Although I enjoy watching people dance (yes, I've been counting down to the So You Think You Can Dance season premiere next week), I hadn't ever been interested in paying to see a live ballet. Until I heard that the Delaware Dance Alliance was performing a Pirates of the Caribbean ballet! Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl is one of my family's favorite movies so I pillaged some coins from my bank account and took my parents to see it at the Schwartz Center in Dover for Mother's Day last weekend.
The artistic director did a fantastic job of conveying the story through movement instead of words. The choreography was beautiful. Several of the dancers had combat training, and their skills showed during the exciting sword fights. I was also impressed with how younger dancers were incorporated into the production - some played a pack of sea gulls out on the ocean, and others as the gold coins in the Isla del Muerta cave. My favorite was the cute little girl dressed as the dog that refuses to give Captain Jack Sparrow the ring of keys to open his prison cell.
Another scene I thought was particularly creative was when Elizabeth Swann and Jack are stranded on the island and drinking rum by the fire. Three dancers flowed around the stage like they were the flames. The entire performance was wonderful. I look forward to seeing more ballets by the Delaware Dance Alliance, even if they don't involve pirates.
As you may have guessed, I can't get enough of pirates. Today I sailed around Etsy, searching for more treasure. These Pirates of the Caribbean necklaces gleamed up from the bottom of Davy Jones' Locker.
1. Aztec Coin Caribbean Pirate Antique Necklace by Pearl Vintage
2. That's CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow Necklace - Pirates of the Caribbean by Elven Star Clayworks
3. Red Steampunk Pirates of the Caribbean Compass Skeleton Key Journal Unisex Necklace Ooak by Vade Mecum
4. Necklace Jar of Dirt and Key Disney Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow by Life is the Bubbles