News & Reviews

Dream of a "Nutcracker" dazzles at Adler


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

By Jonathan Turner,

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.

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.

Rubio keeps sinking his teeth into Ballet Q-C's 'Dracula'


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


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,
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.  Ballet Quad Cities: Dance me a Story receives $15,000. 
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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,

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...

Ballet QC brings Art and Life Lessons


Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2014, 11:52 am
By Jonathan Turner,

"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 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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“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

"It was my first time attending a Ballet Quad Cities performance, what a beautiful haunting tribute to Anne Frank & her loved ones. (dancer) Kelsee Green's spirit is etched in my mind, bravo!"

First time audience member after seeing "From the Pages of a Young Girl's Life" based on the diary of Anne Frank

"Another wonderful performance!  Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life through the years.  You always put a smile on my face and bring joy to my heart when I see you perform!"
Longtime audience member after "Love Stories; Love on the Run! 2012

"One more time, on Feb. 13, I had the privilege to attend the Ballet Quad Cities at the Capitol Theater.
The mixed repertoire was fantastic, along with the beautiful costumes, but the best of the best were the dancers. Thank you Ballet Quad Cites for choosing "Amor Desconocido," as I come from South America, and watching and listening to this music I know so well brought tears to my eyes. The Quad-Cities should be proud to know that you are one of the best ambassadors from this area. Good luck in New York."
Gladys Navarro, Bettendorf
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