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March 20, 1993
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By Lily Hua and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The word ballet conjures up images of tutus and ballet flats, but the men on this ballet fusion dance company prove that ballet can be more than productions of "Swan Lake. " Starring on the June 17 episode of “America's Got Talent” is a ballet fusion dance team from Baltimore called Bad Boys of Dance. The episode airs at 8 p.m.  Renowned dancer Rasta Thomas founded the dance company in 2007. According to the Bad Boys of Dance website, the company does 250 shows a year with a rotation of about 25-50 dancers a season.
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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 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 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 Michael T. Bornemann | September 4, 2000
NOTHING signals the end of summer so definitively as the Labor Day weekend closing of our swimming pool. Peaches, tomatoes, corn and crabs may be finishing their seasons, the World Series may be fast approaching and fourth grade may loom like a specter on my young son's immediate horizon. But until Swan Lake closes, we can fool ourselves into thinking that summer will last forever. Swan Lake, like other public and private pools throughout the metropolitan area, is an oasis from Baltimore's notorious summer heat and humidity.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 1999
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will present a widely eclectic program of dance at Maryland Hall this week.BTA has described its spring production, which includes a variety of dance from classical to abstract contemporary, as "mixed repertoire."Two new works will have their premieres. "The Crown Jewel" choreographed by BTA's artistic director Edward Stewart in memory of his mother, Alice, who died last March, is a non-narrative tribute to the person who strongly supported Stewart's early interest in dance.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 2, 1995
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis has a lot to celebrate as it enters its 15th year. Under artistic director Edward Stewart, the dancers look better than ever, they move like an ensemble, and their technique has been carefully polished, as was apparent in their fall concert over the weekend.Although American Ballet Theatre's Cynthia Harvey didn't show, ABT principal dancers Christine Dunham and Wes Chapman more than made up for her absence.Opening the program was Mr. Stewart's sparkling "Sapphire Romance," set to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. From the start, all the dancers seemed tuned to one another, Sandra Prehoda and David Miller especially so.The Grand Pas de Deux from "Sleeping Beauty" followed, and Ms. Dunham and Mr. Chapman were simply spectacular in their dancing.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 18, 1994
No one can survive in the jungle of animation that is Mr. Disney's Neighborhood, but the makers of "The Swan Princess" make an admirable, if doomed, attempt.Clearly, producer-director Richard Rich has sat down with cassettes of "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King," a batch of yellow note pads and No. 3 pencils, and taken copious notes. Thus "The Swan Princess" makes an earnest, even relentless, attempt to replicate the pleasures of the Disney canon.Alas, it bears the resemblance to the former that a sophisticated copy might bear to a Great Master: somewhat vivid in evocation but at the same time dead.
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By Boston Globe | August 15, 1993
VAIL, Colo. -- President Clinton and former President Gerald R. Ford exchanged vows of bipartisan cooperation yesterday as they joined Jack Nicklaus for a round of golf in the Colorado Rockies."
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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 Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2009
Ballet Theatre of Maryland marked its 30th anniversary last weekend with a program that looked at its beginnings, its present and its future, creating a performance covering dance forms from classic to modern. The company was founded in 1978 by Edward Stewart, who served as director until his death in 2002. The program opened with a commissioned work that debuted in December 2007, Celtic Book of Days, featuring music created and performed by Maryland resident Maggie Sansone with three musicians.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2005
Far from a tedious dance school recital, Ballet Theatre of Maryland's Summer Intensive Gala performance showcased intermediate and advanced students in an afternoon of enlightening entertainment. Saturday's program, offered at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, included diverse selections from classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires. Overseen by Ballet Theatre of Maryland Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto, the Summer Intensive program was open to students from all over the country who successfully auditioned for the six-week session of dancing.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 20, 2004
The prospect of sitting through an all-Tchaikovsky program annoys some people: All that sighing and gushing and thrashing about, all those hit-you-over-the-ear melodies being endlessly churned by all that noisy orchestration; it's so yesteryear. If you're one of these types, by all means stay away from Meyerhoff Symphony Hall tomorrow afternoon. Otherwise, consider it a must. One of the greatest advantages of having Yuri Temirkanov at the helm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is the opportunity to hear Russian music from a totally idiomatic perspective and with uncommon powers of expression.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 3, 2003
Any popularity contest for classical composers would find Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky ranking among the top vote-getters. This would be as true of a contest held today, 50 years ago or 100 years ago. For a refresher course on why this is so, check out the Kennedy Center's Tchaikovsky Festival, which opened this week, runs through the month and spills over into 2004. "Tchaikovsky is so accessible," says Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser. "There is an unmistakable Tchaikovsky sound. What's startling is how much, how different and how rich his work is. Add the operas Mazeppa and Eugene Onegin to the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to symphonic works and chamber music, and it's pretty astonishing."
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By Lily Hua and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The word ballet conjures up images of tutus and ballet flats, but the men on this ballet fusion dance company prove that ballet can be more than productions of "Swan Lake. " Starring on the June 17 episode of “America's Got Talent” is a ballet fusion dance team from Baltimore called Bad Boys of Dance. The episode airs at 8 p.m.  Renowned dancer Rasta Thomas founded the dance company in 2007. According to the Bad Boys of Dance website, the company does 250 shows a year with a rotation of about 25-50 dancers a season.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2009
Ballet Theatre of Maryland marked its 30th anniversary last weekend with a program that looked at its beginnings, its present and its future, creating a performance covering dance forms from classic to modern. The company was founded in 1978 by Edward Stewart, who served as director until his death in 2002. The program opened with a commissioned work that debuted in December 2007, Celtic Book of Days, featuring music created and performed by Maryland resident Maggie Sansone with three musicians.
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By Tim Smith and By Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | September 29, 2002
She's a first cousin to Madame Butterfly; they're both exotic Easterners who commit suicide over a Westerner with some annoying notions about duty. She's a second cousin, once removed, to Carmen; they both have to put up with a boyfriend in the military who feels drawn to the call of the barracks at inopportune moments. And she's even distantly related to Norma; they both are priestesses of ancient religions who incur their fathers' wrath by allowing a non-believer into their sacred domain.
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By Michael T. Bornemann | September 4, 2000
NOTHING signals the end of summer so definitively as the Labor Day weekend closing of our swimming pool. Peaches, tomatoes, corn and crabs may be finishing their seasons, the World Series may be fast approaching and fourth grade may loom like a specter on my young son's immediate horizon. But until Swan Lake closes, we can fool ourselves into thinking that summer will last forever. Swan Lake, like other public and private pools throughout the metropolitan area, is an oasis from Baltimore's notorious summer heat and humidity.
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