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Volume 10, Issue 3

Winter 2009

"The Nutcracker" Performances at the Clay Center

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Charleston Ballet present Tchaikovsky's holiday classic "The Nutcracker" Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The two performances are at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia. The Nutcracker is proudly presented by AEP and Robinson & McElwee, PLLC. The Nutcracker features over seventy dancers, guest artists, adults and children from the Charleston Ballet, accompanied by the WVSO under the direction of conductor Grant Cooper. Choral voices for the famous "snow scene" will be provided by members of Capitol High School Women's Chorus. "This is the way Tchaikovsky intended this ballet to be performed, with a live symphony orchestra. The combination of live music and local artists makes this a great event for the whole community. We're very pleased to have AEP and Robinson & McElwee as our sponsors this year to bring this special event to life" says David Gross, Executive Director of the WVSO. The production features a number of distinguished artists. Paul Shannon of Charleston, WV, will perform the role of Herr Drosselmeyer. Guest Olivier Wecxsteen, former principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Boston Ballet, will dance the role of the Snow King with Artistic Director Kim Pauley's Snow Queen. Ian Casady, principal dancer with the Houston Ballet makes his first appearance as the Cavalier with Charleston Ballet principal Rhiannon Turley `s Sugar Plum Fairy. In addition, local artist Ted Brightwell is cast as Mother Ginger, guest dancers Damien Highfield, Freddie Fourie, and students from the American Academy Ballet will join artists of the Charleston Ballet to create a wonderful cast for these ballet performances. Seats are reserved, and ticket prices range from $9 to $48 for adults and $5 to $27 for children under 12 years of age. They are available at the Clay Center Box Office, 304-561-3570, or online at

Inside This Issue

to the pointe; aab visa master card; major sponsors charleston ballet to perform in parkersburg: winter rumba; Valentine Raffle; balance your work Calendar of Events 2 3








Dick Allowatt Jennifer Britton Jay Cipoletti Allison Rae Dascoli Nancy Douglas Al Eastman Annabelle Fulks Heather Galloway Rossi Getzkova Gus Hamrick Angela Harding Patricia Harold Scot Jackson Vicki Shumate-Jackson Jessica Kennedy Nora Myers Emily Seufer Stacy Slaughter Jim Strawn Jill Oliver-Thornton Michele Tysiak Cheryl Vega Jeff Wood Jennifer Wood

We are pleased to announce that the American Academy Ballet is now able accept Visa and Mastercard as a payment method for classes. We hope to provide convenience to our students by offering this additional form of payment. Payment can be made in person at the ballet office or by calling 304-342-6541, where our office staff can take your information over the phone. Thank you for your patronage and we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Kim Pauley

Artistic Director

Office Manager becky turley production/design

Elaine Baldwin

major sponsors for 2009-2010

Special thanks to Nancy and Bob Douglas who have generously underwritten a beautiful general marketing campaign for the Charleston Ballet, designed by the Arnold Agency. This campaign offers an elegant coordinated design that features a new brochure, contact information card, poster, and street banners. We also greatly appreciate the sponsorship of the Central WV Convention and Visitor's Bureau for our POINTE TO THE FUTURE 2009-10 season. Their sponsorship is for our current season of performances and our upcoming Winter Rumba Event. Funding will be used for promoting our performances in areas outside of the Kanawha Valley to inform and attract more people to our performances and the Charleston area.



"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass.... it's about learning how to dance in the rain." -- unknown


Did you know that.... you can add a Tap class

( 5 yrs - 7) for about $32 per month? ____________________

Volunteers are needed for assisting with student performances of the NUTCRACKER on December 16-17, 2009 at the Clay Center. Call Elaine at 304342-6541 if you can help.


As a previous winner in 2009, the Charleston Ballet will assist in presenting the Charleston Area Alliance's awards for WE LOVE OUR COMMUNITY on February 9, 2010 at the Clay Center. More to come on this wonderful program of community recognition of local talents and creative spirits.



