by John Tarpley
Ballet Arkansas's annual celebration of the arts leads off with a reception featuring the work of local painters and sculptors and light hors d'oeuvres. At 7 p.m., Ballet Arkansas's professional and junior companies take the stage. Professionals Jonathan Bostik, Katchiri Feys, Kelsee Green, Lauren McCarty Horak, Grace Tilley and Paul Tillman dance "Pressing On," a piece choreographed by hotshot dancer Kiesha Lalama-White for the company. The professional company also performs pieces choreographed by Arkansas native Shawn Stevens, Jonathan Bostick and Ballet Arkansas artistic director Arleen Sugano. "Adagio for Strings," choreographed by Natalie Smith Berry and accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, highlights the junior company's performance. Ballet Arkansas reprises Arts in Concert on Sunday; the visual arts reception begins at 2 p.m.; ballet starts at 3 p.m.