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The Portland Ballet Youth Company to present Spring Concert


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: BLAINE COVERT - Ruby King, a senior at Lake Oswego High School, will dance in The Portland Ballets headlining piece, Les Sylphides June 13 and 14.

Lake Oswego High School senior Ruby King is among the dancers who will perform June 13-14 when The Portland Ballet’s Youth Company presents its Spring Concert at The Portland Ballet Studios.

The studios are located at 6250 SW Capitol Highway, in the Hillsdale neighborhood of Portland.

The mixed-repertory performance will feature works from contemporary choreographers Josie Moseley and Ann Mueller, a lively piece from George Balanchine and classics that form the artistic foundations of ballet.

The headlining piece is Michel Fokine’s lyrical turn-of-the-century ballet, “Les Sylphides.” King, who has danced since she was 7, will perform the role of one of the sylphs.

“It’s simply a matter of love and passion, and it’s one of the only ways I can express myself,” she said when asked why she dances. “Outside the studio I’d consider myself a rather shy person, but as an artist, I live to tell stories without words. Ballet isn’t just something I choose to do, it’s literally become part of my identity. I’d be nothing without it! On a humorous note, many people at school identify me as the ‘ballet girl’ who always wears high heels.”

Fashion is another of King’s loves.

The program also includes Balanchine’s “Tarantella,” a solo by Devin Packard choreographed by The Portland Ballet teacher Josie Moseley, and excerpts from “Napoli,” an intricate folk ballet and the swashbuckling pirate classic, “Le Corsaire.”

Tickets to the Spring Concert are available online at theportlandballet.org for $15 each. Performances are at 7 p.m. on June 13 and 2:30 and 7 p.m. on June 14.

Led by Artistic Director Nancy Davis, The Portland Ballet nurtures young dancers from age 3 to 19.