March 2017

Hilton Head Dance Theatre Brings Spring Delights to Stage

Author: Special to CH2

The classical will share the stage with the contemporary when the Hilton Head Dance Theatre presents Spring 2017, an eclectic program of dance featuring styles from ballet to jazz to tap. The company of classically trained dancers will take the stage at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to showcase the breadth of their ability beginning Friday, March 31. “People forget that we do more than ballet,” said John Carlyle, co-artistic director. “This presentation allows us to showcase a wide variety of dance styles in a production that everyone can enjoy.”

The program will open with a concert version of Paquita and will feature the grande pas classique from the full-length ballet. The staging will be by Hilton Head Dance Theatre’s artistic director Karena Brock-Carlyle after the Marius Petipa version, staged by Natalia Makarova for American Ballet Theatre. The roles of the newlyweds, Paquita and Lucien, will be danced by Marina Karis and guest artist Journy Wilkes-Davis.

Following, for the very first time on Hilton Head Island, audience members will have the opportunity to see the exciting Flames of Paris, a pas de deux taken from the full-length ballet featuring Katie Maurer and Jamal Edwards. Next up, a corps of dancers will be featured in Electricity, an original piece choreographed by Brock-Carlyle in 1990 to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Next, guest artist Wilkes-Davis will be joined by his wife, Anna Porter, in the exquisite pas de deux Grande Pas Classique with music by Auber. Cassie Maurer will add another dimension to the program with a tap number choreographed by Jamal Edwards to music by George Gershwin. Former Broadway dance captain Kathleen Watkins will stage “Rich Man’s Frug” from Sweet Charity. This is regarded as one of the cleverest of the Fosse masterpieces. The program concludes with the joyful and spirited Gershwin Suite—a re-staging of Jamal Edwards’ popular ballet that culminates with the iconic “I Got Rhythm.”

Opening night of Spring 2017 is Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. An additional evening performance will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance is scheduled for Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children age 15 and younger. Tickets are available at the Arts Center box office, located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane. You can also reserve seats by phone at (843) 842-ARTS or online at

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