Rock Island selects its top citizens

August 12, 2015 4:30 am  •  Times Staff

The city of Rock Island has announced its 2015 Citizens of the Year in eight categories.

Organization Category: Ballet Quad-Cities, which has provided professional ballet performances for almost 20 years. Over the last year, the group held dance classes at the Rock Island Academy, providing the lessons for free to students of all different ages, races, genders and dance abilities culminating with a performance at their annual Ballet in the Park.  

Rock Island's citizens of the year revealed

August 11, 2015 9:58 pm  •  Eric Timmons

The city of Rock Island has announced winners in individual categories in the annual Citizen of the Year awards, and the overall winner will be announced on Aug. 24.

- Organization: Ballet Quad Cities. During the last year, Ballet Quad-Cities held dance classes at the Rock Island Academy and gave students free lessons that ended with a performance at the annual Ballet in the Park. 

Aspiring dancers get paid to grow in Metro Arts program

July 11, 2015 5:50 pm  •  Jonathan Turner

Fiona McGrath Nagle and Teleah Thomas love to express themselves through the hypnotic, graceful power of dance.
Miss Nagle, 17, a recent Rock Island High School graduate, and Miss Thomas, a 16-year-old Pleasant Valley High student, are two of the eight female dancers who are paid apprentices in this year's Quad City Arts Metro Arts summer employment program. The public is invited to see them perform in the Metro Arts Showcase scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club, 1122 5th Ave., Moline.

River Cities' Reader: Star-crossed Lovin'

March 2, 2015 6:00 am  •  Thom White

Choreographer Courtney Lyon outdid herself for Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. This piece, presented in two acts, enraptured me during Friday performance, and it was beautifully bizarre – and I mean “bizarre” as a positive, as the moves, lines, and compositions Lyon created for each scene were often stunning and always interesting, eliciting from me multiple gasps of appreciation.

Ballet Dancers find their passion in Romeo

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:23 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Wed Feb 25, 2015.

By Jonathan Turner,

Ballet Quad Cities puts a different spin on the classic Shakespeare tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," in its new "Love Stories" this weekend at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Ballet QC gives Romeo a Reboot

February 25, 2015 11:52 am  •  David Burke

Courtney Lyon wants to make sure this isn't your father's "Romeo and Juliet."   Or even your great-great-great grandfather's version.

Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet

Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz  
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:00

Ballet Quad Cities’ latest presentation in the company’s annual Love Stories series – being staged February 27 and 28 at Moline’s Scottish Rite Cathedral – is officially titled Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. As love stories go, that’s an awfully powerful one...

Romeo & Juliet' ballet aswirl in romance and elegance

Orchestra Iowa, Ballet Quad Cities create pas de deux for the ages
By Diana Nollen  ::   UPDATED: 15 February 2015 | 1:17 pm   :: 

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cupid made a perfect match in pairing Orchestra Iowa with Ballet Quad Cities, and together, they created a most exquisite Valentine for Eastern Iowa.

Ballet Q-C's 'Nutcracker' more lively, animated than ever

December 12, 2014 1:29 pm  • 

2014 Award Winners Announced at Celebration of the Arts

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) announced the winners of the 2014 Collaboration and Reaching Out Awards at Celebration of the Arts on November 18.  

Arts inspire Q-C economy

November 10, 2014 12:15 am  • 

Attend the Quad-Cities Symphony, ballet, Figge Art Museum or any of our community’s rich cultural experiences.

Nobody’s talking economic impact.

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.

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.
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"Ballet Quad-Cities, which has provided professional ballet performances for almost 20 years. Over the last year, the group held dance classes at the Rock Island Academy, providing the lessons for free to students of all different ages, races, genders and dance abilities culminating with a performance at their annual Ballet in the Park."
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"The winners come from a pool of candidates nominated by the public and were picked by an awards committee composed of Alds. Josh Schipp, 6th Ward, and Kate Hotle, 5th Ward."

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1320 5th Avenue
Moline, IL
(309) 757-1557
Tues-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Bass Street Chop House
1601 River Drive
Moline, IL
(309) 762-4700
Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
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1514 5th Ave
Moline, IL
(309) 797-6966
Mon 11am-3pm, Tues-Wed 11am-8pm, Thu-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12pm-2pm
Cool Beanz Coffeehouse
1325 30th St
Rock Island IL
(309) 558-0909
M-F 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Cup A Jo
1603 5th Ave
Moline, IL
(309) 736-3607
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1624 5th Ave
Moline, IL
(309) 797-3756
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1605 5th Ave
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Ballet Quad Cities is excited to announce the first Dance Me a Story series of the 2015/16 season: Mysteries!

Dance Me a Story 2015

Mysteries can get some of the most reluctant readers and writers excited about reading and writing. Mysteries often contain interesting characters that hold the readers attention with their suspenseful and dynamic plots. This genre is great for teaching critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills in an enjoyable way.

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"I have always wanted to see The Nutcracker but have always missed it. This year I attended with my 13 year old granddaughter who loves ballet. I kick myself for all the years I have not tried to see this. The talent, costumes and the excellent orchestra were every bit as good as a New York Broadway show. What an honor for the Quad Cities to have such a talented group of people perform here. We will attend this every year."  posted by Katesgma 12/17/2014

"A very nice production with talented dancers. Thoroughly enjoyed the orchestra. A smaller production but still of very good quality. Would highly recommend it. A great way to introduce young children to the arts without breaking the bank.  My two boys loved it!"  Posted 12/17/2014  by Anonymous

"I bought tickets for my girlfriend tonight to go see The Nutcracker and it was awesome! Definitely a must see if you have not gone yet!"
Posted 12/16/2014 by nisk589

"Incredible show - the live music sounded great and the Ballet Quad Cities once again impressed with their beautiful choreography and dance!"
Posted 12/16/2014 by Anonymous

“The magic, particularly in the expert company of ballet quad cities, is in the exquisite visual feast of bringing this beloved holiday tale to life.”
Jonathan Turner, Moline Dispatch

"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

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