Dance Gala Review

So no Agon (boo!) BUT The Dying Swan (YES!!!) and lots of other goodness. Read about it here.

And I have a request of David Nixon: PLEASE come set Cleopatra and Wuthering Heights on us SOON! They were fantastique! 

Dance excitement starts today!

So excited, because today BalletMet kicks off their new season with the Global Dance Stars Gala! This event features what it sounds like–dancers from companies all over the world to perform at the gorgeous Ohio Theater in a celebration of dance.

Northern Ballet of England’s “Cleopatra”

There will be dances I”ve never seen before, like some Balanchine (Agon!) and David Nixon’s new Cleopatra, which has music composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg (Yes, that Claude-Michele Schonberg, of Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, etc.). Lots of Swan Lake, and all sorts of other goodies are in store. I am massively excited. New works for this year make me happy!

Report to come this evening. Before that I’m going to volunteer at the local health expo to get the word out about organ donation and to get more donors! 🙂

BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars gala–coming up!

If you live anywhere near Columbus and love ballet like I do, you really want to be at this performance. 

BalletMet is kicking off their season with a “Global Gala of Dance Stars” from all over the world, and parts of the program have just been announced. Take a look at this: 


August 18, 2012 | Ohio Theatre

One Night Only! A dazzling array of internationally-acclaimed dance stars will take to the stage of the magnificent Ohio Theatre for this one night only event in a program of grand solos, pas de deux, pas de trios and more joined by the outstanding dancers of BalletMet.

Global Dancers – Global Dances

The dance works featured on BalletMet’s Global Dance Stars Galaare show stoppers of the classical and contemporary repertory. Among them are:

George Gershwin’s 3 Preludes

Choreographed by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Tom Gold, Gershwin’s 3 Preludeswill be performed by New York City Ballet/Tom Gold Dance soloists Abi Stafford and Jared Angle. The pair will also dance a pas de deuxfrom Balanchine’s Agon.


Former BalletMet Artistic Director David Nixon – the current Artistic Director of Northern Ballet of Leeds, England – will gift Columbus audiences with a glimpse of his Cleopatra, a very recent collaboration with Miss Saigonand Les Miserablescomposer Claude-Michel Schönberg. Dancing the work will be two of the company’s established stars – Martha Leeboltand Tobias Batley. A section from Nixon’s Wuthering Heightswill also be performed by the pair.

Madame Butterfly

Choreographed by Stanton Welch, the former BalletMet Artistic Associate and current Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, the pas de deuxfrom Madame Butterflywill be performed by Houston Ballet principal dancers Amy Foteand Simon Ball.

Bringing Noise

Broadway hoofer Marshall Davis, Jr., who appeared in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, and at BalletMet in the much-admired Simply Sammy, will bring his fiery footwork to the proceedings, performing two numbers.

Pulses, Chords, Passion

Also appearing on the Global Dance Stars Galais BalletMet’s own corps of extraordinary dancers performing Darrell Grand Moultrie’s sizzling Pulses, Chords, Passion, a work that received its world premiere during BalletMet’s 2011-2012 season as part of Jazz MovesColumbus, the company’s acclaimed collaboration with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and WOSU Public Media.

National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Greta Hodgkinsonand Guillauame Cotewill dance the famous Black Swan pas de deuxfrom SwanLakeas well as Summerfrom James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons.