“…this ballet has a magic that allows everyone,
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Partnership Ensures Continuing Performance Opportunities for Apprentices and Affordable, High Quality Ballets for Loudoun County
LEESBURG, VA (May 31, 2017) — The Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC), a Loudoun County institution since 1978, is excited to announce a new partnership with Studio Bleu of Ashburn, Virginia. Through this partnership, LBC will call Studio Bleu’s Ashburn studio its home for the upcoming season of rehearsals, master classes, and summer intensives. LBC will continue to draw its apprentices from ballet schools across Loudoun County and beyond.
“LBC is thrilled to partner with Studio Bleu and acting Artistic Director Troy D. Brown to continue to provide our dancers with the opportunity to perform three pre-professional, full-length ballets each season,” said Sean Walton, LBC Board Chairman. “Our The Nutcracker, the centerpiece of each LBC season since 1990, is a County tradition and has led us to be named Loudoun County’s ‘Best Performing Arts Group’ each year since 2010. Our new partnership with this esteemed studio and its ballet conservatory led by Troy D. Brown will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of providing high quality, affordable ballets to residents of Loudoun County and beyond.”
“Studio Bleu is excited to offer dancers additional large-scale performing opportunities throughout the year through Loudoun Ballet Company,” said Kimberly Rishi, Managing Director of Studio Bleu. “Having the ability to partner for classics like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, or The Sleeping Beauty gives local artists the well-rounded education that is the keystone to Studio Bleu’s training program.”
ABOUT LBC Since 1978, LBC, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, has provided young, talented dancers across Loudoun County with pre-professional performance opportunities in some of the world’s most beloved ballets. In addition, LBC has provided our community with quality, affordable ballets that have earned it the title of Loudoun County’s “Best Performing Arts Group” each year since 2010. Learn more at www.loudounballet.org, on Facebook as Loudoun Ballet Company, and on Twitter and Instagram as @loudounballet.
ABOUT STUDIO BLEU Based in Ashburn, Virginia, Studio Bleu provides clients with industry-leading teachers and choreographers who focus on a well-rounded performing arts education. While a diverse course-offering is what you will see at the surface, dancers can choose to specialize in their favorite discipline without having to trade their love of other styles. For example, dancers who desire to further their ballet education can do so through our in-house conservatory, Troy D. Brown’s Art of Technique program. Our award-winning competitive team is nationally ranked as a top studio year after year, and dancers benefit from numerous monthly master classes that expose them to styles from all around the country and world! Every dance discipline is offered as well as acrobatics, voice, piano, acting and theatre, to prepare performers for all opportunities. Studio Bleu offers classes with levels from recreational to professional for dancers ages 2 through adult during the school year and summer. Learn more at www.danceashburn.com, on Facebook as Studio Bleu Dance Center, and Instagram as @studiobleudc.
Two performances on one day only, October 29 — patrons invited to come in costume
Leesburg, VA (September 19, 2016) — LBC announces its new thrilling, full-length production of Dracula, to be performed one day and night only at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Performances will take place on October 29 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm and patrons are invited to come in costume, if they dare. Tickets go on sale October 1 at www.loudounballet.org and will be available at the door.
LBC’s Dracula, choreographed by its own Artist in Residence, Norbert Nirewicz, is a captivating production with lavish costumes and presents a mesmerizing story of passion and sacrifice, just in time for Halloween. Watch transfixed as Count Dracula lures the innkeeper’s daughter to her fate. Due to the dark nature of this Gothic tale, parental discretion is advised.
“Audiences will be riveted by this classic horror story brought to life,” said Maureen Miller, LBC Artistic Director. “Far from our bright and beautiful recent production of The Sleeping Beauty, Dracula allows our dancers to explore a completely new style and acting experience. The music is also wonderful and perfectly captures the story’s emotions and feelings.”
Apprentices prepare for exciting new season featuring two new productions.
Leesburg, VA (August 1, 2016) — Local Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) Apprentices are spending the summer attending some of the nation’s leading summer intensives, learning from top companies in the country from Nashville to Sarasota, New York to Austin. The skills and technique acquired will enhance the company’s ability to present an exciting new season featuring two new productions, starting this fall with Dracula, followed by the company’s beloved full-length The Nutcracker, and finishing in the spring with Giselle.
"This is my second year attending the Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive, where their experienced instructors have taught me new ways to approach ballet technique,” says LBC Apprentice, Emma G. “I hope that I will bring a stronger sense of technique and artistry into LBC for the upcoming season."
“This summer, I’m attending the Washington Ballet Summer Intensive Training Program,” says LBC Apprentice, Olivia D. “When dancers return from Summer Intensives, they grow and develop and bring something new and different into their roles.”
A partial list of summer intensives attended by LBC dancers includes:
“We encourage our dancers to audition for and attend a wide range of summer intensives,” said Maureen Miller, LBC Artistic Director. “These programs not only represent outstanding experiences for our dancers, but often open their eyes to new ways of approaching their craft, improving our company as a result.”
