Local dancer will spread her wings in Swan Lake production

Steps Ahead dance student Anastasia Glerup is one of 13 local students chosen to take part in Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Swan Lake hitting the Cowichan Theatre stage Jan. 27.  - Ashley Degraaf
Steps Ahead dance student Anastasia Glerup is one of 13 local students chosen to take part in Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Swan Lake hitting the Cowichan Theatre stage Jan. 27.
— image credit: Ashley Degraaf

She swears she's not nervous one bit.

One might find that hard to believe, however, as she's only 13 and she's suiting up alongside professional ballet dancers in her debut in a national touring production company's performance of Swan Lake.

But after chatting with the Queen Margaret's School student you simply take her word.

Anastasia Glerup has been dancing since she was a wee-one.

"I have always just loved to dance, ever since I was real little," the Steps Ahead dance student said. "I just danced all the time when I was at home."

Glerup recently auditioned with ballerina Cristina Graziano at Carlson’s and Steps Ahead dance schools for a role in Ballet Jorgen Canada's newest masterpiece, Swan Lake, showing in Cowichan Jan. 27.

She is one of 13 local dancers who got the call.

"I was just really, really happy," she said of when she heard the news.

It's not the Grade 7 student's first time taking part in a big production.

Glerup spent the summer schmoozing with broadway folks in Chemainus Theatre's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She's also currently preparing for the Musical Theatre Competitions of America event come February in California.

That's right, she sings too.

And on top of that, she's also studying for her intermediate foundation dance exam.

"I don't mind doing it all. And I get my school work done however I can," she said of making do with school too among the five classes a week she takes with Steps Ahead and Nanaimo's Harbour Dance School. "I do my homework in the car on my way to practices."

And they rehearse the day of the performance before they gear up to hit the stage that evening.

"I'm just more excited about the experience than anything," Glerup maintained.

Swan Lake is one of the largest ballet productions currently gracing Canadian stages showcasing the extraordinary beauty of ballet in its purest form.

And it will be the first time the company has come to Cowichan.

"This is a work that has inspired me since I as a little boy, when I first performed as a Jester in Natalia Conus' Bolshoi version of Swan Lake," said choreographer Bengt Jorgen in a press release. "It is a most magical ballet and one that I have longed to bring to life for some time now. Every step and every beat inspires - I want people everywhere to have a chance to see, experience and be touched by this most extraordinary of all ballets."

At the heart of the performance is a love story, the "union of two souls and the ultimate sacrifice to be set free," played out by a cast of 24 dancers including the roles for the local dancers.

"It's just going to be such an amazing experience for Anastasia and it's such an amazing thing for the directors of Swan Lake to do, to offer the local dancers parts," Glerup's mom Nancy said.

Your ticket

What: Swan Lake

When: Sunday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cowichan Theatre

Tickets: adult $42, student $36, group (10+) $32, eyeGo tickets are sold out. Call 250-748-7529.


Also on stage

Aside from Anastasia Glerup, other local students performing are Danielle Nuttgens, Marina Clarke, Tennysia Younger and Giuliana Mansueti, Hayley Newcombe, Hayley Woods, Joisan Fairwell, Jessie Foster, Robin Jory, Claire Saunders, Madeline Campagne, and Caitlyn Newcombe.









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