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Monday Spotlight: René Daveluy of Central West Ballet

Central West Ballet artistic director Ren Daveluy works with dancer Nicole Firpo at the Modesto Bee studio.
Central West Ballet artistic director Ren Daveluy works with dancer Nicole Firpo at the Modesto Bee studio. aalfaro@modbee.com

In Monday Spotlight, we share information about and highlight members of the regional arts and entertainment community

This week, we spotlight an artist and director who has made a mark on the region's classical dance scene.

Name: René Daveluy

Home base: Modesto. Originally from Montreal, Canada.

What you do: Artistic director of Central West Ballet, a classically based dance company in Modesto.

How you knew: I was born into a family of musicians. My mother, Marie Daveluy, was a opera singer (soprano coloratura) in Austria and Germany and is one of Canada’s foremost singing master teachers. I discovered the art of dance at 14 years old by joining a local ballet jazz group. Once I entered a dance studio, I found myself, never looked back and went on to have a rewarding dance career.

Go ahead, brag: Danced professionally for 20 years in both Canada and the USA. Senior soloist with Ballet West in Salt Lake City from 1995 to 2004. Performed many lead roles in full-length and contemporary ballets by master choreographers. Was mentored by illustrious names in the world of dance such as Frank Augustyn, Violette Verdy and John Hart CBE. I have led Central West Ballet with Leslie Ann Larson as ballet master since 2004. I was a recipient of the California Stanislaus Arts Council Award for Excellence in Dance (2006); winner of a prize for outstanding choreography, Youth America Grand Prix (2004); recipient of a prize from Du Maurier Arts in Montreal for my original one-man show “Daveluy Danse Brel” (1992).

Check you out: The annual Central West Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” opens Friday, Dec. 11, and will run through Dec. 20 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in downtown Modesto.

Online: www.centralwestballet.org

Are you an area artist or entertainer? Want to be part of Monday Spotlight? Email mrowland@modbee.com.

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