Greetings Dance Enthusiasts!
Please welcome the Elitedance Broadcast Network's
newest member organization, China's Hong Kong
Dance Company. Video clips will soon be
available from the Hong Kong Dance Company and in
the meantime you can check out their listing by
April's Featured Video
This month's featured video clips come to us from
two of our USA member organization's, Ballet
Memphis and Diablo Ballet
Located in Memphis Tennessee, Ballet Memphis was
founded in 1986 by
Dorothy Gunther Pugh who presently serves as
artistic director. The company is a creative
resource to the nation as a maker and interpreter of
the Mid-South region’s cultural legacy through
dance, production and training.
Our featured video clip of Ballet Memphis highlights
Trey McIntyre's "The Naughty Boy".
Click here to visit the video download page
for Ballet Memphis and watch The Naughty Boy video
clip. We are also highlighting Ballet Memphis'
upcoming debut at the Joyce Theatre, please see the
press release information below courtesy of KPM
Under the artistic direction of
Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet is located in
Walnut Creek, California. The company is an ensemble
of world- class dance artists that produces bold,
original choreography, superb classics, and
brilliant, often rare, works by great
Our featured video clip of Diablo Ballet is a
collage of various repertoire performed by the
Click here to visit the video download page
for Diablo Ballet and watch the video clip.
Dance Video Search Engine "New Addition"
National Ballet Sofia
Beautiful selection of ballet video clips are
located on the National Ballet Sofia website, some
even as long as 37:00 minutes in length. You might
be prompted to install an add-on called "Windows
Media Core" in order to watch the videos, we did
when we tried. Audio and video quality is excellent
and the video clips load pretty quick.
As always, this and many more video clips from
resources on the Internet can be found by visiting
Dance Video Search Engine
Enjoy and go see some dance!
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Australia's Expressions Dance Company - USA Tour 07'
Expressions will soon start their 2007 U.S.A tour
performing Virtually Richard3 in the nation’s
capital Washington, before heading to Hawaii to
perform the work in Hilo, Kamuela and Kahuli. Maggi
Sietsma’s 20th Anniversary work Score! will also be
performed in Miami, Florida during the tour.
Following successful performances in Albuquerque
2005, and San Francisco 2006, this tour firmly
stamps Expressions as a touring force in the U.S.A.
Dates and Venues are as follows:
Washington Performing Arts Society
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March, 8pm
Miami Dade College (MDC)
Cultura del Lobo Performance Series
Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March, 8pm
UH Hilo Performing Arts Centre, Hilo, Hawaii
Tuesday 3 April, 7:30pm
Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela, Hawaii
Thursday 5 April, 7pm
Mauii Arts and Cultural Centre, Kahulia, Mauii
Thursday 12 April, 7:30 pm
Hong Kong Ballet announces John J. Ying as new Board
Hong Kong Ballet is pleased to announce that Mr.
John J. Ying has succeeded Mrs. Cissy Pao Watari,
BBS as Chairman of Board from 22 March 2007. Mr.
John J. Ying has extensive experience in merchant
banking, with business established mainly in Hong
Kong, Mainland China and the United States. He is
currently the Managing Director of Peak Capital and
was the former Managing Director - Asia of The
Carlyle Group and one of the founding partners of
Carlyle Asia. Prior to joining Carlyle, he was a
Director and head of Thailand Investment Banking for
Merrill Lynch & Co..
Mr. Ying is also an active member of the
community. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of
the Hong Kong International School, a member of the
Graduate Executive Board of the Wharton School of
the University of Pennsylvania and the Friends'
Committee of the Asian Cultural Council.
Mr. Ying served as the Board member of the
Company and the Co-chairman of the Hong Kong Ballet
Annual Gala Organising Committee since 2003.
Mr Ying said, "I am honored to become Chairman of
one of the flagship institutions of Hong Kong. The
Company is at an extremely interesting point of its
development - the cusp of being a leading cultural
icon that fully reflects the diverse and
cosmopolitan nature of Hong Kong. I am particularly
looking forward to work with the Artistic Director,
Mr. John Meehan, who brings to us a diverse
viewpoint and a wealth of experience from the
American Ballet Theatre in New York. The Company is
visually attractive, technically strong and
artistically cohesive, signs of an institution that
is moving rapidly towards its goal of becoming one
of the leading classical ballet companies in the
On behalf of the entire board, I also would like
to express both my gratitude and respect for Mrs.
Cissy Pao Watari who was my predecessor as Chairman.
Under her leadership during the past 10 years, the
Hong Kong Ballet has grown tremendously, and I hope
that I shall be able to continue as successfully."
Mrs. Cissy Pao Watari, BBS, now Board Chairman of
Hong Kong Arts Centre, will remain in the Board of
the Hong Kong Ballet as Emeritus Chairman and will
continue to assist in guiding the future development
of the Company.
