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 Post subject: Gala of International Dance Stars at Cincinnati's Aronoff Ct
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ballet tech cincinnati

hosts 8th Annual

Gala of International Dance Stars




ballet tech cincinnati will present the eighth annual Gala of International
Dance Stars in Cincinnati Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Aronoff
Center for the Arts. 12 International Stars from 9 World Renowned Dance
Companies will create a powerful dance explosion, which garnered
enthusiastic audience response and a ten minute standing ovation. For
additional information call 513.841.2822 or go to


Full Press Release


ballet tech cincinnati, winner of the 2008 Scripps-Corbett Innovation Award
and ONE Award Finalist, will host its Eighth Annual Gala of International
Dance Stars on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. at Cincinnati's premier
venue, the Aronoff Center. Featuring the best dancers from the best
companies and the best choreography in the world, the Gala of International
Dance Stars will once again astonish, astound and amaze the audience with
the gravity defying athleticism, artistry and strength of the dancers, the
traditional and new, on-the-edge choreography, remarkable diversity of cast,
music and dance styles and the sheer joy of the experience! This year's
cast of 12 fabulous dancers represent 9 world renowned companies and 9
Countries. The only International Dance Gala in the Midwest and one of
only a few in the entire nation, each year the Gala of International Dance
Stars brings audiences to their feet with rousing standing ovations and
comments like, "You hit a home run! This was the most thrilling thing I've
ever seen!" "It was spectacular!". "The performance was absolutely AWESOME"
and "the most outstanding local dance performance that I've ever seen." "As
a former modern dancer, I really appreciated the quality and diversity of
the dances."

BALLETNY <> 's Kellye A. Saunders
will return for her fifth Gala appearance with partner, Dancer-Choreographer
Matthew Prescott, of Suzanne Farrell Ballet and formerly with Joffrey
Ballet. ".time spent with Kellye A. Saunders, a dancer of special eloquence
and elegance, is time unwasted" New York Times.

National Ballet of Canada's Sonia Rodriguez and Aleksandar Antonijevic, who
stole the hearts of the audience in 2005 with an excerpt from Madame
Butterfly return for their fourth Gala appearance together to perform Val
Caniparoli's Camelia Dama.

Jamal Story, COMPLEXIONS " a standout young technician with heart . The
strutting male in a solo excerpt from the group dance "This is Your Dance
Life" is also familiar, but here the beefcake is bashful... The performance
by Jamal Story was as serious and stunningly danced as it was comical."
Jennifer Dunning, NY Times and partner Francesca Harper, founder of The
Francesca Harper Project, a New York City based company dedicated to
creating groundbreaking dance, music, and theater works.

"The remarkably engaging Alejandro Alvarez" David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer
formerly of the National Dance Company of Spain and award winning
choreographer Shawn Hounsell formerly of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de
Montreal will each perform Cincinnati Premiere solos and a duet commissioned
by Bravo Network together.

Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk, partners/co-founders of Jacoby & Pronk and

dancers with Morphoses/TheWheeldon Company, were formerly with LINES Ballet
and Dutch National Ballet. They will return with Cincinnati premieres of
two new works. "Their relationship was positively palpable; almost juicy in
its connection." Art & Seek "The independent duo of Rubinald Rofino Pronk,
a sleek dancer...and Drew Jacoby, a tall, perfectly-ripped woman...were
sensational -- all sinewy dynamite and flexy agility -- in Annabelle Lopez
Ochoa's angular showpiece, One." - Houston Chronicle

Carolina Aguero and Yaroslav Ivanenko of Hamburg Ballet will perform a
wonderful, exciting and virtuosic world premiere by Ivanenko, an award
winning choreographer with a uniquely athletic style evolving out of his
background as a classical ballet dancer.


Meet, greet and eat at the Gala Global Fare Pre Show Reception with
International Cuisine Buffet, Silent Auction, Live Jazz Music by the Hank
Stephens Experience, and cash bar. $20. Tickets are available now; to
purchase, call 513.621.ARTS (2787) or go to For more
information call 513.841.2822.


Tickets are available now; to purchase, call 513.621.ARTS (2787) or go to <> or <> . Enjoy the
Arts/START, Senior and Group Discounts available. For more information call


Macy's is the Performance Sponsor, PNC Bank is a Couple Sponsor, The
Millennium Hotel is the Hotel Sponsor. WGUC 90.9 FM and The Cincinnati
Herald are Media sponsors for the Gala of International Dance Stars. This
production is made possible, in part by the support of the Aronoff Center
Rental Subsidy Grant of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Fine Arts
Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank
Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy, and The Robert H.
Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank Trustee. Carl Lindner, the State of Ohio and
the City of Cincinnati are Raising the Barre Capital Campaign Sponsors. For
more information, call ballet tech cincinnati at (513)841.2822, email or visit our website at <>

ballet tech cincinnati

The mission of Scripps-Corbett Award winner and ONE Award Finalist, ballet
tech cincinnati is to educate, entertain and inspire by providing diverse
and innovative performances that have a phenomenal community impact. Founded
in 1997, ballet tech cincinnati is a non-profit 501 (C ) (3) organization
offering community dance classes and performances in its Kennedy Heights
World Headquarters and numerous other venues including the Aronoff Center as
a resident company. ballet tech cincinnati presents many community
performances each year featuring a wide variety of pre-professional and
professional dancers, dance styles and music. Last season, we served over
12,000 audience members. We have the most diverse audience of any
Cincinnati area presenter, and we are the only company that presents guest
companies, an international Gala, and preprofessional dancers as part of our
season series. Dance 2 Community Kids community outreach program introduces
youth from underserved communities to dance and the Aronoff Center expanding
the audience for the arts and downtown Cincinnati venues. Over 1300
children have attended ballets in this outreach. The Leaping for Literacy
Project presents an annual spring production based on beloved children's
stories, Touring Company performances in area schools, free outreach
performances in area libraries and bookstores, a poster and poetry contest,
and a book giveaway to promote family literacy. ballet tech cincinnati also
collaborates with Cincinnati Ballet Company, Closing the Health Gap and The
West End Arts Access Initiative to extend our reach and make dance more
accessible for everyone. For more information about ballet tech cincinnati,


Marvel Gentry Davis

Producing Artistic Director

and President, Board of Directors

of Scripps-Corbett Award Winner

ballet tech cincinnati




One Night Only! 8PM August 15th

Gala of International Dance Stars


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