Maple Ridge dancer hits the stage in Swan Lake

Erik Bruendl prepares for Swan Lake. - David Cooper/Special to The TIMES
Erik Bruendl prepares for Swan Lake.
— image credit: David Cooper/Special to The TIMES

Long-time Maple Ridge resident Eric Bruendl is ready to awe and amaze audience members with his upcoming performance in Coastal City Ballet’s Swan Lake.

The local dancer will be performing as two roles: a courtier and the Spanish Prince.

Bruendl said the audience can expect to watch a “more modern and relevant” twist on the traditional plot, although the choreography will still be classical ballet.

“This has the advantage of creating a more believable and understandable plot for ballet newcomers while still retaining the feel and look that Swan Lake is known for,” he added.

Bruendl, who graduated from Thomas Haney Secondary last year, began dancing at the age of five, at Warren performing Arts Academy in Pitt Meadows.

“My annual year-end performances at the Maple Ridge Arts Centre Theatre as a child was where I would first fall in love with performing on-stage,” he said.

Since his first performance many years ago, he most recently performed in a cross-country tour of Ballet Jorgen Canada’s Sleeping Beauty.

Bruendl’s performance premiers on May 21 at the Vancouver Playhouse and again on June 10 at Surrey Arts Centre.

For tickets, visit coastalcityballet.com.

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