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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Courtney Lyon

Courtney Lyon

Artistic Director

Courtney Lyon, Artistic Director of Ballet Quad Cities since 2009, recently premiered “Bolero” set to Ravel’s piano arrangement for four hands, which was invited to close the Crème de La Crème at the Gallagher Bluedorn in April of 2015. Her critically acclaimed Rite of Spring premiered with Orchestra Iowa in the spring of 2014...


Margaret King

Margaret King

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Margaret, Ballet Mistress and former dancer with Ballet Quad Cities, received her early ballet training from Ballet Arts School of Dance under her mother Cathleen Huling in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While in high school, Margaret studied dance at Western Michigan University from 1998-2000 and in 2004 graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music...


Deanna Carter

Deanna Carter

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


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.


Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

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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.


Brian Enos

Brian Enos

Guest Choreographer

Brian Enos, Artistic Director of Big Muddy Dance Company, originally from San Francisco, CA, began studying ballet at the age of 16. After his training at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre and The Houston Ballet Academy, he was invited to join the world renowned Houston Ballet at the age of 18.