Updated: 5:04 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Performing Arts: Dance
How to Go
What: “Past and Present,” the Dayton Ballet’s opening program
When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20; 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.
Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
Tickets: $20 to $70, available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonballet.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. Tweet seats in the balcony are available Friday night for $15. Season subscribers are also being offered one free opera and one free Philharmonic gift voucher.
Extra: Burke will conduct a pre-performance talk 45-minute prior to curtain times.
How To Go
What: The 75th Diamond Anniversary Ball
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Where: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
Including: Cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, silent auction, historic ballet costume display, ballet performance and live auction. An original piece of stained glass by Jessica McMillan featuring a ballet dancer will be auctioned.
Dress: Formal attire.
Reservations: (937) 449-5060 or www.daytonballet.org
A BIT OF HISTORY: The Dayton Ballet began 75 years ago, when Josephine Schwarz and her sister, Hermene, opened The Schwarz School of Dance. “Miss Jo” later studied at the School of American Ballet, but returned home after receiving an injury while performing in New York. In May 1937, Miss Jo and Miss Hermene gathered together the school’s finest dancers, named the troupe “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” and staged a performance at the Dayton Art Institute. This was the first performance of what is now the 75-season-old Dayton Ballet.