The West Michigan Youth Ballet is gearing up for their spring performance of the ballet Cinderella – a favorite ballet for all ages. Three Rockford students are part of the ballet company, and they invite their friends, teachers and school mates come and see them perform this Saturday. In the title role during the 1p.m. performance, Kathleen Bomer, a Rockford High School senior, will play the role of Cinderalla. Elizabeth Hekman from Ada will dance the role of Cinderella during the 4:30 show. In that show, Kathleen can be seen in the solo role of the Winter Fairy. Kathleen, who has been with the WMYB since 2007, has been dancing since she was two years old, so this is her 16th year in ballet shoes. When not rehearsing with WMYB, she is a student and apprentice teacher at her home dance studio, Academy of Dance Arts in Comstock Park. At RHS, this honor student plays the flute and the piccolo in the Wind Ensemble. Kathleen’s college plans are not firmed up at this point, but we know that she will not just be playing a “little flute” wherever she goes. A newcomer to the WMYB this year is Katerina Rozelle, a fifth grade student at Valley View Elementary. Katerina is a Numeral in both the 1 and 4:30 p.m. shows. She hails from Russia, and her mom said that she had the dance gene in her when she was adopted at the age of five, and joined a family of five other siblings. Katerina is a student of Rhythm Dance in Belmont. Back on stage with the WMYB is Lauren Hyink, a fifth grader at Cannonsburg Elementary. If Lauren’s name sounds familiar it is because she was recently featured as an Example of Excellence by Douglas photography, Rockford Public Schools and The Rockford Squire newspaper. In Cinderella, Lauren will be a mouse, a ballroom girl and a summer sprite. Lauren is a student at the Ada Dance Academy. Besides dancing, she keeps busy with piano lessons and singing in her church’s choir. We invite all children to come to the performances dressed in their favorite Cinderella costume. A drawing will be held at each show, and two girls from the audience will be […]
The West Michigan Youth Ballet Company is preparing for its first annual full-length Nutcracker Ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, on Dec. 12 and 13, at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (FHFAC), 600 Forest Hills Ave., Grand Rapids. Four students from the Rockford school district are members of the company, and are looking forward to performing in this wonderful Christmas tradition. Rockford High School senior Rebecca Richmond will appear in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in both matinees, and dance in the Reed Flute and Snow variation in the evening show. Rockford senior Kathleen Bomers will dance the part of the Kissing Doll in all three performances, as well as the Snow and Flowers variations, and has the lead role in Reed Flute. Lauren Hyink, a fifth-grader at Cannonsburg Elementary School, will perform as a soldier and in the Chinese Ribbon dance. Mary Camp, a first-grader at St. Patrick’s School will be a gingerbread and a mouse. All four girls are “nuts” about this ballet, and would love to have their friends and neighbors from the Rockford area join them to see the marvelous talent that is present in our city. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 10 and younger. Performances will be on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. After the Sunday performance there is also the opportunity to take part in a “tea,” where you will be able to meet the dancers in person. Those tickets, which are available to performance ticket holders, are $2 for adults and $4 for children. Each child will receive a door prize and make a beautiful craft to take home. And, of course, refreshments will be served as well. After each performance the audience has occasion to buy beautiful Nutcracker-related gifts at the boutique, which make nice presents such as teachers gifts and mementos. Tickets can be obtained by calling the FHFAC box office at (616) 493-8966.