The Little School of Dance’s spring concert offers moving art with “Pictures at an Exhibition” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.
A family goes to a museum for a nice outing, then meets with a surprise.
“A magical janitor sweeps them into different pictures,” Little School director Molly Brodie said.
The series of scenes that follow highlight the talents of 180 dancers age 3 years and up in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and tap.
“So there are quite a variety of styles,” Brodie said.
Musical accompaniment includes selections by Camille Saint-Saens, Modest Mussorgsky, and others, including Felix Mendelssohn.
Little School instructor Nique De La Fuente chose Alicia Keyes’ “Empire State of Mind” to go with her choreography set in a New York cityscape.
Mary Beth Loewen, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game researcher by day, also contributed choreography and leads classes at the school.
“I teach whatever Molly lets me teach,” Loewen said.
Other instructor/choreographers in the show are Jenny Stanford, Lacey Harver and Ariane Clark.
Guest dancer Daniel Precup called the team a communion of beautiful minds.”
A native of Romania and a regular with Ballet Tucson in Arizona, Precup was a guest teacher at the Little School of Dance in the summer of 2010.
“I discovered a little piece of heaven here in Kodiak,” he said.
Precup said he liked the advancement made by dancers he worked with during his last visit.
“You see development in the student, in technique and artistry,” he said. “They are very good dancers and they have a bright future.”
Admission for the both shows costs $15.