Tupelo Ballet presents ‘Les Sylphides’

Starring in Tupelo Ballet’s “Les Sylphides” are, from left, Amber Claire Huddleston, Rachel Hicks, Alivia Roberts and Zoe Windham. (Nathan Duncan)

Starring in Tupelo Ballet’s “Les Sylphides” are, from left, Amber Claire Huddleston, Rachel Hicks, Alivia Roberts and Zoe Windham. (Nathan Duncan)

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

There’s no story – only romance – in “Les Sylphides.”

Tupelo Ballet presents the one-act romantic reverie next week at the Civic Ballet, and it’s unlike anything company has ever produced.

“In the ballet, a poet dances with ghostly sylphs in a forest,” said director Sharon Long. “The ballet is in the repertory of nearly every company in the world. It’s more stylized because it’s in the 18th century, romantic era.”

The dancers are joined by Alabama Ballet dancer Mike Fothergill for the performance.

“It’s completely different than anything we’ve ever done, so it’s a lot harder,” said Zoe Windham, a Tupelo Ballet dancer.

The second half of the performance will be contemporary repertory. With extra staff at the company, the dancers were able to take contemporary classes.

“The contemporary classes have made them stronger physically and in every other way,” Long said. “Contemporary dance is making a big impact in the dance world. It’s more telling a story with the way your body moves in cooperation with the music.”

The choreography in the contemporary repertory was created by Associate Director Lindsay Fine and academy instructor Sara Kathryn Beasley.

“It’s more lyrical and modern,” said dancer Alivia Roberts. “It’s very elegant.”

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DIM THE LIGHTS

What: Tupelo Ballet presents “Les Sylphides” and Contemporary Repertory

When: 2 p.m. March 22

Where: Tupelo Civic Center

Cost: $30/adults, $20/seniors, $10/students

Info: (662) 844-1928, tupeloballet.com

Extra: Tupelo Ballet presents a Fairy Garden Tea Party at 10 a.m. March 22 at the Tupelo Middle School Cafeteria. It’s $10/child, and chaperones are free. Costumes of any kind are welcome.

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“Les Sylphides” cast: Rachel Hicks, Alivia Roberts, Emory Hamblin, Amber Claire Huddleston, Zoe Windham (Demi-soloists); Anna Ballard, Caroline Burleson, Carley Cole, Emma Counce, McKenzie Denton, Mary Payne Dillard, Amy Haadsma, Rachael Malone, Rachel Talton, Lexie Yancey, guest artist Mike Fothergill from Alabama Ballet