Not every ballet company gets its own official day?but not every ballet company is Ballet Concerto. Focused on education from the day Margo Dean founded it in 1969, the organization received its day?June 25?in 1992 courtesy of the mayor of Fort Worth. The reason: the company's dedication to bringing culture to the students. For more than four decades, Ballet Concerto has been inspiring ballet dreams in children by touring schools, transporting youth to performances, offering up free dance events for the community, and establishing North Texas's first dance school for the Deaf. And thanks to its Find and Inspire New Dancers program, many of its performers have gone on to perform with the Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet de Marseilles in France, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
The philosophy of Ballet Frontier of Texas is as much about dancers as it is about patrons. The company is dedicated to fostering talent, making it their mission to provide training opportunities for young performers and holding open audiences for their full-scale productions. And those productions?which range from classical ballets to contemporary works?aim to inspire that same lifelong love of the arts in audiences and footlights with dreams.
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.