DANCE WORKSHOPS WITH DANIEL HUNALP AND DONALD
JANUARY 19th, 2012.
HERE for more
details; contact Ms. Rose if interested in participating.
The charleston ballet and the wvso present the 10th
anniversary performances of tchaikovsky's holiday favorite
The only local nutcracker with a full live orchestra!
The WVSO and The Charleston Ballet presents
on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15 at 2:00 p.m. and
7:30 p.m. at The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.
These performances will feature over seventy-five local
dancers and guest artists from The Charleston Ballet ,Kim
Pauley, Artistic Director, accompanied by the WVSO under the
direction of Maestro Grant Cooper.
This production is the only one in the area with a full live
orchestra - a one-of-a-kind experience for local audiences!
Tickets start at $22 for adults and $10 for children and are
available through the Clay Center Box Office, 304-561-3570.
Tickets may also be ordered online by using
The Nutcracker features a number of distinguished guest
artists. Olivier Wecxsteen, a former principal dancer with
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Boston Ballet, will dance
the role of Drosselmeyer. Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk,
principal dancers with the National Ballet of Canada, will
perform the Cavalier and Sugar Plum Fairy. Additional guests
include Damien Highfield, with Oleksandr Vykhrest, Thomas
Bettin, and Matthew Waters from Columbia Classical Ballet in
South Carolina. Local artist Ted Brightwell will appear as
Mother Ginger, Rhiannon Turley will be dancing the role of
Clara, and students from the American Academy Ballet will
join artists of The Charleston Ballet to complete a
The Nutcracker is sponsored by Appalachian Power and Steptoe
& Johnson PLLC.
Wanna know more to impress your
Test your knowledge. See below about the History of
The nutcracker story actually began with the creation
of European nutcrackers in Switzerland, France,
Germany, Northern Italy, and England with the earliest from
the 14th century. The clever miner/wood carvers came up with
the idea of designing their ‘nutcracker dolls’ to
resemble powerful people like kings, policemen, and
soldiers. The townspeople enjoyed the caricatures of their
rulers because they were placed at their service to perform
the lowly task of cracking nuts.
Nutcrackers were especially popular with Germans, who coined
the phrase, “God gives the nuts but we have to crack them
ourselves.” The story was intended to teach children that
life was hard but rewarding.
When Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, premiered
in St. Petersburg in 1892, a passion for these fascinating
nutcracker creatures was ignited. The ballet opened in St.
Petersburg on December 17, 1892 and the original production
was not an overwhelming success.
Tchaikovsky wrote The Nutcracker in record time: he
had started work on the music in mid-February 1891 and he
had completed it towards the end of June. Of the four months
he spent on his work, the periods from March 6 to 13 and
from April 5 to the end of May should be excluded.
The composer was busy with other work at the time. In fact,
he composed the ballet in a mere two months!
d out and joining us as our city becomes a work of art!
CHARLESTON, JUNE 15-24, 2012
We hope that you will check out the excitement including a Dance
Gala on June 21 with dancers from
National Ballet of Canada, a master class with Daniel Ryan Hunalp,
and many other performances and dance events featuring local and
visiting groups. Click
HERE to view a flier with all of the dance events. You can
also find more complete schedule information by visiting
We appreciate you getting the
GALA FEATURING INTERNATIONAL GUEST ARTISTS
RODRIGUEZ AND POITR STANCZYK, PRINCIPAL
DANCERS WITH THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA,
CHARLESTON BALLET AND RIVER CITY YOUTH BALLET ENSEMBLE, Bob
Thompson and other musicians
Thursday June 21, 7:30
Norman L. Fagan Theatre,
Cultural Center, Capitol Complex
Tickets are $20 and on
sale at the Clay Center 304-561-3570
Sponsored by Suttle &
Stalnaker, PLLC and Aqua-Clear, Inc.
MASTER DANCE CLASSES IN JAZZ AND MUSICAL
WITH DANIEL RYAN
HUNALP, FLORIDA BASED PERFORMER & TEACHER
Tuesday June 19, 4:00
and 7:00 p.m.
Walker Theatre at the Clay Center
Classes for advanced dancers, middle school
and older, limited enrollment
$20 per class on sale at the Clay Center
Sponsored by Brooks Run Mining Company, an
affiliate of Alpha Natural Resources
DANCE IN DAVIS PARK
CARLI MARENECK AND FRIENDS, Trillium
Performing Arts Collective, Lewisberg, WV
Goes to Town,” inspired by Marc Chagall’s paintings
featuring music by Brown
Chicken Brown Cow
Saturday June 23
at 1:00 and 5:00; No charge
WEST VIRGINIA PROFESSIONAL DANCE COMPANY
state’s only professional touring dance company
Charleston Town Center
Sunday June 24 at
12:30 and 1:15; No charge
DANCE AT CLAY CENTER FUN DAY
CAPITAL HIGH DANCE COMPANY at 1:00
JADCO DANCE COMPANY at 3:00
Sunday June 17
Clay Center Maier
Performance Hall; No charge
DANCE EVENTS AT THE “TASTE OF ALL”
Sunday June 17
Charleston Civic Center
12:30 – 1:15 WV
Mountain Valley Cloggers and WV Kickers
1:30 – 2:30 Swing
2:30 – 3:00 Swing
3:00 – 3:15 Awards
3:15 – 4:15 Open
FOOTMAD COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE
Workshop for beginners
with Coffee Zombies trio and caller Phoebe Williams
Saturday June 16
Transmission/Ni-Source Auditorium; $7-Adults, $3-Student, $15-Family
Watch for flash
mobs in locations such as West Side Ice Cream Social, Taste of
FestivALL, Capitol Street Arts Fair, Charleston Town Center, Clay
Center Fun Day