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DAYTON OH (May 3, 2013) – On Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Bellbrook High School, Dayton Ballet II Junior and Senior Companies, the SSK Dance Ensemble and Level 5 Dayton Ballet Dance School members will perform a special theatrical presentation. The high school is located at 3737 Upper Bellbrook Rd. Tickets for the Sunday performance are $15 and available at the door.

“Students performing in the program come from all over the area including Oakwood, Kettering, Tipp City Huber Heights, Fairborn, Enon, Bellbrook and Centerville,” said Carol Jean Heller, Dayton Ballet School’s Administrator. “Dancers in our pre-professional companies take classes 4 to 6 days a week and rehearse 2 to 3 times per week.”

The Senior Company has 18 members ages 14 and up from high schools including Oakwood, Miami Valley, Alter, Tipp City as well as Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. Along with pieces from their various classes, the company will perform excerpts from "Coppelia" set by Senior Company Director Abigail Beam and "Necessity Means" choreographed by Dayton Ballet dancer Paul Gilliam, which premiered at the WSU dance concert in April of this year.

The Junior Company, comprised of 21 area dancers ages 10 to 14, will perform two original works choreographed to music by Gershwin and Handel by DBII’s Junior Company’s Director Megan Forney. They will also join with the senior company for a section of “Coppelia” and the performance will conclude with all dancers in a celebration of Dayton Ballet School’s 85th Anniversary. 

Auditions for both companies of Dayton Ballet II will be held Friday, May 10, in the Downtown Dayton studio on the 4th floor of the Victoria Theatre, 140 North Main St. Male and female dancers age 10 and up are encouraged to audition.  

For additional information about Dayton Ballet II auditions, please contact the official school of Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Ballet School, at (937) 223-1542.  


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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