Ballet Chelsea will present Gershwin! to audiences in Chelsea and Jackson, Michigan March 20-22. This collaborative production is both educational and artistic in scope, celebrating George Gershwin’s musical legacy by bringing his music to life through dynamic, original choreography.
This production will highlight Gershwin standards and show tunes choreographed by Ballet Chelsea Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, artistic faculty members Aja Brandmeier, Carrie Schotte, Annie Spellman and guest choreographer Alyssa Alger. Special guest performers include pianist Megan Emberton, vocalists Michael Wecht and Jessica Wood and Jackson Dance Company, along with professional and pre-professional performers from Ballet Chelsea’s own dance company.
George Gershwin’s music speaks to an audience base of all ages. As one of the most celebrated and influential musicians in American musical history, Gershwin bridged the gap between popular and classical mediums to create a uniquely American musical style, especially conducive to dance. Join Ballet Chelsea and guests this March as they perform to the work of George Gershwin including Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and more!
Show times for Gershwin! are 7 p.m. on March 20 at Weatherwax Hall in Jackson, MI; 7 p.m. on March 21 and 2 p.m. on March 22 at Chelsea High School Auditorium. Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s beautifully renovated Weatherwax Hall provides a unique opportunity to experience dance and music in small private venue, allowing viewers to connect with the performers in ways that are not possible in a larger hall. Ballet Chelsea will bring to Weatherwax an elite selection of works particularly suited to the intimacy of this venue, offering our audience a rare opportunity to see and feel dance in a deeply personal way. The performances at Chelsea High School Auditorium will include additional, fully produced works.
Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and senior citizens 60 years or older. Group rates are also available to clubs/organizations of 10 or more attending a Chelsea High School Performance. Tickets can be purchased at Ballet Chelsea’s website, balletchelsea.org/tickets. If not sold out, tickets at the door will be $25. Reserved seating for people with disabilities is available upon request. For more information, call Ballet Chelsea at (734) 475-3070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ballet Chelsea:
Ballet Chelsea is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides professional-level dance training to dance students through performance opportunities, enrichment activities, master classes, summer intensives, and pre-professional studies.
Ballet Chelsea was formed in 1995 to provide dance training and performance opportunities to young dancers in Chelsea, MI. Ballet Chelsea’s company has grown to nearly 70 male and female artists from Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Jackson, Manchester, Stockbridge, and Ypsilanti. Artists have a myriad of performance opportunities, including full-length ballets, an annual benefit concert, and community outreach activities at local schools, hospitals, senior centers, and libraries.