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Greater Lansing Ballet Company presents An American Nutcracker Ballet

Greater Lansing Ballet Company presents An American Nutcracker Ballet

This year, Columbia City Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary of "The Nutcracker", making it the longest consecutively running performing arts event in SC. As the artistic director, choreographer and wrangler of Sugar Plum Fairies since the company's first performance almost 20 years ago, Bishop is a man with a plan-and a vision. His later work with Ballet Austin has incorporated increased innovation, such as in his choreography for "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project", a human rights collaboration. I guess that would make this year my Nutcracker "Diamond Anniversary".

The company performs a version of the Nutcracker that is set in Manhatten, New York. Instead of making drastic changes each season, what makes every year unique is the dancers that portray each historic role. She said she is ready to shine as the ballet takes to the stage this weekend. "They're surprised by how professional the production is", she said.

Fun extras: Every year The Mouse King Tea Party is held at Corvallis High School to introduce young children to "The Nutcracker" story and its characters. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair.

"I would dream I was up there", Dienes said.

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The show is free, though Fanney still asks that people reserve seats online so the International Ballet Academy can know how many people are coming. However, for more than 150 years this favorite ballet of all time has never seem to have gotten old or outdated.

"Ms. Howard looks at it over four years and what roles you can do to push you the most", Dienes said. "We send them out on the stage, sometimes for the very first time in their lives". I must say that bringing a traditional rendition of the ballet has been an honor and joy for one who has both danced in, and/or choreographed and staged it for 50 years.

"I personally am fascinated by the difficulty of the pointe performance and grace of the ballet dancers", said Ross.

Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron.


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