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October 16, 1997
Dracula, the Transylvanian count with an appetite for blood, lived in a decaying castle in Varna, now in Bulgaria. Varna is also the site of the International Ballet Competition, which travels between Moscow, Bulgaria and Jackson, Miss.Until now, this was the only known connection between Dracula and ballet. However, the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel has inspired a number of vampire ballets.Ballet Theater of Annapolis is one of several companies paying homage to the centenary.
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By Mary Johnson, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director of Dianna Cuatto has a lot to celebrate with the start of the company's 36th season in October. Actually, the celebrating begins Sept. 28 with the ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, an event marking the first phase of a multiyear renovation project. The reopening will bring together the hall's four resident companies - Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra - all stepping on stage to show off the improvements, including new seating in the main theater and a stage extension.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | May 9, 1991
When Loyola College invited the Maryland Ballet to take up residency at McManus Theater, it was like "manna from heaven," says artistic director Phillip Carman.This past winter and spring, the company, suffering financial shortfalls made worse by the recession and the Persian Gulf war, canceled two weekends of performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art.The Loyola offer allows the ballet to close its fifth anniversary season with performances tomorrow through Sunday, featuring "Tarantella" -- a pas de deux by George Balanchine -- and two world premieres by Carman.
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By Carolyn Kelemen | June 9, 2014
It's been years since a Russian superstar soared across a Howard County stage — memory takes me back to Mikhail Baryshnikov when he danced in the 2003 Columbia Festival of the Arts at Wilde Lake High School. Saturday evening, June 14, two international ballet stars, Veronika Part and Vitali Krauchenka, will guest in the Ballet L'Etoile production of "Giselle" at the Jim Rouse Theater. This one-time-only performance is rare, as most topnotch dancers bypass us for the grand stages at the Kennedy Center or Wolf Trap in the summer.
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By Evening Sun Staff | January 10, 1991
Faced by a budget shortfall, the Maryland Ballet has canceled all performances this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art and laid off its 12 dancers for at least a month and a half.Daniel Kane, co-founder of the 5-year-old company, said the board has decided to re-evaluate the organization's goals in view of its financial obligations before resuming the company's costly performance schedule.Meanwhile, the Maryland Ballet will fulfill its contracted obligations to perform in February at Loch Haven College in Harrisburg and at Dundalk Community College in May. The dancers will be paid per performance.
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By Judith Green | September 10, 1998
How many times can we hear the music of "Porgy and Bess"? Luckily, many, as the opera is ubiquitous in this year of George Gershwin's centennial.Dallas Black Dance Theater is bringing a ballet version of Catfish Row to the Kennedy Center this weekend, featuring a legendary performance of the music.Hope Clarke, who choreographed the Opera America/Houston Grand Opera co-production of "Porgy" that toured the country in 1987, created this dance interpretation. The score is the jazz recording made by Miles Davis in 1958, with additional music by pops conductor Richard Hyman.
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By Amanda Ghingher and Amanda Ghingher,Contributing Writer | March 17, 1995
In Marthe Wright's ballet class the students wear leotards, tights, dance slippers and sometimes diapers.Dancers ages 2 and 3 toddle into her studio at Slayton House in Howard County for their beloved Miss Marthe's weekly Tiny Tot classes. She is one of few ballet teachers in Howard County to offer classes for students this young, said Carol Black, 'u community liaison for Slayton House.So many children have swarmed to the Tiny Tot classes that the Slayton House expanded the program from one class to four a week.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 20, 1997
The first thing you need for a story ballet is a compelling reason to tell the story in dance.This is not the only element missing from Ballet Theater of Annapolis' "Dracula," but it's the most important one.For much of the new ballet, created in observance of the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's Victorian thriller, choreographer Edward Stewart hasn't made enough dance steps to fill up the music. Nor has he paid very much attention to the novel, as you can tell from such gaffes as Dracula's death.
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By J. L. Conklin | May 11, 1991
The Maryland Ballet, the city's resident company, inaugurated its new home last night, the McManus Theater at Loyola College, with an eclectic and satisfying program of four works that included the company premiere of Balanchine's "Tarantella" and two world premieres by artistic director Phillip Carman.Both new works, "Adagio Appassionato" and "The Women's Room," use the drama of relationship as a starting point. But there the similarity ends."Adagio Appassionato," which means "slowly, with passion," is set to a dark and haunting score by Beethoven.
