Brooks commented on Barton’s gorgeous partnering and counterpoint.

“There was a sweeping quality that felt like calligraphy,” he said. “I like your sense of centrifugal force and not stopping.” His statement triggered laughter from Ms. Whelan in the bleacher seats, who is keenly aware of Brook’s dance aesthetic and approach to partnering.

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Each audience member gets a vote to help decide winners of the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize, taking place this Saturday night (Feb. 15). Judges will look for innovation, contrasts, and execution. Now in its fourth year, the competition is so popular that…

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