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Dance Companies Cross Borders And Genres


A cross-border collaboration brings together two dance companies—one contemporary, the other classical. Ballet Wyoming is teaming up with Colorado’s Davis Contemporary Dance Company to present a mix of classical and modern dance.

Kathy Vreeland is the founder and director of Ballet Wyoming, the state’s only full-time dance company. “I would like to expand the opportunity for both our companies to show dance in Wyoming as it’s never been seen before,” she says.

The performance by the two companies will feature the classical ballet Les Sylphides alongside a new work called Rock Ballet. Dancers from both companies then join forces on a piece called Skin Deep, choreographed by Terrell Davis. “He speaks about racism, he speaks about women’s rights, injustice in the world,” says Vreeland. “It’s a pretty emotional piece; I think the audience is going to really love it.” Vreeland says the dancers’ job is to transform motion into emotion and share it with the audience.

The dance concert is at the Cheyenne Civic Center on Friday, May 6. The two dance companies will also perform together in Denver later this month.

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