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performances and events!
Dec 1st – One of our favorite things to do each year is perform “The Nutcracker Tea” at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for all the patients and staff.
Dec 6th – Nutcracker Tea at the Capital Hotel. What a lovely affair, decor was beautiful, food was divine and our guests were so sweet and dressed in their holiday finest! Many thanks to the Capital Hotel and Junior League of Little Rock Volunteers for making this event so special for our guests.
November 3rd – We kicked off the month with “Who Cares?” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Many thanks to the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association for another wonderful event!
November 20th – Students in the Ballet Arkansas Preparatory Program BAPP again joined forces with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra to present “Shakespeare, Love and Dance” at the Albert Pike Scottish Rite Temple in Little Rock. Many thanks to Geoff Robson and Kim Nygren Cox for putting together a wonderful show for dance and music lovers!
November 30th – BAPP students had a great time posing for pictures with guests the Capital Hotel Tree Lighting ceremony.
October 15th – Ballet Arkansas was delighted to perform in the beautiful Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Garvan’s Ballet and Blooms event. Many thanks to Kristin Mangham for bringing us to Hot Springs!
October 30th – We performed at Henderson State University. Many thanks to Jennifer Maddox for her efforts in bringing “Meet Ballet Arkansas” to Arkadelphia!
September was all about in-studio rehearsals!
Company dancers were rehearsing for our upcoming tours to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Many thanks to our Health and Wellness Sponsor Anne and Scott Pace and Kavanaugh Pharmacy for keeping us on our toes with flu shots!
Nutcracker rehearsals started in September. These choreographers, Jana Beard, Allison Stodola Wilson, Traci Presley and Ballet Mistress Laura Hood Babcock, and all our young dancers are working hard to bring you the best Nutcracker ever!
Make the Nutcracker magical for the cast and crew by helping us sell out all four public performances on December 11-13th at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center! Click here to purchase your tickets!
September was also the start of classes, rehearsals and fun for our Preparatory Program Students and Director Kim Nygren Cox. Their first performance will be a collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra on November 20th. Tickets will be available soon on the ASO website.
August 1st and 8th: Nutcracker auditions are upon us! It takes a huge cast to put on The Nutcracker and we are so very grateful for the 200+ dancers from all around Arkansas auditioned for roles in this holiday classic.
August 11th Ballet Arkansas company dancers report for the first day of the 2015-16 season! Welcome back Lauren, Leslie, Toby, Paul, Amanda, Bodie, Hannah, Deanna, Tony, Justin and Megan and welcome to the company Meredith and Lynise! And the fun beings…
August 15th-21st Visions Choreographers Ilya Kosadayev, Barry Kerrolis, Tom Mattingly, Adain DeYoung and Boyko Dossev are getting their first view of the company, then selecting their dancers
and then setting their choreography….
August 20th Meet the Artist Party at Good Food by Ferneau
Afternoon of August 22nd Master Class at UALR with Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton
Evening of August 22nd, Visions Choreographic Competition is finally here… And the 2015 Visions winner is …. Ilya Kosadayev!! Congratulations Ilya and see you in the spring!
August 25th – 29th Marina Eglevsky is in the studio staging George Balanchine’s Glinka Das de Trois which will be performed at our spring show, Under the Lights, May 20-22nd at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
What a Summer Intensive!
Wonderful job Director Kim Cox and all the amazing teachers including guests Juan Carlos Claudio and Anthony Krutzcamp.
We are so proud of all the students who exhibited such dedication, passion and endurance for the art of dance throughout the two weeks of classes. It was a privilege having each and every one of you!
June 15-19 Ballet Arkansas had the privilege of teaching over 35 kids at our Dance Camp and Junior Intensive. We consider it an honor to share our training and love of dance with young students!
Kudos to Junior Intensive Director Leslie Dodge and her Ballet Arkansas company member teachers Toby Lewellen, Paul Tillman, Lauren McCarty-Horak and Justin Metcalf-Burton and Dance Camp Director Lauren McCarty-Horak and her teaching assistant Justin!
April 17-19 Ballet Arkansas performed our annual spring mixed repertory show at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The headlining piece, Who Cares?, was choreographed by the father of American ballet George Balanchine and set to music of the incomparable George Gershwin. This marked the first time an Arkansas based dance company has been licensed to perform a work choreographed by Mr. Balanchine. There was a champagne reception after the Friday night opening performance to mark this historic occasion. Saturday evening was Ballet Arkansas Alumni Night – many former dancers and board members returned to help us celebrate this amazing accomplishment!
The show also included the expanded version of Hilary Wolfley’s 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition Winning piece Façade, excerpts from the tragic tale and classical ballet Raymonda, choreographed by the Marius Petipa, pas de deux from Lady of the Camellias by Val Caniparoli set to the music of Chopin, and former Hubbard Street Dance company member Greg Sample’s contemporary piece Rerouting which, along with Who Cares? received a standing ovation.
Our audiences were amazing, The Rep staff were delightful to work with and our company dancers were dazzling! What a marvelous way to end the season and leave everyone wanting more!
March 19 – Ballet Arkansas’ annual Turning Pointe Gala was held at the Albert Pike Masonic Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails provided by Glazers, buffet and dessert dining provided by Simply the Best, shopping galore and dancing to the tunes of Dizzy 7.
