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Q-C stars: 2014 Argpatch winners named

4/19/2014

Posted Online: April 19, 2014, 11:10 pm
Roll out the red carpet! It's time to honor some of the stars of the Quad-Cities, the winners of the 2014 Argpatch Awards.

Spring in Their Steps: Ballet Quad Cities "Spring is in the Air" at the Adler Theatre

4/15/2014

Written by Thom White, QCTimes.com
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:00

There were several moments during the evening performance of Spring Is in the Air – presented April 12 at the Adler Theatre – in which I sat slack-jawed in awe of the choreography executed by Ballet Quad Cities.

The lifts, in particular, impressed me to full attention, and I was especially eager to see what would come next

Ballet Q-C to celebrate spring in a big way

4/9/2014

Posted Online: April 09, 2014, 11:10 am
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Ballet Quad Cities' partnership with Cedar Rapids-based Orchestra Iowa continues Saturday as they celebrate spring with three timely ballets at Davenport's Adler Theatre.

The Rite of Spring - Orchestra Iowa, Ballet Quad Cities celebrate change of seasons

4/7/2014

By Diana Nollen, The Gazette  ::   UPDATED: 7 April 2014 | 7:58 am

A riot of sight and sound that sparked riots at its 1913 Paris premiere isn't likely to have anyone lobbing tomatoes in Eastern Iowa. But a new local production of "The Rite of Spring" is turning heads in Washington, D.C.

"One generation's scandal is the next one's status quo," Orchestra Iowa Music Director Tim Hankewich says of Igor Stravinsky's avant-garde ballet, originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky with lots of flat-footed stomping.

Orchestra Iowa, Ballet Quad Cities melt winter into spring

4/6/2014

By Diana Nollen, The Gazette  ::  UPDATED: 6 April 2014 | 1:06 pm

CEDAR RAPIDS - Even with wild, visceral music and angular, unusual moves, everything is beautiful at the ballet.

Ballet QC gives new take to classic dance

4/5/2014

April 05, 2014 4:30 am  • 

 On the first day of rehearsals for Ballet Quad-Cities' newest work, artistic director Courtney Lyon stared at her dancers and they stared back at her.  "I said, 'OK, everybody get as close together as you can...

An ugly duckling teachs a lesson about bullying

3/8/2014

March 07, 2014 5:00 pm  •  • Muscatine Journal
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Second-graders from around the district — 450 in all — ooh'd and aww'd as the dancers from Ballet Quad Cities performed "The Ugly Duckling" on the Central Middle School auditorium stage Friday morning.

Ballet QC brings Art and Life Lessons

1/28/2014

Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2014, 11:52 am
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

"The Ugly Duckling" is not only a beautiful dance fairy tale in the capable hands and expressive bodies of Ballet Quad Cities' professionals. The company works with thousands of local students annually to reinforce its message of bullying prevention and introduce youngsters to the wonders of ballet.

Ballet QC gets NEA grant for Stravinsky ballets

12/19/2013

Posted online: December 17, 2013, 8:21 pm
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com


A $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant will help Ballet Quad Cities and the Cedar Rapids-based Orchestra Iowa perform three Igor Stravinsky ballets over the next three years.

To read the entire article CLICK HERE

Special Events Surround Annual "Nutcracker"

12/12/2013

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

After a successful weekend in Cedar Rapids, Ballet Quad Cities returns to the Q-C to present its beloved holiday tradition, "The Nutcracker," with live music by Orchestra Iowa, for three performances and other special events this weekend.

Normal to Be Dancing

12/9/2013

December 07, 2013 4:30 am  •  
It's no exaggeration to say that Margaret Huling was born to be a dancer.
Read entire article HERE

REVIEW: ‘Nutcracker’ ballet brings holiday magic to Cedar Rapids, Davenport stages

12/9/2013

By Wallace Chappell / Correspondent

The collaboration between Orchestra Iowa and Ballet Quad Cities continues to flourish, through Saturday’s matinee performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Paramount Theatre.

