Schrader Youth Ballet preps spring performance

Photo Provided Abigail Kuhlman will attend the 2019 WV Governor’s School of the Arts at Marshall University this summer.

PARKERSBURG — The School of the Schrader Youth Ballet will present its 53rd End-Term Spring Performance under the direction of owner and Artistic Director Velma Schrader at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available through the Smoot Theatre at 304-422-PLAY (7529) or www.smoottheatre.com.

The program will feature all students from the school, pre-dance and up. The first half will feature classical numbers from Coppelia to Moszkowski’s Spanish Dances.

Intermission will feature Melinda Roush’s cloggers, followed by a new Rockette-style number and then rock and roll with Queen.

The school, also home to the Youth Company, has enjoyed a successful season, bringing in two former professional dancers of the company to choreograph new works. Tamara Schrader of New York is head of her own company and recently entertained U.S. troops abroad. Shari Jackson Williams is a consultant for professional baseball teams in sports entertainment and on faculty at Dayton Dance Conservatory in Ohio. Her choreographed jazz piece will take us on a journey to the 1970s rock and roll era.

Emma McGirr and partner Ben Tucker, both members of the Nevada Ballet Theatre, danced the Grande Pas de Deux in this season’s Nutcracker. McGirr, a former student and STBC dancer, danced for the first time in her hometown. Both wrapped up their season with NBT in “Alice in Wonderland,” where McGirr performed Alice.

Christian Knopp, who is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory in ballet, will begin his first professional job as a member with Ballet Pensacola in Florida in September.

Abigail Kuhlman has been chosen for the WV Governor’s School for the Arts held at Marshall University in Huntington. The program is a three week collaboration for WV juniors in music, dance, and theatre.

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