Ballet Tech Cincinnati Announces Dance Gala Stars for 2008

International Dance Gala:16 Fabulous dancers;10 world renowned companies; 8 different countries display gravity defying athleticism, artistry and strength, classic and new edgy choreography. The best dancers, best companies, best choreography in the world offer diverse cast, music and dance styles.

Cincinnati, OH, June 15, 2008 --( ballet tech cincinnati announces Dance Gala Stars for 2008.

ballet tech cincinnati, winner of the 2008 Scripps-Corbett Innovation Award, will host its Seventh Annual Gala of International Ballet Stars on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Cincinnati's premier venue, the Aronoff Center. Featuring the best dancers from the best companies and the best choreography in the world, the Gala of International Ballet Stars will once again astonish, astound and amaze the audience with the gravity defying athleticism, artistry and strength of the dancers, the traditional and new, on-the-edge choreography, remarkable diversity of cast, music and dance styles and the sheer joy of the experience. This year's cast of 16 fabulous dancers from 10 world renowned companies represents 8 Countries. The only International Dance Gala in the Midwest and one of only a few in the entire nation, each year the Gala of International Ballet Stars brings audiences to their feet with rousing standing ovations and comments like, "You hit a home run! This was the most thrilling thing I've ever seen!" "It was spectacular!"... "The performance was absolutely awesome" and "the most outstanding local dance performance that I've ever seen." "As a former modern dancer, I really appreciated the quality and diversity of the dances."

BalletNY's Kellye A. Saunders will return for her fourth Gala appearance with new partner, Dancer-Choreographer Matthew Prescott, of Chamber Dance Project and formerly with Joffrey Ballet. "...time spent with Kellye A. Saunders, a dancer of special eloquence and elegance, is time unwasted" New York Times.

Jamal Story, Complexions " a standout young technician with heart ... The strutting male in a solo excerpt from the group dance "This is Your Dance Life" is also familiar, but here the beefcake is bashful... The performance by Jamal Story was as serious and stunningly danced as it was comical." Jennifer Dunning, NY Times and partner Francesca Harper, founder of The Francesca Harper Project, a New York City based company dedicated to creating groundbreaking dance, music, and theater works.

Meredith Webster and Brett Conway, Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. Meredith is a recipient of this year's Princess Grace and Chris Hellman award and Brett performed in the 2003 Gala to standing ovations.

Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk, partners/co-founders of Jacoby & Pronk and principal dancers with Morphoses/TheWheeldon Company, were formerly with Lines Ballet and Dutch National Ballet., "The independent duo of Rubinald Rofino Pronk, a sleek dancer...and Drew Jacoby, a tall, perfectly-ripped woman...were sensational -- all sinewy dynamite and flexy agility -- in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's angular showpiece, One." - Houston Chronicle

Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti, of Ballet de Espana will return for their third Gala appearance and first Cincinnati performance since leaving Cincinnati Ballet Company.

Isabelle Ciaravola and Yannick Bittencourt, Paris Opera Ballet "Isabelle Ciaravola stood out in the third Theme - her long, elegant legs look wonderful in Balanchine, but she doesn't rely merely on her beauty to carry out the pas de deux. She has a warm way of communicating with her partner and the audience through her expression, even in abstract pieces, and she did so effectively in Four Temperaments as well as in Raymonda."

Marijn Rademaker and Elizabeth Mason, Stuttgart Ballet will make their debut Gala appearance. "Marijn Rademaker danced stylishly as Benno with much brio and charm in the divertissements. As Lensky, Marijn Rademaker had a winning charm and freshness"

Husband and Wife Duo, Tiit Helimets and Molly Smolen, Principal Dancers with San Francisco Ballet round out this year's cast. Tiit Helimets has been described by San Francisco Chronicle dance critic Rachel Howard as "irrepressibly princely and a perfect partner." Born and raised in the Baltic Republic of Estonia, Helimets danced with Estonian National Ballet and Britain's Birmingham Royal Ballet. "Smolen moves with exorbitant energy, capturing the lion-hearted quality we associate with Duncan. What's more, she makes the movement look impetuous; for a moment you think she might be inventing it on the spot." Arts Journal

Tickets are available now; $42-$62 to purchase, call 513.621.ARTS (2787) or go to or . Enjoy the Arts/START, Senior and Group Discounts available. Meet and mingle at the Gala Global Fare Pre Show Reception with International Buffet, Live Jazz Music. and cash bar. $20 For more information call 513.841.2822.

WGUC 90.9 FM and The Cincinnati Herald are Media sponsors for 2007-2008 Season Series. This production is made possible, in part by the support of the Aronoff Center Rental Subsidy Grant of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, Duke Energy, Macy's, Corbett Foundation and The Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank Trustee. The Leaping for Literacy project is sponsored by The Stillson Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. Raising the Barre Capital Campaign Sponsors include Carl Lindner and The City of Cincinnati.

For more information, call ballet tech cincinnati at (513)841.2822, email or visit their website at

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