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Boca Ballet’s “Romeo & Juliet” with guest dancers in lead roles

Pennsylvania Ballet dancers will perform the lead roles in Boca Ballet Theatre’s upcoming “Romeo and Juliet.”

Nayara Lopes and Sterling Baca will star as the ill-fated lovers to music by Prokofiev. The couple was among Dance Magazine’s 25 people to watch in 2016.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 children and seniors available on the Boca Ballet webpage or call 561-995-0709.

The company has a history of inviting guest performers, often from New York ballet companies. Former Joffrey Ballet’s Luca Segovia will dance the role of Mercutio. Rafael Ferreras, formerly of the Memphis Ballet, will be Benvolio. “This is a dream role,” he said at a recent fundraiser for this performance that generated $20,000.

This is her Boca debut and she understudied the role, said Lopes, in town for rehearsals.

Dancers mingled with donors at the cocktail party at Boca Ballet’s school and studio. Among them was the ballet’s patron and presenting sponsor for “Romeo & Juliet,” Marleen Forkas.

Here’s bios for the principal dancers:

Lopes began dancing at 6. She trained at the School of Theatre Dance Guaira in Brazil and at American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York. She danced with Orlando Ballet ll, the National Ballet of Canada and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 2016 and was promoted to soloist for the 2018/2019 season.

Baca started dancing at age 11. He received a full scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York. He danced with ABT from 2010 to 2016. Then he joined Pennsylvania Ballet where he is a principal dancer.

Additional cast members include Boca Ballet Theatre’s co-artistic directors Dan Guin and Jane Tyree as Lord and Lady Capulet; Rome Saladino and Cindy Surman as Lord and Lady Montague and Shannon Smith as Tybalt.

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