DDA To Perform Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet


2The Delaware Dance Alliance (DDA) will be performing Pirates of the Caribbean onstage, live at the Schwartz Center For the Arts, located at 226 South State Street, Dover, DE. On April 25 at 7 pm and April 26 at 2 pm. Artistic Director Michele Xiques, an award winning choreographer recognized by the Delaware Division of The Arts, has choreographed this show drawing from classical ballet, adding the infusion of acting and swordplay.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet follows blacksmith Will Turner, and pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa, while being pursued by the Royal Navy. This ballet version of the 2003 film was a concept designed by artistic director Michele Xiques.

“Creating this ballet has been more of a challenge than even our Twilight Ballet was, because there is much more action, in almost every scene, but we have a wonderful creative team, great volunteers and extremely dedicated cast members to work with,” says Ms. Xiques.

Captain Jack Sparrow will be portrayed by Justin Wilkins of Milford. Justin has been dancing for ten years and has performed in The Nutcracker, Jazz Nutcracker and Pippi Longstocking with First State Dance Academy. “Jack is a very loose, fun character that is always having fun while walking around ays if he is a prince,” said Justin.” Justin enjoys the varied mediums found within the performance including ballet, acting and swordplay. “The acting varies in so many ways and I enjoy adding my own spin to it.”

Elizabeth Swann will be portrayed by Allison Wilkins of Milford. She has been dancing for 15 years, 10 of which with First State Dance Academy performing ballets including The Nutcracker and Don Quixote. For Allison, this performance is a new challenge. “It is a lot different than everything I am used to,” said Allison. “I’m used to the dancing part but now there is a lot of acting as well.” Prepared for the performances this weekend, she is excited to see the reaction from the audience. “I want the audience to get into the performance and be consumed by the acting,” Allison said. “I want them to feel as if they are on the island with us.”

Monica Starr, a professional ballerina from Milford, shares portraying the part of Elizabeth, who manages Zane Ellis, a student from Sussex Central High School, as the dashing Will Turner. Luis Rios of Camden is playing the role of Captain Barbossa. Pirates of the Caribbean will be performed onstage, live at the Schwartz Center For the Arts on April 25 at 7 pm and April 26 at 2 pm. Tickets are available at the Schwartz Center box office, online at www.schwartzcenter.com or by calling  302-678-5152.