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New York Theatre Ballet is coming to Holmes

Whenever you watch those old movie musicals on television, do you ever get the feeling that you've just gotta get up and dance?

Do you have aspirations of becoming a ballerina or a Broadway dancer someday? Or do you just love to watch a top-notch dance routine?

If you fall under any of these categories, check out this Sunday's appearance by the New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

Starting at 3 p.m., the 10 members of the traveling troupe (including eight show dancers, the artistic director and pianist) will take to the stage to present more than two hours of music and dancing from the best of American classical and contemporary dance theater.

Following the performance, audience members will have an opportunity to interact with all the dancers in an unscripted question-and-answer session.

"It's always nice for the audience to get a chance to know us, and for us to know them," said NYTB artistic director Diana Byer in a telephone interview at the group's hotel in Nebraska, where they are now touring.

Byer said Sunday's show would offer a broad range of dance styles, from classical to contemporary.

"I think it's a really fun show," she said. "It gives the audience a real glimpse into dance in America today. We have a classical ballet, two contemporary ballets, and the original choreography from Agnes DeMille's (Broadway musical) 'Carousel.'"

The first act is an original NYTB piece, "He Loves, She Loves -- A Radio Reverie."

"It's a really fun, sing-along piece about a woman who's listening to the radio and dreaming about what could have been in her life," Byer said.

The second half of the show involves selections from a variety of pieces including a classical ballet, two contemporary pieces "by young, emerging choreographers," and finally, a Broadway piece, featuring the original work of pioneering choreographer Agnes DeMille.

"She (DeMille) really changed the whole look of Broadway," Byer said, "with her work on 'Ok-lahoma,' 'Paint Your Wagon,' Bri-gadoon,' 'Carousel' and all these great, old Broadway shows."

Besides the variety of dance styles, Byer said another factor that makes the NYTB so unique is its current touring company of dancers is "very international."

"Our pianist is from Indonesia, and we have a dancer from Rus-sia, two from Australia, one Japanese and one Korean -- the rest are American," Byer said. "We really have an international flavor that should be fun for the audience to experience."

Tickets for Sunday's 3 p.m. show are $18 for adults, $9 for students, and can be purchased at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office (inside the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center), by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469) or online at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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