in 2006. More info and tickets can be found here.
Other Events
June 2, 7:00 PM, Velocity Dance Center
To launch their latest project, Super Eagle, The YC (directed by Kate Wallich and Lavinia Vago), will be hosting a fundraiser and preview party at Velocity Dance Center. Super Eagle will be the group’s first evening length work and is sent to premiere in February 2014. The event will include a showing of their work in progress. Sponsored by local brewery, Hilliard’s Beer, the event aims to celebrate the launch of the YC’s new endeavor with dance, film, sound, and drinks. Tickets range from $5-500 and are available at the door.