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You Are Cordially Invited to the Party of the Century, So Dust Off Your Flapper Dress or Grab Your Top Hat and Join Dayton Ballet for a Swingin’ Good Time at The Great Gatsby

Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (October 1, 2017) – On Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 27 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm; and Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present The Great Gatsby, the first full-length story ballet of the 2017–2018 The Great Ones Season. 

Performance Sponsor for this presentation is Premier Health. This program has been generously underwritten by the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts. Supporting Sponsor is Enterprise Roofing. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present The Great Gatsby, with a nod to the Roaring Twenties and the era of swing. The timeframe of this ballet fits perfectly into Dayton Ballet's Ruby Jubilee season, one that is set to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Dayton Ballet and the 90th anniversary of the Dayton Ballet School, originally established by Miss Josephine Schwarz along with her sister, Miss Hermene Schwarz, in 1927. 

The Great Gatsby was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel and stands as the supreme achievement of his career. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and their lavish parties on Long Island, New York, is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. 

Choreographed by Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet, this exciting ballet premiered at Sacramento Ballet in February 2013. Cunningham is a choreographer of distinction in a variety of styles and has created over sixty ballets for the international stage. He will come to Dayton beginning in late September to bring his choreography and creativity to the dancers of Dayton Ballet, working with them for several weeks to bring his vision to life on stage. Dayton Ballet will perform this lavish story ballet at the end of October on stage at the historic Victoria Theatre, the perfect venue for this classic work. 

The Great Gatsby will be set to live music performed by Billy Novick and the Blue Syncopators, a seven-piece jazz ensemble that will bring the era of jazz to life both in the orchestra pit and on stage with the dancers for this swinging production. Novick has had a whirlwind career in music for over 40 years as a performing artist, studio musician, arranger and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. In fact, Novick created the score for Cunningham’s work, composing, compiling and arranging a score evocative of the 1920s that practically leaps off the pages. 

Blues singer and Dayton local Felita LaRock joins Billy Novick and the Blue Syncopators on stage, helping set the mood with her sultry voice. Ms. LaRock has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic twice in the past year as part of the local Dayton band Moment’s Notice, a pop and jazz group entirely composed of former United States Air Force bandsmen.  

The Human Race Theatre Company veteran Jamie Cordes will be adding his stage expertise to this production as narrator of this stunning piece.  Cordes is a versatile theatre artist, with work encompassing duties as an educator, performer, director, and administrator, and Dayton Ballet is honored to have him be the voice of Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby this October. 

The full professional company of Dayton Ballet, along with dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School, cordially invite you to the party of the century, so dust off your flapper dress or grab your top hat, Baby, and join us at the Victoria for a roaring good time.  

Before each performance, Ms. Burke will hold a pre-performance talk called “The First Step,” giving audience members a more in-depth look at the upcoming performance and a behind-the-scenes peek at Dayton Ballet.  “The First Step” will be held 45 minutes prior to curtain time for each performance in the Burnell Roberts Room at 126 North Main Street, beside the Victoria Theatre.  “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with dancers that gives audiences the opportunity to learn more about the life of a dancer with Dayton Ballet, will follow each performance in the theatre.  “The First Step” and “Behind the Ballet” sessions are free of charge for all ticketholders. 

Tickets for The Great Gatsby are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


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 merican Orchestras.
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