Fort Wayne Ballet began pirouetting in 1956 to enrich the community’s arts offerings with dance instruction and performances. Beginning with its inaugural performance of Cinderella, the ballet company has performed timeless pieces including The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. In addition to its shows and classes, Fort Wayne Ballet maintains strong links to the community, which is evident in its theme: everybody dances. The Ballet works to find adoptive families for dogs through the Muttcracker program, produces trading cards with dancers, I&M linemen and players from each of Fort Wayne’s minor league teams, and stages three main stage productions and three Family Series performances per year.
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.
Dangerous Liaisons, which is inspired by a French novel and a 1988 film, follows Parisian aristocrats as they plot a course through lust and revenge. It couples mind-melting dance with a soundtrack of Antonio Vivaldi compositions. Cinderella is the classic fairytale that has inspired countless children, evil stepmothers, and talking mice. Featuring ambitious scenery and spot-on choreography, the production will dazzle the popped-out eyes of all who behold. Discover rock 'n' roll ballet during 7 Deadly Sins, an upbeat performance that brings each of the sins to life via intense choreography and live music.