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Dream of a "Nutcracker" dazzles at Adler

12/13/2014

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 5:43 pm

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

If you need a break from the stress of the holiday season, you couldn't choose a better one than the enchanting dream of "The Nutcracker," re-imagined again this year by the wondrous wizards of Ballet Quad Cities.

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

12/12/2014

December 12, 2014 1:29 pm  • 
 

Happy Coincidence brings Allcott back

12/6/2014

December 06, 2014 4:30 am  • 

When the conductor of Orchestra Iowa called Dan Allcott to ask if he'd guest-conduct "The Nutcracker" for Ballet Quad-Cities, the conductor wasn't aware he was paving the way for a trip back home.

Two 21-year-olds love wordless expression of ballet

10/16/2014

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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

10/16/2014

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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'

10/11/2014

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

10/7/2014

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

9/28/2014

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

6/6/2014

Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com
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

5/21/2014

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. 
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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   
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...

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.

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The Ugly Duckling Schedule
Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through Ballet   Join dancers from Ballet Quad Cities at “one of our partner’s locations” for an hour of movement & music as we share Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale The Ugly Duckling with you and bring to life the transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan. 

 

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Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois @ Ballet Quad Cities
613 17th Street
Rock Island, IL  61201
Saturday, Jan 17th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Moline Public Library
3210 41st Street
Moline, IL 61265
Tues, February 3rd
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 

Dance Me A Story is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Illinois Humanities Council which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Art Council, a state agency) and the Riverboat Development Authority.


 


 
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The Nutcracker Reviews are in...

Our friend Jonathan, at Rock Island Argus/Dispatch, had this to say " Artistic director Courtney Lyon's new choreography is imaginative, playful, refined, and simply gorgeous. I especially admired, after the festive opening party scene, the big battle scene with a soldier doll army and rat army. It featured a Rat Queen (Marie Buser) -- not a king -- in a sword fight with the Nutcracker Prince (Corey Mangum), both with large costumed heads."
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Our friend David, at QC Times, had this to say "Choreographer Courtney Lyon has almost completely retooled Ballet Quad-Cities' "The Nutcracker," creating an energized, lively performance."
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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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"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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