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Spring Festival of Dance: A Tribute to the Art of Teaching

June 3, 2023 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Spring Festival of Dance: A Tribute to the Art of Teaching

With Broadway songs; excerpts from classic ballets; and the music of Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, and Swan Lake—the first act of Judith Svalander School of Ballet’s Spring Festival is a 60 minute ride through the dancing dream of a small child narrated by Robin Irwin, who made this journey from small swan to Broadway and beyond herself!

Over the past 50 years, Svalander has sent over 40 professional dancers out into the world with 15 of them currently performing professionally in dance and theater across the United States and throughout northern Europe. She has proven that McHenry Country is a launching pad and the new crop of up-and-coming artists can be seen on the Woodstock Opera House stage on Saturday, June 3rd with two performances at 2:00PM and 7:00PM.

The performance features guest vocalists from Woodstock’s A Place to Shine Music, Cassandra Vohs- Demann, Darcie Hubber, and Billy Seger. Vohs-Demann will share a poignant and tender song reflecting the heart and soul of what it means to teach.

The second act features the return of Julie Fiore-Hirsch’s exciting, wild, and beautiful Gypsy Fire with 2023 Woodstock Fine Arts Association Scholarship recipients Lillia Kaye (Huntley) and Daniel Lossev (Prairie Ridge). Arianna Hogue shines as the lead and performs a tender and challenging pas de deux with Lossev. The dynamic cast of gypsies—Antonio Cruz-Urbie, Kathleen Mailey, Emily Quinton, Kathryn Rowley, Maja Tryba, and Ella Weyland bring this gypsy camp to life as younger children dance the role of “fire” with passion and heat!

Lossev is seen again in a passionate pas de deux with senior Helena Kucera (Crystal Lake), along with the rest of the company dancers, in Aida. Set of Three highlights the powerful, charming and dynamic character work unique to dancers trained at JSSB with pieces that have been performed by generations of JSSB dancers: The Cakewalk, Arkansas Traveler, and Fiddling Around. Kaye returns to the stage in Jane, a piece she choreographed inspired by the book Jane Eyre.

Don’t miss all these seniors before they are off to start their next chapters! These performances are a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to ballet, support art and artists in our community, and see all of what the historic Woodstock Opera House offers from refreshments, history, artwork and coming events! Tickets are on sale now at

The Judith Svalander School of Ballet in Crystal Lake, IL honors the teaching of classical ballet as the premier training of young children beginning with techniques found in the major classical ballet styles of the Italian and French and then, as training advances, the school incorporates the English, Danish (Bournonville), and Russian methods. Additionally, the dancers are trained in Character Dance providing JSSB students with the acting skills to be successful in all the performing arts. This produces well-rounded dancers able to adapt to any style a choreographer, company, show or opera requests. Learn more at


$20 per ticket

  • Jun 03. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Jun 03. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Location:
121 West Van Buren Street
Woodstock, Illinois 60098

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