BWW Reviews: BALLETS WITH A TWIST, 'Cocktail Hour' is Delightful

BWW Reviews: BALLETS WITH A TWIST, 'Cocktail Hour' is Delightful

Ballets With a Twist, the very original dance company, based in New York City, performed their 4th successful season at Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage. The audience was captivated by their program, Cocktail Hour, with dance selections inspired by popular drinks. The abundant talent of the troupe's dancers and the ingenious selections made for an unforgettable show on the Rahway Stage.

With innovative choreography by Marilyn Klaus, music by Stephen Gaboury, costumes by Catherine Zehr and lighting by Dan Hansell, the production was perfectly presented. Ballets With A Twist draws their movement technique from a blend of classical and modern dance. The mix is refreshing and invigorating (pardon the puns).

Cocktail Hour included nine pieces. The show opened with Champagne. The dancers, adorned in cream white, floated gracefully through the piece as easily as bubbles in the finest sparkling wine, at times pairing for a lovely effect.

The other highlights of the evening included Shirley Temple, fun and flamboyant, danced by Emily Anton. Margarita, performed by Kelsey Gibson also featured three young local dancers, Makayla Dean, Vanessa DeJesus and Crystal Mosquera who made the piece even more captivating. Bloody Mary, the solo by Erin Gallagher fit in wonderfully with this season's program, an exciting and dramatic piece. And, The Johnny Show with Lily Balogh and Aengus Ortiz paid a fascinating tribute to the popular talk show with senstional theatrical touches and excellent dancing.

Ballets With a Twist is unlike any other company. They are wholly invested in works that are engaging, creative and unique. It is a company that you will want to see again and again. For more information on Ballets With a Twist and their upcoming performances, visit their web site at

Photo: "Mint Julep", courtesy of the company.

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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for You can follow Marina on Twitter and Instagram @marinapk6.
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