ABT's Susan Jaffe to give a class in Annapolis Dance: A few observers may watch while 30 dancers take instruction at Maryland Hall.

August 17, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Susan Jaffe, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, will give a master class for intermediate and advanced ballet dancers Sept. 14 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Jaffe, 36, is a Washington native who studied at Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda before joining ABT in 1980. She has danced every leading role in ABT's repertory, including Odile/Odette in "Swan Lake," Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" and the title roles in "Coppelia," "Giselle" and "Sleeping Beauty."

The master class, co-sponsored by Ballet Theater of Annapolis and Chesapeake Life magazine, will meet from 5 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Participants must be 13 or older, and the class is limited to 30 dancers. The fee is $20. A small number of observers will be admitted for a $10 fee.

Information: 410-263-2909.

Touring shows

The forthcoming season of Broadway touring shows passing through Baltimore is heavy on dance.

"Broadway & Beyond" at the Lyric Theater includes "Steel City" (Feb. 2-7), created by Dein Perry, the man who brought the world "Tap Dogs"; and a return engagement of "Lord of the Dance" (May 4-9), which played here a year ago at the Baltimore Arena.

Its full name is "Michael Flat-ley's Lord of the Dance," but Flat-ley is no longer dancing in it. He has decided to return to the boxing ring, where his fast footwork won't wow the critics but may outfox a sparring partner or two. Information on "Broadway & Beyond": 410-494-2712.

"Live Broadway" at the Mechanic Theatre includes "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk" (March 2-7). A kinetic history of tap dance, it features virtuoso tap choreography by its original star, Savion Glover. Information on "Live Broadway": 800-343-3103.

BTA signs Zhirui Zou

In other Ballet Theater of Annapolis news, the company has signed Chinese dancer Zhirui Zou to a one-year contract. She becomes BTA's third international dancer, after Dmitry Tuboltsev of Russia and Aram Manoukian of Armenia.

Zou is from Shanghai, where she received her first training. She attended the Beijing Academy of Dance, the only college-level dance school in China, from 1992 to 1994, winning an outstanding-student award for both years of study.

Since 1994, she has been a principal dancer with the Central Opera Ballet of China in Beijing. She has danced the lead role of Kitri in "Don Quixote" and principal roles in many classical ballets as well as the company's signature work, "The Red Detachment of Women."

BTA's coming season, just announced, will include its full-length "Dracula" in Annapolis (Oct. 23-24) and Towson (Oct. 30-31).

In the spring, it will offer two mixed repertory programs: a new production of "Carmen," choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart, and a new work by Anton Wilson of Jennifer Muller/The Works dance company in New York (March 5-6); and Act II, the best-known portion of "Swan Lake," paired with a new production of "Beauty and the Beast," choreographed by Stewart to music of Leo Delibes and Leon Minkus (April 24-25).

The season also includes the Christmas package of "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 5-6 and 12-13) and "Santa's Workshop" (Dec. 5).

Season tickets are $65 for four performances, $50 for three, with discounts for seniors and students. Information: 410-263-2909.

By the time season tickets are sent out after Sept. 25, the envelopes will be crowned with the company's new logo, in which the words "Ballet Theater" are underlined by a bright pink ribbon, just like the one on a dancer's pointe shoe.

The ribbon forms a curvilinear M, which was designed so that BTA could drop "Annapolis" and add "Maryland" to its name as it grows. The name change was proposed for this coming year, but the board had cold feet and voted it down.

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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