By Allison Belluccui, Contributing Writer
On Tuesday, the Houston Ballet II graced UNH’s Johnson Theatre with their unique style and exquisite costumes. Opening the show with Act III from the traditional ballet Raymonda, the young dancers, ages 17 to 20, displayed their professional technique with intricate pointe and partner work.
Two of the numbers, “Molto Expressivo” and “Calling,” surprised the audience with a modern twist. The pieces were inspired by Mediterranean rhythms as well as one of the choreographers, Goran Bregovic’s personal experiences of “responsibility and harsh reality.” The last piece, “First Movement,” displayed breathtaking black lace costumes combined with an exceptional combination of classical pointe and modern dancing.
After the show, Houston Ballet II dancer, Dylan Clinard, talked about his history as a performer. At the age of six, Clinard started dancing at a small studio owned by his mother in North Carolina.
At the mere age of thirteen, Clinard came to Houston to peruse his professional carrier. Clinard and his company practice from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., perfecting their style and technique hoping to one day move to the Houston Ballet Company or another larger professional company.
Although Clinard’s aspirations for the future are high, he loves being a part of the Houston Ballet II. The company travels often, an element that Clinard enjoys. “My best experience is preforming on tour. I love it. My favorite part is going out and spreading ballet to places that don’t usually get it,” Clinard said.
The Houston Ballet II works with the schools in Houston as well. Living in an area with schools deprived of the arts, the company gives the students the opportunity to learn and share their passion for classical dance. When asking Clinard about this element of his job, he couldn’t have been more eager and excited to discuss.
“We have a lot of schools come to us. They bring the kids on busses and it’s amazing to perform for the little kids,” Clinard said. “They are so energetic and happy all the time. They come in and watch rehearsal, nothing but smiling.”