Monday, April 27, 2009

Classical Dance Theatre Spring Concert 2009

Classical Dance Theatre (CDT) will hold its 2009 Spring Dance Concert on Saturday, May 30 at Our Lady of Mercy in Fairburn. Curtain call is 7:00 p.m.

In addition to performances by CDT student dancers, principal and solo artists from the Southeastern Ballet Company (SBC) will perform throughout the evening. The concert will encompass various styles of dance including classical ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, Irish, lyrical, and tango.

SBC director and resident choreographer, Yasmine Hassaan, will be showcasing four new ballets to be performed by SBC dancers during the evening including:

"Apassionada," a tango set to the music of William Joseph, "En Vogue," a ballet/jazz piece performed en pointe to music composed by rock legend, Robert Plant, "Mishima," a contemporary ballet piece inspired by the music of Phillip Glass, "Ensemble Classique," a piece comprised of four movements and dance styles, including Irish, lyrical, contemporary, and tango, all set to music composed by violinist, Vanessa Mae.

Also included in the concert will be a modern piece entitled, "Breathe Me," choreographed by Lorraine Davis (who is an up and coming choreographer as well as a principal dancer with SBC). Miss Davis has set ‘Breathe Me" to the music of Sia.

Young CDT student dancers will perform pieces in a variety of styles, as well, including classical ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.

Our Lady of Mercy is located in Fairburn, at 861 Evander Holyfield Highway. Tickets for the CDT Spring Concert can be purchased at the CDT studio for $12, prior to the date of the concert, with a 20% discount for ticket purchases in quantities of 10 or more. Tickets will also be available at the door on the date of the show for $15.

For more information, call the CDT studio at 770-252-5515. Also, visit the CDT website at or the SBC website at
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Atlanta Ballet Presents Don Quixote

Travel to sunny Spain for an evening of love and laughter in a joyous celebration of ironic wisdom and comic interludes in Atlanta Ballet’s presentation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Audiences will be treated to an evocative and spicy feast of delightful footwork, fiery costumes and contagious energy as Atlanta’s professional dance Company serves up John McFall’s latest premiere.

The colorful ballet rendition focuses on the Don’s serendipitous role as matchmaker of spirited Kitri and dazzling Basilio. The episodes—A Square in Barcelona, The Gypsy Camp, Dulcinea's Garden, A Tavern in Seville, and the wedding—showcase a variety of styles and moods, from tangible Spanish joy to pantomime dancing to the acclaimed lovers’ pas de deux.

To highlight the confidently vivacious personalities of the characters, McFall, the dancers and the artistic staff, including Music Director Dan Allcott, have been working since fall of 2008 to create a performance that exudes the festivity and flair that Cervantes brought forth in his writing. Audiences will be able to savor the taste of the Spanish harbor town and the passion for love and life while they are delighted by Ludwig Minkus music performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.

“We’re incredibly excited to perform this fabulous craftsman’s inventive and charming composition,” said Allcott. “In a very facile way, Minkus picks up the rhythms and melodic shapes of Spanish music from the street and the court. He provides a canvas for one of the most important stories of Europe.”

Don Quixote runs May 7 through 16 for seven performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets start as low as $15. For tickets, call 800-982-2787 or stop by any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cobb Energy Centre box office. To purchase tickets online, visit

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest, continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 80-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership, Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance. Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fayette: McIntosh Chiefettes Summer Dance Camps

June 22-25 at JC Booth Middle School
July 13-16 at McIntosh High School
Times for both camps are 9-12:30 on Monday - Thursday with a Show and Yell from 12 - 12:30 on Thursday followed by a Recital from 12:30 - 1:00 (early lunch provided before recital). The cost is $95 and includes 2 dance routines instructed by your 3 time State Champion Chiefettes, snacks, lunch on the last day before the recital, t-shirt, and recital gift. Click here for more Information. You can also e-mail or phone at 770-632-5581.
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