Also participating in the gala is the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble. One of the company's pieces will be a setting of local writer Colleen Anderson's poem "Bob Thompson at the Piano," said Michelle Raider, who directs the ensemble. Thompson, a jazz pianist, will provide live music, playing "Coming Home to You." Raider said she's hoping Anderson will read her poem.
Dorothea Hereford choreographed the number, which is a contemporary piece en pointe, Raider said.
Other pieces will include a contemporary number choreographed by Raider called "Touching the Stars" and a romantic, classical piece choreographed by Margaret Lieberman.
Raider encouraged people to come see the dance gala because of the guest artists and the variety of the show.
"It's nice to have the collaboration between the groups," she said.
Want to go?
WHAT: FestivALL dance gala
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 21
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHAT ELSE: Purchase tickets at the Clay Center box office, Backstage Bodywear, Taylor Books, Charleston Ballet and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble. Suttle & Stalnaker PLLC and Aqua-Clear Inc. sponsor the event.
Other FestivALL dance events
DANCE AT TASTE-OF-ALL: 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. June 17 The West Virginia Mountain Valley Cloggers and West Virginia Kickers start things off, followed by open swing dancing, a swing dance contest and more open swing dancing, all in the Civic Center Grand Hall.
MASTER CLASSES: 4 to 5:30 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 19. Central Florida performer and dance instructor Daniel Ryan Hunalp will teach master classes in jazz/musical theater in the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is $20 per class and open to advanced adult and middle school dancers. Enrollment is limited. Call 304-561-3570.
DANCE IN DAVIS PARK: 1 to 1:30 and 5 to 5:30 p.m. June 23. Carli Mareneck, of Lewisburg's Trillium Performing Arts Collective, and others will dance "Chagall's Village Goes to Town," inspired by the artist's paintings of Russian village life and circus imagery, in Davis Park.
BELLY DANCE: 1 and 3 p.m. June 23 and 24. Belly dancer Jenna Brooke Swanson will perform on the BB&T Stage, in front of Taylor Books.
WEST VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPANY: 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. June 24. The state's only professional touring dance company will dance a blend of entertaining and thought-provoking modern compositions at Charleston Town Center Mall.
Reach Alison Matas at alison.ma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.