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Swan Lake Soars in from Canada

Swan Lake Soars in from Canada

By Montague Gammon III   The magic of true love conquers all the vicious and deceptive spells that a malicious sorcerer can conjure up when the balletic and spectacular enchantments of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Swan Lake officially open the 2017 Virginia Arts Festival. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tale of boy meets girl, hunter meets bird

Top Spring Dance Performances

Compiled by Staff   Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Swan Lake Presented by Virginia Arts Festival March 31 – April 2 Chrysler Hall Granted its “Royal” title in 1953 by the just-crowned Queen Elizabeth II, this legendary troupe is one of the world’s oldest premier dance companies and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North

Battle Leads Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to New Heights

By Jerome Langston Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people. ~Alvin Ailey   “I take probably even more risks,” remarks Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with a slight chuckle. He’s currently in DC,

Todd Turns 10

By Jeff Maisey   When Todd Rosenlieb arrived in Hampton Roads, modern dance was a rarity experienced only when the Virginia Arts Festival brought in a nationally touring company such as Mark Morris from April to May. While Michael Curry scheduled an occasional performance between September and April during the American Theatre’s season, contemporary dance

VA Arts Fest Opens with Ballet Hispanico

By Montague Gammon III   Ballet Hispanico’s visit to the Virginia Arts Festival swirls (and leaps, struts, slides and lifts) through a Latino flavored look at matters as tangible as a kiss or as surreal as a Magritte painting. The sweet and spicy Salsa vocals of the late Celia Cruz, the Havana born, New York

Dance Star Travis Wall to Make Hometown Performance

By Jeff Maisey   Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Travis Wall returns to his hometown for a rare performance with his dynamic Shaping Sound dance company featuring contemporary performers from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The October 30 performance at Ferguson Center is one of 36 cities across America for the