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Two 21-year-olds love wordless expression of ballet


By Jonathan Turner,

Two of Ballet Quad Cities' newest dancers are both 21 years old and love bringing the old Gothic story of "Dracula" to refreshing new life.

'Dracula' dances from stage into the community


By Jonathan Turner,

While veteran ballet dancer Domingo Rubio has embodied the dark, sexy Count Dracula in Ballet Quad Cities' fall classic since 2007, he feels each year is a new, exhilarating experience.

Rubio keeps sinking his teeth into Ballet Q-C's 'Dracula'


October 11, 2014 4:30 am  • 

For six of the past seven seasons, Domingo Rubio has traveled from his home in Mexico City to Rock Island to play the title role in Ballet Quad-Cities' "Dracula."...

Beauty and the Brush


Posted: Oct 08, 2014 6:30 AM CST  By Fran Riley

Dave Anderson faces a new challenge.  He is attempting to capture the motion, movement, and muscle associated with ballet.

From battlefields to golf courses, artist finds himself a home


September 26, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

Through 60 years of painting, David Anderson has set down his easel in an array of locations.

Iowa arts advocates brainstorm ways to measure impact


Michael Morain,
Des Moines Register

12:02 a.m. CDT June 6, 2014

Not everything that counts can be counted, as the saying goes, but that won't keep some arts advocates from trying.  The biggest Iowa Arts Summit in a decade gathers today in the state capital...

RDA grants help 50 local organizations


The Riverboat Development Authority board awarded more than $868,000 in grants Tuesday to 50 local organizations.  Ballet Quad Cities: Dance me a Story receives $15,000. 
QC Times:  

Q-C stars: 2014 Argpatch winners named


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


Written by Thom White   
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


Posted Online: April 09, 2014, 11:10 am
By Jonathan Turner,

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


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


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


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...

Ballet QC brings Art and Life Lessons


Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2014, 11:52 am
By Jonathan Turner,

"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


Posted online: December 17, 2013, 8:21 pm
By Jonathan Turner,

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"


By Jonathan Turner,

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


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


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

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Congratulations to our partner Orchestra Iowa
for winning the 2014 Reaching Out Award presented by the Iowa Arts Corridor Alliance for their collaboration with Ballet Quad Cities for our production of Rite of Spring in April. 
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We, at Ballet Quad Cities, couldn't agree more about the positive impact that the arts have on our community. 
(QC Times article below)
Click here: Arts Inspire Q-C Economy

However, the dates for The Nutcracker are
December 13 and 14, 2014 at the Adler Theatre. 

Tickets are on sale now! 
To puchase:  Call the Adler Theatre Box Office 563.326.8555


Join dancers from Ballet Quad Cities at “one of our partner locations” for an hour of movement and music as we bring
The Nutcracker, the holiday’s most beloved ballet, to life.  Reading has never been so much fun as everyone learns to "dance me a story” with swirling snowflakes, adorable mice and yummy sugar plums.

The Nutcracker Dance Me a Story
program schedule is listed below:

Location and Address Date and Time
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
630 9th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Wed, November 12th
4:00 pm
Musser Public Library
304 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
Sat, November 15th
1:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley
1702 Iowa Street
Davenport, IA 52803
Tues, November 18th
4:00 pm
Rivermont Collegiate
1821 Sunset Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Tues, November 18th
6:30 pm
Boys & Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley
338 6th Street
Moline, IL 61265
Wed, November 19th
3:00 pm
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
@ Ballet Quad Cities
613 17th Street
Rock Island, IL  61201
Sat, November 22nd
10:00 am
The Fountains Senior Living Community
3552 Thunder Ridge Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Wed, November 26th
12:30 pm
Davenport Public Library
(Fairmont Branch)
3000 North Fairmont Street
Davenport, IA 52804
Tues, December 2nd
7:00 pm
Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street
Moline, IL 61265
Wed, December 3rd
2:30 pm
Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Drive
Bettendorf, IA  52722
Mon, December 8th
6:30 pm

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly and by the Riverboat Development Authority.


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"It's always an exquisite visual feast, as the amazing dancers use their elegant, limber bodies as boundlessly expressive instruments of wonder."  Sunday, April 20, 2014

"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!"
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"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."
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