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By Gina A. Tramontin
Daily Special Writer
Ann Arbor offers a plethora of
dance instruction, as well as perform-
ing opportunities, from ballet to
modern to musicals. In the downtown
area, to begin, seven dance studios of-
fer ballet instruction. In fact, there are
three located right on campus, so you
won't have to walk far.
The CAS Ballet Theatre
School, 548 Church (662-2942), is
based on a classical Russian syllabus,
particularly the Leningrad-Moscow
schools; and unlike most of Ann
Arbor's studios, CAS offers men's
classes, pas de deux and variation
classes. If you like to perform, the
CAS company - Ann Arbor Ballet
Theatre - holds auditions annually
for their Christmas performance of
"The Nutcracker."
At 617 E. University lies the
Community School of Ballet (996-
8515), directed by Camilla Chiapuris,
A.R.A.D. The Royal Academy of
Dancing is the basis for the syllabus
and classes for adults are open.
Director John Durbin's Dance
Theatre Studio, 711 N. University
(995-4242) not only offers ballet
classes, but jazz, tap, and ballroom as

well. Day, evening and weekend
classes for adults and teens are of-
fered. Seasonal auditions are held for
the in-house company "Jazz Dance
Theatre," which performs several
times a year.
If you are looking for more
intense instruction, you may have to
travel a little further than your cam-
pus backyard.
Studio 1-School of Dance,
220 S. Main Street (995-1747),
offers exceptional classes in ballet,
pointe, jazz, and tap. Director TeDee
A. Theofil holds a Cechetti back-
ground but diversifies her ballet
classes - most recently adding an
element of the Royal Danish
School's challenging Bournonville
technique. On the other hand, if your
niche is jazz, Theofil also has an ex-l
tensive background in the Giordano
technique based out of Chicago.
A modern dancer may want to<
consider taking a class or two at the
University of Michigan Dance
Department (CCRB). The Univer-
sity is known for an excellent modem
department, currently under the direc-
tion of Peter Sparling, a former prin-
cipal with Martha Graham. Contrary1
to popular belief, you do not have tot
-- I

Experience dancers'
physical prowess -
What exactly is modemdance?
A verbal description could never
suffice-only a visual one can.
However, few people rarely
take the time to witness this.
Perhaps many feel that in order to
enjoy dance, they must be edu-
cated in the art form. This is not
true - modem dance is a form of
artistic expression that affects any
individual. As a dancer and chore-
ographer, I am aware of an audi-
ence's response to my work -
and the kind I prefer is comprised
both of dancers and non-dancers.
Dancers tend to notice the
technical aspects of a performance
more than its emotional con-
veyance and dramatic presenta-
tion. So when I ask viewers
about pieces I have choreographed
or performed, critiques from non-
dancers are just as useful - i.e.,
as one who is not a visual artist
sees a painting as a whole rather
than analyzing every detail of it.
And seeing a live dance per-
formance creates its own kind of
excitement. It can put viewers at
the edge of their seat just like a
sporting event - through the
anxiety of hoping for a piece to
come off smoothly without mis-
takes, to witness a dancer execut-
ing movement with physical
prowess, no bumps occurring.
Watching 15 people on stage,
weaving perfectly throughout one
another's paths, is the seeing of
art's creation as you breathe.
-Pamela Warshay

Maude and Monty Python and the
Holy Grail and old favorites such as
Gone With the Wind and Casa-
blanca are one step better when
seen here. The Michigan Theater has
even been responsible for such Ann
Arbor favorites as animation fest-
ivals and the ever-popular My Life
As A Dog. Each March, the Mich-
igan plays host to the annual week-
long Ann Arbor 16mm Film Fest-
ival, one of the most respected fests
in the nation. It brings in entries
fromaround the world and is one of
the important annual cultural events
in town. It's fun, too.
If you are interested in current
foreign films or smaller American re-
leases then check out the Ann Arbor
Theater. With only two screens they
often juggle three or four films at a
time. The schedule changes week by
week, so the lesser-known films
seem to slide by pretty quickly. Both
the year's best foreign film, Oscar

movie house, but since the quality of
the films is generally so much bet-
ter, it's worth it. On Tuesdays ad-
mission is only $2.75.
Tuesday night spares the agony of
shelling out big bucks to see the big
stars the local multiplex cinemas, all
of which require a car or bus to get
to. The two mall-based complexes,
Briarwood (State and Eisenhower)
and Fox Village (Maple and Jack-
son) offer dollar night, while the
gigantic Showcase Cinemas (Carp-
enter and Ellsworth) has all features
for $2.75.
Showcase just opened its fourteen
screens last year and is almost al-
ways showing all the current releases
of the other two multi-plexes com-
bined, making them almost obsolete.
Briarwood, however, still shows
Rocky Horror every Friday and
Saturday at midnight. All three
multi-plexes have late-night weekend
shows which are popular attractions.

Continued from Page 6
Eclipse continues to exist through
the efforts of student volunteers. If
you want to help carry the proverbial
torch, newcomers are welcome at
their mass meeting in September.
The University's big band recently
gained national attention and was
invited to the Montreux festival in
Switzerland. The spirit of that Swiss
music party comes to Michigan with
the Montreux-Detroit Jazz

Festival held at the end of every
summer. In conjunction with
Ypsilanti's Frog Island Blues,
Jazz, and Zydeco Festival these
summertime treats supplement the
vibrant musical atmosphere main-
tained year-round by local clubs,
radio, record retailers and fans of the
best in American music. The local
scene is rounded out by several record
stores that have jazz and blues sec-
tions ranging from adequate to excep-
Now you know the scene. Start
digging it. U



8 Ball Saloon
Live Bands
Open 11:30 AM-2:30 AM

be a dance major to take dance classes
with the department - but you may
have to obtain an override for the
advanced classes.
f you're strictly a performer, you
might approach local theatre groups
around town. The Ann Arbor Civic
Theatre, 1035 S. Main Street (662-
7282) often needs actors, singers and
dancers to perform in their produc-
tions during the year. In addition,
Civic produces a large spring musical
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- usually at the Power Center - so
keep your eye out for audition
notices. In the past, they have per-
formed Chicago, The Music Man,
Maine, and Hello, Dolly!
One of the newest theatre compa-
nies in Ann Arbor is Peninsula
Productions (769-0636), located in
Sloan Plaza at 505 E. Huron St.
Peninsula is under the artistic direc-
tion of some of Ann Arbor's most
prominent talent, such as Judy Dow
Alexander, Constance Barron, Jerry
DePuit and TeDee Theofil. Known
for its professionalism, Peninsula's
credits include Nightingale, Gypsy,
and Peter Pan.

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