It’s a final celebration (this year)


WHERE: Victoria Theatre.

WHEN: Thursday, Friday, Saturday March 21, 22, and 23, curtain 8:00 pm, and Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 2013, curtain 3:00 pm.

TITLE: Celebration!

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BRIEF ABOUT: This is the fourth and final program event in the Dayton Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Season, opens with the Joffrey Ballet’s Confetti!, a 12-minute piece choreographed by Gerald Arpino, co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet.

     The program includes photo montages of past ballets and a mix of repertory that shows the topography of the Dayton Ballet company throughout the years; a short film montage of Dayton Ballet founders, Miss Jo and Miss Hermene Schwarz; a dance piece titled Two Sisters choreographed by Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke; a short film on former DB Artistic Directors Jon Rodrigez and Bess Imber; and the dance pieces, Bushido and a segment of Inner Geist.

     Celebration! continues with a short film on former Artistic Director Stuart Sebastian followed by two of his dance pieces – an excerpt from Fast Company  and a pas de deux from the ballet Dracula;  a short film on former Executive Director and Artistic Director Dermot Burke followed by two of his of his dance pieces, There Was a Time and the finale from Basics; a film of photos of many past ballets; a pas de deux from the ballet Fluctuation Hemlines choreographed by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet; the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake; an excerpt from the ballet Orchids choreographed by Gregory Robinson; and the last movement from the ballet Canyons, choreographed by Karen Russo Burke.

MORE DETAILS: For tickets, call 937.228.3630 or at

AboutThe Dayton Ballet began 85 years ago, when Josephine Schwarz and her sister, Hermene, opened The Schwarz School of Dance. “Miss Jo” later studied at the School of American Ballet, but returned home after receiving an injury while performing in New York. In May 1937, Miss Jo and Miss Hermene gathered together the school’s finest dancers, named the troupe “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” and staged a performance at the Dayton Art Institute. This was the first performance of what is now the 75-season-old Dayton Ballet.

 About: Victoria Theatre Association, located in the historic Victoria Theatre at 138 North Main Street in downtown Dayton, is one of Dayton’s premier not-for-profit arts organizations. We present more than 300 performances for all ages each year, operate and maintain three vital arts facilities for the benefit of the community and the arts organizations that use them, and further serve the community with a thriving restaurant and catering business in the heart of downtown Dayton, Ohio.

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