Dance Beacon Presents Alice, the Looking Glass Dances June 1

Ballet teachers to perform pas de deux as part of the production

Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts Studio has been performing their Spring Concert for 47 years as a way to culminate the year’s dance training, to give their students the opportunity to perform in a professional atmosphere and to share with the public an affordable and entertaining afternoon or evening of dance.

This year’s performance is Alice, The Looking Glass Dances and will be set within a narrative framework, based on Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. The performance will feature dance performances by students as well as a grand pas de deux, performed by Alessandra Ball and Todd Hall, both professional dancers and faculty members at the studio.

Ball has danced professionally with the Colorado Ballet, Victor Ullate Ballet, and as a principal dancer with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. During her career, she danced roles in a wide variety of ballets, stretching from classical works by George Balanchine and Marius Petipa, among others, to Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp. Hall has performed with the Boston Ballet and the Washington Ballet, among others, and has been a guest artist with a number of ballet companies in the U.S., dancing such roles as Albrecht in Giselle, the Prince in Swan Lake, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and Franz in Coppelia.

Alice, the Looking Glass Dances will have two performances, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. at the Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. Tickets are available at the Bardavon, through Ticketmaster or at the Dance Beacon/Ballet Arts studio at 107 Teller Ave., Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children 12 and under; with a special rate of $10 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact the studio at 845-831-1870 or visit the website at

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