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New Sacramento ballet company debuts Saturday at Crest Theatre

Capital Dance Project members Kaori Higashiyama and Christopher Nachtrab rehearse for a performance on May 19 in Elk Grove. The Sacramento Ballet laid off its dancers three weeks before the end of their season. The annual Beer and Ballet won't be performed this year, but the dancers have formed their own company and will perform Saturday at the Crest Theatre.
Capital Dance Project members Kaori Higashiyama and Christopher Nachtrab rehearse for a performance on May 19 in Elk Grove. The Sacramento Ballet laid off its dancers three weeks before the end of their season. The annual Beer and Ballet won't be performed this year, but the dancers have formed their own company and will perform Saturday at the Crest Theatre. aseng@sacbee.com

The Capital Dance Project, a company of dancers from the Sacramento Ballet, will perform its first event Saturday at the Crest Theatre.

Dancer Alexandra Cunningham said nearly 400 tickets have been sold for “Behind the Barre.”

Doors open at 1:30 p.m., with live jazz, visual art and beer for sale from New Helvetia Brewing Co. The ballet performance is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 p.m.

“We feel like everything is covered and sorted out,” Cunningham said. “Now it’s showtime.”

Capital Dance Project will give a preview of the performance at tonight’s Concerts in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Cunningham said the group has already sold enough tickets to Saturday’s event to cover its costs. The Capital Dance Project formed earlier this month after the Sacramento Ballet ended its 2014-15 season early and laid off all of its dancers. The Capital Dance Project may offer more performances throughout the summer.

“Behind the Barre” will feature performances choreographed by members of the company, including dances to indie rock, jazz and classical music.

Tickets cost $25. They’re available at www.capitaldanceproject.org, the Crest Theatre box office, New Helvetia’s tasting room on Broadway and at LowBrau, Shady Lady, Goldfield Trading Post and Tank House BBQ & Bar.

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