The Beauty of Discipline Dancers to Demonstrate Results of Faubourg's Tough Ballet Camp

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The Beauty of Discipline Dancers to Demonstrate Results of Faubourg's Tough Ballet Camp


Peterson, Eric, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Eric Peterson Daily Herald Staff Writer

A dynamic dance performance coming to Schaumburg showcases the talents of a troupe at the top of its game and helps support the care of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia.

The Hanover Park-based Faubourg Theatre is presenting its show "Chemin De La Vie" ("Path of Life") at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Faubourg Theatre, founded a decade ago by Watmora Casey, has held a show for the past several years involving the most accomplished members of its intensive eight-week summer ballet camp.

The show will feature "Highlights of Don Quixote" staged by visiting Russian choreographer Tatyana Lyubchenko-Mazur and "The Path" choreographed by Randy Duncan.

The 30 girls in the show are selected from the approximately 200 in the theater's summer camp. For eight weeks they practice and rehearse six days a week - often from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The show itself occupies only the last four hours of the day.

Casey said the rigorous schedule not only maximizes the short time frame allowed by the summer camp, but is an excellent way to learn the discipline of dance - reflecting the reality of its professional side.

"I was in Moscow in 1989," Casey said. "They say that we (Americans) don't have the discipline. They call us 'the hamburger people.' But you'd be surprised how many American students like classical ballet. …

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