The Lowcountry Youth Ballet Company (LYBC) is taking their first story ballet on tour in fall 2016. The Company’s first performance was September 10 at Bishop Gadsden, a retirement community on James Island. Additional shows are being confirmed.
The 26-minute performance was choreographed by LYBC Director Andrea de Vries Snider and has a unique twist from the fairy tale’s original plot.
“In our adaptation, the wolf is a playful and mischievous character just looking for some friendly company,” Snider explains. “The wolf does not eat Granny, but hides her. In the end, when the wolf is caught, she cries because she knows she will be lonely again. Little Red feels sorry for her and offers her friendship.”
This is the first story ballet that Snider has choreographed. She says audiences tend to enjoy ballet when it is done in a story-telling form.
“Little Red” will be the main performance piece for the LYBC in 2016-17, but there are plans in the works for a 3 piece repertoire show for the spring.
The Lowcountry Youth Ballet Company is part of Charleston Dance Center and is comprised of dancers between the ages of 8 and 18 who train year-round in many dance genres. LYBC dancers attend a three-hour rehearsal each week in addition to their regular classes. Auditions are held in the summer for the upcoming year.
Of the “Little Red” performance, Snider says, “The dancers were wonderful, professional and beautiful! They continue to make me proud every day.”
Lowcounty Youth Ballet Company strives to reach out to the Lowcountry’s youth community through dance. Our goals are to connect with children of all ages and to share our love of dance as well as raise funds for the Lowcountry’s many non-profit children’s charities. As dancers we value educating and enriching the lives of children whether though acts of financial kindness or simply celebrating the beauty and art of dance.