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June 25, 2008 > Dancing her way to Denmark

Dancing her way to Denmark

By Aditya Anand

Sixteen year old Lillian Kautz of Newark is not your average high school student. Currently a sophomore at the Circle of Independent Learning (COIL), Kautz will be traveling this summer to Denmark's storybook capital of Copenhagen, resplendent with cobblestone streets, mermaid statues, and European charm, as a privileged participant in the International Ballet Seminar at Denmark's Royal Theatre.

Although she will be one of the youngest participants in Denmark, Kautz has many years of experience in ballet. She finished two summers of professional ballet study at the American Ballet Theater by the age of thirteen. A natural talent, Kautz has also played major roles in several ballets, including the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ballet Petit's Nutcracker and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at Chabot College.

In Copenhagen, Kautz will study under the direction of Vivi Flindt, once a partner of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Guidance will also be provided by world-renowned instructors specializing in modern dance, jazz, and ballet from the Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Dance Companies, and ballet masters from Moscow Ballet. Furthermore, she will have the opportunity to work with members of the famed Royal Danish Ballet, in the great Bournoville tradition. Kautz's hard work during the seminar will give her the skills necessary for a final performance at the Copenhagen's beautiful Tivoli Gardens.

Kautz, who is excited about her summer in Denmark, credits her love of dance, music, and choreography to her teacher and mentor Peggy Peabody of Ballet Petit, who was recently inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame. Miss Peggy will accompany Kautz to Denmark and take an active part during classes. Miss Peggy and Kautz's family, friends, and fans agree that she should be congratulated for her participation in the International Ballet Seminar, her dedication to ballet and her excellence in the fine arts.

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