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Upstate New York Ballets Dracula

The Count himself

"Dracula is one of those stories that everybody knows and everyone has their own idea of who the character is," said Brandon Alexander, who plays the iconic role. "You just have to make it your own."

Overall, Alexander believes that the role of Dracula has been a good fit for him.

"He's a very easy character to dive into. You definitely get the scary, angry side of him," Alexander said.

On stage, Alexander's Dracula was intense and fierce in his movement, and his masculinity trumped the other male characters. Abdelnor, a technically solid dancer who partners well, played his role as Jonathan, a man under Dracula's thrall, convincingly because he allowed Dracula to be the more masculine dancer.

Classical dancers

The characters that were easiest for Jade were the trio of Vampire Brides (Rebecca Buller, Kristen Goldrick, and Hayley Meier), who were my favorite characters of the night. They showed off their capabilities as classical technicians through their flexibility and extension, but also performed the more contemporary, sharp, sensual movement with manic grace.

Much like the Vampire Brides, Lucy (Dalton) and Mina (McEwan) adeptly showed their classical technique, their emotive capabilities, and performed the less classical choreography, proving to the audience that they are professional dancers because they can do it all, and do it well.

Upstate's "Dracula" proved to be a fun night for dance, giving the audience both the beauty of ballet and visually interesting non-classical choreography. The blending of these styles in Jade's choreography not only told the story of "Dracula," but showcased the range of movement a classically trained dancer is capable of performing.

Bethany Larson is Goldring Arts Journalism Graduate Student at S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She is also a Kappa Delta Sorority Member.

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