The Ballet Arkansas Youth Division did a wonderful performance of company member Deanna Karlheim’s Isolated – bravo to these wonderful young dancers!
Auctioneer Brad Wooley and B98.5’s Lisa Fisher ran the live auction.
Ballet Arkansas’ professional company dancers Justin Metcalf-Burton and Amanda Sewell performed Excerpts from Giselle Act 2 – just heavenly! Company members Lauren Bodenheimer, Hannah Bradshaw, Leslie Dodge, Lauren McCarty-Horak, Megan Hustel, Deanna Karlheim, Toby Lewellen, Justin Metcalf-Burton, Tony Sewer and apprentice Georgia Quinn performed Louisville Ballet and Visions Choreographer Brandon Ragland’s boundless work, Barriers. Amazing performances by amazingly talented dancers!
David Knight accepted the Above the Barre Award for his work supporting the arts in Arkansas.
And topping off the evening Artistic Director Michael Bearden announced Ballet Arkansas’ 2015-16 Season.
Many thanks to our guests and event sponsors – PMI, Collier’s International, Bylites, Glazers, Simply the Best, T C Print, Tipton Hurst, Kathrin Kuo Graphic Design and Illustration, Schickel’s Cleaners and B98.5!
February 10-14th – Hilary Wolfley, the winner of our 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition was in town to expand her winning work, Facade. Ballet Arkansas will be performing this piece along with four other wonderful works at our spring show, Who Cares?, April 17-19th at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
February 14, 2015 – Hilary Wolfley’s Master Class was the last in our series for the 2014-15 Season. Many thanks to the UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance for hosting these educational programs. Over 100 attendees either participated in or observed these talented visiting instructors! Watch our website under Education for announcements about next season’s classes.
Jan 6-10 Former New York City Ballet Dancer Michele Gifford was in town to stage George Balanchine’s Who Cares? To say she worked our dancers is a mild understatement! “Ballet meets Broadway” is the best description for these amazing numbers all set to George Gershwin music. Get your tickets for the April 17-19, 2015 show!
January 22 – 25 The voting was so close at our first Visions Choreographic Competition that we decided to bring back Louisville Ballet’s Brandon Ragland along with winner, Hilary Wolfley, to extend his work for a performance at our upcoming March 20th Turning Pointe Gala. Tickets to the gala will be available soon!
January 31st – Ballet Arkansas closed out the month with a series of Master Classes and “Meet Ballet Arkansas” performance and conversation in the Starr Theater at the Walton Arts Center. The crowd was enthralled and the dancing was electric! Bravo!!
December 3rd – Ballet Arkansas was delighted to perform the Nutcracker Suite at Children’s Hospital again this year. The performance was sent through the hospital so all patients could enjoy.
December 6th – Artistic Director Michael Bearden was honored by Arkansas Life Magazine as an Arkansan of the Year.
December 7th – Ballet Arkansas performed the Nutcracker Suite at the Capitol Hotel to a sold out crowd!
December 12-14 – Ballet Arkansas’s Nutcracker Ballet moved into the Maumelle Performing Arts Center for the first time. The cast performed two Student Matinees on Thursday and Friday morning and four public shows from Friday through Sunday. Thanks to all those who helped to bring the magic to life by participating, volunteering or attending these shows!
November 16th and 17th – Ballet Arkansas company dancers Amanda Sewell, Lauren Bodenheimer, Hannah Bradshaw, Lauren McCarty-Horak, Deanna Karlheim and Justin Metcalf-Burton performed Birthday Variations at the Ballet Arkansas Youth Division collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra at the Albert Pike Scottish Rite Temple Theater. Beautiful music and dancing!
November 18th – Nutcracker season has officially begun! It was a lovely afternoon at Garvan Woodlands Garden Nutcracker Tea for our cast of characters.
October 16th – Southeast Arkansas Concert Association brought Ballet Arkansas’s Momentum show to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s University Theatre stage. Class before the public performance to loosen up those muscles and our biggest fan at the Student Matinee, all decked out in tutus!
October 28th – Ballet Arkansas was delighted to help support the March of Dimes by performing at their Signature Chef Auction at the State House Convention Center.
September 24th – Ballet Arkansas company members Justin Metcalf-Burton and Lauren McCarty-Horak educate guests at the Museum of Discovery’s Science After Dark event on The Science of Dance and Movement
September 28th – Ballet Arkansas performed Ana, Birthday Variations and Bolero at ACANSA’s “A Pointe of Chorus” event. It was a delightful day, delightful audience and amazing first annual ACANSA Arts Festival. We were so proud to be asked to perform and can’t wait for next years festival!
August 9th and 16th – The largest ever group of children, youth and adults were cast in our annual auditions for the holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
August 16th – Visions Choreographers Chris Stuart, Hilary Wolfley, Sayoko Knode, Jerry Opdenaker and Brandon Ragland observe class before “drafting” dancers for their piece.
August 23rd – Ballet Arkansas’s First Master Class of the 2014-15 season with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute was held on campus at UALR.
August 23rd – Our first Visions Choreographic Competition! And the winner of Ballet Arkansas’s first annual Visions Choreographic Competition is… Hilary Wolfley from Provo, Utah! Congratulations Hilary!