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Canton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will feature New York City Ballet Dancers

New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in Canton Ballet’s sparkling holiday showpiece The Nutcracker in four performances December 8-10 at the Canton Palace Theatre.  NYCB principal dancers Sterling Hyltin and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro will dance the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in all performances.

This is a rare opportunity for Stark County audiences to see performing members of America’s premiere ballet company here at home.  Performances will be Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome home Zachary with Sterling Hyltin as guest artists for this outstanding highlight of our season,” says artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  “Watching Zachary dance with New York City Ballet has been truly rewarding for us at Canton Ballet.”  During his 11 years with Canton Ballet, Catazaro studied primarily with Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  His father is Thomas Clark of Canton.

Catazaro is a Canton native and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  A graduate of Hoover High School, he studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2003 and 2006, and then enrolled as a full-time student later that same year.  In October 2007 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company’s corps de ballet in October 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in February 2014 and principal in October.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 15 or more.   Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the west wing of the Canton 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 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.  Ticket purchase in advance is recommended for this popular event.

Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group and  funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository and Q92 radio.

Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro has been Promoted to Principal Dancer

New York City Ballet’s Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal dancer.  He is a Canton Ballet alumnus and graduate of Hoover High School.

Peter Martins, NYCB’s ballet master in chief, made the announcement October 12 before NYCB’s evening performance in which Catazaro performed a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

This fall season Catazaro made his debut as Prince Siegfield in Peter Martins’ full-length production of Swan Lake.  He performed alongside principal dancer Sterling Hyltin who performed the role of Odette/Odile.

He also has debuted in featured roles in Peter Martins’ The Red Violin and Jerome Robbins’ In Memory of…, as well as performing a featured role in George Balanchine’s La Valse.

Catazaro began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  During his 11 years at Canton Ballet he studied primarily with executive and artistic director Cassandra Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  He is the son of Thomas Clark of North Canton.

He began studying at NYCB’s School of American Ballet in 2003 and enrolled as a full-time student in 2006.  The following year he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the company’s corps de ballet in 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in 2014.

Catazaro and Hyltin are slated to dance the leading roles of Canton Ballet’s TheNutcracker in December.

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Touchdowns and Tutus — the event that pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas was such a hit its first year — that NFL films is coming to cover it this year.  To start, Producer/Director Greg Frith will bring his film crew to the 5 pm auditions for football players to be held on Sunday October 8 at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North).   The Emmy Award winning Frith has produced a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl, and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.  Then next spring Frith and his team will return for the big performance on March 10, 2018 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.  Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly.  Each couple will rehearse a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.  To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220.  For all other event related information, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet. The Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark County community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.

Pictured: are  Griffin Baumoel — linebacker for the Canton Central Catholic “Crusaders” (at US Naval Academy now) and Isabella Hellmann — Junior at Hoover High School (a 10-year Canton Ballet student.)

 

TOUCHDOWNS AND TUTUS TO HOLD FOOTBALL PLAYER PARTICIPATION AUDITION

Canton Ballet will hold Touchdowns and Tutus football player participation auditions on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Canton Ballet studios located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH starting at 5PM.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.

Launched in 2017, Touchdowns and Tutus proved to be very well received by the participants as well as the sponsors and general public.  So much so that this year Greg Frith, an Emmy Award winning Producer/Director for NFL Films, will be on site at Canton Ballet to film the tryouts and event performance.

Frith has produced and directed a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.

Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly leading up to the event on March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located in McKinley High School on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  All student athletes under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent-signed release waiver prior to the tryout.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet.  The event pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas.  Each couple rehearses a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.

To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220 Monday throughThursday, 10AM-6PM.  Release waivers are available by emailing: cantonballet@cantonballet.com and requesting one.  For all other event related information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

About Canton Ballet: Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark county community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.  Mission statement: Canton Ballet is a non-profit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the art of dance within the local community and dedicated to providing the highest artistic quality of instruction by operating a preprofessional company with performance opportunities for the serious or career oriented student.

