Brooklyn Mack returns to Columbia with ballet stars for LifeChance Gala
Posted 1/14/2013 6:41:00 PM
A few months ago I wrote about the homecoming of Brooklyn Mack
, the extremely talented young dancer who has the ballet world riveted. On his trip home to South Carolina to dance with Columbia Classical Ballet
in “La Bayadere,” the Elgin-native had audiences so breathless that I’m still hearing murmurs about the performance weeks later.
Mack will be joining Columbia Classical Ballet once more for one of Columbia’s
most anticipated annual events. Next week, he will be in Columbia for LifeChance, the gala event that raises money for local charity. Each year, the ballet company invites stars of the dance world to perform excerpts from classical ballet pieces as well as more contemporary works. This year the ballet welcomes the return of siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, principal dancers with the Boston Ballet, Auano Kimura, a third-year apprentice with The Washington Ballet, and heralded dancers Tamas Krizsa and Maki Onuki, also of the Washington Ballet.
Expect the Koger Center for the Arts to be filled with people eager to see excerpts from “Etudes” by Danish dancer and choreographer Harald Lander and original score by Carl Czerny, and a new tango-inspired piece that company member Christopher Miro has created especially for LifeChance.
“We always try to offer variety including the contemporary and neo-classical,” says artistic director Radenko Pavlovich. “These dancers’ athletic ability is so high and they are at the top of their game right now.”
This is a chance for dance enthusiasts to see some of the best artists in the world while the proceeds benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia. It’s the best kind of deal — when one can celebrate and help those in need simultaneously.
LifeChance is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Koger Center in Columbia. Call (803) 251-2222 or click here for tickets. For more information about LifeChance and Columbia Classical Ballet, please visit columbiaclassicalballet.org