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San Jose Dance Theatre presents its 2018 Spring Showcase, a repertory performance featuring the Kingdom of the Shades scene from the ballet La Bayadére, plus original contemporary works!

Set in India, La Bayadère tells the story of star-crossed lovers who reunite in the afterlife in the Kingdom​ ​Of​ ​The Shades. Originally staged by famous choreographer Marius Petipa, this excerpt is one of the most celebrated in classical ballet and often performed independently of the full-length work.

To perform the lead roles in the Kingdom Of The Shades, we welcome professional dancers Fredrick Davis from “From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis” documentary, and Lilit Hogtanian of Memphis Ballet.

The 2018 Spring Showcase also features San Jose Dance Theatre dancers in works choreographed by Artistic Director Linda Hurkmans, Jake Casey, Sian Ferguson, Grace Lu, and Irina Tomushev.

June 2, 2018 / 2PM & 7PM

101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

Guest Artists

Fredrick Davis


Lilit Hogtanian


Lilit Hogtanian, Ballet Soloist, Ballet Memphis ​

Lilit Hogtanian is from Los Angeles where she began her ballet training under Yuri Grigoriev. She joined Ballet Memphis in 2017. She is a graduate of the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco.

In 2009 the Los Angeles Times featured her in “Faces to Watch.” Miss Hogtanian has worked with Los Angeles Ballet, State Street Ballet, Eglesvsky Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has performed principal and soloist roles in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, Pas de Trois (Minkus), Dov’e la Luna, Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake, La Sylphide and Coming Together.

Miss Hogtanian is very excited to be guest starring for San Jose Dance Theatre for the first time. She will be dancing the principal female role of “Nikiya” in “La Baydère Kingdom of the Shades”.

Fredrick Davis, Professional Dancer and Emmy Award Winner

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Chattanooga TN, Fredrick completed his training with Ballet Tennessee and moved to New York to pursue his dance career. He was given a full scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School of NYC.  He joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a Principal Dancer, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell and Virginia Johnson.

Mr. Davis also made a documentary with WTCI-PBS of Chattanooga, TN titled “From the streets to the stage the Journey of Fredrick Davis“. This documentary won an Emmy award at the 31st Midsouth Mid Regional Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, in January 2016. 

Mr. Davis is excited to be guest starring for San Jose Dance Theatre for the first time. We hope that you will join us for Master Class with Mr. Davis and a viewing of his documentary with Q & A afterwards on June 4, 2018.

Master Class with Fredrick Davis

Save the Date! Master Class with Fredrick Davis June 4th at 4:15pm. Intermediate to Advanced dancers welcomed. Open to Public: $30 per dancer. 

Following the master class, participants can enjoy watching the Emmy Award Winning Documentary “From the Streets to the Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis.”

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