Dracula…the Ballet Returns to Haunt the Palace Stage

Canton Ballet will reprise its elegant and mesmerizing contemporary work Dracula…the Ballet in two evening performances on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Choreographed in two acts by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, Draculathe Ballet is based on novelist Bram Stoker’s classic gothic romance tale and stunningly retold in the medium of ballet.  Lemmo’s original music score is compiled from many genres—New Age, classical and choral, among others—with eerie sounds and special effects throughout.

Guest artist Damien Highfield of Groundworks Dance Theatre will perform the role of Dracula.  Canton Ballet’s artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children under 18.  There is a discount for groups of 10 or more.  Reserved seat tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet box office in the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N., between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton arts district.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance time for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.

For additional information visit cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.

Canton Ballet receives operating funds from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from The Canton Repository, Kenan Advantage Group, Western Reserve Public Media, WHBC, WKSU, My 101.3 and Q92.

School of Canton Ballet Offers Fall Classes

 

School of Canton Ballet is now enrolling students for the fall semester.

Classes begin the week of September 6-12.  The school, in its 45th year of continuous operation, offers classes in all levels of classical ballet including creative movement, predance, elementary, intermediate and advanced as well as teen and adult.  Other offerings include jazz, modern and tap.

Students can register anytime as long as there is space available in the appropriate classes.  Pianists provide live music for all ballet classes.  Register online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Classes in the early childhood division include Mom & Me (parent or other adult), Predance, Creative Movement 1 and 2, Preballet and Elementary 1 and 2 taught by early childhood specialist Julie Mizer Grasse.

All students ages five and up are invited to perform in Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Faculty for Elementary Ballet 2 and 3 and advanced ballet levels include choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward and artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  Grasse and Lemmo also teach Teen and Adult.  Faculty for other dance forms are Kelli Sanford-Burgoon for modern and Megan Seeman for jazz and tap.

Financial assistance based upon need and merit is available through the School of Canton Ballet financial assistance program.  A special scholarship program is offered for boys ages 7 through 12.

School of Canton Ballet operates a year round program with classes taking place in the ballet studios in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue N. in downtown Canton.

For registration and other information call or visit the ballet offices at 330-455-7220 Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to noon or visit online at www.cantonballet.com.

Dracula…the Ballet Returns to Haunt the Palace Stage

Canton Ballet will reprise its elegant and mesmerizing contemporary work Dracula…the Ballet in two evening performances on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Guest artist Damien Highfield of Groundworks Dance Theatre will perform the role of Dracula.  Canton Ballet’s artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Choreographed in two acts by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, Draculathe Ballet is based on novelist Bram Stoker’s classic gothic romance tale and stunningly retold in the medium of ballet.  Lemmo’s original music score is compiled from many genres—New Age, classical and choral, among others—with eerie sounds and special effects throughout.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children under 18.  There is a discount for groups of 10 or more.  Reserved seat tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet box office in the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N., between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton arts district.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance time for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.

For additional information visit cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet receives operating funds from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from The Canton Repository, Kenan Advantage Group, Western Reserve Public Media, WHBC, WKSU, my 101.3 and Q92.

School of Canton Ballet Now Enrolling Summer Classes

School of Canton Ballet summer classes are a great way for current students to maintain their levels of training and for new students to enter the ballet school program.  Classes for all ages are offered in two 4-week sessions, June 15-July 6 and July 13-August 3.  The program includes a full range of classical ballet plus other dance styles.  Pianists accompany all ballet classes.  There are scholarships available for boys.  View special discounts and register online at www.cantonballet.com or call 330-455-7220.

Two very special happenings are the dance camps for ages 4-6.   Hawaiian Dance Camp will be June 12-16 and Beauty and the Beast Dance Camp, July 31-August 3.  Both camps offer creative movement classes led by early childhood specialist Julie Mizer Grasse.   Students will make fun crafts and enjoy healthy snacks.

Workshops include Junior Elementary for elementary 1 and 2 students, July 10-27; Elementary for elementary 3 and intermediate 1 students, July 10-27; and Intensive for intermediate 2 through advanced students, June 26-July 27.