Read more:  CLICK HERE


REVIEW: Original ballet puts sensual bite into ‘Dracula’ on Paramount stage

10/21/2013

by Diana Nollen  ::  UPDATED: 20 October 2013 | 2:52 pm - See more at: http://hooplanow.com/2013/10/20/review-dracula/#sthash.fA71tsrv.dpuf
by Diana Nollen  ::  UPDATED: 20 October 2013 | 2:52 pm - See more at: http://hooplanow.com/2013/10/20/review-dracula/#sthash.fA71tsrv.dpuf
By DIANA NOLLEN Oct. 20, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS — How appropriate that as a full moon was shining over Cedar Rapids on Saturday night (10/19/13), everybody was dancing in the moonlight on the Paramount Theatre stage.

Ballet Quad Cities brought two very different phases of the moon to a program elegant and lovely, fierce and frightening.

- See more at: http://hooplanow.com/2013/10/20/review-dracula/#sthash.fA71tsrv.dpuf

CEDAR RAPIDS — How appropriate that as a full moon was shining over Cedar Rapids on Saturday night (10/19/13), everybody was dancing in the moonlight on the Paramount Theatre stage.

Ballet Quad Cities brought two very different phases of the moon to a program elegant and lovely, fierce and frightening.

- See more at: http://hooplanow.com/2013/10/20/review-dracula/#sthash.fA71tsrv.dpuf

CEDAR RAPIDS — How appropriate that as a full moon was shining over Cedar Rapids on Saturday night (10/19/13), everybody was dancing in the moonlight on the Paramount Theatre stage.

Ballet Quad Cities brought two very different phases of the moon to a program elegant and lovely, fierce and frightening.


Fangtastic: Ballet Quad Cities' "Dracula"

10/14/2013

Written by Thom White   
Monday, 14 October 2013 06:00
Domingo Rubio left no doubt that his Count Dracula was in charge during Friday’s performance of Ballet Quad Cities’ Dracula at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral. (The production ended its run on Saturday.) From his bat-like entrance – with the dancer slowly flapping his black cape from front to back as he made his way through the darkened auditorium – to his death, Rubio’s Dracula never seemed controlled by anyone, and that includes choreographer Deanna Carter. Rubio gave the impression that his Dracula wasn’t moving because Carter gave him predetermined choreography, but because it was the way he wanted to move.

A bloody good time: On stage this weekend

10/10/2013

Posted Online: Oct. 09, 2013, 12:16 pm
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Scare up a bloody beautiful ballet


You can't go wrong with the Ballet Quad Cities annual fall classic "Dracula." This weekend is the second year the timeless gothic tale of love, lust, horror and death is being unfurled in its sexy, melodramatic production at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral.

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 - Mark your calendar -
  
Ballet Under the Stars

As a special treat this year,
the students from Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance
will present “Peter and the Wolf”. 

Act II will be the professional dancers performing a company favorite, "Making Waves" and the Pas de Deux from Carmen.

June 6th,7th and 8th, 2014

Lincoln Park Classic Theatre

8:00 p.m

This no admission charged performance
is Ballet Quad Cities gift to the community.


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This just in....
Roll out the red carpet!!


The QC Stars have been announced
by the Argus...
Ballet Quad Cities receives award!
News - Click here to read more

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Eriksen Chevrolet presented Ballet Quad Cities professional dancers a $500 check for the March - Three Degree Guarantee.
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Rite of Spring

Music by Igor Stravinsky/The Rite of Spring
Choreography by Courtney Lyon

Tehilah
Music By Aaron Copland / Appalachian Spring
Choreography by Elie Lazar
Based on a short story by Shai Agnon
Sponsored by Amir & Lisa Arbisser




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Footnotes

"It was my first time attending a Ballet Quad Cities performance, what a beautiful haunting tribute to Anne Frank & her loved ones. (dancer) Kelsee Green's spirit is etched in my mind, bravo!"
First time audience member after seeing "From the Pages of a Young Girl's Life" based on the diary of Anne Frank



"Another wonderful performance!  Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life through the years.  You always put a smile on my face and bring joy to my heart when I see you perform!"
Longtime audience member after "Love Stories; Love on the Run! 2012


 
"One more time, on Feb. 13, I had the privilege to attend the Ballet Quad Cities at the Capitol Theater.
The mixed repertoire was fantastic, along with the beautiful costumes, but the best of the best were the dancers. Thank you Ballet Quad Cites for choosing "Amor Desconocido," as I come from South America, and watching and listening to this music I know so well brought tears to my eyes. The Quad-Cities should be proud to know that you are one of the best ambassadors from this area. Good luck in New York."
Gladys Navarro, Bettendorf
Letter to the Editor, Dispatch/Argus

 

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