When the Baird Ballet Studio presents its annual concert, things are split between day and night, between modern and classical and between reality and fantasy.
Changing things up a bit this year, Kathy Baird, the studios artistic director, said the concert will kick off on Saturday afternoon with the shows more contemporary pieces.
We have just under 30 hip hop, tap and jazz pieces in the afternoon show, she said of The Tendu Times as that portion of the show is called. I split it up so the students in each section can do more of a production with that particular section.
And a production is just what the evening session is going to be, Baird promised.
Starting at 7 p.m., the ballet students take to the stage in When Dreams Come True, a whimsical peek inside the birthday party of a little girl whose friends arent your run-of-the-mill party guests.
She has this fabulous party and all these fairy tale characters show up to entertain, Baird said. Little Red Riding Hood makes an appearance along with the wolf; Sleeping Beauty and Snow White bring their princes to the event, and at the end of the evening, Cinderella is picked up by her stagecoach.
Students of all ages will be dancing in both shows. Baird said the event is always a popular one for ballet fans, particularly the parents and grandparents of her dancers.
The Baird Ballet dance concert takes place Saturday at the Rome City Auditorium. The Tendu Times takes place at 2 p.m. and When Dreams Come True takes place at 7 p.m.
Admission is free