Grand Rapids Ballet a success in St. Louis
June 21, 2013 by Mark
The Spring to Dance Festival held in St. Louis, Missouri, has been hailed a success, particularly the performance by Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB). The Spring to Dance Festival has run for its sixth year, courtesy of Dance St. Louis. Grand Rapids Ballet appeared on the first day of the festival, performing ‘The Envelope’ by David Parsons.
According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the performance by GRB was “the biggest hit on either stage”. The ballet outlines the journey of an envelope, travelling from A to B accompanied by music from Gioachino Rossini. ‘The Envelope’ was first performed by GRB in 2012 and repeated at an awards ceremony. The executive director of Dance St. Louis, Michael Uthoff, became aware of a sparkling review written by a critic from Dance Magazine, which is when he decided to invite the dancers to the festival. There are seven professional dancers in Grand Rapids Ballet, which includes Nick and Laura Schultz. The company performed during the festival at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. Although the Schultz couple are both from Grand Rapids, Laura spent time dancing with Saint Louis Ballet.
Nick Schultz added that company recognition would be helped by dancing in the Spring to Dance Festival, helping them to achieve national fame. Many festival entrants also use the services of a brochure printer to publicize their performances.
There were 30 performances at the Spring to Dance Festival, with Grand Rapids Ballet reportedly being one of those to stand out.