Ballethnic Performers Sleeping BeautyIn preparation for staging its major spring production, Flyin’ West — Ballethnic Dance Company will conduct auditions for all dance roles next Saturday, January 11, from 3 to 6 p.m., at its East Point Studio, 2587 Cheney Street.

Ballethnic will perform the ballet version of Flyin’ West March 20- 23, at the Rialto Center for the Arts.  The full ballet is an adaptation of famed writer Pearl Cleage’s “Flyin’ West” play by Waverly T. Lucas II, Ballethnic’s co-founder and co-artistic director.

Set in the 1890s, Flyin’ West illuminates the lives of six newly freed slaves (four women and two men) as they give their personal accounts of life after transitioning from slavery to freedom.  They settled in Nicodemus, Kansas, which is heralded as the very first town settled by African-Americans.  The play represents the African-American women and the diverse population which settled the West.  In an effort to gain the keenest insight on their stories of tragedy and triumph, Mr. Lucas traveled to Nicodemus and interviewed four generations of the original ancestors.

Ballethnic invites amateur and professional dancers – from six-year-olds and teens to young adults and seniors –to audition by age and training level for the Flyin’ West production.

All age groups must participate in registration prior to their audition and a ballet class on-site. All dancers must pay a $15 audition fee. Professional dancers are required to submit a head shot and a resume.

See the attached flyer for details about the specific auditions sessions. Also, call the Ballethnic office, 404/762-1416; or visit web site, www.

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