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Young Choreographers to Perform at BalletNova

BalletNova, a dance studio located in Bailey’s Crossroads, is presenting a performance of the finalists from its Young Choreographers Competition this Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fredgren Studio at 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church. The finalists will perform their pieces and a winner will be announced at the event. The winner will receive $500 and a chance to create a new work for the BalletNova Summer Intensive dancers.

The Young Choreographers Competition is a online contest in which BalletNova invites dancers between the ages of 14 – 18 from the metropolitan area to submit a piece of choreography, which is then evaluated by a panel of national and internationally recognized judges, who score them according to elements such as space utilization, movement patterns, timing dynamics and conceptual creativity.

The judges included Karen Reedy, founder/director of Karen Reedy Dance, Rochelle Zide-Booth, a retired dancer whose long career in ballet included stints as the principal dancer and ballet mistress at The Joffrey Ballet, ballet mistress of The Boston Ballets and professor of ballet at Adelphi University, and Durell R. Comedy, an adjunct professor in George Mason University’s School of Dance.

Five finalists were chosen and the public was invited to vote for their favorite choreographers. Voting ends on Wednesday, March 18. Following the performance, their will be a champagne and dessert reception. Tickets for the performance is $40 and are available at balletnova.org.