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DAYTON, OH (January 15, 2013) – On Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, February 10 at 8 p.m. in the Victoria Theatre, Dayton Ballet will present the company’s premiere production of the original classic ballet Cinderella, replete with the musical score by Sergei Prokofiev. The 75th Anniversary Season sponsors are Kettering Health Network and the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund.

Say “Cinderella,” and what pops into your head? Romance? Intrigue? Love? Humor?  How could it not? Just look at the list of characters in the cast. A harassed serving girl, a wicked stepmother, two evil stepsisters, a fairy godmother, four fairies, 12 prince’s courtiers, four mice, four attendants, and a handsome prince (of course). Add to it the music of Sergei Prokofiev, and another word might just pop into your head – magic.  

Karen Russo Burke, the company’s Artistic Director choreographed this premiere, and she brings to that project in-depth experience with every level of ballet. And without the help of a fairy godmother!

To say Karen’s got game would be a gross understatement. For more than 10 years, Karen was a professional dancer with American Repertory Ballet. She has danced leading roles in ballets by dance icons Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Gerald Arpino, John Butler and George Balanchine and current choreographers such as Septime Webre. Her artistic range took her to classic, full-length ballets with roles such as Juliet and Swanhilda

Karen has taught at Dayton Ballet School since 1994. In 1997 she became coordinator of Dayton Ballet’s Outreach Program: DANCE POWER. For 12 years she directed the Dayton Ballet II Senior Company, where she choreographed many works for the pre-professional company that performed them in and around the Miami Valley.

As Ballet Mistress for the main company, Karen staged ballets and choreographed many repertory pieces for Dayton Ballet, including Into the Blue, a well-received tribute – more –in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Flight, the critically acclaimed A Streetcar Named Desire (to an original score), and the magnificent Canyons. In 2003 she co-choreographed Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker with husband and then Dayton Ballet General Manager Dermot Burke, using more than 75 area children. In 2005 American Repertory Ballet honored Karen for her commitment and excellence in the field of dance.

Look for colorful new costumes by resident costume designer Lowell Mathwich and a new Act I set by designer Ray Zupp. Ms. Russo Burke will conduct a post-performance Q&A along with three dancers after each performance.

Performances of Cinderella are Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m.; Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm. Tickets range from $20 to $70 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.  

A Cinderella Tea, sponsored by the Soin Family, will be held Saturday, February 9, immediately following the matinee performance. This royal event will feature pictures with Prince Charming and a keepsake to remember the special time. Tickets are $15 for children and $10 for adults and are also available at Ticket Center Stage or online at

The Dayton Ballet began 85 years ago, when Josephine Schwarz and her sister, Hermene, opened The Schwarz School of Dance. "Miss Jo" later studied at the School of American Ballet, but returned home after receiving an injury while performing in New York. In May 1937, Miss Jo and Miss Hermene gathered together the school's finest dancers, named the troupe "The Experimental Group for Young Dancers," and staged a performance at the Dayton Art Institute. This was the first performance of what is now the 75-season-old Dayton Ballet.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.      

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