Star struck 

Local youth dancers to mix with American Ballet Theatre luminaries

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Excitement's brewing at the fledgling Classical Youth Ballet of Colorado Springs where young dancers await their premiere performance this Sunday at the Pikes Peak Center.

Joining Springs-area dancers, under the tutelage of CYB artistic director Patty Hoffman, are two stars of the American Ballet Theatre -- Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky.

Mr. Abrera, a former student of Hoffman's, recently graced the cover of Dance magazine and was named one of the "25 Dancers to Watch" by that publication. She has been a soloist with New York's American Ballet Theatre since August of 2001.

Mr. Radetsky, an athletic dancer who trained under Mikhail Baryshnikov at the ABT and has danced on PBS' Great Performances series, is perhaps best known as Charlie, the young ballet student and potential love interest in the popular dance film Center Stage. He also starred in the Mandy Moore music video "I Wanna Be With You" from the Center Stage soundtrack.

At the Pikes Peak Center, Abrera and Radetsky will perform the pas de deux from Le Corsaire and a work by Natalie Weir, a contemporary choreographer from Australia who recently helped choreograph the ABT's tribute to George Harrison.

The Classical Youth Ballet company will perform original works by co-artistic directors Hoffman and Holly Marble and modern dance instructor Astraea Hadley, two ballets by Nevada Ballet Theatre founder Vassili Sulich, and the classic ballet Paquita.

-- Kathryn Eastburn

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A Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration event

Sunday, March 21, 2:30 and 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Tickets $20-$25; Available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 520-SHOW

For more information on Colorado Classical Youth Ballet Company of Colorado Springs, visit www.balletsocietyofcol oradosprings.com and click on Classical Youth Ballet Company, or call Patty Hoffman, artistic director, at 495-9299.


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