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Atlanta Ballet extends its reach with Wabi Sabi
Public performance of "Whim" set for Aug. 1 in Sautee Nacoochee

Aspiring dancers learn from the best

Before the professional dancers strut their stuff in Sautee Nacoochee, they will share their knowledge to aspiring artists through classes in White County.

Two master classes will be offered Monday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 29, in the community hall at 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee.

The ballet master class will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday. Cost is $25 for ages 10 and older.

The master class is a traditional session focused on the dynamics of movement and finding freedom within the technique, its connection to the music and the overall feeling and enjoyment of moving through space.

The contemporary master class will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Cost is $25 for ages 10 and older.

The contemporary class is an improvisational workshop centered around the dynamic flow of energy and weight in, on and above the floor.

Both classes have a limit of 25.

With the Atlanta Ballet Company cemented to its fall to early spring schedule as well as its stage for performances, veteran dancer John Welker felt the summer was a prime time to expand the company’s repertoire. In a video on the ballet company’s website, he said the dancers needed an opportunity to share their talents with the public.

To accomplish this goal,  Wabi Sabi was born. And once again the Atlanta Ballet is treating Sautee Nacoochee residents with its annual Wabi Sabi performance next weekend.

Wabi Sabi seeks to push the boundaries of ballet through the creation of new works by the next generation of choreographic talent, according to Atlanta Ballet website,

Wabi Sabi allows Atlanta Ballet an opportunity to present new work to enhance the scope of the existing repertory, while offering new artistic challenges to its company members. The performances are premiere concerts performed all across Georgia including the historic gym in the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association Center and the Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Wabi Sabi takes its name from a Japanese worldview that finds beauty in the sincerity, simplicity, and integrity of the natural world. As one of the newest dance initiatives in Atlanta, Wabi Sabi combines the city’s own emerging choreographers with beautiful and engaging venues for amazing outdoor performances that bring art to the people.

The Sautee Nacoochee performance called “Whim” will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. A reception with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for members, $24 for nonmembers and $5 for those 16 and younger.

An open tech rehearsal of the performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. Tickets are $5.

Atlanta Ballet dancers are Alexandre Barros, Kiara Felder, Sara Havener, Oomi Kim, Jackie Nash, Brandon Nguyen, Lydia Redpath, Alessa Rogers, Jared Tan, John Welker and Olivia Yoch. The choreographers are Robyn Mineko Williams, Heath Gill, Sarah Hillmer and Tara Lee.

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