In early childhood division classes led by Mrs. Grasse—Mom & Me for toddlers, Predance for 3-year olds, Creative Movement I & 2 for 4-5 year olds  and Preballet for 6 year olds—children learn to release their imagination through rhythm and music and to enjoy the magic as well as the discipline of movement.

Teen and adult ballet classes are for ages 14 and older just beginning or wishing to return to dance study.

School of Canton Ballet faculty includes artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley, assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward and choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in addition to Grasse.  Guest teachers for the Intensive are Eric Yetter, Kelly Yankle, Megan Seemann and Kelli Sanford.

For registration details and further information see cantonballet.com, call 330-455-7220 or visit the Canton Ballet office.  Summer business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The ballet office and studios are located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

 

Canton Ballet’s Snow White Will Return in March

Canton Ballet will present its full length production of Snow White in two matinee performances March 18-19 at Canton’s Palace Theatre.  Performance times are 2:00 pm.  Snow White is sponsored by William and Sharon Luntz.

Premiered by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in 2013, Snow White is a children’s narrative full length classical ballet in two acts which loosely follows the brothers Grimm fairy tale and promises to appeal to every member of the family.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 20 or more.  All seating is reserved.

Tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.  Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The office is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North in the downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.

Under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley, Canton Ballet is funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository, WHBC, My 101.7, Q92, Western Reserve Public Media and Yamaha.

For additional information visit cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.

Canton Ballet kicks off Touchdowns & Tutus

A new fundraiser will bring gridiron to the dance floor

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s inaugural fundraiser Touchdowns & Tutus is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  A performance event will pair local high school talents with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

At 7:30 p.m. the VIP Tailgate Party, a meet and greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center and will include specialty food, drinks and cash bar.

The Touchdowns & Tutus performance and the VIP after party are family friendly events.

To date featured celebrities will include Cleveland Browns Daily analyst Matt Wilhelm; Sylvia (John) Mackey, Hall of Fame Class of 1992; Oakland Raider legend and Class of 1988 Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff; two time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis of the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers; Emmy-nominated sports reporter Jamir Howerton; Tempy Moore, first female NFL-licensed professional artist for the Deacon Jones Foundation; renowned percussionist Elec Simon of the Cleveland Cavaliers Q-Stix and the Broadway touring company of STOMP; and Laura Alonso, international master ballet teacher and coach.

Dacia Biletnikoff, professional dancer and daughter of Fred Biletnikoff will perform with a surprise guest.  Videos documenting the players’ journey with studio rehearsals, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews by sports journalist David Lee Morgan, Jr., will be shown.  Morgan is author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star.

The football players and their schools are Tyler Adams, Louisville; Chris Anthony, Massillon; Griffin Baumoel, Central Catholic; Gerard Berroteran, St. Vincent St. Mary; Nick Binnie, Hoover; Trey Carl, Minerva; Jaret Holzopfel, Perry; Francisco Pedrozo, St. Thomas Aquinas; Dean Sarris, GlenOak; and Clayton Tabler, McKinley.

Choreographers are Canton Ballet alumnae Ana Bettis, Ashley Bettis, Heather Hendrix, Tanya Mucci, Joy Raub, Megan Seaman and Canton Ballet choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo. Canton Ballet alumnae Christy Monturo Donnelly and Menka Misheff are rehearsal directors.

Touchdowns & Tutus is conceived of and chaired by Ashley Bettis, a Canton Ballet alumna, former professional dancer and current member of the ballet’s board of trustees.  Sponsorship chairs are Ben Biery and Sylvia Mackey.  An advisory board includes Canton mayor Tom Bernabei, Canton deputy mayor Fonda Williams, Lauren Capo of Q92 radio, Angela Biletnikoff, Aultcare Outreach Services VP Mike Gallina, Hall of Famer Mike Haynes, attorney Andrew Morton and Canton Repository special events reporter Todd Porter.  Canton Ballet artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Admission for the performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 preferred Gold Seating.  The VIP Tailgate Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Proceeds from Touchdowns & Tutus will benefit School of Canton Ballet financial aid, educational outreach and live music for all ballet classes.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Canton Ballet receives funding in part from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National endowment for the Arts.