JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - One week into the international ballet competition, 50 dancers were selected to advance to Round II. This provides competitors to display their contemporary works.
Junior performers Constantine Allen from Washington, DC and Esteban Hernandez from Mexico have made it through their Round II contemporary pieces.
"That was exciting to do contemporary. It's not really my strong suite. It was fun and I guess people liked it," said 16 year old Allen.
What is the difference between classical ballet and contemporary?
"It's just different kinds of movement. Very different from ballet. Ballet is very like straight and contemporary is more like twisting and bending," said 16 year old Hernandez.
"Contemporary tends to be more personal, especially because it is being choreographed on you. So it's a dance that is made for you," said 22-year-old Aynsley Ingles of Delaware.
The Senior performer will perform in the Edward Stierle Contemporary Showcase at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts Sunday. For Ingles and her peers the experience of competing with the world's most talented ballet performers is invaluable.
"Preparing for the competition has made me twice the dancer I was even three months ago. I got hooked. I'll do more in the future," said Ingles.
The Edward Stierle Contemporary Showcase is at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit dancers with AIDS.
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