LBC’s next performance will be its new, full-length production of Dracula to be performed one day only in October. The date of the performance, location, and ticket prices will be announced later this summer at loudounballet.org.
April 2 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Tickets Online
Leesburg, VA (March 1, 2016) – Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) announces its first ever “Sleeping Beauty Tutu Fashion Show,” to be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. Tickets are available online only at www.loudounballet.org through March 29th.
This fundraising event features chances to win girl- and doll-sized replicas of LBC’s stunning The Sleeping Beauty costumes, handmade by the Ballet Company Seamstress. Guests are invited to dine on tea sandwiches, scones, and decadent desserts while watching LBC dancers showcase gorgeous tutus from the classic ballet, followed by photographs and autographs with favorite Sleeping Beauty ballerinas.
“The tutus in The Sleeping Beauty are some of the most beautiful and ornate in the LBC’s repertoire,” said Sean Walton, Chair of LBC’s Board of Directors. “We hope families will come enjoy the event in the magnificent setting at Lansdowne, and win replicas of these tutus to relive the timeless fairytale at home.”
Ticket prices are $45 for kids 12-under and $55 for adults. The Silent Auction begins at noon, with the Fashion Show and Luncheon from 1:00 – 3:00. Tickets are available until March 29th at www.loudounballet.org. The Tutu Fashion show will be followed on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, by LBC’s full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty at Dominion High School in Sterling.
Performed one weekend only at Dominion High School, Tickets Online
Leesburg, VA (March 18, 2016) – Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) announces its full-length production of The Sleeping Beauty will be performed Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia. Advance tickets are available online only at www.loudounballet.org and will also be available at the door.
Performed by LBC’s apprentices and junior apprentices from across Northern Virginia, LBC’s production of The Sleeping Beauty tells the enchanting fairytale through beautiful choreography, stunning costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s thrilling score. The costumes for this production are one-of-a-kind, with the tutus of Princess Aurora, her fairies, and friends adorned with hundreds of crystals of different sizes and colors. Join the LBC as the evil fairy, Carabosse, lulls Princess Aurora into a deep sleep for one hundred years, to be awakened only by the kiss of her true love.
“LBC’s The Sleeping Beauty is a beloved and timeless story brought to life. With our luxurious costumes, large and fanciful cast, and gorgeous choreography, The Sleeping Beauty is one of our grandest productions,” said Maureen Miller, LBC Artistic Director. “We hope families of all generations will come celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with this spellbinding performance.”
Ticket prices online at www.loudounballet.org are $15 for kids 12-under and seniors, $20 for adults, and $25 for premium seats. All tickets at the door will be $25. Performance times are 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.
As a service to Loudoun County, patrons invited to pay any amount to enjoy the fall production
Leesburg, VA (September 17, 2015) – LBC announces its new production, Changing Moods: Light Into Darkness, to be performed October 10-11 at Potomac Falls High School in Potomac Falls, Virginia at 4:00 p.m. As a service to Loudoun County, both performances will be “Pay As You Can,” which invites patrons to pay any amount for their seats. A $15 value, tickets will be available at the door and any and all contributions will be welcomed and appreciated.
Changing Moods: Light Into Darkness includes excerpts from Coppélia, the classic Arthur Saint-Léon comic ballet about a doll (“Light”) and original choreography based on the story of Dracula, (“Darkness”). At the end of the show, young dancers can join the apprentices on stage to learn ballet technique, see the beautiful costumes up close, and meet their favorite dancers.
“Our fall performance, which includes both classical and original choreography, shows the range of styles and emotions our talented apprentices can perform, while the ‘Pay As You Can’ structure allows people who may not usually attend ballets to see the performance and cheer on our amazing dancers,” said Sean Walton, LBC Chairman. “We hope to fill the house while providing another stunning and high quality ballet production to the Northern Virginia community.”
Performed one weekend only at Dominion High School, Tickets Online
Leesburg, VA (October 31, 2015) – Loudoun Ballet Company (LBC) announces its 26th Annual full-length “The Nutcracker” will be performed one weekend only, December 18-20, at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia. Advance tickets are available online only starting today at www.loudounballet.org/tickets and will also be available at the door.
LBC’s traditional, full length The Nutcracker premiered in Leesburg in 1990 and has successfully returned every holiday season, receiving critical acclaim from the Washington Post and Southern Living Magazine. The LBC’s apprentices are joined by younger dancers and performers from across Loudoun County to make a cast of over 160. The Nutcracker is sure to dazzle and delight all ages.
“LBC’s The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday classic, bringing together stunning costumes, superb dancing, and treasured music,” said Maureen Miller, LBC Artistic Director. “We hope families of all generations will come enjoy the magic and beauty of this highly anticipated performance.”
Ticket prices online are $15 for kids 12-under and seniors, $22 for adults, and $27 for premium seats. All tickets at the door will be $30.
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