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White Russian: State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents classic ‘Swan Lake’ at State Theatre, Easton

Friday, February 3, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Swan Lake” is regarded as one of the greatest ballets of all time.

The internationally-renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs “Swan Lake,” a magnificent classic ballet in a grand, full-scale production in four acts, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Founded in 1961 by legendary dancer and former prima ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia is now under the direction of Moiseyev dance soloist Nikolay Anokhin.

‘Disney On Ice’ A whole new role for young women

Friday, January 27, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Have a dream and the courage to make it happen.

That’s the empowering message for young girls in the dazzling skating spectacular, ”Disney On Ice Presents ‘Dream Big,’” Feb. 2 - Feb 5, PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown. Performances are: 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11 a.m. Feb. 5.

‘Nutcracker’ bigger than ever in 48th annual production for Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley

Friday, December 16, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is presenting its 48th production of the enchanting holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“We’re keeping the history of ballet alive and going. We have one of our largest casts to date,” says Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director of the Ballet Guild since 2007. More than 100 are in the production.

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ tour stops at State Theatre, Easton

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The breath-taking and spectacular production, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, again this year for the holiday season with performances at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Moscow Ballet, in its 24th year touring North America, garners critical acclaim for its “Great Russian Nutcracker” performances in more than 100 cities from New York to Los Angeles.

Repertory Dance Theatre returns with ‘Nutcracker,’ adds jazz event

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 29th production of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 talented dancers.

This year, there is a fantastic addition. RDT will also present “Let’s Go Nutz!,” an evening of holiday jazz, 7 p.m. Dec 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Professional musicians Bill Washer, Cliff Tracy, Dave Leonhardt and others will join RDT dancers on the Miller Symphony Hall stage where they will perform jazzy versions of “Nutcracker” songs and other holiday tunes.

‘Broadway Christmas’ kicks season into gear at State Theatre

Friday, December 2, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The dazzling musical, “Broadway Christmas Wonderland,” 7 p.m. Dec 1, 2, State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is filled with holiday spirit sure to entertain even the grumpiest of the season’s Scrooge.

Produced by Spirit Productions and David King, the internationally-acclaimed theater producer best known for his mega-hit musical, “Spirit of the Dance,” “Broadway Christmas Wonderland” is intended to be a glittering and enchanting Christmas extravaganza for all ages.

Taylor 2 redux with two Fest premieres

Friday, May 13, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

As the renowned and distinguished Bethlehem Bach Festival celebrates its 109th year, The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company (PT2) will perform with the Bach Festival Orchestra in a stunning series of dances set to Bach and Handel works.

PT2 returns to the festival for the first time since 2009 for the program, “Brimming Over,” bringing two luminous Bach Festival premieres, “Aureole,” performed to the movements of Handel’s Concert Grossi, and “Cascade,” performed to Bach’s harpsichord concertos with soloist Charlotte Mattax-Moersch.