With choreography from Neal, her daughter Leilani Neal, and Calvin Thomas, the showcase features MCD students performing excerpts from the classical ballet “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as guest artists from San Francisco Dance Theatre performing “And If It’s Still Black Outside.” Dancers are Jackie McConnell and Michael Wells. The performance also features choreography by Sandrine Cassini with Christopher Dunn, as well as “Close, Far and Somewhere in Between,” choreographed by Alyssa Mitchel and performed by Gretchen LaWall and Linda Steele II.
Neal, a longtime professional ballet dancer and revered Bay Area ballet instructor, opened the Marin Conservatory of Dance on Miller Ave. in 2018, hoping to provide “high caliber pre-professional training in classical ballet for students of all levels an opportunity to explore and express themselves physically and emotionally.” Spring Semester begins February 5, enrollment for all levels is currently open. Click here for a trial class.
The 411: Melinda Neal’s Marin Conservatory of Dance performs its Winter Showcase at the Marin Center in San Rafael on Sunday, February 3 at 2pm. Tix $30 for adults, $17 for children 12 and under. MORE INFO.