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[Interview] Dancer Dara Holmes: My Most Unforgettable Performance Was Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

After 9 successful years with The Joffrey Ballet, Dara Holmes continues to make her hometowns of New Jersey and North Carolina proud. The 2015 3Arts Award nominee has danced in a host of well-known Joffrey productions including: Incantations, Son of … Continue reading

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[Interview] Dancer Valentino Moneglia Zamora: ‘Born To Be Wild’ Made Me Want To Pursue Ballet As A Profession

In 2016, Valentino Moneglia Zamora joined the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company and scored coveted parts in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. He even landed lead roles in George Balanchine’s Viva Vivaldi and Suite Saint-Saens, Bournonville’s Napoli, and Alexander Ekman’s Episode … Continue reading

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The Joffrey Ballet Cancels Performances For The Rest Of The Year

Chicago’s top dance company made the tough decision to postpone their first season at the Lyric Opera House. According to a recent press release, they are cancelling Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon (October 14-25, 2020) and Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker (December … Continue reading

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[Interview] Fabrice Calmels: An Artistic Master

Recently, BTSCelebs was given the honor of interviewing Joffrey Ballet veteran Fabrice Calmels. The artistic master, who hails from France, has been apart of the Chicago based company since the early 2000s.  Through dancing, he continues to set a great … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: “Anna Karenina”

“Anna Karenina” received a standing ovation at its world premiere! The audience fell in love with Yuri Possokhov’s dance interpretation of the beloved classic, where dancers Victoria Jaiani and Alberto Velazquez portrayed star-crossed lovers Anna and Vronsky. Their on-stage chemistry was … Continue reading

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The Joffrey Ballet Confirms Lineup for New Season

The Joffrey Ballet is excited to bring more thrilling shows to their Chicago audience. Yesterday, they announced via a press release that beloved classics will be included in the powerful setlist for the coming year. “Jane Eyre” starts everything on … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina: Joffrey’s World Premiere and First-Time Collaboration with Australian Ballet

From February 13-24, The Joffrey Ballet intends to bring “Anna Karenina” to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, according to an official press release. The Leo Tolstoy classic envisioned by Yuri Possokhov will be brought to the Chicago audience through … Continue reading

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“Il Trovatore” Opens at Lyric Opera This Month

The classic 19th-century Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago November 17th and plans to stay for 7 exciting performances! “Hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy, and retribution” is how the official press release describes this popular … Continue reading

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[Interview] Meet Professional Dancer Leticia Stock

  Hailing from The Royal Ballet company, Leticia Stock has earned an impressive resume by dancing in classics like “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, as well as, a host of others in picturesque Europe.  Accomplished choreographers Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam … Continue reading

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