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Tulsa Ballet Secures Director of Education

Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education Secures Director of Education

Tulsa, OKLA. – Tulsa Ballet is excited to announce the appointment of Ms. Arlene Minkhorst to the post of Director of Education. Ms. Minkhorst comes to Tulsa from her role as Director of Canada’s renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Ms. Minkhorst has taught all levels of ballet and pointe technique, repertoire classes, conducted rehearsals for performances and taught in the RWB School Professional Division Teacher Training Program.  A dedicated pedagogue in classical ballet training, Ms. Minkhorst regularly pursues opportunities to further her own knowledge of her chosen field and has traveled to observe classes, performances, and operations at other internationally recognized schools. Her experience and dedication to dance made her the perfect candidate to help guide Tulsa Ballet’s educational efforts. Minkhorst says, “I am really looking forward to working with the talented and highly motivated team I have met at Tulsa Ballet. I thrive in environments where there are groups of people who want to do things better!”

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Tulsa Ballet’s 2018/19 Season launches with TBII: On Your Radar Aug 24-26

 

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Ballet’s second company Tulsa Ballet II is compromised of some the most promising young dancers from around the world. They will have an opportunity to shine in On Your Radar August 24-26, 2018. The program will feature the exciting World Premiere of Peter and the Wolf by Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong as well as the return of Jennifer Archibald’s powerful contemporary work, OMENS. On Your Radar will take place Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 26th at 2:30pm in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater with an additional performance Saturday, August 25th at the Zarrow Performance Studio located in the Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow.

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Tulsa Ballet’s First Annual Open House

TULSA, Okla. – July 2018 Tulsa Ballet opens its doors Saturday, August 11th with their first annual Open House from 9:30am-3:00pm at their studio location on 45th and Peoria. The event is free and open to the public and will provide the Tulsa community with exclusive access and a up close look at their studios, theater, as well as their artistic staff and dancers. Attendees are encouraged to view open company class and rehearsals throughout the day with additional opportunities for activities and short classes for the entire family. Tulsa Ballet is proud to partner with local groups to offer additional activities such as a reading time with the Gathering Place and pet adoptions with Tulsa SPCA.

Tulsa Ballet Managing Director Scott Black says, “Each year, thousands of people experience Tulsa Ballet productions at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and yet most of them have never seen our facility in Brookside, that has been our home for over 25 years.  We are excited about opening our doors to the community and we hope that people will take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a sneak peak into what truly happens behind the scenes.“

Visitors are welcome to stop in and out throughout the day and are encouraged to RSVP by calling (918) 392-5905 or by filling out the online form at http://bit.ly/TBTOpenHouse18. Early registrants will be entered to win a special door prize of two tickets to Creations in Studio K, taking place September 14-23, 2018.

 

Tulsa Ballet Open House Schedule

 

9:30am – Welcome, Coffee & Pastries

10:00am – Class Observation, Production Demo, Craft Activities

10:30am – Class Observation, Tours

11:00am – Performance Video Screening, Rehearsals, Reading Time

11:30am – Rehearsals, Tours, Rhythm Class

12:00pm – TBII: Omens Performance, Rehearsals

12:30pm – Season Announcement Presentation, Rehearsals

1:00pm – TBII: Omens Performance, Rehearsals

1:30pm – Performance Video Screening, Rehearsals, Autograph Book Making

2:15-2:45pm – Dancer Meet & Greet, Placement Class for new students

 

The 2018/19 Season opens with Tulsa Ballet II performing On Your Radar August 24 at 7:30pm and August 26 at 2:30pm in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater and August 25 at the new Zarrow Performance Studio at Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow. In September, the main company will premiere Creations in Studio K, featuring two exciting never-before-seen works created just for Tulsa Ballet, as well as the return of one audience favorite work. Creations in Studio K will be showcased over two weekends (Sept 14-16 and 20-23) in Tulsa Ballet’s intimate 300-seat Brookside theater Studio K.  For tickets, please call (918) 749-6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.

