Announcing the transformation… BALLET IN THE CITY

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Ballet in Cleveland, founded in 2012, is re-branding to become Ballet in the City.

We began in Cleveland and will remain headquartered at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, but the popularity of our work and the flexibility of our business model have allowed us to expand to cities around the nation.

Allison DeBona for Ballet in the City, courtesy of Ballet West. Thank you, Allison!

Allison DeBona for Ballet in the City, courtesy of Ballet West. Thank you, Allison! Photo by Alexis Ziemski.

Ballet in Cleveland was a presentation (or impresario) company that presented many of the nation’s best professional ballet dancers, namely Allison DeBona, Ashley Bouder, and Misty Copeland for performances, programming, and events in Cleveland, primarily at Playhouse Square. Since 2013, Ballet in Cleveland presented many of the nation’s best professional ballet dancers for master class and choreography programming, as well as presented the sold-out world premiere of The Ashley Bouder Project with dancers of the New York City Ballet, and two sold-out Galas at the Tudor Arms Hotel. The popularity of Ballet in Cleveland’s unique programming and business model has become increasingly attractive to other cities, making its transformation into Ballet in the City a natural progression.

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Ballet in the City will begin presentations in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House, beginning November 2015. Photo by Alexis Ziemski for Ballet in the City.

“Our tagline with Ballet in Cleveland, ‘revolutionizing ballet in Cleveland and beyond’, was deliberate.

I get to work with professional ballet dancers and the top individuals in the dance industry on a daily basis. It is a dream come true. As this work has grown and become increasingly popular because of its unique qualities and relevancy, I have realized that this organization is truly something like no other. I’ve experienced that there are no limits to what we can do with the openness of our business model. To grow and expand in this work is a dream, and I know that we will help keep ballet alive throughout the country through our efforts. I couldn’t be more excited.

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It was always our intent to expand to other cities. The “Ballet in” has naturally allowed us to change to “Ballet in the City” to reflect that this can be in any city. It’s always been in the plans to expand, and I feel confident that this is the time. With our recent sold out Gala with Misty Copeland who recently graced the cover of TIME Magazine and the recent surge of press that we have experienced about how our organization is different than the others in Cleveland, it is the perfect time to capitalize on the unique qualities of our organization and the flexibility of our business model by showcasing the work and artistry of professional dancers in cities across the nation.

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Ballet in the City Founder Jessica Wallis at the Detroit Opera House. Photo by Alexis Ziemski.

I traveled to the Detroit Opera House this year and the welcome I experienced was tremendous. Like the theaters at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Detroit Opera House is conducive to ballet programming from its stage to its dance studio and rehearsal spaces. Ballet in the City is enthusiastic to work in partnership with the city of Detroit and the Detroit Opera House to help augment and build the culture of ballet in its city through its newly re-branded organization and its work with professional ballet dancers.

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Ballet in the City will again partner with Ballet West First Soloist Allison DeBona for year two of The artEmotion Summer Intensive, Summer 2016 in Cleveland and Detroit. Pictured with Gabriel Gaffney Smith of BalletMet and artEmotion Summer Intensive 2015 Faculty. Photo by Alexis Ziemski.

In addition to presenting in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House, I am thrilled to announce plans in the works in Miami with Miami City Ballet, as well as in Pittsburgh, along with other cities. A 2016 Gala is in its initial planning stages, which will feature a special work of George Balanchine. Additionally, Allison DeBona and Ballet in the City will continue to present The artÉmotion Summer Intensive in Cleveland next summer (dates to be announced soon), with plans to add another city, which will also be announced shortly. The sky is the limit- I’m proud to be a part of the next generation of ballet leaders.

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Ballet in the City will maintain its headquarters in downtown Cleveland at Playhouse Square and will continue to present professional ballet dancers and companies for performances, programming, and events in Cleveland. The first programs presented by the newly transformed Ballet in the City will take place in Cleveland in September, with a star-studded bill. A Ballet in the City launch party will take place at Cleveland Heights’ Nighttown on September 17. On September 19, Ballet in the City will present former New York City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan at Playhouse Square, including the world premiere of “The Red Shoes” variation created just for Ms. Morgan, conceptualized by myself and Kathryn Morgan. The Red Shoes piece will be used by Morgan and Ballet in the City to be presented in various cities, in partnership with Bloch Dance USA.

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Ballet in the City presents ballerina Kathryn Morgan in Cleveland and Detroit in 2015.         Photo by Kyle Froman.

On September 26, also at Playhouse Square, Ballet in the City will present former American Ballet Theatre soloist and star of the film Center Stage and the upcoming Starz network series Flesh and Bone, Sascha Radetsky, which will highlight the important role that male dancers play in ballet. Both Morgan and Radetsky will teach master ballet classes at the Gund Dance Studio at Playhouse Square as part of their Cleveland residency. These premiere presentations of Ballet in the City are sponsored by Bloch Dance USA.

Ballet in the City presents Sascha Radetsky in September 2015 in Cleveland.

Ballet in the City presents Sascha Radetsky in September 2015 in Cleveland.

“This is the time for us to capitalize on the unique qualities of our business model and move forward with the work we do with professional dancers in Cleveland and beyond.”

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Ballet in the City’s mission is to present professional ballet performances, programming, and events in cities around the nation, cultivating and enhancing the unique culture of ballet in each location and beyond. For more information, visit its new website at www.balletinthecity.org.

Follow Ballet in the City on Facebook as well as Twitter and Instagram at @balletincity.

Written by Jessica Wallis, Founder of Ballet in Cleveland, and Founder and Executive Director of the new Ballet in the City.

Jessica (2)Special thanks to dear friend Allison DeBona for her support and belief in me and my vision and to Alexis Ziemski for photographs that are more beautiful than anything I could ever expect or imagine. 

 

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