Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:30PM | Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Gary Lewis, Music Director & Conductor
Featuring Ballet Arkansas Dancers: Megan Hustel & Paul Tillman
Tchaikovsky - Suite from Swan Lake, op. 20a
Stravinsky - “Firebird Suite”
Minkus - “Paquita” grand pas
Gershwin - Selections from “Who Cares?”
Artwork ©Nikki Smith, GuitarSiren.com
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Megan Hustel is from Carmel, Indiana and is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. Megan earned her BFA in Ballet Performance from the Department of Ballet under the direction of Maggie Wright-Tesch, Calvin Kitten, Jay Kim, and Michael Bearden. While in Utah, she was a member of Utah Ballet and Ballet Ensemble where she performed in various contemporary works and classical ballets. Her most notable roles include Swanhilda in Rene Daveluy’s staging of Coppelia, Russian Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade by repetiteur Zipporah Karz and Big Swan in Swan Lake staged by Professor Jay Kim. She also performed as a Guest Trainee for Ballet West in their production of Don Quixote staged by Anna-Marie Holmes. Megan began her pre-professional training with Suzann DeLay at the Central Indiana Academy of Dance. As a member of the pre-professional company, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Megan performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty and participated in Youth America Grand Prix and Regional Dance America. Since joining Ballet Arkansas, Megan has performed Principal roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Glinka Pas de Trois, "Habit" pas de deux in Harrison McEldowney’s Group Therapy, "Hurt" Soloist in Under the Lights choreographed by Chris Stuart, "Raymonda" in Raymonda staged by Michael Bearden, and Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Megan is excited to be returning to Ballet Arkansas for her third season.
Paul Tillman is from McKinney, Texas. At age 7, he began training at Dallas Ballet Center. Tillman joined the pre-professional company Dallas Ballet Company, where he performed in many ballets such as Don Quixote, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Le Corsaire and several others. He also performed original choreographer by Jason Fowler, Thom Clower, Reginald Harris, and Judy Klopfenstein. Tillman trained with Boston Ballet’s pre-professional program for one season, where he had the opportunity to perform with Boston Ballet in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and in Boston Ballet School’s Showcase performing Balanchine’s Stars and Strips and Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. Tillman is in his seventh season with the Ballet Arkansas. He has performed various classical works, such as Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Swan Lake, and Raymonda. He has also been featured in original choreography such as "Ring of Fire" pas de deux in Under the Lights by Chris Stuart, "Narcolepsy" pas de deux in Harrison McEldowney’s Group Therapy, Rerouting by Greg Sample, Moultrie Springs by Darrell Moultrie, multiple works by Kiyon Gaines and many others. Aside from performing, Tillman teaches at several studios in the central Arkansas area.
CONCERT SPONSORED BY:
Ann & Ken Hankins, Jr.
This concert is supported in part by the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Midland and Texas Commission on the Arts.