 

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Tulsa Ballet Announces Additions and Promotions to the Company

TULSA, Okla. – After a worldwide audition tour and nearly 1500 applicants, Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini proudly presents the latest company line-up which will feature twenty-six dancers from eleven countries. Angelini says, “I am very pleased with the growth within the company during the past five years. There are a number of dancers who have grown with the organization and are consistently mastering more complex roles. It has been an inspiring journey seeing them mature and settle into a more significant role in the development of the organization.”

NEW COMPANY DANCERS

SEUNG HYUN LEE will join the company as a Soloist for the 2018/19 Season.  A graduate of the Korean National University of Arts, and with a remarkable collection of Gold Medals from some of the most prestigious competitions in the world, he joins Tulsa Ballet from Boston Ballet. Angelini says, “Seung is one of the most elegant classical ballet dancers I have seen in a long time.  He is young, has the talent to excel and the commitment to fulfill his potential.  We look forward to seeing him become part of Tulsa Ballet.”

SASHA CHERNJAVSKY joins Tulsa Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet from Kansas City Ballet.  Sasha is a graduate of Houston Ballet II. Angelini says of Sasha, “He is gifted with good technique and a fast mind.  We look forward to seeing him grow and mature with the company.”

JOHN POWERS joins Tulsa Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet from the Royal Finnish Ballet.  He studied at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, Russia, and continued his education on full scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet School.  Angelini says, “John is probably the tallest dancer we have ever hired, “checking in” from an altitude of about 6’8”.  He is a good classical ballet dancer with a positive attitude, eager to better himself and to come back to his native USA.”

Tulsa Ballet is proud to welcome three Tulsa Ballet II dancers into the main company. Of the TBII program, Angelini says, “Every year TBII recruits some of the most talented young dancers around the world and provides them with the tools to bridge the gap between the academic studies of ballet and the professional career. We’re happy to welcome these young dancers into the main company.” SIMONE ACRI, WILLIAM BECKHAM and NAO OTA will join the company as Apprentices. Simone and Ota, members of TBII for two years, performed roles with both the second and main companies, and were audience favorites.  Angelini says, “Watching them dance with the main company during Signature Series, and seeing how well they fit in, was a joy.  William joined TBII last year and quickly showed his value to the organization.  Every time he danced with the main company he made a case for belonging there.”

COMPANY DANCER PROMOTIONS

JENNIFER GRACE has been promoted to Soloist.  Jennifer will start her sixth season with the company; during her tenure, she has been featured in many works both classical and contemporary.  She joined TBII in 2013 and moved very quickly to graduate into the main company, where she continued to transform talent into accomplishment.  She was promoted to Demi-Soloist two years ago and continued to impress with her command of the stage in both classical and contemporary roles.  Angelini says, “Jennifer more than deserves the new status and a position of higher responsibility within the organization.”

JOSHUA STAYTON has been promoted to Soloist. This season will be his 9th with Tulsa Ballet.  Joshua has been a pillar of the company throughout his tenure, dancing featured roles from Age of Innocence (choreographed by Edwaard Liang), to the lead role of Charles in The Nutcracker, to the title role in Don Quixote, to featured parts in works by well-known choreographers like Alejandro Cerrudo and Ma Cong.  Angelini says, “He is another one that we have seen grow and mature from his first year with the company, just out of Houston Ballet II, to his interpretation of Death in The Green Table.  We are happy to see him take on a more instrumental role in the company.”

JAIMI CULLEN has been promoted to Demi-Soloist. Another veteran of Tulsa Ballet, this will be Jaimi’s seventh season with the company.  Jaimi is also a graduate of the TBII program. Angelini says, “This season she just came into her own, starting with the Creations in Studio K program in which she was featured in all three works.  Jaimi followed that with great performances throughout the year, from Strictly Gershwin to Rassemblement.  Your eye is drawn to her when she is on stage.”

