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, jturner@qconline.com

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 dburke@qctimes.com

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.

Dream of a "Nutcracker" dazzles at Adler


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

December 12, 2014 1:29 pm  • 

Happy Coincidence brings Allcott back

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.

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, 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

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.

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, 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

The Riverboat Development Authority board awarded more than $868,000 in grants Tuesday to 50 local organizations. 
QC Times:  

QC Stars Identified

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. 
Loosely based on the Academy Awards...the Argpatches honor the people and things we love in the Quad-Cities.

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, 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


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...

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Courtney Lyon

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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