News & Reviews

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.

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.

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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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Courtney Lyon

Artistic Director

 
Courtney recently premiered her critically acclaimed “Rite of Spring” with Orchestra Iowa in the spring of 2014.  Her full-length ballets The Nutcracker (2009-2013) and Cinderella (2011, 2013) have appeared for the past two seasons on Iowa Public Television.  Other choreography for Ballet Quad Cities include the full-length ballet The Sleeping Beauty (2012), Blush (2008), Blue Moon (2011), and The Promise of Living, which premiered at Orchestra Iowa’s 2012 Brucemorchestra.  Her children’s ballet "The Ugly Duckling, a Message of Acceptance told through Dance" has been seen by thousands of school children since 2009. 

As an outreach coordinator for Ballet Quad Cities, she has created curriculum for and led classroom visits and month-long artist residencies in Iowa and Illinois public elementary schools that include collaborations with dancers, musicians, and local visual artists, culminating in performances open to the community.  She received a Quad City Arts individual artist grant for original choreography for Peter and the Wolf and has partnered with Davenport School's Great Minds for an anti-bullying campaign supported by her children's ballet The Ugly Duckling.   She has participated in the Kennedy Center's Artists as Educators Seminars Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts integration and Anatomy of a Lesson: Planning Instruction

To support her teaching of classical ballet technique, Courtney has completed two pedagogue courses that involved study of the 1st through 5th years of the Vaganova syllabus with John White, an authority of the Vaganova teaching method and former dancer and Ballet master of the National Ballet of Cuba, as well as intensive training exploring the bio-mechanics of movement with physicist Kenneth Laws and Arleen Sugano.  In 2011 and 2012, she was chosen as a choreographer for the Glenda Brown Choreography Project held at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. As a principal faculty member at BQC School of Dance, she has created and implemented a comprehensive syllabus for young students.

Courtney is a requested keynote speaker for civic groups throughout the Quad Cities area, has been a guest speaker on several arts related radio programs, and has been invited to sit on several grant panels.

Courtney Lyon