Blue Jeans and Ballet

Dancers, Robinella prepare for toe-tapping evening

Dancers at the 2007 Blue Jeans and Ballet put on a performance for the audience. This year’s fall show will be Blue Jeans and Ballet with new dances. The event is Sept. 25 at Maryville College.

Photo by File photos from 2007

Dancers at the 2007 Blue Jeans and Ballet put on a performance for the audience. This year’s fall show will be Blue Jeans and Ballet with new dances. The event is Sept. 25 at Maryville College.

Robinella sings as the Appalachian Ballet dancers perform their fall show last year. This year’s Blue Jeans and Ballet will also include dances choreographed to Robinella’s live music.

Photo by File photos from 2007

Robinella sings as the Appalachian Ballet dancers perform their fall show last year. This year’s Blue Jeans and Ballet will also include dances choreographed to Robinella’s live music.

Carolyn Anglim dances to the music of Robinella in one of the Blue Jeans and Ballet numbers last year.

Photo by File photos from 2007

Carolyn Anglim dances to the music of Robinella in one of the Blue Jeans and Ballet numbers last year.

Expect to sing along to many if not all of the songs Robinella plays during this year’s Blue Jeans and Ballet performance on the grounds at Maryville College.

That’s because most of the lineup will be popular songs heard on the radio during the 1970s and 1980s.

The 2008 Blue Jeans and Ballet will be at McArthur Pavilion at Maryville College from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets, $40 each, are available by calling 865-982-8463

“I have picked songs I would consider old favorites, songs a lot of people will know the lyrics to,” Appalachian Ballet director Amy Moore Morton said.

Robinella will play songs such as “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Simon and Garfunkle’s “Sounds of Silence,” and a medley of Gospel tunes.

“I think the audience and age group who came last year and had such a great time, these will be great songs for them, maybe songs they haven’t heard in a while. It’s going to be fun hearing Robinella singing some of the popular songs from the 70s and 80s,” Morton said.

Morton said she has already choreographed 12 dances for the event and by the night of the show, she should have 14 dances choreographed. “I am doing a couple of Robin’s new ones. She has a new CD coming out, and we’ll be promoting a couple of songs you have never heard.”

Morton said something else that will be new is there will be males in the show this year. “We have a couple guys in this year’s show,” she said. “We’ll be able to do lifts and partnering aspects.”

The weather is the biggest wild card, but Morton said everyone has their fingers crossed.

“We can only hope for as beautiful weather as last year. It was so glorious,” she said.

The Appalachian Ballet Company is a regional, award-winning dance company, both as a company and for many of their dancers. Each year the dancers must audition to be in the company and 60 recently taken in to the company. The 17 individuals dancing at Blue Jeans and Ballet will be advanced level dancers. While most are older students, some as young as 13 will be dancing because they’ve attained advanced level, she said.

This year’s event, the second Blue Jeans and Ballet outdoors, is a much easier affair this time. “We had never danced in grass for one of the main performances of the year,” Morton said of last year’s Blue Jeans. “I was really anxious, but it was so successful. It makes me excited to do it again this year and to have songs people will be able to relate to. That adds another fun element to audience participation. I have feeling they’ll be singing along.”

Morton said Blue Jeans and Ballet will be a nice “date” night or even something parents can bring families to enjoy. “Since it is on a school night, and we are outdoors, we have to be finished by the time it’s dark,” she said.

Dinner is from 6 to 7 p.m. and the show starts and 7 p.m. “We’ll be heading home by 8. It will be a nice time frame and it doesn’t compete with football,” she said.

There will be limited seating at the McAuthur Pavilion on Maryville College campus. The dinner will be Harvest Chicken and roasted vegetables prepared by Maryville College with wine donated by Aubrey’s restaurants. “I’m excited. I hope we have a good turnout,” she said. “Because it’s a dinner we need people to RSVP. The sooner they can make a phone call to the studio, the better.”

To make reservations, called the Van Metre School of Dance at 865-982-8463.

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