MARCH 20, 2011- Tune in to hear a live radio interview with MCBC Artistic Director, Mary Geiger this Sunday from 5-7pm on
"Speaking of Art" with Ed Hoffman- WAAM Talk 1600 in Ann Arbor.
October 1, 2010- Dancer, Grace Kowalski was featured in The Paper "Snapshot" feature. Read the full article here.
CURRENT PRESS RELEASE:
PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVES (last 12 months)
Three's Company – MCBC in collaboration with DanceWest and GEM City Ballet , Spring 2011
Artistic directors from three regional companies founded the collaboration Three’s Company which provides experiences for
young dancers to perform, meet and network with fellow dancers in different cities. This annual production also offers local
communities an opportunity to enjoy regional companies and their choreography and varying styles – from classical to
contemporary. The MCBC and Ballet Esprit of Cincinnati founded Three’s Company in 2002 and later were joined by Dayton,
Ohio-based Gem City Ballet. DanceWest of Naperville, Illinois, replaced Ballet Esprit in 2008.
Seasons of Spring , Saturday, March 26
Farmington Players Barn, Farmington Hills, Michigan
In 2011, MCBC’s annual Seasons of Spring production will feature a mixed repertoire including Cinderella Fairies and Degas
Impressions an original ballet by MCBC’s Artistic Director Mary Celeste Geiger that received the “Spirit of Degas Award for
Excellence” at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2002. This year’s program will also feature new choreography Les Billets Doux
(Love Letters ) and On Love from Eliska Mayer whose work in the field of acting, dance, theater design, began at the National
Theater, in Prague, Czech Republic, and has continued for over 40 years in Europe and the U.S.
MCBC to Perform at Regional Dance America Mid-States Ballet Festival, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 19, 20 and 21
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The MCBC will participate in Regional Dance America (RMA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at one of its annual four regional
festivals in 2011. The festival provides educational and performing opportunities for students with a serious commitment to
their arts education and provides networking opportunities for directors and teachers from across the United States. A total of
over three thousand dancers and dance professionals will attend the festivals in 2011 with three performances showcasing the
member companies of each region. Festivals include master classes taught daily by renowned dance instructors.
The MCBC is a non-profit organization that has produced superior ballet productions since 1989. It is the professional affiliate
company of the Geiger Classic Ballet Academy (GCBA) located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. At GCBA, dancers from eight to
17 years of age undergo a traditional, highly disciplined study of ballet instruction. GCBA director Mary Celeste Geiger
established the school in 1985 and has also led MCBC as its artistic director since the company’s founding. The MCBC
currently boasts a company of over 30 dancers and each year continues to bring the artistry of ballet and the excellence of their
productions to metro Detroit audiences.
Michigan Classic Ballet Company Announces 2010–2011 Season of Programs and Events
MCBC Presents Nutcracker Knowledge Friday, December 3
Mercy Auditorium, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Nutcracker Knowledge is a free educational outreach program offered annually by the MCBC and was designed specifically for
3rd through 8th grade classes. Students learn about the history of The Nutcracker , the exciting tradition of classical ballet and
participate in an enriching, interactive theatre experience for young people. The one-hour program includes a shortened
version of The Nutcracker performed by MCBC dancers to music by 19th-century Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky. A
lecturer will guide children through a live-theater event and offer opportunities for students to participate in creative movement
demonstrations. A teachers’ curriculum guide is also available to participating schools. This year, students from Detroit,
Highland, Pontiac, and Shelby public elementary schools will attend performances of the MCBC’s Nutcracker Knowledge.
The Nutcracker: A Performance in Two Acts, Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5
Mercy Auditorium, Farmington Hills, Michigan
In its annual full-length production of The Nutcracker , the MCBC presents this classic holiday ballet choreographed by MCBC
artistic director Mary Celeste Geiger. Join the MCBC for a magical holiday adventure where toys are transformed into
whimsical beings, snowflakes become beautiful dancing maidens, and we travel to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum
Fairy awaits. MCBC dancers will perform this year’s Nutcracker with guest principal dancers Cara Marie Gary and Brazilian
sensation Irlan Silva from the ABT II, the affiliate junior company of New York City’s American Ballet Theater. Public
performances are on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 5. at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are $20 for
adults and $15 for children and seniors and are available at www.michiganclassicballet.org or by telephone at (248) 334-6964.
Group ticket sales are also available by telephone.
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