Mark your calendar for a special night of ballet March 22:
The special concert, featuring both classical and contemporary ballet works performed by current company members with special appearances by ensemble alumni, will be in the New Dance Theatre in the Dance Building located on Sanford Drive.
Four pas de deux (dance for two) will be performed during the event: the classic "Aurora's Wedding" pas de deux from Act III of "Sleeping Beauty;" the famous pas de deux from Don Quixote performed by alumna Kristin Grubbs and her partner Samuel Chester, both with the Carolina Ballet Theatre; the virtuosic Russian pas de deux "Spring Waters;" and an original work "Awakened," created by alumnus John Streit.
A ballet program that began in 1994 seems quite young by any standard; its persistence over that time period, however, seems like a great feat. Congratulations to the UGA Ballet program and the department of dance, and best wishes on your continued success providing these refined artistic opportunities for our students (and audiences).
Image: UGA students Amanda Rostin of Cumming and Kalela Massey of Atlanta and alumna Kristin Grubbs of Greenville, S.C., rehearse a scene from the UGA Ballet Ensemble's 20th anniversary performance.