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Prelude to a play

NYC Ballet dancer to visit Saratoga Springs High School English classes

Andrew Scordato,dancer with the NYC Ballet.

Andrew Scordato,dancer with the NYC Ballet.

— Scenes and common threads between the play and “West Side Story” that will likely be discussed will include the ballroom/dance at the gym, the balcony/fire escape and fight/fencing scenes, according to Fantauzzi.

A bit of experience with reality in the ballet comes in the formof real swords.

“The dancers use real swords in the fencing scene. They’re dulled, but they’re real,” Fantauzzi said.

That element alone may draw some interesting reality from the dancer and will most likely get the students interested on some level if they aren’t already.

“If some of the students can’t get through the language of the play easily, now there’s another way for them to do that through Andrew’s presentation,” said Fantauzzi.

Scordato will be presenting in blocks three and four of classes taught by Michael Katz, Anne Kauth and Johanna Friedman in the High School’s Teaching Auditorium.

In October 2005, Scordato became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, and in July 2006, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

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