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The best of both worlds

Ballet requires the best of the sports and art world.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 8:06 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 1:45 PM

Some call it an art - not a sport, but ballet combines the two in ways no other physical activity can.

Heather Wysong and Laurel Tennant run North State Ballet in Chico. Wysong says, "We train the whole body of the student. We train their minds, we train their muscles, we train their tendons, and their ligaments we work with their entirety so that they can be successful while they also have to perform and they also have to do it gracefully."

Both instructors choreographed and directed "Into the Wardrobe," inspired by C.S. Lewis' "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.” The two lost their homes in the Camp Fire, but thanks to ballet and the kids they teach, they've stayed positive and will host the event at the Paradise Performing Arts Center from November 29th to December 1st.

"We kind of hope that this ballet will be will be a little bit of a gift for them from us and our contribution to bringing some beauty back to something that has lost a lot of its identity," Wysong said.

To this day, neither of them have returned to Paradise more than a handful of time.

Tennant says, "It's a very exciting time and I'm trying to get to that place and my journey through it is to drive through Skyway and not see the reverse of me driving the opposite way. That's hard, but I'm really excited too because I think this will be a really great turning point."

The amount of practice necessary for a recital, is quite lengthy. Lead Dancer Kira Almaguer says that process takes, "...a lot of pain and sweat and hard work that's put into a one hour performance that the audience sees as perfect and flawless, but to the dancer it's the whole year that they've been working on it."

For tickets, call (435)-222-2849 or go on to www.tututix.com/client/northstateballetca

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