Indianapolis Artsgarden, Oct. 18
"They dance like pros," stated an audience member, who isn't a relative of one of the dancers. Public programs by the Indianapolis School of Ballet consistently prove this point. This young company is growing its signature speed, vitality, beautiful lines and spot-on musicality across genres from the ground up in the tradition of Balanchine. Opening with five Bach Variations choreographed by artistic director Victoria Lyras, the youngest dancers, dressed in crimson, set time and place in a pose and immediately moved out of the framing in a rapid succession of corps, solos and duets showing joy in discovery of the music's inner soul. Lyras and Paul Vitali set Gershwin's jazz on toe for the teen-aged dancers who, in black with sparkles and a rainbow of underskirt colors, dazzled, sashayed and flirted non-stop to a show-stopping "I Got Rhythm" finish. Emily Womersley's tap pieces were right on with "In the Mood" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." But what tipped the scales to outstanding was Scott Jovonovich's lyrically acrobatic contemporary development of "Blue Metallica" set to music of Cirque du Soleil. Erupting from a globe-like body mass, each dancer in turn throughout this 9-minute story twined and re-twined through ever-changing tableaus. Dressed in blue sateen with a swag ruffle across the front, the effect was shimmering water. It's a program worth repeating.