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Dayton Ballet Displays a Wide Range of Dance with Season Opener

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON, OH (September 26, 2013) – On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, Dayton Ballet presents A Range of Motion. The program embraces the wide spectrum of dance and includes four dance experiences by four choreographers with music ranging from classical to jazz to rock.

Opening the performance is Violin Concerto by former Dayton Ballet Master Justin Koertgen. Set to Max Bruch’s Violin Concertos No. 2 and No. 3, this beautiful ballet features four ballerinas in blue tutus and four danseurs in a return to the roots of classical ballet.

Wright State Assistant Professor of Dance and former Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancer Gina Gardner-Walther combines classical ballet techniques with contemporary movement to explore the feelings of romance that go beyond attraction in Between Heaven and Earth. The piece’s lyrical music and seductive movement will remain with the audience well after the performance.

Is he an illusion of her imagination, or are they dancing through the stages of relationships? Sensual and ethereal, Your Provision is a classically based contemporary duet by Gina Patterson, a former lead dancer of Ballet Austin and founder of VOICE Dance Company.

The program concludes with Modus Operandi, choreographed by Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke. This company debut is inspired by the music of the experimental theatrical troupe Blue Man Group; you'll feel as if you're at a rock concert! The ensemble piece flouts conventions and defies expectations with music titles Rods and Cones, P.V.C. IV, TV Song and Drumbone.

The Dayton Ballet began 76 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 76-season-old Dayton Ballet.

Three new dancers join the company this season: Brittany Butler, from Pennsville, NJ; Austin Lintner from Richardson, TX; and John Mingle Corpus Christi, TX. Returning dancers this season are Adam Bloodgood, Case Bodamer, Katy Bowlby, Paul Gilliam, Elizazbeth Glander, Brian Grant, Marcia Hetrick, Erica Lehman-Downey, Zachary Leighton, Abby Phillips, Evan Pitts, Nathaly Prieto, Halliet Slack, Lauren Stenroos, Jammie Walker and Annalise Woller.

The Dayton Ballet Barre invites new members to help support the Dayton Ballet and will be in the Victoria Theatre lobby prior to the opening night performance on Thursday. Membership is open to anyone interested in raising awareness and attendance for the dance company. Look for The Nutcracker Tea in December and other special events surrounding each of the four ballet productions this season. Be sure to “like” Dayton Ballet Barre on Facebook to be apprised of upcoming meetings.

Ms. Russo Burke will conduct a pre-performance talk for ticketholders 45-minutes prior to curtain time. A Q&A with dancers will follow each performance.

Tickets for A Range of Motion are $20 to $70 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.


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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  
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