Moving Poetry

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With a unique blend of dance and prose, Poetry in Motion will entertain audiences of all ages. River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, West Virginia’s official youth ballet company, will perform at the West Virginia Culture Center on Friday, November 18, 2011, at 7 p.m. The 55 dancers ranging in ages 7 to 22 thoroughly enjoy sharing their talents with the community. The non-profit company was founded in 1995 and has maintained their goal to teach the area’s youth proper dance techniques. The ensemble’s talented young dancers have a wide range of training including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and creative movement. Artistic Director Michelle Raider says, “The River City Youth Ballet Ensemble was founded to give talented young dancers an opportunity to learn and grow in the performing arts, providing the student with a sound, quality dance education that gives them a forum to share their talents with the community."

In addition to the 10 mesmerizing dance arrangements, actors and recent Poetry Out Loud State Champion Anthony Braxton will read poems written by West Virginia natives, as well as new pieces from Kanawha County student poets selected from a school contest published in Wild Sweet Notes. Dr. Jean Anaport will also read a few of her published pieces.

Tickets are on sale now: $12 for adults and $10 for seniors or children older than 3. Admission can be paid by cash or check at the door or in advance by calling 304.925.3262. Learn more on the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble Web site. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness the young talent of West Virginia!

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