Lasansky dancers on opera house stage
Camden — The Lasansky Studio of Dance, together with the Dance Theater Ensemble, will cap its season with an hour-long performance Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.
Forty-five dancers will perform 14 dance selections to music as diverse as a Tchaikovsky waltz to compositions by Bizet, Near, Olatunji and Jagoda. Also on the program is a song arranged and performed by guest singer Emma Hallunbaek of Lincolnville to a poem titled “Musical Openings” by Raelin Callahan of Appleton, danced by Hanna Hallunbaek.
Students will premiere 10 dances and perform several favorite selections from the Lasansky Dance Theater Ensemble repertoire including solos, duets and a quartet with Lasansky joined by Lindsay Powers, Maho Hisakawa and Suzanne Dunavent-White.
The dancers have participated throughout the entire process, assisting with the choreography, developing ideas and themes, music, steps, patterns and finally costumes and titles for their pieces. Students from the Lasansky studio come from Appleton, Belfast, Bristol, Brooks, Camden, Glen Cove, Hope, Liberty, Lincolnville, Northport, Rockland, Rockport, Searsmont, Thomaston, Union and Warren.
Advance sale, cash-only tickets can be purchased at HAV II (236-6777) in Camden for $14, $8 for children younger than 13. Tickets at the door the night of the performance will be $16 and $10.
Dancer, choreographer and educator Jimena Lasansky has taught creative movement, ballet, modern dance and choreography in the area since 1977. Last year, she opened her new Studio of Dance in Rockport. Lasansky trained at the Juilliard School in New York, where she did undergraduate studies with Alfredo Corvino, Margaret Craske, Jose Limon, Ethel Winter, Bertram Ross, Lulu Sweigart and Frances Aronoff. Concurrently, she studied anatomy with Raoul Gelabert and Pilates Technique with Romana Kryzanowska. Later, she earned a master’s degree in Dance in Education. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants for her work in the fields of choreography, performance and education.
Lasansky has been the subject of video documentaries aired on Maine Public Television and has served on the Dance Advisory Panel to the Maine Arts Commission; as an assistant professor of dance at the University of Maine at Augusta; and as a movement specialist with the Artists in Education Dance Component Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact her at Jimena@lasanskydance.com or 594-1007; or visit lasanskydance.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.