Rehearsal for Penny Saunders' The Happy Prince & Other Wilde Tales. Photo by Isaac Aoki Photography, Courtesy Grand Rapids Ballet

Grand Rapids Ballet Audiences Are in For a Wilde Time With Penny Saunders' Latest

Children's stories probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when considering the writings of Oscar Wilde. But his collection of stories for kids, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, forms the basis for Penny Saunders' latest work for Grand Rapids Ballet. There's plenty of ballet fodder to be found in the characters, from a self-sacrificing bird to a self-important firework to a selfish giant. Whether the tale Saunders weaves from the various stories ends in tragedy, happily ever after, or somewhere strange in between, audiences are in for a Wilde time. May 4–6, 11–12. grballet.com.

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Inside one of Interlochen's brand-new dance studios. Courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen’s New Breathtaking Dance Center Is Ready for Class

After months of practicing in a cramped space at home, young dancers have dreamed of training in a spacious, airy studio. And when the facilities are as resplendent as the brand-new dance center at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts, everyday technique class is to be savored.

The recently renovated and vastly expanded 26,000-square-foot Dance Center at Interlochen is now a world-class facility on par with those of premier conservatories and professional companies. Joseph Morrissey, Interlochen's director of dance, says a lot of careful thought went into the architecture: "This could not just be a building that dance is going to go into. This is a building that is made for dance." To build the best facilities for his students, Morrissey sought out Flansburgh Architects, the group behind the beautiful Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow.

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