A Kinder, Gentler Exercise

Six Week Introductory Class Beginning January 10, 2010 Classes Saturdays 11:30 - 12:30 $63.00 for 6 weeks

Intermediate & Advanced Classes also Offered

Spring Semester begins January 4, 2010



Charleston Ballet to perform in Parkersburg NUTCRACKER

Members of the Charleston Ballet will perform as part of the NUTCRACKER SUITE BALLET presented at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg, WV. Our dancers will present "Snow" and several variations along with dancers from the Schrader Youth Ballet. A student performance will take place December 11, 2009 and a public performance event will be presented on December 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm. For more information, please contact The Historic Smoot Theatre 213 Fifth Street, PO Box 886 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Or call (304) 422 -PLAY for tickets.


Balance your Work and Keep your Pirouettes Pretty

Ballet isn't about how well your pirouettes are, or how polished and perfected your bun is. It is about determination, and strength, and knowing where your limits are. Well, not just that. This might surprise you. Ballet is all about balance. B-A-L-A-N-C-E. When you think of the word, you think of being on pointe, holding your breath, struggling to stand without the aid of the barre. That's one way to think of it, but when I think of balance, I think of the two things that don't usually mix. Ballet and schoolwork. School. Nearly everybody hates it--the long, never -ending classes, the droning teachers, the nearly impossible homework you struggle to finish. Everywhere, ballet students are trying to fit in schoolwork with dance. I've seen them do it during rehearsal, before class, after class, in between classes, you name it, there's somebody doing homework somewhere in the studio. What you need to do is concentrate. Even though you won't like to admit it, education is more important than ballet. You might have to skip a few dance classes to keep your grades up. But never give up. Don't give in. Don't stop doing homework. Don't think, I can't do this, because I'm too busy. FIND time, and your situation will get better. So, soon you'll be able to both-dance and get good grades. ___________________________________ Watch for our upcoming 6th annual VALENTINE RAFFLE. This year there will be 3 winners once again with only 400 tickets available at $20 each. Three very nice packages await the winners. They will be drawn live on Eye Witness News This Morning WCHS-TV FOX 11 on February 12, 2010. Last year winners took away a Weekend Package from the Marriott Town Center Hotel, Dinner for Two at the Chop House, a gift package from Visions Day Spa, 2 tickets to a Charleston Ballet performance, flowers, champagne, chocolates, and much more. Proceeds from this raffle will assist with our performances of Classic Couples in March. You may be one of the next lucky winners!

CONGRATULATIONS The top three poinsettia sales people are: Amber Bryant, Kate Papadopoulos and Samantha Riggs. Our winners won gift certificates to the Charleston Town Center. Have fun shopping!


Plan on joining the Charleston Ballet for a spicy evening to heat up your winter! January 23, 2010 will be the 2nd annual Winter Rumba Event to be held at the University of Charleston Rotunda from 7:00 ­ 10:00 pm. This evening includes live music of Compara, free sangria, a dance demonstration by "The Dance Doctor" and much more! Proceeds from this event will assist with the March production of CLASSIC COUPLES, a performance that will include SWAN LAKE ACT Act II. "This event was great fun last year and we all got a Latin dance lesson from Steve Gallagher right in the middle of the evening! Lots of the dancers were there in costume and the live music of Comparsa is wonderful." Buy your tickets now for a $10 savings off the ticket price of $35 . This early sale will end December 19, 2009. Rumba the night away.......... Call the ballet office at 304-342-6541 or purchase your


Charleston Ballet 822 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25301

U.S. Postage PAID Charleston, WV Permit No 1312

December 19, 2009 2:00 pm.and 7:30 pm THE NUTCRACKER with WV Symphony at Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center


Charleston Ballet WV Symphony

January 4, 2010 American Academy Ballet Semester II begins January 23, 2010 WINTER RUMBA 7:00-10:00 pm at University of Charleston Rotunda February 12, 2010 VALENTINE RAFFLE Fundraiser March 26-27, 2010 7:30 pm CLASSIC COUPLES at the Charleston Civic Center April 23-25, 2010 WV DANCE FESTIVAL May 28, 2010 7:30 pm American Academy Ballet Recital at the Charleston Civic Center June TBA 3 week summer camp AAB


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