Older than the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, older than the Toledo Opera, and older even than the expression "As old as the Toledo Ballet," the Toledo Ballet has been a landmark on the city's cultural landscape since 1939. For over 75 years, they have been presenting dance performances and training the next generation of classical and contemporary dancers at their on-site school. They'll gladly put on contemporary works such as 2008's Outside the Lines, but they also stick to tradition?in fact, their annual production of The Nutcracker, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony, is the oldest continuously running production of The Nutcracker in the country.
• For $9, you get one mezzanine ticket to The Fairy Forest on Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. (up to an $18 value). • For $11, you get one orchestra ticket to the "Season Encore Performance" on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $22 value).
Now in its ninth season as Cleveland's National Repertory Dance Company, Verb Ballets promotes public appreciation and interest for contemporary dance with a variety of live performances and educational programs. On February 11th, check out the world premiere of "Breath" from artist-in-residence Terence Greene, along with other modern dance favorites including "Noumenon Mobilus" by Alwin Nikolais. Use today's deal to revel in the acrobatic artistry of dancing lords and ladies, while resisting the urge to challenge fellow audience members to cutthroat clogging competitions.
Nearly a century ago, the Hippodrome opened as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome closed down in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hearken back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
In 1995, Michigan Classic Ballet Company achieved honor status–the highest distinction granted–from Regional Dance America, a national association. The recognition was notable enough, but even more remarkably, the company was only six years old at the time. They took their newfound title to heart–since then, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Mary C. Geiger, Michigan Classic Ballet Company has produced lauded performances including The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and Swan Lake. From welcoming acclaimed choreographers who produce original works to founding outreach programs for youth, the company lives out its mission to promote an appreciation of ballet in the community.