Rinat Mouzafarov's Institute of Dance and Ballet has a long history of excellence in Minot, evident in the group's preparation for its performance tonight in Oak Park.
The dancers are staging a reprise of their "Peter and the Wolf" ballet by Prokofiev, with original choreography by Mouzafarov, but it will not be the same as their spring recital.
"So many of my students have been studying so hard this summer," Mouzafarov said. "Three were chosen to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Workshop in New York City, and two spent five weeks with the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet. The girls studied the Vaganova method of ballet, jazz and character dance."
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - Rinat Mouzafarov’s dance troupe readies for tonight’s presentation with a session in the company’s new rehearsal space on North Hill.
The students were not the only ones working hard during the past few months. Mouzafarov was invited to be a guest teacher at the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and judged the Bolshoi Theatre World Competition which he said featured the best dancers in the world.
"I have come back to Minot and my dancers ready to show what I have seen in Europe," Mouzafarov said. "It is a great inspiration for me."
The evidence will be apparent in the dancing with Timothy Lewis as Peter, Conner Wilber as the Wolf, Alexis Schriock as the Bird, Anja Selland as the Cat and Haley Wentz as the Duck. Mouzafarov himself dances the role of Grandfather. Several high school and college students are dancing the parts of the hunters, and the Institute's entire corps du ballet is performing the parts of the forest, meadow, pond and wildflowers.
Minot Area Council of the Arts
ARTS in the PARKS
summer concert series continues:
Rinat Mouzafarov's Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater - 7 p.m. July 30 - Oak Park
Dakota Rose - 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday - Oak Park
Dakota Rose performs Arts in the Park
Three guitars, one keyboard. Three men, one woman. Three vocalists and Willie.
This all adds up to Dakota Rose, a band playing easy listening, gospel and country and western music on stage Sunday in Oak Park as part of the Minot Area Council of the Arts Arts in the Parks summer concert series.
"We're all the boss," said Floyd Borud, lead guitar and vocalist. "But Karen tells us what to do."
"Karen" is Karen Rath, who plays keyboards and sings.
"We've been together about five years now," she said. "I was lining up acts for the (Norsk) Hstfest, and when I contacted the others, who had been jamming together for a while, they said they would if I would play the keyboard. So here we are."
Other members are Larry Nelson, rhythm guitar and vocals and Willie Rose on lead guitar. They still play for Hstfest, as well as most of the backup music for the Christmas Cantata in the Barn in Des Lacs. The group, individually and collectively, are also active with the Frozen Fingers Music Association.
"In Dakota Rose we do three-part harmony most of the time," Rath said. "There's lots of harmony in the group. Floyd and I are even cousins, because our fathers are twin brothers."
Songs on the program include "God on the Mountain," "I'll Fly Away" and "Golden Rings."
Rath was inducted into the Dakota Music Hall of Fame on May 29 this year, celebrating the Des Lacs native's life-long commitment to melody.
Visual art will include a community quilt display. Quilts will be hung around the park. Persons wishing to bring quilts to show may contact the Minot Area Council of the Arts at 852-2787 for details.
-- Ceecy Nucker
In case of inclement weather, programs will be relocated to the Maysa Arena at the same times and dates.
Programs are free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
Minot Area Council of the Arts executive director Terri Aldrich would like to remind concert-goers that their programs may be used with any purchase Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 10 at Space Aliens Grill and Bar to help support the Arts in the Parks Summer Concert Series through their "Aliens Helping Earthlings" project.
"It's about 30 dancers, and they range in age from 7 to 19," said office manager Ashleigh Collins. "It's a wonderful setting for this 'Peter and the Wolf,' with the trees all around. We'd like to thank the Minot Area Council of the Arts for inviting us to perform this wonderful introduction to the world of ballet."
The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Oak Park and is free and open to the public. Visual artists are cake decorator Diane Slickers and artist Linda Schindele with her paintings.