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What’s the connection between Dance Theatre Northwest and Narrows Glen Retirement Community?

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Twice a year, the dancers at Dance Theatre Northwest arrive at Narrows Glen with a full complement of dancers, costumes, theatrical lighting, dance floor, sound system, and a full technical crew to put on an hour long performance of classical ballet, American contemporary, and musical theatre style dance. The residents fill the room eagerly waiting to see what the performers will be offering this time. The winter performance is always about the holidays and “The Nutcracker,” but the spring performance, like spring itself, brings the promise of something new. Many of the spring season new works are first performed at Narrows Glen, then at other venues throughout the year.

For many residents, having DTNW come to their home provides them the opportunity to see professional quality dance at no cost, without having to leave the facility, and in a theatre-like atmosphere filled with local community members. For DTNW members, enhancing the quality of life for residents through their arts program is not only rewarding but a high priority on their list of free performances.

At the past Holiday Special concert, two gentlemen were overheard talking as they left the room; the first gentleman said to the other, “What did you think of the performance tonight?” The other answered, “It was wonderful. It is always the highlight of my days when I can watch ballet like this. I used to see it at the theatre when I was younger.” Another resident was talking to her friend and said, “It reminds me of when I was a young dancer and could go en pointe. I love it when they come to perform.”

And so the connection is between the dancers and the audience, between the past and the present.

On April 2, Dance Theatre Northwest will present several new works and excerpts of works in progress including Broadway style pieces, “Another Opening” and “On Broadway.” New ballet previews include “Caprice,” and “Moments.” Choreographer and DTNW’s Artistic Director Melanie Kirk-Stauffer will provide an ongoing lecture that includes her inspiration for the newly created repertoire and some behind the scenes and memorable insights into the company’s newest works. Featured performers include Lauren Trodahl, Oceana Thunder, Solana Sartain, Amelia Arial, Madeline Ewer, Olivia Stephen-Jordan, Philandra Eargle, Gregory Peloquin and Neil Alexander.

Spring performance and activity schedule:

Narrows Glen Spring Concert

April 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Free and open to public

Flapjack Fundraiser

$10/ticket

University Place Applebee’s

May 7, 8-10 a.m.

Spring Choreography Workshop

May 7, 2 p.m.

University Place Library Atrium

Free and open to public

Art Inspires Art

June 11, 2 p.m.

Museum of Glass

Free with museum admission

DTNW’s Spring Concert & Annual School Recital

June 25, 4 p.m.

Mt. Tahoma High School Auditorium

Learn more at www.dancetheatrenorthwest.org and on Facebook.

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