Dance Arts Los Alamos Presents The Snow Queen

Dancers from left, Jenna Erickson (Snow Queen), Cody Maggiore (Kai), Nicole Stafford (Guardian Angel) and Melina Burnside (Gerda). Courtesy photo

DALA News:

Winter is coming … and so is The Snow Queen. Dance Arts Los Alamos is proud to present its all-new production of The Snow Queen during Winterfest Weekend 2014. More than one hundred dancers aged five through adult will grace the stage in this magical holiday ballet.

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairly tale of the same name, The Snow Queen also provided the inspiration for the movie Frozen. DALA’s ballet interpretation begins with a prologue that takes place 35 years before the tale begins. The two act ballet includes enchanting characters such as Troll Sprites, Jesters, Dancing Snowmen, a Magician and, of course, the evil Snow Queen. The story follows the young heroine Gerda as she sets out on a treacherous journey to rescue her beloved Kai, who has been captured by the Snow Queen.

The musical score is a compilation created specifically for this production and includes works from composers Christophe Beck, Michael Convertino, John Debney, Paul Joyce and Emile Waldteufel. Original choreography for The Snow Queen was created by Jonathan Guise, Lisa Jaegers and Valerie Silks.

Guest Artist Wes Jansen from Moving People Dance in Santa Fe will dance the role of the Troll King. Featured DALA dancers include Jenna Erickson as The Snow Queen, Nicole Stafford as the Guardian Angel, Melina Burnside as Gerda and Cody Maggiore as Kai. School Director Jonathan Guise states, “I believe this is one of the strongest shows DALA has ever produced and I am very excited to share it with the community”.

The Snow Queen will take place on Friday Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Dec. 6 & 7 at 2.p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 4-17 and seniors 60+ and available at CB FOX and at the door.