Students to show moves for benefit performance

June 11, 1993|By Aglaia Pikounis | Aglaia Pikounis,Staff Writer

The Patty Neivert School of Dance is keeping itself on its toes. After performing a successful dance concert last year that raised about $1,400 for the Carroll County Arts Council, it will hold another benefit concert featuring everything from ballet to modern dance.

The concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Westminster High School, will showcase the school's students. They include kindergarten-age to middle-age students who will perform ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

"I felt that the Arts Council needed my support," said Patty Neivert, the owner of the school. "I feel that the arts are generally overlooked and, especially in a bad economy, the arts would be the first to go."

Last year's concert was held at Francis Scott Key High School, and was a success, but because she was searching for a larger facility, she moved the show to Westminster High, Ms. Neivert said.

"This being my second year performing, the students are more polished and highly trained. The students are also much more serious and more dedicated," she said.

Among the performers will be Dana Yarrish, an eighth-grader who was recently accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts.

This year's concert will be dedicated in the memory of her former colleague and friend, Edward Myers, Ms. Neivert said.

Mr. Myers, a native of Westminster, was the artistic director of the National Ballet in Tennessee who died at the age of 42 from an AIDS-related illness, according to Ms. Neivert. He performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Maryland Ballet, and the National Ballet in Washington, and also was a guest teacher at Ms. Neivert's school in 1991.

The concert's choreography is original and created by faculty members Michille Hyde, Stephanie Jahn, Sherilee Maenner, and Ms. Neivert. The show's highlights include the romantic ballet by Michael Folkine, "Les Sylphides," which will be restaged by Ms. Hyde.

A children's ballet created by Ms. Maenner and a new modern work choreographed by Ms. Jahn also will be performed.

Ms. Neivert, a native of New York who attended Goucher College and joined the Maryland Ballet when she was still a student, opened the school two years ago and moved it in February from the Winchester Exchange building to the Beacon Commercial Exchange building on Railroad Avenue in Westminster.

Tickets for the performance are $6 and are available in advance and at the door. For ticket information, call 857-9476.

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