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serious vein, was an earlier ballet about
Anne Frank developed by Argentinian-
"For the real dance connoisseur, our
Canadian choreographer Mauricio
ballet is very technically difficult," Wilt
Wainrot. In one cast, she portrayed
says. "Our choreographer came up with Margo, Anne's sister. In another, she was
very intricate steps as well as very hard
a person being attacked on the street.
and very bravura dancing. The war
After moving away from actual danc-
scene has a lot of action, which chil-
ing, Wilt did some staging. Her projects
dren really seem to like,
have included Carmina
and the snow scene has
Burana for Oakland
beautifully swirling move-
Ballet and Cinderella for
ment with the need for
Indianapolis Ballet.
constant energy"
Wilt tries to bring bal-
When Wilt danced in
ance to her life through
various productions of
family activities with
The Nutcracker, she
husband Ian, a financial
appeared as a grandmoth-
analyst, and 10-year-old
er, aunt or maid because
daughter Alexandra, a
she never was tall enough
budding gymnast. The
to be a parent. She
dance mistress enjoys
enjoyed working on the
tennis for recreation and
Ballet
mistress
Johanna
ballet because of what she
general exercise. -
Bernstein
Wilt:
7n7
busier
terms "glorious music"
"I'm busier now than
now than when I danced"
and "romantic fantasy"
when I danced," says
Wilt, who grew up in
Wilt, who is planning
Columbus, Ohio, started with ballet
for her company's next ballet, Romeo
later than other dancers she's known.
and Juliet. "It's great working behind the
"I wanted to be a modern dancer and scenes. To be part of the whole produc-
thought ballet would help my tech-
tion is very rewarding.
nique," she explains. "It wasn't until I
"When I danced, I put so much
moved to the Netherlands and went to
pressure on myself and was never sat-
the Rotterdam Dance Conservatory
isfied with how I looked or what I
that I started doifig serious ballet.
did. It's great to see the whole produc-
"I had encouragement from a
tion and say that's-me out there, but
teacher, and after two years, I decid-
not really me." ❑
ed to move to New York and see if I
could be a ballet dancer there. I was
in the city for three years before get-
The Nutcracker will be performed
ting a job with the Cincinnati
Dec. 5-14 at the Detroit Opera
Ballet."
House. Performance times are 7:30
Wilt, who studied at the New York
p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; 2 and 7:30
School of Ballet and the American
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-
Dance Festival, recalls one of her
7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; 2
favorite performances as coming late in
and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13;
her career. She was on stage with the
and
1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.
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find that the young dancers are
raised in the area and involved
taking their assignments very seri-
with Jewish activities offered at the ously. Although they do not get
Jewish Community Center,
paid for their ballet work, the chil-
Temple Emanu-El and
dren do get training with profes-
Birmingham Temple.
sionals and special experience on
All three are pursuing careers in
stage.
the arts.
s- "I think this ballet really enrich-
"I feel very lucky to have found
es the lives of the performers and
work teaching at Marygrove and
audiences," says Molina, who also
different private schools and doing
administers a performing arts
choreography for industrial film
camp. "It shows that even with all
studios," Molina says. "I'm glad I
the cuts in financing the arts,
can continue my craft."
dance is still alive and well in the
As she prepares for The
Detroit area."
Nutcracker, Molina also is glad to
— Suzanne Chessler, special writer

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