Dance your troubles away

. October 16, 2012.

An evening of innovative dance and music is just the thing to chase away the winter blahs. Both can be found at the annual “Pointe of the Evening” performance at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 26, at Winebrenner Theological Seminary Auditorium, 950 North Main St. It is the fifth year for the event, featuring world premiere choreography by local and professional dancers. This year also showcases a live performance with recording artist Fred Shafer.

It will include local dancers from the Findlay Academy of Ballet, and professional dancers from NEOS Dance Theatre in Mansfield, GroundWorks Dance Theatre and VERB Ballet in Cleveland, and trideaDANCE in Tiffin. Proceeds from the evening, which starts with a silent auction at 6:30pm and concludes with a reception, benefit the Chance to Dance Scholarship and the TR Shoaff Endowment Fund, both of which help support local aspiring dancers.

But more than that, according to  Judy Reading, ballet professional at the Findlay Academy of Ballet, it is a rare chance to see gifted dancers performing a variety of dance styles in Findlay – including modern, jazz and classical ballet.

“When you say ‘ballet dancer,’ people usually think of tutus and ‘Swan Lake,’” says Reading, “Ballet is also strong physical movement that is energetic and creative.”

Reading’s advanced level students will be dancing to music from Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Frank Sinatra and Leonard Bernstein, as well as classical pieces. Ten professional dancers will offer selections that will include a classic pas de deux.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling The Arts Partnership at 419-422-4624 or Becky’s School of Dance/Findlay Academy of Ballet at 419-423-7423. The evening is also presented with the assistance of The Community Foundation, which administers the scholarship funds.