Mrs. Watari said, "It has been a privilege to
have had the opportunity to witness the Hong Kong
Ballet's rapid growth in the last decade. The Board
is very proud for the Company, which has gained its
international reputation and impressed audiences
around the world with its distinctive identity,
excellent dancers and superb productions.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to
the Board, who always render their unfailing support
to the Company over the years. I feel sad to leave
the Company and dancers, who are in full spirit and
with strong commitment to their career all the time,
whilst I am confident that with John's vision,
intellect and leadership, Hong Kong Ballet will
continue to flourish and eventually become one of
the premier classical ballet companies in the
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USA's Ballet Memphis - Joyce Debut
Ballet Memphis will be making their Joyce Theatre
debut this week in New York City. The dynamic Ballet
Memphis will be performing two separate programs of
original works that were created for them-five works
never before seen in New York City.
Opening Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm
Program A: The Naughty Boy (Choreography:
Trey McIntyre; Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), A
Curtain of Green (Choreography: Julia Adam)
Mercurial Balance (Choreography: Thaddeus Davis;
Music: Acoustica (after Aphex Twin), Mista Ian
and Yo Gotti, Spoken Word: Poetry by J’malo
Torriel and Ed Torriel
Other program A performance dates and times:
Thursday, April 5, 8pm; Saturday, April 7, 8pm;
Sunday, April 8, 2pm
Program B – Wednesday, April 4th at 7:30
pm: The Awakening (Choreography: Julia Adam;
Music: Frederic Chopin) In Dreams
(Choreography: Trey McIntyre; Music: Roy Orbison)
Mercurial Balance. Program B performances are:
Friday, April 6, 8pm; Saturday, April 7, 2pm.
Click here for ticket information.
The Who's Tommy Ballet to have World Premiere at
After a year and a half of planning, sketching
and inspiration, Dayton Ballet and its pool of
talented dancers, artistic, technical and production
staff and award-winning costume designer, will
premiere The Who's Tommy ballet, April 26-29, 2007,
at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, Ohio.
Intrigued by the spiritualism and self realization
of the original Tommy soundtrack-- not the Hollywood
film version of The Who's Tommy-- Dayton Ballet (OH)
Director, Dermot Burke, decided it was time to
create a ballet version of Tommy. Well aware of the
demands of creating a brand new rock ballet, Burke
commissioned world-renowned choreographer,
Christopher Fleming of The Rock School (PA), to
collaborate with him on the world premiere ballet
production. Fleming has previously choreographed
contemporary pieces for Dayton Ballet based on the
music of Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Pink Floyd and
Bob Marley, among others. “I am particularly excited
about this production due to its exceptional
artistic merit, long historical context and the
success of Tommy in its many previous iterations,
says Fleming. Both Fleming and Burke strove to
create a ballet that remained faithful to the
original Tommy story and soundtrack, composed by
Pete Townshend, and recorded and performed by The
Who in 1969. The storyline sticks to Mr. Townshend's
innovative concept for the album before Hollywood
altered the chronicle of deaf, dumb and blind Tommy
Fans will be pleased to know that Dayton Ballet
has secured the rights to the original soundtrack of
Tommy, as performed and recorded by The Who. Rather
than try to reproduce the sound and magic of The Who
and fail, we decided to preserve the soundtrack by
using a recording of the Tommy album, confirms
Burke. Unfortunately, The Who will be recuperating
from their US tour and preparing for their European
tour during our world premiere, so a live
performance or appearance is not possible. Keep your
eyes and ears open, however, for a slight chance to
purchase some autographed memorabilia, signed by Mr.
Dayton Ballet's production of The Who’s Tommy,
will certainly cause the audience to experience
Tommy in a different light. No matter to what
generation you belong "Baby Boomers or Gen X The
Who's Tommy is a world premiere performance you will
not want to miss!
An added feature for the audience will be located
on the balcony level of the Victoria Theatre. The
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has graciously loaned the
Dayton Ballet artifacts from their Tommy collection.
The exhibit will be on display during the run of the
show, exclusively for ballet patrons. Exhibition
pieces include promotional t-shirts, photos of
Tommy, sheet music, LP's, and posters. Admission to
view the exhibit is free, upon purchase of a ticket
to the ballet. World premiere The Who's Tommy ballet
shirts will also be available for purchase in both
youth and adult sizes at the Ballet Boutique.
The Who's Tommy will make its world premiere
April 26-29, 2007, at the Victoria Theatre.
Producing sponsors are the Eastman Kodak Company and
National City with additional presenting support by
Fifth Third Bank, the Dayton Foundation and the Ohio
Arts Council. The creation and production of The
Who’s Tommy was also made possible by Dayton
Ballet's Vision 20/20 fund, established through the
help of many Dayton foundations, corporations and
individuals. The fund enables Dayton Ballet to be
one of the only ballet companies in the country to
fully fund and create new full-length ballets.
