Donna Summer

Dancers guided by a deep respect for ballet's director

Dancers guided by a deep respect for ballet's director

It was quite bustling in the upstairs dance studio during a recent rehearsal. Volunteers were furiously sewing costumes on dancers while director Misako Aoki was guiding them through a combination of her story-telling steps.

“Momotara,” a one-act ballet featured in the company’s program on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, is, indeed, a welcome to spring. Like the cherry blossoms about to bloom, Misako’s company is a barometer of warmer days.

There’s more than a whisper of dance history in this mirror-covered studio.

Four decades have passed since The New City Ballet, opened its doors in the Village of Harper’s Choice. Patrick Frantz, a young, ambitious...

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