Vermonts Farm to Ballet project brings dance performances to an agricultural setting

first_imgOn a recent evening at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, the baths of a few (real) sheep intermingle with the classical music played by a string sextet. It was the group’s first of eight summer performances.“It was so joyful,” said Myra Handy of Shelburne, Vermont, who had been waiting to see the ballet since she heard about it last summer. The talent, music and exuberance exceeded her and her husband’s expectations, she said. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook CHARLOTTE, VT.—At the height of the summer, corn fields are getting taller, tomatoes are starting to ripen, cows are grazing — and ballet dancers are pirouetting and leaping across the grass.The Farm to Ballet project is trading a stuffy auditorium for the open air and evening skies of farms around the state of Vermont. The goal is to expand the audience for classical ballet while helping raise funds for local agriculture, organizers said.The 25 dancers — some professional but many of them amateurs and ranging in age from 18 to 74 — prance and twirl on the grass in colourful costumes. Dressed as lettuce, tomatoes, bees, a cow, pig or farmer, they tell the tale of the growing season. “It was a highlight of our summer.”The idea for the farm-based ballet grew out of a summer class the dancers took outdoors with Chatch Pregger, a professional dancer-turned-teacher at Spotlight Vermont, a performing arts school. Twitterlast_img

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