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11:04 AM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The annual butterfly exhibit is now open at Meijer Gardens.  This year, the insects won't be the only attraction.

Meijer Gardens and the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company are teaming up for two butterfly-inspired performances.

The story follows a newly-emerged butterfly as she struggles to understand what kind of creature she has become.

The performances include elaborate costumes, music and audience participation.

Organizers say the shows are a great way to learn about butterfly behavior through dance.

Vickie Wilkinson, Meijer Gardens' Outdoor Education Manager and writer of the story explained the process.  "We look at it in that the flight of the butterflies, which is our theme this year; how that would mirror so well with the movement of dancers."

The main character, the monarch butterfly played by Emma Clark said, "I focus a lot on the arms and moving not like a bird, but more forward like wings."

The ballet was choreographed by the Junior Company's Artistic Director and long-time dancer, Attila Mosolygo said, "Coming up with the appropriate steps.  I really just had to read through the story and place myself into the wings of a butterfly to find out how she would find out who she really is."

The next showing will be on March 16th at 10 am at the Meijer Gardens.  Tickets are $3.50 for Meijer Gardens members, $5 for non-members and free for children two and younger.

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