SOUTH MOUNTAIN — Get ready to be transported to old Spain and experience the Academy of Expressive Dance’s version of the classical ballet, “Don Quixote”. Full of fire and Spanish flair, follow Don Quixote on his quest to be like the knights in fairy tale books he reads, and find and save his own “damsel in distress”. His travels take him to a small town where a young girl, Kitri, is secretly in love with Basilio, the town barber. Kitri’s mother has big plans for her daughter, and insists that she take over the family business instead. Kitri is heartbroken, and Basilio convinces her to run away to a gypsy camp with him. Kitri’s mother is beside herself, and enlists the reluctant help of Don Quixote to bring them back. Quixote’s wild imagination gets the better of him a few times; when the street shadows come to life, and later the windmills turn into giants that he must battle. Join them for a wild ride to find out if Kitri and Basilio will be allowed to marry in the end!
This production will be the Academy’s 28th annual show, and will feature not only classical ballet, but also incorporate tap, jazz, and character dancing as well. All of the students in the Academy are a part of this 2-day event, from ages 3 through to adults. Months and untold hours of practice go into the Academy’s productions, and the audience is always blown away by the level of professionalism and amazing costumes. Andrea Gaw-Prekob, the owner and director of the Academy, is the driving force behind the productions — from inception to choreography, to costume design. If you have never experienced an Academy show before, you need to see this one!
“Don Quixote” will run Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, both at 2 p.m. at the Urbandale Arts Centre, Kemptville. Tickets went on sale Saturday, May 4, and are available at the Academy of Expressive Dance, 316 Latimer Road, South Mountain, or you can make arrangements to purchase them by e-transfer by contacting info@
academyofexpressivedance.com. Advanced Tickets are $20 and are available until May 26; regular price is $25. Limited tickets are available, so make sure to gets yours early! More information can also be found on the Academy’s Facebook page, or their website: www. academyofexpressivedance.com.