Dance: Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet

The Delaware Dance Alliance will be presenting a new production, Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet, based on the first movie by the same name. The ballet combines classical, traditional and contemporary movements, acting, stage combat and sword fighting. The performance will be held at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover on May 12, at 2:00 and 7:00pm. The Schwartz Center for the Arts is located at 226 South State Street in Dover, Delaware.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet troupe follows blacksmith Will Turner, and pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa, while being pursued by the Royal Navy. This ballet version of the 2003 film was a concept designed by artistic director Michele Xiques. [. . .]

Captain Jack Sparrow is being portrayed by Justen Altschul. Justen has trained in classical ballet and modern dance at First State Academy of Dance in Milford, DE, and Koresh in Philadelphia. [. . .] The role of Will Turner will be performed by Ian Boyan. Ian has trained locally at Salisbury Studio of Dance and First State Academy of Dance. He has spent summers at the American Academy of Ballet and Washington Ballet. Next season Ian will be heading to the Pittsburg Ballet School for their full time pre professional program on a full scholarship. Quiaunna Powell joins the cast in the role of Elizabeth Swann. [. . .] Kole Loftin will appear as Commodore James Norrington. [. . .] He has choreographed productions for his high school drama club, and taught at Sussex Dance Academy. Kole has won several awards and scholarships, and is currently attending the University of the Arts, majoring in Dance.

These talented young people lead a cast of over 40 performers, ranging in age from 6-40 something. They are trained in various forms of dance, martial arts, stage combat, and acting. Ian Boyan states, “It’s been exciting to learn stage combat and sword fighting. I love working with DDA. They focus on technique, but their shows are challenging because they are very physical, and you have to act a lot. It’s not something you get in a typical ballet company.”

The Delaware Dance Alliance is a new company founded in the summer of 2010 by Michele Xiques.

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