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‘The Legend of Timpanogos’ dances at the Covey Center for the Arts Feb. 25-27

“When I heard the story, I would see a beautiful ballet in my mind,” says Jacqueline Colledge, choreographer. “The story came to life.”

Said story is “The Legend of Timpanogos,” and Jacqueline brought her vision to life with authentic Native American choreography and an original score by Micheal Babbit.

Rachelle Jardin, from Alpine, and Joni Tuttle, from Holden, dance the part of Ucanogos, the principal role.

“When I am on stage, I actually become Ucanogos,” Joni says. “It’s like I was living the role and it transformed me.”

The ballet tells the emotional love story of Ucanogos, an Indian girl, and Timpanc, an Indian boy. Because Timpanc is not from the same tribe as Ucanogos, he must prove himself to the tribe before they can marry.

“Knowing the main story of the ballet and living close to the mountain makes you feel like you are in the moment,” Rachelle says. “Once you get on stage, in costume, with all the other dancers, everyone comes together and it seems like the audience isn’t there.”

“The Legend of Timpanogos” is an emotional, action-packed ballet the whole family will enjoy.

“It’s a very public friendly ballet,” Joni says. “My dad, brother and friends love this ballet because it’s emotional and dramatic.”

Since the ballet first premiered in 1992, it has traveled the globe with pieces performed in China and at an international ballet competition in Jackson, Mo.

“The Legend of Timpanogos” will be performed at the Covey Center for the Arts Feb. 25 to Feb. 27. For more information, visit www.coveycenter.org.

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