Note: James McGinn is a WCCB alumni and dancer of the NYC-based John Jasperse Company
The New York Times – November 11, 2011 – “Body and Brain Both Stretched To Their Limits” by GIA KOURLAS - IN 1991 John Jasperse presented his first evening-length show, “Eyes Half-Closed,” at Performance Space 122 with no expectation of where it would take him. Now, as he sits in a Midtown cafe 20 years later, his eyes are wide open as he contemplates the longevity of his career in contemporary dance. “That’s a while,” Mr. Jasperse said, not without a little awe, before letting loose a peel of his trademark laughter. “A document of tenacity.”
Herald Tribune Ticket – September 14, 2011 - The West Coast Civic Ballet will host open auditions for its holiday production on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at its studios, 1370-D Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota.
Artistic Director Deborah Vinton will be casting for selections from “Cinderella” and “Les Patineurs,” as well as for a variety of contemporary works that will be performed at Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center on December 17 at 7 p.m.
Herald Tribune Ticket – August 10, 2011 – The West Coast Civic Ballet will kick off its fall schedule with meet-and-greet registration sessions on Wednesday Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m., followed by free mini-classes on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m to determine class placement.
Auditions for the company’s holiday performance, which will this year include “Cinderella,” “Les Patineurs” and contemporary works, will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Dancers of five years and older, including adults, are welcome to audition. Classes and auditions will be held at the WCCB studio, located at 1370-D Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota. Read more >>
Herald Tribune – April 28, 2011 - When Erica Janko attended the Boston Dance Alliance’s “Dance for World Community Day” in Cambridge, Mass., during a family trip last summer, she was a little stunned.
“It was a surprise for me to see all the different dance organizations there cooperating,” said the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts dance student. “That same thing doesn’t exist here in Sarasota.” But, with the never-say-never drive of a 16-year-old and a little work, she figured maybe it could.