On October 14th The Portland Ballet Youth Company members and apprentices were invited to perform at Shine A Light at the Portland Art Museum.
The dancers were very excited for the opportunity to present John Clifford’s newly staged choreography and for some dancers, to don the costumes for their roles for the very first time. They soon discovered there would be some interesting challenges to performing at an event that brings different artistic disciplines up close and personal with the public. Not only did the youth company have to adapt their movements to dancing on a much smaller stage, they found themselves dancing inches away from their audience and two life size reclining statues in the gallery. Having been well prepared in rehearsals, the dancers rose to the occasion, showing their professionalism and love of ballet, which was reflected in the Shine A Light patrons’ glowing reception.