Coming to Michigan: Ballet 5:8

Chicago-based company Ballet 5:8 will be performing at the Michigan Theatre in nearby Jackson on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students/seniors, and $12 for children 12 and under.

Stories of You & Me

The performance is a collection of choreographed works entitled The Stor(ies) of You and Me, and “features five works that explore love, the power of words, unexpected joy, perspectives, and the stories of everyday people. Choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and Guest Choreographer Caleb Mitchell.”

You can learn more about Ballet 5:8 on their website or Facebook page. Check it out!


Coming to MSU: Moscow Festival Ballet

As part of the Wharton Center’s dance series this semester, MSU will be hosting the Moscow Festival Ballet for a one-night-only performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, Swan Lake. The performance will take place on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 in the Cobb Great Hall at the Wharton Center, beginning at 7:30 PM (arrive by 7:00 PM). Student tickets are only $18 with your MSU ID or APID, and can be purchased either through the Wharton Center’s website or on-site at the box office.


This is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional classical ballet company in action, performing one of the most well-known and well-loved works in the Russian ballet repertoire. Swan Lake is known not only for its beautiful music and captivating story, but also for its incredible technical requirements – the prima ballerina portrays both Odette, the beautiful princess turned into the White Swan, and Odile, the evil witch who captivates the prince as the Black Swan. As such, she must be able to perform at the highest caliber in the ballet world, including performing 32 fouetté turns (a very fast spin on one foot en pointe) in a row at point one in the story! This is one of the aspects that makes Swan Lake such a challenging work to perform, and also a stunning piece to witness.

(And yes, I was once one of those swans in the background – they are known as the corps de cygnets, the group of little swans. I know from experience just how grueling this work can be!)

Enjoy the show!

On TV – tonight! NYC Ballet in Paris

Great news, Spartan dancers! Tonight on WKAR (the MSU-based PBS television station), Great Performances will feature two full hours of professional ballet! Beginning at 9:00 PM EST, Great Performances will show highlights from the New York City Ballet’s recent tour in Paris, featuring pieces choreographed by the late, great George Balachine set to the music of French composers. This is a wonderful opportunity to see professional ballet in action – tune in!


Above: dancers from the New York City Ballet perform George Balachine’s choreography to Maurice Ravel’s La Valse at the historic Théâtre du Châteletin in Paris. Photo credit: WNET/PBS Thirteen, Michael Lidvac. 

For more information about tonight’s two-part NYC ballet special, including an interview with balletmaster Peter Martins, check out this website:

The schedule and internet highlights can also be found at the local WKAR website,



Coming to MSU: Jessica Lang Dance

Attention Spartan dancers!

There are a lot of great opportunities to see professional dance companies this semester, starting with the Jessica Lang Dance company, which will be performing at the Wharton Center on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at 7:30 PM. This New York City-based contemporary dance company uses dance to create “visual compositions.”


Student tickets are only $18, and there will be an Insight Preview before the performance. Please take this opportunity to see an amazing contemporary dance company right here on campus! You can get tickets on the Wharton Center website, or by stopping by the box office at the Wharton Center itself.

Check it out!