A group of Santa Catalina dancers ventured to San Francisco with dance teacher Nicole West on Saturday, May 30 for the final performance of the Alonzo King Lines Contemporary Ballet performance. Marking the end of the Bay Area's Dance Week, the company showcased "Shostakovich," King's latest work to four movements by the composer, and a new collaboration with jazz artists Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran titled "Sand."
Of the performance, West said it was a "wonderful opportunity for our students to see technical dancing at it's finest, showing their hard work and years of training brought to fruition. Also, because both pieces were very different, the girls were able to see fairly mainstream contemporary ballet consisting of intricate partnering en pointe, as well as multiple turns and high extensions. The second piece resonated the jazz music with much freer movement going from solos, duets and trios to unison phrases with more pedestrian notes."
The trip was a great success, and the students appreciated the opportunity to watch such beautiful dancing.
Pictured above: Anna '17, Emmi '18, McCall '17, Jessica '18, Keegan '18, Sarah '18, Nicole West.