WANT TO GO?
"Music in Motion"
Presented by River City Youth Ballet Ensemble
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: Adults $12, seniors and children age 3 and up $8
INFO: 304-925-3262 or www.rcyb.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- River City Youth Ballet isn't calling its new "Music in Motion" production a sequel to last year's "Poetry in Motion" so much as a spin-off
Artistic Director Michelle Raider said, "Last year, with 'Poetry in Motion,' we used some West Virginia poets and even had some of them come and read during the show."
"Music in Motion," which will be presented Friday night at the Culture Center, is a music and dance showcase that includes local dancers and live music.
"We've got 10 pieces we'll be doing," Raider said. "The dance is a mix of classical, contemporary and abstract pieces. Some of them are original. We have a hip-hop piece, which might be something kids unfamiliar with ballet could relate to."
Hip-hop instructor Kristen Pennington-Hackman choreographed the piece, "Young People, Big Problems." Hackman, who is also the director/owner of Dance Underground in South Charleston and the Elite Wildcatz Hip Hop Team, composed the dance with music by Eugene "E-Dub" Weems and lyrics by Jabbar K. Thomas.
Hackman said putting the piece together was nothing unusual for her, but like every composition, it had some challenges. This time, it was the use of original music.
"We had to go through several beats until we found one that worked," she said. "But we got an original beat, and that's where things started to come together."