Gem City Ballet
2017-19 Season

October 14,15, 21, 22, 2017


We open our 26th season with the bright happy Overture which features six dancers with three soloists. With its black and white tutus, and snappy footwork, you can watch the younger dancers of the 2017-18 GCB start to make their mark! The even more snappy footwork of Variable Speed will be on display with the fabulous 2nd movement of seven solos. This is a favorite ballet of the dancers. The classical

Don Quixote

Act Two Dream Sequence is on the program with the beautiful female variations that are part of this lovely ballet.
We are excited to announce a new ballet by Gregory Robinson and also very excited to show you excerpts from Stuart Sebastian's

The Night Before Christmas

. You have loved the Stuart Sebastian ballets we have performed in the past,

Fast Company, Ballet a la Carte, Undine's Solo

, and these four vignettes from Act 2 of NBC will delight you as well.
We have guests with us this series; Dayton Dance Conservatory will be performing both weekends and alumni Andrew Wingert, now dancing with Oregon Ballet Theatre, will perform a contemporary solo the second weekend. Welcome back Andrew!


February 10, 11, 17, 18, 2018

This season will feature two world premieres and one GCB premiere. GCB is especially happy to continue its relationship with Nilas Martins who worked with us last season on George Balanchine's

Concerto Barocco

and also staged the charming (and fiendishly hard)

Flower Festival at Genzano pas de deux

. Mr Martins will stage

Bournonville Variations

, for six GCB dancers. We expect this to be fiendishly hard as well.
Brian Grant (a well loved guest dancer, teacher and choreographer for GCB, remember Operation Hoedown​?) is returning to stage a neo classical ballet for us. A former principal dancer (and former co worker of Artistic Director Barbara Pontecorvo) for Houston Ballet and currant Dean for the University of Oklahoma Dance Department, Mary Margaret Holt will be in residence in early January to set a new ballet.
A ballet we have long wanted to work on is

Il Giorno

, a pas de trois choreographed by Jon Rodriguez. We am so excited to see this ballet, which has not been performed since the 1970s, on stage again.
Finally, the return of

Pas de Quatre

, the famous coming together of four of the most celebrated ballerinas of the 19th century in a thinly veiled take down of each other with great repercussions for us.


April 14, 15, 21,22, 2018

This season marks the return of a Dancing

Unlimted

performance. Dancing

Unlimited

is a program for children with disabilities, consisting of Creative Movement classes and culminating in a ballet performance. The ballet is

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

, choreographed by Michelle Goodman, and we are looking forward to a wonderful experience.
Also on this program, is the full

Elements Trilogy

. This fascinating exploration of copper, cobalt and zinc will be presented for the first time, as an integrated ballet. We look forward to welcoming Penelope Freeh back to work on her ballet.
As always, GCB will present a senior ballet, choreographed by one of our graduating seniors and finally, we are overjoyed to welcome Adam Hundt back to set a new ballet. Always fascinating, always thought provoking, Adam's new ballet will provide not only contemporary choreography, but also Adam's positive energy for our company. Can't wait!

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Gem City Ballet
20 Commercial Way
Springboro OH 45066
937-550-9245