For tickets and performance times, call Ticket
Center Stage at 937/228-3630, 800/228-3630 or
purchase online at
Ticket Center Stage.
Click here for more info...
South African International Ballet Competition for
Cape Town, South Africa- January 14-19, 2008
The Artscape Opera House in Cape Town is to play
host to a prestigious international ballet
competition, to be known as the South African
International Ballet Competition (SAIBC). It
will take place in January 2008 and is the
initiative of Dirk Badenhorst, the former CEO
South African Ballet Theatre in
Providing an international showcase for local and
foreign dancers, this competition, like its
counterparts at Varna in Bulgaria, Jackson in the
USA and the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, will
typically enable directors of various dance
companies in SA and abroad to seek out new and
exciting talent. The alumni of the afore-mentioned
international competitions include Rudolph
Nureyev, Sylvie Guillem and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Mr. Badenhorst, the CEO of the SAIBC, has
appointed the following members to his competition
Board, all experts in their various fields. They are
Boniswa Peziswa, the Executive Director of
Network BBDO, Andrew Gilder, an environmental
lawyer and former dancer, Ann Wixley, an
Activation Director at Notabene and a former
ballerina, Suzie Frankel, a ballet teacher
and administrator, Rita van den Heever, the
Head of the University of Johannesburg's Arts Centre
and Academy and Allison Foat, a publicist and
former ballerina. The panel of judges will consist
of high profile dance personalities from South
Africa and overseas and includes Denise Schultze,
the former Co-Artistic Director of PACT Ballet,
Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and a guest teacher
with ballet companies and schools in SA and around
This competition will be a boost to tourism and
income in the Mother City, providing another
showcase opportunity for South Africa and the
nation’s culture, to foreigners and will enhance
Cape Town's status as the cultural gateway to
Africa. It will furthermore place the city and the
country on the Arts & Culture map, specifically with
regard to the fine art of classical and contemporary
ballet and dance. The SAIBC will also serve as a
platform to draw existing amateur and professional
dance companies together to learn from each other
through competitive engagement and enabling them to
grow their audiences through event attendance.
Additionally, the organisers of the SAIBC will
arrange workshops by visiting and local
professionals that will benefit young dancers from
historically disadvantaged communities as they
interact with contestants and visiting teachers. The
SAIBC will specifically target the growing number of
dance projects that are currently being run
throughout the City and its surrounds.
The competition categories are divided into a
Junior/Amateur Division (15-18 years) and a
Senior/Professional Division (19- 28 years). The
judging criteria for the two categories will differ
and each will work on a point system per round.
There will be cash prizes in all divisions, with the
winner in the senior category receiving ZAR100, 000
and the winner in the junior section being awarded
ZAR80,000. The Guernsey-based Michel Tesson
Performing Arts Trust will be donating most of the
Cape Town Tourism has come onboard as official
visitor services partner to the event and will
collaborate with Cape Town Routes Unlimited to
welcome delegates to the destination, offer pre and
post tour options to showcase the destination along
with its regions and help promote the event through
its network of Visitor Centres, website and
collateral. Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, General
Manager of Cape Town Tourism, commented that events
like these contribute significantly in establishing
Cape Town as a world-recognized cultural mecca.
“Already in 2002, Newsweek proclaimed Cape Town to
be one of the new creative and cultural world
meccas. This event will further stimulate the local
development of talent and continue to add to our
cultural appeal and offering, whilst showcasing our
beautiful City,” she concluded.
The competition will be held from the 14-19
January 2008 at the Artcape Opera House. The closing
date for entries is 3rd September, 2007 and for
further enquiries concerning the competition rules
and the application criteria, please e-mail
. Tickets will be available from
Computicket outlets at a later date. Please stay
tuned for further details
USA's Columbia City Ballet - Dancing Under the Stars
Put on your dancin' shoes and come up to the
rooftop of the Meridian Building with the Columbia
City Ballet! The night will include a silent
auction, music and dancing on the rooftop. All
proceeds will benefit Columbia City Ballet.
DATE: Friday, May 11
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Rooftop of the Meridian Building, 1320
Main Street, 17th floor
TICKETS: $50 per person
Dancing Under the Stars Host Committee: Lisa
Arnold, Suzanne Benson, Hunter Boyle, Marvin
Chernoff, Meb Eady, Coralee Harris, Cyndi Johnson,
Nancy Kress, Janet Mason, Sally McKay, Swing Meyer,
Aneita Moses, Zoe Sanders Nettles, William Portnoy,
Will Shrader, William Starrett, Zeke Stokes, Tre
Call (803)799-7605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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