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BALLET WICHITA invites you to join us Sunday May 4th for our







         SUNDAY MAY 4th, 2014

                • LYRICAL BALLET *ages 8-12* checkin in starts at 12:30; class from 1:00p-2: 30p

                • CONTEMPORARY DANCE: *ages 13 & older* checkin starts at 2:15; class from 2:45p-4: 15p

                -----COST: $20.00 per class for Ballet Wichita members, $25.00 per class for non-Ballet Wichita members.

***  Reserve your place by mailing a check with your name, age, and class you wish to enroll in to the BW studio (address above); OR pay and register the day of class. (NOTE:  Space is limited so preregistration is encouraged, not required)  ***

 Breianne DillonBrianne Class


Breianne Dillon, a former member of Ballet Wichita, is a recent graduate of SUNY with a degree in Dance. Breianne has studied with some of the foremost instructors and companies in the country and brings along with her impressive credentials is a genuinely wonderful, inspired and inspiring instructor. We are honored to have her join us for one day of special instruction!


ABOUT LYRICAL BALLET (It’s ballet plus story):

It’s a type of dance that retains the fluid (and feminine) quality of ballet without its formal constraints—and it typically has a strong emotional or melodramatic/narrative component. It keeps the line and the proper basic technique but throws restrictive rules out the window. It replaces, for example, static third-, fourth-, and fifth-position arms with “reaching, yearning, clutching” arms. You do a technically proper double turn but end crumpled on the ground. You pas de bourrée but add a head roll. You’re in second position but on your knees.

Ballet was born of royalty in a time and place when people followed strict standards of behavior and an unbreakable class/caste system. Lyric is the beauty of ballet infused with the freedom of today. —Karen White, teacher, Spotlight Dance Studio, Taunton, MA



Contemporary dance is difficult to define because it is a genre, not a technique. It incorporates a collection of methods and techniques found in ballet, modern dance, postmodern dance, and others, giving it a unique look. Contemporary dance tends to be intricate and physical, and the dancers change levels and directions quickly and seamlessly.

Contemporary dance may deal with abstract concepts, images, or emotional extremes. It has a rawness that sets it apart from plot-driven ballets or Broadway jazz. Contemporary dance is present! --Helen Hayes, Youth Dance Ensemble director, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Washington, DC

Join us APRIL 25th *FINAL FRIDAY* at the Fisch Haus.

Living Statues
Living Statues: sketch, photograph, paint, or otherwise immortalize a group of talented Ballet Wichita dancers. The dancers will perform a series of short interpretive tableaux throughout the evening, coordinated by a soundtrack composed specifically for the event. Back by popular demand, 2014’s composer/dj team will again be Jedd Beaudoin, host of KMUW’s Strange Currency, and Torin and Georgia Andersen, local musician powercouple. To shake things up a bit this year, there will be a live performance element as well: living statues and djs! Artists and visitors are invited to use this opportunity to record these three to five minute poses. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own drawing materials, but Bluebird Arthouse will be on hand, in a pop-up shop in our front room, to furnish whatever your masterpiece requires!
Friday, April 25, 2014 Final Friday 7-10pm At Fisch Haus.

Since 1974, Ballet Wichita has been a leading force in dance in Kansas, performing original and classical full-length dance productions in Wichita and communities throughout the state. The company’s annual NUTCRACKER Ballet performed at Century II, with a full symphony orchestra and guest artists from across the country is one of the city’s treasured cultural events.

Each year, Ballet Wichita performs a shortened version of the NUTCRACKER for over 5,000 children from schools across south central Kansas. These annual matinee performances, often a first time exposure to both dance and live theatre for students are part of the company's educational outreach program that includes conducting dance residencies and touring performances throughout the state.

Ballet Wichita is non-profit arts agency, offering exceptional educational and performance experiences in dance for a company of nearly 100 dancers each year; our mission is to advance the beauty and appreciation of art through dance.

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Executive Director - Barbara Chamberlin
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