Lake Charles Dance Academy.
Colleen Cannon Benoit
Lake Area Ballet Theatre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 19, 2018
PHOTO: LABT Artistic Director Colleen Benoit, guest choreographer KaLinda LeJune, and guest artist Dr. Lonny Benoit.
Tickets Now Available For Lake Area Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala
LAKE CHARLES, La—Tickets are now available for the Lake Area Ballet Theatre’s annual Spring Gala ballet showcase, which will celebrate the talents of over 50 local dancers, guest choreographers KaLinda LeJune and Libby Tete Looney as well as guest artists Dr. Lonny Benoit and the McNeese Steel Drum Band. The performance will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles.
The Lake Area Ballet Theatre (LABT) will present an exciting and colorful repertoire of vignette ballet performances, including:
Degas Dancers: Inspired by the works of the famous impressionist Edgar Degas, the ballet incorporates elements from many of the artist’s ballet paintings including the dance studio, the period costumes and the old world charm of the 17th century French Society. This ballet made its premier when it was performed by the Lake Charles Ballet Society for Ballet Joyeux in 1978.
Concerto: A new work choreographed by Colleen Cannon Benoit set to the beautiful music of Antonio Vivaldi.
An American in Paris: A new work choreographed by Libby Tete Looney to the uplifting music of Gershwin. This ballet is sure to entertain with its mix of ballet, tap and ballroom inspired vignettes all while weaving the story of the “American in Paris.”
Passports 2: The second new work choreographed by LABT artist in residence, KaLinda Lejune, accompanied by the McNeese State University Steel Drum Band under the direction of Dr. Lonny Benoit. The calypso sounding island music and dancing is sure to entertain audience members of all ages. In LABT’s second collaboration with the MSU percussion students, the company looks to continue this partnership with local college and college students.
LABT is led by Colleen Cannon Benoit, who spent much of her career studying and teaching at the Clarke Dance Center under the direction of Cissie Clarke and the late Ida Winter Clarke. The mission of LABT is to stage full-scale ballet productions, provide new and innovative works and develop the next generation of local dancers.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.lakeareaballettheatre.com. Lake Area Ballet Theatre is supported by grants from the City of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.
For more information, contact Lake Area Ballet Theatre at 337-477-1510 or visit www.lakeareaballettheatre.com.