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Dec. 5, 2008

UI Youth Ballet premieres 'The Snow Queen' Dec. 20 and 21

The University of Iowa Youth Ballet will present the world premiere of a newly choreographed version of "The Snow Queen," Hans Christian Anderson's enchanting winter fairy tale of friendship, loyalty and magic, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The Youth Ballet will preview the production with a free mini-performance at noon Friday, Dec. 12, as part of the Project Art series in the atrium of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Eleanor Goudie-Averill, the recent Master of Fine Arts graduate of the UI Department of Dance who is the new artistic director of the Youth Ballet, choreographed the production to a musical score composed by her uncle, Ric Averill, drama director of the Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas.

The hourlong ballet will feature more than 25 Youth Ballet students, ages seven through 18, as well as two Department of Dance students, a community member and a UI graduate student in medicinal chemistry.

"All of the choreography is brand new, and built for the specific dancers," Goudie-Averill explains. "I choreographed all but the Level I and II dancers, who play the snowdrops and the fish, choreographed by UI Dance Forum Director Kathy Smith. Many of the costumes are also new."

The production also features lighting by Tim Watson.

The Youth Ballet is part of the department's community education and outreach program, the UI Dance Forum. The Youth Ballet School offers a full schedule of classes throughout the school year and a summer session, and the UI Youth Ballet presents spring and fall performances.

For additional information about Dance Forum and the Youth Ballet visit

Admission to "The Snow Queen" is $12 for adults, $6 for UI students and youth. Tickets are available in advance from the University Box Office, which has moved back into the Iowa Memorial Union, at 319-335-3041 or 1-800-346-4401. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

North Hall, which is accessible on foot from the Anne Cleary Walkway, is across the pedestrian bridge from free parking in the Hancher lot, and parking is also available right next door in the North Campus ramp at the north end of Madison St.

The Department of Dance is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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