Terpsichore, a moving experience will present the classic ballet, “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” this weekend at Robert E. Lee Auditorium, at Pinecrest High School. Close to 50 local dancers, made up of Terpsichore’s Petite Company, Junior Company, Apprentice Company, and Terpsichore’s Dance Ensemble will tell the story of love among the Egyptian Pyramids.
Three of Terpsichore’s senior dancers will dance the lead roles of Aspicia, the beautiful daughter of Egypt’s most powerful Pharaoh, and her handmaiden Ramze.
Sarah McVay and Emrie Hawes, both seniors at Pinecrest, are double cast in the role of Aspicia, who falls in love with the handsome warrior, Taor. She is warned by her servant Ramze, that she must not become enamored with Taor, since she is promised to another. The two are very attracted to one another and true love ensues.
Dancing the roles of Taor, is returning dancer David Greenberg of New York City. A native of Savannah, Ga., Greenberg has been a freelance dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg and the Hilton Head Dance Theatre, all in South Carolina. His most recent endeavor was his appearance on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” where he survived as the only remaining ballet dancer, and made it to the top 40 in the Academy.
“Dancing with Terpsichore for the final time is bittersweet,” says McVay. “I am so fortunate to be cast in a great role, and to have partner like David. I know this last performance will be the best one yet. I will miss each moment spent at Terpsichore, where I have made friends for life.”
Hawes says that the last 15 years of dancing with Terpsichore have been a “rollercoaster of emotions.”
“With my dance time coming to an end, I am more sad than ever,” she says. “Dancing with David is a phenomenal experience, as I danced with him in our ‘Nutcracker’ production this final season. I am excited for this to be our best show yet.”
O’Neal senior Ally Baldelli, and Pinecrest junior Lydia McGrath are double cast as servant Ramze, who is a playful and faithful servant to Aspicia.
“I’ve been dancing since I was five years old, and like my friends, I have grown up at Terpsichore,” says Baldelli. “While I am excited to perform and finish the show with our senior dance, it is also bittersweet.”
Performances are Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m., and again at 7 p.m. at Robert E. Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door 45 minutes prior to each performance.