Guys I am so, so, soooo excited to share with you our big announcement that Seaside Dance Month is happening in May! We’ve been working on this for so long and it’s finally here! In celebration of dance, we have planned three fabulous and FREE shows right here in Seaside performed by professional dance artists from all around the world. We’re talking ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, and more! Duets, big groups, solos – you name it, we’ve got it. And it’s all performed under the stars in the Seaside Amphitheater. We begin Seaside Dance Month with a return performance by Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, who just arrived from New York on Tuesday (explains my absence the last few days).
Here are two of the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers hitting the pose from our poster last spring : )
And here is the company from last year. Each year we host all dancers here in Seaside for a week of rehearsals and classes, and one unforgettable performance under the stars in Seaside.
A few pictures from Joffrey Ballet Concert Group’s performance last year will give you a taste what you can expect again this year. Pictures hardly do it all justice, but it’s still beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of performances in many different settings, and there’s nothing like a beach sunset hitting a stage of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group ballerinas at just the right moment while Tchaikovsky permeates the salty sea air. It’s a true Seaside experience.
photo by Shelly Swanger
photo by Sarah Ponder
photo by Sarah Ponder
This next piece is Light Rain by the Joffrey’s late Gerald Arpino, an edgy, modern dance that’s sure to leave you blushing. It first debuted in the early 60’s (need I say more?) and exudes pure art and passion.
This piece mesmerized the audience.
Are you ready to come enjoy the shows yet? I’m telling you it’s amazing.
Our Seaside Dance Month show line-up for the month of May, all performed in the Seaside Amphitheater:
May 7, 6:00pm: Joffrey Ballet Concert Group performs classical and contemporary works from Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Dwight Rhoden, and more.
May 14, 6:00pm: Ballet Pensacola performs a variety of dance works including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap.
May 21, 6:00pm: our Gala featuring guest artists from New York City Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet of Canada, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, and many more.
If you’re out of town, this is a great reason to book a cottage and come stay the weekend. Seaside, dance, and the beach? A great way to relax and and enjoy dance.
Thanks to the Merchants of Seaside for sponsoring all three of these magnificent events.
**Be sure to check my instagram to see behind the scenes moments of Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers and director rehearsing and enjoying Seaside. They are already soaking up the scenery, sand, and sun!
Hope to see you at our shows!