News & Reviews

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

4/15/2014

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

4/11/2014

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 performance features the groundbreaking "The Rite of Spring" (1913) by Igor Stravinsky, "Appalachian Spring" (1944) by Aaron Copland and "Spring Song" (1898) by Jean Sibelius.

Ballet QC gives new take to classic dance

4/7/2014

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 and as close to the ground as you can.' And I started giving them directions," Lyon said, recalling the beginnings of "The Rite of Spring."

The Rite of Spring

4/3/2014

The Rite of Spring'

Orchestra Iowa, Ballet Quad Cities celebrate change of seasons


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.

An ugly duckling teachs a lesson about bullying

3/8/2014

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

"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.
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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.

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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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Courtney Lyon

Courtney Lyon

Artistic Director


Courtney Lyon was named Artistic Director of Ballet Quad Cities in 2009.

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Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Artistic Advisor


Dominic Walsh started his training at an early age with Lisa Boehm, Warren Conover, and Larry Long in Chicago. He joined Houston Ballet in 1989 and immediately began dancing principal roles.

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Deanna Carter

Deanna Carter

Resident Choreographer


Deanna Carter, Resident Choreographer for Ballet Quad Cities, has been working as choreographer and ballet teacher in Mexico, the USA, and throughout Europe.

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Domingo Rubio

Domingo Rubio

Guest Artist


Domingo Rubio, who partnered with Neve Campbell in Robert Altman’s film The Company, is a modern-day renaissance man who is dancer, choreographer, composer, artist, teacher, and pianist.

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Elie Lazar

Elie Lazar

Guest Choreographer


Elie Lazar, world renowned ballet director, teacher and choreographer, began his ballet training at age 17 with the Israeli Ballet Company, which led to appearances with the Israel National Opera, the Haifa Ballet and the Inbar Dance Company. In 1986, he was the first Israeli to represent his nation at the USA International Ballet Competition.

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