Boca Ballet To Stage ‘La Sylphide’ April 8-9; NY Dancers Featured

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer

One of the oldest ballets still commonly performed, La Sylphide, will be staged by the Boca Ballet April 8 at 8 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton.

The dance, which ushered in the beautiful, romantic era of ballet and continues to be produced today, will be directed and choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin. La Sylphide is his interpretation of the Bournonville classic.

“We are so pleased that New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Megan Fairchild and Gonzalo Garcia will be returning to the Boca Ballet Theatre stage, dancing the lead roles of The Sylph and James,” Guin said. “Our audience will remember them from their recent performance in the Don Quixote grand pas de deux at the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance.”

Born in Salt Lake City, Fairchild began her dance training at age 4. Her repertoire includes roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dewdrop in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Pierrette in Balanchine’s Harlequinade, the Second Act Divertissement in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Hilda in the George Balanchine/Alexandra Danilova production of Coppelia and Aurora and Princess Florine in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty.

Garcia was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and began studying ballet at age 8. He participated in the Prix de Lausanne, becoming the youngest dancer to receive a gold medal. He joined the San Francisco Ballet in March 1998 and in 2000 he was promoted to principal dancer. He moved on to a similar position with the New York City Ballet in 2007.

With La Sylphide being a shorter story ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre will be adding the stand alone piece “Enchanted Garden” from Le Corsaire, to the program. This performance will feature Boca Ballet Theatre’s own Sasha Lazarus as soloist.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. Call 561- 995-0709 or visit www.bocaballet.org.