Dance Ensemble Is Bringing Night of Ballet to Upperville


(Monday, April 9, 2007 7:44 AM EDT)

If you want to celebrate spring with a night at the ballet, you might want to check out the Asaph Dance Ensemble. The ensemble will perform its spring concert in May at Buchanan Hall.

The Asaph Dance Ensemble is a classical ballet company based in Manassas, directed by Robert and Robin Sturm. Dancers are all either professional or pre-professional, and range from teens of 17 or 18 to people in their 50s.

Asaph was founded in 1985, and has performed in prestigious theaters in the area such as the Kennedy Center and the D.A. R. Constitution Hall, as well as internationally at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and with the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel. The company's mission is to touch lives through the performing arts.

“We want to get out of just Manassas,” Robin Sturm said in a recent interview. “We want to reach more people, and we've been branching out.”

One of the Sturms' former dancers brought Buchanan Hall to their attention, and they jumped at the opportunity to reach audiences in the Middleburg area.

The performance will include a premiere of a work entitled “Creation's Song,” set to the music of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and choreographed by Laura Byram, an Asaph company member.

Additionally, there will be original choreography set to the music of composers such as Albioni, Respighi, Ibert and Shostakovich.

“We're very excited,” Robin Sturm said. “This is a group of people who have never seen us perform before, and the spring performance gives us the opportunity to branch out and do something entirely different.”

The performance will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and are $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under and $10 for seniors. For more information, call (703) 368-1812.

The Asaph Dance Ensemble, a classical ballet company, will perform at Buchanan Hall on Saturday, May 12.

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