This is your last chance to score tickets to Ballet Fantastique’s 5X5 celebration Friday, Oct.10, at the Hult Center, featuring dinner, performances, an auction and after party (Good thing dancers have a lot of stamina). Proceeds from the 5X5 shindig benefit Ballet Fantastique’s educational outreach programs. Tickets are $55-$155 at balletfantastique.org.
Happy birthday to the Eugene Ballet Company, which celebrates the kick-off of its 35th season with audience favorite Cinderella. Set to Prokofiev’s enchanting score, with all new choreography by the skillful and imaginative Toni Pimble, this production features live music by OrchestraNext under the direction of maestro Brian McWhorter. The costumes and sets for this staging of Cinderella have been revamped and, in keeping with Pimble’s English roots, will feature a number of enormous hats, or fascinators — you know you want to see the stepsisters show up in those.
And EBC welcomes three new dancers to its ranks this season: Brian Ruiz of Colombia will make his entrée to the Eugene performance community by dancing the role of the Prince, and new principals Jun Tanabe and Kaori Fukui of Japan also join in the revelry. Catch Cinderella 7:30 pm Saturday Oct. 25 and 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Hult Center. Tickets are $15-$35, and are available by calling the Hult Center Box Office at 682-5000 or by visiting hultcenter.org
New community dance offerings include salsa, mambo, cha cha cha and bachata with Jose Cruz, director of the Salseros Dance Company. Classes are held in the evenings throughout the week at the Vets’ Club, 1616 Willamette. No partner necessary. For more information or to register, visit salseros.com.
Also in the works, Danceability instructor Laura Hiszczynskyj teaches a weekly class “Everybody Can Dance” for teens ages 13 to 18, with and without disabilities, 4 pm Thursdays at the Hilyard Community Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 342-3273.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention what a feeling we have about Flashdance: The Musical. Purists may scoff, but this touring production, inspired by the 1983 film and choreographed by Broadway workhorse Sergio Trujillo, employs a variety of dance styles, from ballet and jazz to modern and hip hop, executed by dancers at the top of their game. And yes, the producers assure me, the show features the iconic shower scene — onstage. So, pull your sweatshirt off your shoulder and enjoy this guilty pleasure at 7:30 pm, Oct. 28 and 29, at the Hult Center; $33-$73, available through the Hult Center Box Office.