Dancing in the open air

Monday will be the last opportunity to see this year's season of Ballet in the Park.

The free ballet performances in the Butler Band Shell in Ashland's Lithia Park have been delighting audiences for since 1985. Sponsored by the City of Ashland, Ballet in the Park takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 30.

Ballet Rogue Artistic Director and Choreographer Diane Gaumond-Hyrst has included a number of classical selections this year, among them several "Swan Lake" dances: the Pas de Six, the Hungarian Dance, the Spanish Dance, the Neopolitan Dance and the Mazurka.

"My Soul and Tango," an original choreographic collaboration from Gaumond-Hyrst and Travis Hart, that brings together ballet and tango, debuted this summer.

Gaumond-Hyrst has brought back a piece choreographed to Ravel's "Bolero." It was the first dance that she choreographed for Ballet in the Park. "Idyll" was originally choreographed by the late Eric Hyrst for Gaumond-Hyrst and Glen Amick.

"Dear Samuel," another new and original piece, has been choreographed by Gaumond-Hyrst to Luciano Berio's "Sinfonia."

Dancers include Ballet Rogue members, from apprentices of 10 years old to senior dancers, as well as guest artist Rebecca Butler, formerly with the Eugene Ballet.

Ballet in the Park also will be offering its final Little Ballerina Class of the season. Junior Company member and soloist Kayla Garrett is teaching this year's class at 9:30 Monday, July 30, at the Butler Band Shell. The class is free and open to children ages 5-9.

For more information, call 773-5118 or 973-9285.

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