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Oregon City resident Naomi Rux to appear in Portland Ballet's dancers showcase

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Rux especially enjoyed working with choreographer Zachary Carroll on 'Rip/Tide.'

The Portland Ballet will showcase its premier dancers, including Oregon City resident Naomi Rux, 19, in a studio company performance March 10 to 12 in Portland.

PHOTO BY BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Wearing a distinctive white tutu with a red bow, Naomi Rux performs in 'Gift Box,' as part of The Portland Ballet's holiday showcase last November. Rux, a graduate of Oregon City's Alliance Charter Academy, is part of TPB's career-track program. She has been studying ballet for more than 10 years.

Rux will dance in three different pieces in the program: "Concerto in F," "Heartaches," and "Rip/Tide."

George Gershwin's "Concerto in F" is the closest thing to traditional ballet that she will appear in for this program, Rux said, adding that the other two pieces are considerably different.

"Heartaches" is set to country-western music by the late Patsy Cline, while "Rip/Tide is "a modern piece that requires a lot of different muscles" set to contemporary music by Aphex Twin.

PHOTO BY BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Naomi Rux Although she loves all three pieces, Rux especially enjoyed working with choreographer Zachary Carroll on "Rip/Tide." Carroll is a founding member of The Portland Ballet faculty and teaches open classes and pas de deux. He also performed and toured for more than a decade with BodyVox, a Portland-based group known for combining dance, theater and film.

"Rip/Tide" is "so different and truly modern. It is coming together really nicely, and Zach is very happy with it," Rux said.

Audiences will find the music in the program "really exciting and upbeat," Rux said, adding that Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe also will perform, bringing in guest dancers and drummers.

Career track

The nine Portland Ballet dancers who will appear in the program range in age from 12 to 19 and come from all over the Pacific Northwest. They study about 25 to 30 hours a week in the company's top-level career track program, which trains students with professional intent.

Rux attended Clackamas Community College last year, but she is taking this year off to focus on training and dance.

"I am sending out videos to different companies, hoping to get an audition class or an apprenticeship with a company," she said.

Laura Grimes, TPB's marketing and public relations manager, said she thinks Rux has a good chance of becoming a professional dancer.

She added, "Naomi's performance at the holiday show was stunning. She is both a lovely actor and dancer, and brought tears to my eyes. She likely has a lustrous career ahead of her and will be someone to watch."PHOTO BY BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Above, Naomi Rux performs in The Portland Ballet's holiday show held from Nov. 25 to 27 last fall. Rux, 19, is an Oregon City resident and graduate of the Alliance Charter Academy.

Dance!

What: The Portland Ballet presents a showcase of its career-track dancers

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12

Where: The Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland

Tickets: $10-$25

More: Visit theportlandballet.org or call 503-750-3157. Featured pieces include "Concerto in F," by George Gershwin; "La Bayadère Shades Trio," by Ludwig Minkus; "Heartaches," by Patsy Cline; and "Rip/Tide," by Aphex Twin. Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe also will perform.