Spotlight: Amanda Peet

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Called “the electric ingénue” of the Sacramento Ballet by Dance Magazine, Amanda Peet has pirouetted her way through countless leading roles in her seven years with the company. Nutcracker, Firebird, Bolero, Carmina Burana—she’s done ’em all, with a particular fondness for George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. “That was one of my ultimate highlights with the ballet—the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” says the 27-year-old, San Francisco-born Peet. This month, Peet (along with her fellow dancers) will take the stage for the second year in a
row in Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition, which brings to town three top choreographers whose works are performed in front of a voting audience. The event is “a fun and different way to start the season,” says Peet. “We usually start the season with a regular ballet, but last year it was so fun working with the choreographers.” This year’s featured choreographers are Darrell Moultrie, Melissa Barak and Yannis Adoniou, from New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, respectively. Peet ventures to say that the event will be as much fun for the audience as it is for the dancers. “I would think for the audience it would be cool to be part of what we’re doing—to have a say in the final voting decision.” Catch the action on two consecutive Fridays, Oct. 15 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theatre. For more information, visit sacballet.org or call (916) 552-5800.