I am still recovering from this year's Festival... 50 Year Anniversary of the Pacific Region!!! 2 years ago I was a vendor, and this year my dancers were a "New Company;" I've observered how the region-run-festival has gotten more and more efficient in those 2 years. It is like a well oiled machine now!
The teachers were wonderful, the pianists were wonderful, and the mix of classes was wonderful. I enjoyed that all of the classes were located in the same building, on the same floor, right next to each other. This made observing classes very efficient for anyone who wasn't taking class... and it allowed the dancers to have more downtime between classes (no extra places to walk, just go to the studio next door).
As always, I am so inspired by the performances. Mid-Columbia Ballet's Associate Director, Ashley Walton, has an amazing talent of bring life to inanimate objects while also showing the strengths of their dancers... Their piece, "Focal Point," did not disappoint in this territory; there was a standing ovation!! State Street Ballet Young Dancers piece. "Ah... I See," was brilliantly crafted with a clever selection of music, great use of dancer ability, and just enough humor to keep the audience involved. I also enjoyed the Emerging Piece presented by Imagine Ballet Company, "Innerworks," which had nicely developed movement structure and a clear sense of beginning, middle, and end.
I look forward to next year's Festival in Phoenix, AZ!!