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DAYTON, OH (February 25, 2013) – On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 21, 22, and 23 at 8 pm, and Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, Dayton Ballet will present Celebration!, the fourth and final program event in the Dayton Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Season.

You could call it Dayton Ballet’s Artistic Directors’ Greatest Hits. It’s a choreographed, mixed-media retrospective of works from previous Dayton Ballet Directors that will be the culmination of the Dayton Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Year. It is at one and the same time a pastiche, a montage, an omnibus presentation of some of the historic programs of the Ballet’s first 75 years that foretell more wonders in its next.

Celebration! opens with the Joffrey Ballet’s Confetti!, a 12-minute piece choreographed by Gerald Arpino, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet. The program includes photo montages of past ballets and a mix of repertory that shows the topography of the Dayton Ballet company throughout the years; a short film montage of Dayton Ballet founders Miss Jo and Miss Hermene Schwarz; a dance piece titled Two Sisters choreographed by Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke; a short film on former DB Artistic Directors Jon Rodrigez and Bess Imber; and the dance pieces Bushido and a segment from Inner Geist choreographed by Rodrigez and Ismer respectively.

The program continues with a short film on former Artistic Director Stuart Sebastian followed by two of his dance pieces – an excerpt from Fast Company  and a pas de deux from the ballet Dracula;  a short film on former Executive Director and Artistic Director Dermot Burke followed by two of his of his dance pieces, There Was a Time and the finale from Basics; a film of photos of many past ballets; a pas de deux from the ballet Fluctuation Hemlines choreographed by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet; the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake; an excerpt from the ballet Orchids choreographed by Gregory Robinson; and the last movement from the ballet Canyons, choreographed by Karen Russo Burke.
All in all, Celebration! is an exceptional program of exceptional creativity, energy, and love for the art form that is ballet. And, a beautiful 75th anniversary for an exceptional ballet company.

Performances of Celebration! are Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 24 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.  

The 75th Anniversary Season Sponsors are Kettering Health Network and The Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund; the latter sponsor will host a complimentary champagne toast at all five performance intermissions. Celebration! Performance Sponsors are The DP&L Foundation and Emerson Climate Technologies.

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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