NEAD performers practice for their upcoming show titled Ballet, Breakthroughs, Bartok & Blues to be performed at Mary Anne Bartels Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Pictured left to right, Danielle Velasco, Sarah Morton, Kaitlyn Indreica, Sydney Lopez and Adalyn Pike.

OSCODA – The Northeast Academy of Dance (NEAD) wraps up its 22nd year with Ballet, Breakthroughs, Bartok & Blues on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. at the Mary Anne Bartels Auditorium in Oscoda High School.

A program which encompasses many dance styles and features all NEAD students under the direction of Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich. Tickets for the performances are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $6 for students and are available at the door.

A dollar from each ticket sold will benefit the auditorium restoration project now under way. Program duration is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. There will be one brief intermission and is appropriate for all ages. 

“This was sort of a breakthrough year for many of our students on so many fronts both technically and emotionally,” said Heinrich. “The title reflects not only the content of the program, but the essence of seeing our students grow and mature. Hopefully what audience members, especially those who follow our programs, will take away is rich sense of commitment on the part of the students.”

There is expected to be seven pieces throughout the show. The first will be “Dance of the Northern Lights”, a light and cheerful ballet choreographed by Canale that was part of the academy’s winter performance. The second will be “Dances in a Woodland Glade” that features the academy’s levels 1, 2 and 3 students. The final group ballet piece is entitled “Lines in Larghetto” choreographed by Canale and also uses music by Gounod – this time the larghetto section from Symphony No. 2.    

In February, NEAD’s high school students presented a piece to audition for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. The work entitled “Written Because” was choreographed by Heinrich and is a mash- up of two pieces that the students performed in last winter’s The Creation. Two of the academy’s level four students, Rilee Tracy of Harrisville and Hannah Velasco of Tawas will then perform the “Friendship Duet”. With choreography by Canale and again music by Charles Gounod, this short piece shows off a more advanced pointe technique and allows the students to interact with each other in a friendly manner.

“Abstraction Attraction” is the working title given to the sixth piece on the program which Heinrich plans to develop further for next year. With music from Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No.5, dancers move in an edgy and frantic manner, filling the space making six dancers look more like double. The final piece of the evening is “Please Help Me Shake These Blues” with music by Otis Taylor, Keb’Mo’, Ruthie Foster and the Reverend Shawn Amos. Choreographed by Heinrich, the work is more like 6 pieces in one.

Our Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Modern and Jazz students are Kaitlyn Indreica, Sydney Lopez, Sarah Morton, Adalyn Pike, Danielle Velasco and Maggie Ward.

Our Ballet 1 - 4 and ballet jazz students Include: Norella Ballor, Emmy Buchanan, Emma Clarke, Kaitlyn Crandell, Aubrey DeJohn and Lily DeJohn, Eden Dellar, Adrie Dembowske, Emersyn Dembowske, Brinlee Eckstorm, Taylin LaCourse, Aubrey Laubon, Maya Lopez, Leila Lueckeman, Audrey Luttrell and Claire Luttrell, Avery Merillat and  Cara Merillat, Danica Markey, Jacob Marvin, Kairie Miller, Rainey Miller, Amelia Miszak, Amya Myers, Madden Perez, Hannah Potts, Averiana Smith, Jade Smith, Olivia Smith, Regina Stearns, Rilee Tracy, Hannah Velasco and Kaiden Wouters.

For more information about the Academy and its programs, call 739-7955 or visit our website at