MAINE KAWASHIMA has been promoted to Demi-Soloist. She will start her fifth season with the company.  Angelini says, “Maine has always been a dancer of unusual power and attack, her dancing is sharp as a sword and her technique is unequaled in precision and decisiveness.  She has consistently danced featured roles throughout her tenure with the company, growing with each experience and fine-tuning her instrument.  She has carved a very definite place for herself in the company, on stage with her natural charisma and off stage with her positive attitude and work ethic.”

MINORI SAKITA is another graduate of Tulsa Ballet’s TBII program and has been promoted to Demi-Soloist.  Angelini says, “Minori will start her fifth year with the organization and has been a delight to watch on stage and work with in the studio.  She has a unique ability to connect with an audience, a level of artistry rarely found in such young dancer.  She speaks to the audience with every movement and gesture.  Additionally, she is committed to her art form and to the organization, always going above and beyond the call of duty.  It’s a pleasure welcoming her back for another great season.”

REGINA MONTGOMERY, also a graduate of TBII, has been promoted to Demi-Soloist. This will be her sixth season with the company. Angelini says, “Regina is gifted with strong technique and enough power to light up the stage.  She has made the most out of every opportunity to dance featured roles, maturing with each one of them.  She is a great asset for the organization, powerful and committed on stage while helping in many other roles off the stage. A true example of the type of commitment that exudes success in whatever she pledges to do.”

 

The 2018/19 Season opens with Tulsa Ballet II performing On Your Radar August 24 at 7:30pm and August 26 at 2:30pm in Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater and August 25 at the new Zarrow Performance Studio at Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow. In September, the main company will premiere Creations in Studio K, featuring two exciting never-before-seen works created just for Tulsa Ballet, as well as the return of one audience favorite work. Creations in Studio K will be showcased over two weekends (Sept 14-16 and 20-23) in Tulsa Ballet’s intimate 300-seat Brookside theater Studio K.  For tickets, please call (918) 749-6006 or visit us online at www.tulsaballet.org.

 

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:

Ryan Allen, PR & Communications Manager

918.392.5949, ryan.allen@tulsaballet.org

 

 

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TBII: On Your Radar

August 24-26, 2018

See tomorrow’s stars of ballet, today! Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of the most promising young dancers from around the globe. As these dancers grow from students into mature artists, they may be invited to join the main company or go on to perform with other respected companies throughout their career.

As part of the TBII Mini-Series, Tulsa Ballet II will have its own season of two productions to showcase their talents:

On Your Radar | August 24-26, 2018
Next Generation | April 26-28, 2019

You can save $20 by purchasing a TBII mini-series subscription and see both shows!

On Your Radar will feature the exciting World Premiere of Peter and the Wolf, by Tulsa Ballet Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, as well as OMENS, by Jennifer Archibald. OMENS was commissioned for TBII in 2017, learn about the creation of the work in the video below.

Performances

Fri. August 24 at Studio K 7:30pm
Sat. August 25 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:30pm
Sun. August 26 at Studio K 2:30pm

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

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Creations in Studio K

Create, Collaborate, Celebrate

September 14-23, 2018

For the past twelve years, Creations in Studio K has been dedicated to furthering innovation in dance by commissioning new works from world renowned choreographers.

Our annual Creations program will be extra special this season as Tulsa audiences will enjoy the first major collaboration between Tulsa Ballet and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Featuring new choreography by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong, an all-new musical score by Ryan Lott commissioned by Philbrook, and original artwork created live on-stage by artist Eric Sall at every performance, this promises to be a groundbreaking event.

Creations in Studio K will also feature the reprisal of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Second to Last. Cerrudo’s work, commissioned for a past Creations series, was selected through our newly implemented Dancer’s Choice program, which empowers the company dancers to participate in the artistic selection of choreography in order to share with you their favorite works. Watch the video below for an inside look at the creation of this work.

