Plan Your Trip to the Ballet

Whether in class or at the theater, good visuals tremendously assist in a dancers training. As you mark your calendar with the day and time of your dance class also save the date for a trip to the theater. Choosing from what is close to home, here are a few suggested ballets for the 2014-2015 season.

For the more mature ballet dancer, Ballet in Cleveland presents the Ashley Bouder Project on Saturday, October 25 at Playhouse Square. Ashley Bouder is a principle dancer with the New York City Ballet. To have this caliber of dancer nearby is a real treat. Choreographing on Ashley is Phil Chan, the general manager of Youth American Grand Prix, the largest student ballet scholarship program. This collaboration is full of promise.

Halloween enthusiasts will love the Grand Rapids Ballet production of Dracula on October 25-27 and October 31 through November 2 at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Their audiences are known for turning the ballet into a costume party on Halloween night. Having lived in Michigan, the Grand Rapids area is a great place to spend an entire weekend especially in fall because seasonal activities are endless.

The Christmas season wouldn't be complete without The Nutcracker. This infamous holiday ballet is easily accessible around the world but Ballet Met offers a twist on the story. The Nutty Nutcracker is one night only on December 27 at The Ohio Theatre. 

Further down the road and ballet season, the Cincinnati Ballet will give the ultimate tea party in Alice (in Wonderland) on February 13-15, 2015. The magic of Wonderland will prove Peter Pan is not the only one who can fly and the Stahlbaum's Christmas tree is not the tallest set in ballet.

These four ballets offer something for everyone. They will inspire, scare, invoke laughter and mesmerize. Gather the family, or at least the girls, and head out to the ballet! You just might see me there!