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, 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. Full-length ballets The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet (2015) have appeared on Iowa Public Television, with The Nutcracker receiving the 2014 Argpatch award for Best Live Action in Entertainment. Other choreography for Ballet Quad Cities includes the full-length ballet The Sleeping Beauty (2015) and The Promise of Living, which premiered at Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra. Ms. Lyon's 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 the DREAMS program and leads 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. In 2008, 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 program for an anti-bullying campaign supported by her children's ballet The Ugly Duckling which was created in 2007. Ms. Lyon 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, Ms. Lyon has complete 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. She has participated as a choreographer for the Glenda Brown Choreography Project held at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. She is a principal faculty member of BQC School of Dance, where she has created and implemented a comprehensive syllabus for young students.

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

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