This triple-bill evening of dance will conclude with an exciting World Premiere by in-demand dance-maker Jennifer Archibald, Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet.

BROOKSIDE BLOCK PARTY AT THE BALLET – Thurs. Sept. 20th from 5:00-7:30PM. FREE EVENT featuring live music, food trucks, craft beer, local vendors and more! Be sure to get your ticket to Creations in Studio K which will begin after the Block Party concludes at 7:30pm that evening. LEARN MORE

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Fri. September 14 7:30pm
Sat. September 15 2:30pm
Sat. September 15 7:30pm
Sun. September 16 2:30pm
Thurs. September 20 7:30pm
Fri. September 21 7:30pm
Sat. September 22 2:30pm
Sat. September 22 7:30pm
Sun. September 23 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

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Peter and the Wolf

October 5 & 12, November 16, January 18, March 9

Our new Children’s Series matinee performances of Ma Cong’s Peter & the Wolf are perfect for ballet’s youngest fans. This brand-new ballet experience is created especially for children and young families, and features a cast of characters children know and love, with narration to help them understand the story. This magical performance will come to life on-stage thanks to all-new sets, costumes, and choreography, designed just for Tulsa Ballet.

With tickets priced at only $10 and a total run time of 45 minutes, this performance is a fun way to spend a morning enjoying and learning about ballet, music and theater.

Our Friday matinees are great field trips for school and youth groups. Reserve your space now for your group of 10 or more! Click HERE to order group tickets.

Single tickets for Peter & the Wolf are currently on-sale but are not yet available for online purchase. To order, please call (918) 749-6006.

Performances

Studio K | Tulsa

Fri. October 5 10:00am
Fri. November 16 10:00am
Sat. March 9 10:00am

Zarrow Studio | Broken Arrow

Fri. October 12 10:00am
Fri. January 18 10:00am

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

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Dracula

October 26-28, 2018

Ben Stevenson’s “ghoulishly entertaining” (Tulsa World) gothic ballet returns to Tulsa for the first time in six years! With awe inspiring stunning theatrics, vampire brides who soar through the air, and an exploding chandelier, this dramatic production will have you at the edge of your seat.

Enhance your experience!

Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Discussions are led by Tulsa Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists, and topics may include the choreography, musical score, costuming, or other subjects related to the performance. Pre-performance discussions are free and all ticket holders are invited to attend.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Thurs. October 25: Preview Night 7:00pm

A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Fri. October 26 7:30pm
Sat. October 27 7:30pm
Sun. October 28 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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The Nutcracker

December 8-23, 2018

Set in 1920’s Paris, the birthplace of classical ballet, Marcello Angelini’s vision of The Nutcracker has been a Tulsa favorite since 2003. Whether you’ve seen it once or one hundred times, this magical holiday spectacular is guaranteed to capture your imagination. This production will be retired in a few short years, be sure to see it now before it’s gone forever!
General tickets (non-VIP) start at $25.

Nutcracker VIP Experience

Make memories with your family they will never forget with our special VIP Experience!
For just $105 per ticket (plus fees), The Nutcracker VIP Experience includes:

  • Seating in our prime orchestra-level Golden Circle section for the performance date of your choice,
  • The opportunity to go on-stage after the performance to see the sets up close, meet the dancers and take photos with them in costume,
  • A keepsake Nutcracker autographed by members of the cast.

To order the VIP Experience for the loved ones in your life, call the Box Office or select seats in Price Scale 1 when you order online. Your VIP passes will be mailed with your tickets.

Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2018. To reserve your seats now, become a Tulsa Ballet Subscriber!

Performances

Sat. December 8 7:00pm
Sun. December 9 2:00pm
Fri. December 14 7:00pm
Sat. December 15 2:00pm
Sun. December 16 2:00pm
Fri. December 21 7:00pm
Sat. December 22 2:00pm
Sun. December 23 2:00pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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