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November 6, 1997
Six dancers have joined Ballet Theater of Annapolis for the season: Dmitry Tuboltsev of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich and the Moscow Theater Russian Ballet danced the lead role in BTA's new production of "Dracula," performed last month at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He trained at the Vaganova Academy, which is the school of the Leningrad Kirov Ballet, and was a prize winner in the 1993 International Ballet Competition.Benjamin Briones, who played Jonathan Harker in "Dracula," trained at the National School of Contemporary Dance and the National School of Classical Ballet in Mexico City.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland concluded its 36th season, and artistic director Dianna Cuatto's 11th, with its "Director's Choice" show last weekend, a performance that took the audience on an excursion to the edge of classic and contemporary dance. The program also showcased the versatility and strengths of Ballet Theatre's fine company of dancers and paid an apt tribute to favorites Valerie and Brian Walker - who gave their final performance on the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts stage before retiring from dancing.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Weir held her right leg out in front of her, arched that foot and brought her toes delicately down to the floor, then back up again. She was pretending that the floor was a cat, and she was trying to pet it with her foot. "Yup, bup, bup, bup" guest teacher Gerard Charles said, counting out the beat at Towson's Carver Center for Arts & Technology. Eleanor and 27 other cat petters in training were taking an intermediate-level ballet class with Charles, the ballet master for the Joffrey Ballet.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Two weeks ago, we could only preview the coming attraction of the Ballet Theater of Maryland's full-length production of "Swan Lake. " Now, after seeing its debut performance last weekend, it's safe to say artistic director Dianna Cuatto has made good on her goal to redefine innovative choreography and dance artistry at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Viewing Cuatto's study of the enchanting mythical characters battling evil and discovering the power of love, it's easy to see why this ballet ranks high on every balletomane's list.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland is starting its 2014 season in history-making fashion, offering its first full-length production of "Swan Lake" in three performances over the Feb. 21-23 weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Artistic director Dianna Cuatto is relishing the challenge after twice offering a shortened version. She calls "Swan Lake" "perhaps Tchaikovsky's finest ballet score" and "the last great romantic ballet from the golden era. " The masterwork is considered more symphonic than other ballets of the era and a romantic work overflowing with beautiful melodies.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Even people who ordinarily find ballet a tough nut to crack can find themselves falling for the charms of "The Nutcracker. " Set to an ear worm-filled score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells a Christmas Eve story of childhood and fantasy, toys and sweets, snow and sentiment. As much an annual holiday tradition as Handel's "Messiah," the ballet is presented by companies of every size and level all over the country. Two large-sized productions are on the local calendar this weekend.
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Letter to The Aegis | December 19, 2013
Editor: The Board of Directors of Harford Ballet Company (HBC) is deeply saddened by the news that Harford County Public Schools chose to cancel all weekend activities for Dec. 14/15 and therefore forced HBC to cancel the much anticipated Harford Ballet Company Nutcracker. Harford Ballet Company was not consulted nor did the Company have any input to the decision. Out of concern for our patrons, our dancers and supporters, as well as to address a number of inquiries we would like to provide some additional information.
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By Los Angeles Times | February 28, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Prince, the flamboyant rocker, composer and filmmaker, will enter the concert dance field in a collaboration with four American choreographers, providing music for a full-evening work for the Joffrey Ballet's 1992-'93 season, company artistic director Gerald Arpino announced yesterday.Titled "Billboards," the four-part ballet will premiere in Iowa City next January, but a pas de deux from it is scheduled to be danced in Los Angeles in May and June of this year.Former Pilobolus member Peter Pucci is creating the dance and the other choreographers -- Laura Dean, Charles Moulton and Margo Sappington -- have all made ballets for the Joffrey in the past.
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By J. L. Conklin | December 7, 1990
'The Nutcracker'Where: Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.When: Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.Tickets: $18 for matinee performances, $20 for evening performances. Senior, student and group discounts are available.Call: 576-2400. The Nutcracker ballet has always been associated with the magic of dreams come true. And for one 13-year-old dancer this year, the dream of being a ballerina is being realized.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's artistic director, Dianna Cuatto, has opened the 31st season for the state's premier professional ballet company with a proven winner, "Beauty and the Beast. " Cuatto's choreography, combining romantic elements of Jean Cocteau's 1946 film with hints of Disney's 1991 animated version, revealed new vistas for adults while captivating children as well at the show's performances Oct. 18-20. Never one to rest on previous seasons' laurels or plaudits, Cuatto polished her choreography from 2009, when the Ballet Theatre last presented this show, to reveal sparkling new facets reflecting her dancers' growing expertise.
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By Katie Baker | October 3, 2013
I've never been one to wear a tutu, and if you asked me to do a “plie” I would stare at you blankly. Luckily for me and my fellow balance-challenged fitness enthusiasts, the new Xtend Barre Bel Air studio offers a ballet-inspired full body workout that strengthens and lengthens for a lean, dancer-like physique -- with no previous dance experience required. “My vision for Xtend was a beautiful, boutique-style studio that caters to women in this community who want to get an outstanding workout,” explains owner Deb DeVoe, who opened the studio in June.
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