Don’t miss internationally-acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem for a single evening performance at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Blending the elegance of classical ballet with the flair of contemporary dance, this performance is sure to please all audiences.
This multicultural dance ensemble has achieved extraordinary success with powerful messages of self-reliance, artistic relevance and individual responsibility. The evening will showcase an array of works by renowned choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Huggins, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis and Robert Garland.
In her third season with the company, Lindsey Croop will be one of the featured dancers in Agon, past-carry-forward & Return.
“Past-carry-forward is the greatest challenge for me because you have to take people through the whole story of the Migration. I show up at the party as the floozy, and it’s been a lot harder than it looks to act and dance like a drunk character! By the end, we’ve progressed to a new life, and it includes a lot of contemporary movement which is a challenge for me,” says Croop.
Croop is proud to be a part of the 45-year legacy of Dance Theatre of Harlem as it continues to spread the message of possibility to diverse audiences across the globe.
“I doubted myself a lot as a kid, and I think that showing the world that you can push boundaries of classical ballet and that someone doesn’t have to be a mold for anything they want to do is such a beautiful, inspiring message,” explains Croop.
Croop’s passion for dance takes her back to when she was a young child.
“From the age of two, my dad would hold me in his arms and we’d dance to Michael Jackson together. By pre-school, I was in dance lessons and when I was 10, I saw the production of The Nutcracker on PBS. I wanted to be in it, but I needed to be taking true, serious ballet classes in order to get a role. I started taking ballet at a new studio three times a week and haven’t stopped since,” said Croop.
It’s the perfection of ballet that draws Croop to dance.
“It’s amazing to me that ballet defies laws of normalcy in a way that allows your body to do things that are spectacular. A ballet dancer can spin on the tip of their toe six or seven times and make it artistically beautiful. It’s amazing! Working towards refining that every day is what feeds my passion. I’m also working on communicating my emotional experience through my dancing.”
The evening’s performance features four very different pieces, so everyone can see something they enjoy, says Croop. “There’s a huge emotional arc between all the ballets and even the movement is very varied.” Musically, audiences will hear everything from Ave Maria to Aretha Franklin.
Although this will be the first time Croop has performed at the Wharton Center, she is not a stranger to the Lansing area. Her husband, Trevor, who she married last year, grew up in East Lansing.
Dance Theatre of Harlem will be at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.whartoncenter.com.