January Updates

Since we’ve been getting a lot of new Facebook followers recently, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone and give you all a little taste of what you can expect from us over the coming weeks…


We now know – or at least have a pretty good idea of – most of the companies that will be represented at the Gala performance on Thursday, May 8. We may still add one or two more though, as we start to get a sense of the length of the various works that people are bringing. As things get finalized, we’ll start to reveal more details about the the specific pieces on the program, as well as the dancers who will perform them. We’re still confirming the participants from a few of the bigger ballet companies, but we should be able to go public with a few more names in the next week or so. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of how the program currently stands:

  • Alison Roper and Brett Bauer from Oregon Ballet Theatre dancing the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy
  • Katie Kozul and Brandon Lee Allie from Hubbard Street 2 performing an excerpt from Alejandro Cerrudo’s Never was.
  • Sona Kharatian and Jonathan Jordan from The Washington Ballet dancing a work TBD.
  • Sara Procopio from Shen Wei Dance Arts dancing a solo TBD.
  • Nicole Wolcott from KEIGWIN + COMPANY dancing a solo TBD.
  • Candace Bouchard from Oregon Ballet Theatre dancing a work TBD, with a partner yet to be revealed.
  • Dancers from Miami City Ballet – we should be able to tell you who they are and what they’re dancing very soon!
  • Dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet – TBD
  • Dancers from BodyVox – TBD


That leaves maybe one or two more slots to be filled. We’ve got a few irons in the fire, so stay tuned!


We’ve also already revealed the program that Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing on Friday night:

  • Pas de Dix (Glazunov / Johnson and Saunders after Petipa)
  • The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams / Ailey)
  • Black Swan pas de deux (Tchaikovsky / Holmes after Petipa)
  • New Bach (J.S. Bach / Garland)


You can read about those works in our last blog post.


We should know soon what works Trey McIntyre Project are performing. We’ll make an announcement about that just as soon as we can.


Also, we’re working hard to finalize plans for our big celebration bash during the festival week. There will be lots of delicious (and local!) food and drink, as well as an informal performance by Uprising. That’s a really exciting side project started by Candace Bouchard from Oregon Ballet Theatre, in which she and some of her fellow dancers choreograph to and perform alongside indie rock musicians. In the past, they’ve worked with Horsefeathers, Weinland and Laura Gibson. We look forward to telling you soon who’s going to fly out with Candace from Portland to play at the party!


One last thing…


We’re looking for volunteers who would like to help us out in exchange for free tickets! Are you interested in ushering at a show, putting up festival posters in your hometown or maybe working backstage? Drop us an email at and let us know!


Not interested in volunteering but still want free stuff? We’ve got you covered there as well. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and this blog over the coming months as we give away tickets, t-shirts, signed posters and perhaps a backstage tour or two.


Thanks for supporting Route 11 Dance Festival! We look forward to seeing you in May!

Dance Theatre of Harlem Program Revealed

We just updated the Friday-night Dance Theatre of Harlem performance page with information about the program! We’re very excited to bring you live music for the entire evening, courtesy of the Rockbridge Symphony – that’s an increasingly rare treat in the ballet world in this day and age. The orchestra will accompany the dancers on a mixed repertory program featuring four works:

  • Marius Petipa’s Pas de Dix is a series of variations (short, standalone dances designed to showcase virtuosity) first staged as part of the final act of the famed Russian choreographer’s epic story ballet, Raymonda. Virginia Johnson, DTH’s Artistic Director, and Keith Saunders, the company’s Ballet Master, have set this version of the work in memory of Frederic “Freddie” Franklin, the beloved British-American star of the legendary Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Franklin danced and staged the work many times himself and was an artistic advisor to Dance Theatre of Harlem prior to his death in May of 2013 at the age of 98.  Pas de Dix is a special treat for lovers of classical ballet and an impressive show-opener.
  • Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending.  Ailey was one of the most acclaimed modern dance choreographers and artistic directors of the 20th-Century. He created The Lark Ascending for his own company in 1972, and it has since become an eduring masterpiece of lyrical dance. In 2012, it was restaged for Dance Theatre of Harlem…with a twist: the female dancers are now on pointe!
  • The Black Swan pas de deux. If you’ve seen Swan Lake, you probably know the story: the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart has cursed the beautiful princess Odette to spend her days trapped in the body of a swan. Only true and steadfast love will free her from the enchantment. Enter the gallant, but somewhat hapless, Prince Siegfried, who vows to break the enchantment by pledging his undying fidelity to Odette. But Von Rothbart has other plans; he disguises his equally wicked daughter Odile to look like Odette and sets about tricking the gullible hero into declaring his love for the imposter instead. Tragedy ensues. Siegfried and Odile’s Act III duet, which you’ll see here, complete with it’s famed 32 fouttés (sharp, whiplike turns performed on pointe by the ballerina), is one of the most iconic pieces of choreography in the ballet canon. Dance Theatre of Harlem describes its inclusion in their repertoire as a response to the question, “Where have all the black swans gone?”
  • New Bach, by DTH Resident Choreographer Robert Garland, closes the show. A witty composition, performed to Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, it imbues neoclassical ballet with hip-hop, revealing the range of DTH’s dancers.

Tickets go on sale November 29!

Hello, World!

We’re really proud of our brand new website. Take a look around and see what we’ve got in store for you in May – and make sure to check back often for the latest updates.


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