The classically focused Alexandra Ballet entertains audiences with a well-rounded dance diet ranging from contemporary original pieces to traditional masterworks. The company’s agile dancers have pirouetted their way to uproarious applause in past performances that include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf. Since 2003, the company has enriched the community through its educational-outreach programs, which provide youngsters with free learning materials and ballet performances throughout the school year.
The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
The Improv Trick’s founding funnyman Bill Chott is a graduate of the Ivy League of improv schools, The Second City. He put in his time working alongside Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and others before making the leap to screens made of silver and TV particles. Comedy connoisseurs recognize his voice from various Saturday Night Live animated shorts, and his unmistakable mug from movies such as The Ringer and Galaxy Quest, and television shows such as Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among many others. He has also lent his writing talents to SNL and The Dana Carvey Show. His impressive resumé translates into a reliable and wealthy source of comedic knowhow, which he gladly imparts to his students, staff, and his own reflection.
Union Avenue Opera provides professional opportunities to gifted, emerging artists and offers vibrant and affordable opera experiences that reflect the breadth and diversity of the St. Louis region. Union Avenue Opera is committed to its urban setting, educational outreach and artistic integrity.
Brian Brooks Moving Company delights audiences with MOTOR, a three-act performance held in the 656-seat Edison Theatre. The show leads off with Motor, a 40-minute set where a lit tunnel of cerulean wire, which Washington University's writers describe as "suggesting both astrophysics and virtual reality," stretches toward the audience, accentuating the show's intensity and luring out hungry physicists. The piece plays with notions of collision and linear time as dancers twist and leap beneath the tunnel to an electronic score. After an intermission, the notes of LCD Soundsystem fill the air as Brian Brooks performs his nine-minute solo piece, I'm Going to Explode, in a corporate gray costume. The night concludes with the ethereal grace of Descent, which Dance Enthusiast describes as "a beautiful tribute to flight and the delights of falling and floating." The piece closes with the ensemble keeping gossamer sheets of fabric aloft by wafting an air current from small boards in their hands, then mimicking the fabric by leaping around and sewing themselves into evening gowns.