Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Paramount

A group of us from the AlbemarleHomeschoolers group were privileged to see an educational performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater this morning, at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. The dancers were just amazing!

Over the past year, we've seen several other educational performances (which are geared for school groups) at the Paramount, thanks in great part to Alicia Craddock, the Education & Communications Coordinator. These performances run just one hour and cost (get ready for this) just $5 per person. Last year our group was able to participate as well, but I missed the call for sign-ups and only managed to get tickets for Mark Nizer, the juggler, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Both were wonderful performances, and Emily and I enjoyed Liz Lerman so much, we went back for the full evening performance the next night.

So when Alicia announced that group ticket sales for educational programs were going to be done differently for the 2006-2007 season (in advance for the whole year, not just a few weeks before each performance), two other homeschool moms and I jumped at the chance to organized our group's ticket purchases. To get the best seats, or even get seats at all, we needed to have cash in hand for the August morning when sales would open. Mom #1 (anonymous since I haven't cleared this with her, but the driving force behind this) was there bright and early, second in line, so we have had wonderful seating all year.

This season, my kids and I have seen Big Ray and the Kool Kats, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and
Underground Railway Theatre: Are You Ready My Sister? On Friday, we'll be going back to see The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, featuring Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. The last show on our calendar will be "five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway show" Man of La Mancha. And we would have loved to see more shows, but had to cancel two due to schedule conflicts.

I can't wait to see what's in store for us next season--and I want to send a big thank you to Alicia Craddock for taking the time to work with our homeschool group. My children, and I, have been enriched by these programs and look forward to each one.

[In case you're wondering, these two pictures were taken at the kids' homeschool drama class last fall, with Miss Pam at Artworks, in Albemarle Square.]

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