If you’ve ever taken a ballet or modern dance class, then you know it’s not an easy endeavor.
“Dancing is exceedingly athletic. They (dancers) are athletes who have to make it look gorgeous,” said Vicki McLean, academy and artistic director of the Lone Star Ballet.
The ballet company held a luncheon and press conference Thursday to kickoff its 2018-19 season, which is being dedicated to Carol Kritselis, the company’s assistant costume designer who died earlier this month.
“We have a lovely season coming up,” McLean said. “We are opening with ‘Frankenstein.’ It’s about a rather handsome young man who puts together by a doctor ... It’s going to be spooky, creepy and fun.
The mysterious creature will haunt the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 26 and 27.
After that weekend, Lone Star Ballet dancers will be rehearsing in preparation for their annual Christmas tradition, “The Nutcracker.”
Performances will be held Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium.
The Lone Star Ballet got it’s start in 1971 with a performance of “The Nutcracker,” which was supported by the late Sybil B. Harrington. “The Nutcracker” was completely revamped in 2007.
King Hill, Lone Star Ballet marketing consultant, said he would put the Amarillo production of “The Nutcracker” up against any other that he’s seen.
Throughout their lifetimes, Sybil and her husband Don Harrington were benefactors of the arts in Amarillo. On Thursday, a star on the Lone Star Ballet’s Walk of Fame was dedicated to Sybil.
Asked by a reporter why dance is important, McLean replied, “It’s important because it keeps us human. We have become a society of numbers and technology.”
McLean said with the exception of the guest artists who are brought it, all of the dancers are local. Many of the dancers were introduced during the luncheon.
There is an educational component to the Lone Star Ballet, which is celebrating its 43rd season.
The Lone Star Dance Academy was established in 2003 and has locations in Amarillo, Borger, Dumas, Hereford, Panhandle, Plainview and the newest in Dalhart.
There are two outreach programs at this time, the Maverick Boys and Girls Club and the Turn Center. There are approximately 600 students total.
Other performances in the 2018-19 season include the Envy Dance Company on Feb. 9 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Envy’s mission is to create and maintain a professional hip hop dance in “Inland Empire” of Southern California, which includes western Riverside County and southwestern San Bernardino County.
Next is “Sleeping Beauty,” which will be performed April 12 and 13 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
The season concludes Jan. 25 with “Remember the Alamo.” This is a special production for season ticket holders. “Remember the Alamo” is a combination of dance, music and theater that recounts one of the most important events that shaped the Lone Star State.
The production features an original concept and script by award-winning playwright King Hill, who also is marketing consultant.
Original choreography is be Vicki McLean, who also is academy and artistic director.
King said the production is important because it, “takes education to a new level.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 806-372-2463 or visit lonestarballet.org.