Canton Ballet Celebrates Innovative and Diverse Choreography

Canton Ballet will present Celebrate Dance! on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre.  The beautifully restored theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue N., in Canton, Ohio.  The event is sponsored by The Canton Repository.


The repertory program offers pieces hand selected by artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley in a program of classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.  With a focus on innovation, Celebrate Dance! presents modern choreographers showcasing the athleticism, strength and versatility of dancers in a diverse display of dance.


Choreographers are Canton Ballet alumna Joy Raub of Canton, Canton Ballet alumnus Dillon Shifferly of Philadelphia PA, Lauren Smith of Jacksonville FL, Canton Ballet choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo and director Crowley.  Raub and Shifferly were trained by Lemmo, have danced professionally and now have returned to Canton Ballet to choreograph new works for the company.  Smith is with the Regional Dance America choreography connection program.


Admission specially priced for Celebrate Dance! is $10 with all seats reserved.   A group rate is available for 10 or more.  Tickets may be purchased online at and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.


The Palace Theatre has a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for walk-ups and will-call sales.


Canton Ballet’s performance season is funded in part by county arts council ArtsinStark; the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Canton Repository; Kenan Advantage Group; and the Stark County Foundation