Harford Ballet Company presents 'Beauty and the Beast'

The Harford Ballet Company, resident company of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland, is headlining its spring production with "Beauty and the Beast." Featuring local Harford County students, the performances will take place June 8 at 6 p.m. and June 9 at 1 p.m. at Bel Air High School.

The performance will open with Harford Ballet Company, joined by students from the Dance Conservatory of Maryland, in a mixed bill performance featuring DCM's recreational dance forms.

Harford Ballet Company will also be presenting the world premier of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The piece is based on an idea shared by modern dance and punk music; the idea that a piece of art does not have to be pretty, polite or "nice". For HBC's classically trained dancers, it was quite a challenge to be asked to dance in a rebellious, in-your-face kind of way, according to a press release from the company. The instructor encouraged the dancers to be very extreme in their movement and to let out every bit of bad attitude they normally can't bring into the dance studio.

Headlining the second half of the program is "Beauty and the Beast," featuring choreography by Artistic Director Barclay Gibbs, who has brilliantly adapted the timeless story of "Beauty and the Beast" for the ballet stage featuring enchanting village, castle and forest scenes. Guests can watch all their favorite characters come to life before their eyes with a spectacular cast of townsfolk, dancing teapots, clocks and candles and celebrate as true love triumphs over evil. Audience members will be amazed by the stunning technical clarity and dramatic artistry presented by the ballerinas while young children will be wrapped up in the marvelous story of Belle and her friends as they come to life before their eyes.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at www. harfordballetcompany.org or 410-877-0777. Ticket prices range from $17 to $23 with advance purchase and $25 at the door. Harford Ballet Company's productions supported in part by both the Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

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