Dance Kaleidoscope, the premier contemporary dance troupe based in Indianapolis, returns to the Grand Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Featuring 11 gifted dancers in a performance that has garnered widespread praise, Dance Kaleidoscope presents, “Old Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack,” a tribute to the iconic performer and his pals, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Hits by contemporaries Rosemary Clooney and Marilyn Monroe are also featured.
Youthful, energetic dancers enhanced by the skilled choreography of artistic director David Hochoy and Butler University dance professor Cynthia Pratt enliven what could be simply a nostalgic look at a bygone era.
Hochoy, DK’s artistic director for the past 22 years, has studied under and toured the world with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He has given master classes in Graham technique throughout the United States and Europe.
Cynthia Pratt as Guest Choreographer in Residence has worked with numerous choreographers in New York and in Europe and has created many highly acclaimed works for both Dance Kaleidoscope and the Butler Ballet.
Reminiscent of a Las Vegas revue, some favorite moments of “Old Blue Eyes” include the entire company dancing to Rosemary Clooney’s “Mambo Italiano.” Pratt’s choreography featuring all the men of the company performing “I’ve Gotta Be Me” incorporates martial arts movements.
Dancer Jillian Godwin, who charmed the Grand audience at last season’s DK performance, returns with a solo dance to “That’s Life.”
The second half is dedicated solely to Sinatra hits and showcases the spirited choreography of David Hochoy. Sinatra favorites such as the humorous “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” the company’s pantomime to “High Hopes,” and its touching rendition of “Almost Being in Love” affectionately capture the spirit of “Old Blue Eyes.”
In naming Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Old Blue Eyes” as one of the Top Ten Performing Arts Events of 2012, The Indianapolis Star wrote: “Dance Kaleidoscope once again proved why it is the most successful – not to mention the most popular – contemporary dance company around in this sparkling tribute.”
Tickets are $35, $25 and $20 and may be purchased through the website www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org or by visiting the ticket office at 312 W. Main, phone 352-7469, weekdays 10 to 3. Ticket remained in all price ranges at press time.
When the Dance Kaleidoscope dance company comes to town, young Frankfort-area dancers will have an opportunity to learn from the dance professionals. To register, call the Grand ticket office.
The Grand is sponsoring two free dance classes at the Frankfort School of Ballet, 340 St. Clair St. An advanced class for dancers ages 10-18 will be conducted Wednesday. A beginning class for dancers 8-15 will take place Thursday. Both classes start at 3:30 p.m. and are limited to 30 students. Each class will last about 90 minutes.