Ballet

Three Decades of dance:  James Sewell Ballet is celebrating 30 years with a retrospective performance that brings back old classics and new favorites.

Twin Cities-based ballet company James Sewell Ballet is coming to Fergus Falls on Saturday, Jan. 18 with their 30th anniversary Retrospective Tour at A Center for the Arts (AC4TA). They’ll also be offering a dance class that’s free and open to any dancers in the community (preferably who have previously learned ballet fundamentals) that are interested. The class will take place the day of the show around mid-afternoon, but the exact time and location has not been decided yet.

The dance performance will be a look back at the 30 years of the company, including old favorites and new gems. “It will be fascinating because some of them are very dated and others are truly timeless,” says AC4TA executive director Michael Burgraff. “One of the pieces they are doing in the second act is one of these beautiful pieces where the opera music plays, some of it is serious and some of it just hysterical. It truly is a beautiful piece of ballet dance theater.”

James Sewell Ballet has been performing in the area for over 20 years. “This company is so good at what they do and they are so proficient in teaching, and so welcoming, and as a Minnesota-based company they’re a go-to for so many of us,” says Burgraff. “They’re honestly some of the absolute nicest people you will ever meet.”

The company received a touring grant through the Legacy Amendment of the Minnesota Constitution that funds the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which allows them to come to smaller communities in rural Minnesota who might not otherwise be able to afford them; Burgraff notes dance is one of the most expensive performances to bring to a theater, so this is a wonderful chance to bring not only a show, but a learning opportunity to the community.

Tickets are $25 for adults or $10 for students and can be purchased online or at AC4TA box office. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

The company will also be stopping at Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Historic Holmes Theatre, with a dance class for dancers in grades 5-12 who attend Summit Dance School, Just for Kix, Center Stage and Northern Lights Dance at 4:30 p.m. for $10, which includes a meal and ticket to the 7:30 p.m. performance. Otherwise, tickets to the show are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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