Northwest Dance Theatre Brings the Magic of Dance to Life with Peter and the Wolf and Dennis Spaight’s Rhapsody in Blue


Experience the wonder, joy, laughter, and beauty of Northwest Dance Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf and Other Works on April 16 at 7 pm and April 17 at 2 pm at the Portland Community College Sylvania Performing Arts Center. This annual family-friendly production offers children and adults the chance to experience the diversity of dance at its finest. In addition to the classic story ballet Peter and the Wolf, NWDT is proud to present former Oregon Ballet Theatre Associate Director and Resident Choreographer Dennis Spaight’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” with the special permission of the Dennis Spaight Choreography Trust, as well as other innovative works by Laura Haney and Cameron Smith. The MAC Dancers will also be returning as this year’s guest performers. This program is designed as a wonderful opportunity to learn about new styles of movement and the evolution of dance as a performance art. With this sense of exploration and discovery, Peter and the Wolf and Other Works makes the richness of this art form tangible by creating a bridge between the classical and the contemporary for all ages to enjoy.

Peter and the Wolf provides audience members insight into the relationship between musical instruments and the narrative of the ballet. The classic Prokofiev story is brought alive with vibrant costumes, cheerful sets, and engaging choreography by NWDT artistic directors June Taylor-Dixon and Gretta Murray-Marchek. With the help of his friends the Cat and the Bird, Peter’s adventurous triumph over the Wolf provides delightful entertainment for children and adults alike.

While Northwest Dance Theatre’s holiday production of A Nutcracker Tea offers a delightful classical ballet experience, this mixed-bill program pairs classical and contemporary repetoire together in a unique and family-friendly way. Northwest Dance Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf and Other Works reveals the passion, technical versatility and artistic strength this art form requires by allowing audience members of all ages the chance to enjoy and appreciate the beauty dance contains.

Peter and the Wolf and Other Works
April 16 at 7 pm
April 17 at 2 pm
Tickets: $12-18 for adults and $10 for youth available at
Portland Community College Sylvania Performing Arts Center
(12000 SW 49th Ave Portland, OR, 97219)
Free event parking is available
For further event or ticket information, please call 503-925-3898 or email office(at)

About Northwest Dance Theatre

Founded in 1988 by June Taylor-Dixon, Northwest Dance Theatre is a non-profit youth ballet company celebrated for its dedication to making dance accessible to the Greater Portland area. NWDT offers pre-professional dancers the opportunity to gain performing experience, develop as artists, participate in educational outreach programs for local schools, work with prestigious choreographers, and share their love of dance with the public. With a firm foundation in classical technique, the company’s dance repertoire has grown to comprise various classical ballets and innovative contemporary works.

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