Ballet showcase dances in to Anythink

Tammy Kranz
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Visiting the library is a good place to do research, check out books and, on Friday, watch ballet.

Anythink York Street in Thornton will host “From the Page to the Stage,” a free, interactive dance showcase by the Colorado Ballet Studio Company at 6 p.m. Nov. 1. The showcase will take place at the Rosa Auditorium, adjacent to Anythink York, which is at 8990 York St. at Mapleton Skyview Campus in Thornton.  

“Bringing the performance to a library is fitting because all of the excerpts are from the classics of literature and Shakespeare,” said Anne O’Connor, director of education and community partnerships with Colorado Ballet. “Hopefully, Anythink library patrons will be inspired to read the original tales that these ballets were based on.”

Community members of all ages are invited to engage with ballet performances of literary classics, including “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.” Participants can ask the dancers questions after the show and learn ballet moves and exercises.

“Everyone loves a story, and stories can be told in many different ways,” says Kathy Totten, manager at Anythink York. “The Colorado Ballet Studio Company will show how stories can be told through the art of dance.”

The program was also hosted at Anythink Brighton Oct. 29. Melody Costa, a guide at that library, collaborated with Colorado Ballet to bring the program to Anythink.

“Anythink is a library district that is interested in bringing experiences to customers that they wouldn’t normally be exposed to,” Costa said. “What we try to do is enrich the lives of the people who visit the library and make it so they leave us feeling as though they’ve experienced something new.

Not only will people get to see excerpts from famous ballets but they will also learn about the process that it takes to get the ballets to the stage.” 

Colorado Ballet received a grant from the National Endowment on the Arts in 2008 to create From the Page to the Stage, since it incorporated both ballet and literacy for students.

“From the Page to the Stage is our way of taking ballet out into the community and exposing young people to dance,” O’Connor said.

“Interacting with the dancers and seeing up close how athletic and dedicated they are is a way for us to break stereotypes and introduce kids to careers in the arts.”