Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet Returning to Performing with a Virtual Program


The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is getting back to what they love to do – sharing their passion for dance through performing for the community. Although not able to perform for a live audience yet due to Covid restrictions, they are presenting a filmed performance available to watch now on social media.

Although able to resume in-person classes at the ballet’s 21 East Third St. location with reduced size classes and with proper health screening processes in place, CRYB was, however, forced to cancel both their Spring Gala performance in June and their annual Nutcracker performance in December. Dancers who spent years training and weeks and months rehearsing were suddenly unable share their work with live audiences. This has been especially challenging for CRYB’s Pre-Professional dancers, some of whom are ready to start auditioning for ballet companies and ballet college programs.

The students spent January and February rehearsing with the hope that live performances with audiences would be approved by late winter, but when that did not happen CRYB decided to follow the lead of most ballet companies and present the performance for online viewing. The 30 minute performance, under the direction of Artistic Director Monika Alch, was filmed in the Media room at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and is now available to view online.

The program includes classical ballet variations from Esmeralda, Carmen and Sylvia, a performance of Classical Indian dance by CRYB instructor Sukanya Burman, an original modern work set for CRYB by instructor Rudi Andalora and two contemporary ballet works set for CRYB by alumna Brittany Bush to music by Bach and Corigliano. The performers include Cate Walter, Cecelia Johnson, Maya Swanson, Madeleine Leenders, Telly Ortiz, Averil Dubois and Francesca Woolson.

Partial funding for the project was from the Oliver G. and Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts through the Greater Buffalo Community Foundation. The public is invited to watch the performance on CRYB’s facebook page, their youtube channel or website