Facebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsOlympia, WA – Ballet Northwest partners with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to present the 4th Annual Olympia Dance Festival, March 2 -3, 2013. Dance groups from the South Puget Sound area are coming together to share master classes and techniques during the weekend. Each group will rehearse with Washington Center production staff, giving them professional level experience at Olympia’s premier theater.The program for the festival’s final performance includes a guest artist: Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Chapman will perform a ballet piece from “Swan Lake”. Taking place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2pm at the Washington Center, the performance is open to the public and gives each group an opportunity to showcase their talents.The event is designed to be a celebration of dance in Olympia for the entire community and will be great fun for all ages. Participating dance groups include; Ballet Northwest, Centralia Ballet Academy, Comerford School of Irish Dance, Debbie’s Dance, Etc., Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers, Random Acts of Dance Collective (RADCO), Slieveloughane Irish Dancers, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble and Studio West Dance Academy.Tickets are $10, plus $3.00 service fee, and are available through any participating group and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.More information can be found by visiting www.balletnorthwest.org/olympiadancefestival.html or contacting Ballet Northwest at email@example.com or 360-867-8824.About Maria ChapmanMaria Chapman is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She was a student of Magdalena Maury and studied under Patricia Bromley at Terpsichore Co., Ltd. in Atlanta. She continued her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and attended summer courses at Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1996, soloist in 2005, and principal in 2009. Ms. Chapman danced in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She is also featured in the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video and began appearing in Bloch dancewear advertising in 2002. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chapman is a founding member (1998 to present) of Second Stage for Dancers, PNB’s career transition program. She is currently chairperson of the Second Stage Dancer Committee.About Ballet NorthwestSince 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.About the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of four counties. Our multi-purpose facility contains a 983-seat proscenium theater with four seating levels and adjacent lobby spaces, as well as a smaller Stage II black box theater with its own lobby.Opened in 1985, the facility has played host to thousands of events, with over 2,000,000 people crossing our threshold. However, its history did not start in 1985. The Washington Center is really the grandchild of the Liberty Theater, a 1924 vaudeville house which stood on the same ground the Washington Center does today. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. The Olympic was then taken down to just a few exterior walls and completely rebuilt as The Washington Center. While the building’s facade still retains elements of the 1924 architecture, the interior is contemporary and modern.