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Alliance Academy of Dance to perform “Coppelia” for spring ballet

April 16, 2019

The Alliance Academy of Dance will be performing the classic “Coppelia” for their spring ballet.

According to Director Sergiu Brindusa, a different classical ballet is chosen each spring, but it has been a number of years since the academy has performed “Coppelia.”

The show, which was first performed in 1870, is a comical ballet about a man who strays from his love in favor of a doll named “Coppelia.”

“It’s a fun and funny ballet,” Brindusa said. “It’s one of the great classics, and it’s very happy and light-hearted.”

The two leads will be performed by Chloe Jones and Lydia Kener, both of whom are graduating from the dance academy this year. Brindusa said they will both continue to study dance at a university level.

Additionally, Nick Gili, a professional dancer from Ballet Idaho who is also a former student of Brindusa’s, will play the male lead.

There are over 60 dancers in the performance, which Brindusa said involves some complex and difficult choreography.

“It’s got its challenges, like all ballets,” he said. “But these kids are so connected to it, and they put a lot of effort into it. Our students are very well trained, and they should be able to handle with ease all of those challenges.”

Brindusa added that he hopes the spring ballet can eventually become as much of an integral and supported part of the community as the academy’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” which draws thousands of audience members every season.

“We are really proud that after 14 years, we are still able to put on full length ballets,” he said. “And the more support we get from the community, the more likelihood of us continuing to be even better and higher quality. We would love to see the community embrace our spring ballet as much as they have embraced ‘The Nutcracker.’”

This will be the third time Brindusa has directed “Coppelia,” and he said he is hopeful that the community will be able to enjoy its artistry, even if they do not have children dancing in it.

“The ballet is beautiful and the dancing is going to be fantastic,” he said. “But I just hope that when it does come to life, it’s going to be very fulfilling for the people watching. When you go into a theater, and you make your life part of it for a couple hours, it takes you to a different place.”

The academy will be performing “Coppelia” on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Frazier Hall at Idaho State University. Tickets are $16 for reserved seating, $12 for general seating and $8 for children and can be purchased online at tututix.com/AAD.