Dayton Ballet

Dayton Ballet Revamps Classic Story With Dracula: Bloodlines

Oct 20, 2016
Dracula: Bloodlines production and costume designer Ray Zupp
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The Dayton Ballet is readying their new production, Dracula: Bloodlines, about the world’s most famous vampire: Dracula.  The challenge is how the ballet will bring this centuries-old story to longtime fans and entice new ones.

Dayton Daily News, courtesy of Sam Dorf

When you hear “Russian ballet,” Dayton, Ohio probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But on February 8, 1917, the Ballets Russes, a radical Russian dance company based in Paris, performed at the Victoria Theater. That was twenty years before Dayton had its own ballet company. Listener Sandra Harewood learned about the performance and asked WYSO Curious to investigate.

What was the Ballets Russes?

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This weekend, the Dayton Ballet will present four short ballets as part of February Fantasy.  The perform will include the world premiere of two new works, Melissa Barack's Tonal Inceptions and Karen Russo Burke's No Strings Attached, which feature original guitar music from D. Adam Estner.  Estner and the Dayton Ballet's Kathy Reed visited the WYSO studios to discuss the upcoming performance with Niki Dakota and Estner shared a sampling of his music.

Going Behind the Scenes At Dayton Ballet's Nutcracker

Dec 6, 2015
 The Dayton Ballet prepares for its 2015 production of The Nutcracker.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a magical ballet. With dozens of parts for children (mice, gingerbread men, sugarplum-fairy-attendants!), it’s an endearing work. But if you’re the choreographer—the person trying to organize all those dancers—it’s no easy task. Culture Couch producer Jason Reynolds takes us behind the scenes at the Dayton Ballet.

The three organizations that make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are collaborating on a presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.  Singers from Dayton Opera will be accompanied by music from the Dayton Philharmonic and dance from the Dayton Ballet.  Members of the cast and crew visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming performance and share some musical previews on Excursions.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's presentation of The Pearl Fishers is onstage at the Schuster Center April 17th and 19th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The timeless story of Peter Pan will be coming to the Schuster Center in a combined presentation by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Conductor Neil Gittleman and artistic director Karen Russo Burke joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the staging of Peter Pan and shared some of the musical score.

Peter Pan is March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. 

courtesy of the Dayton Ballet

Santa Visits PNC 2nd Street Market, today and tomorrow from 11:30 -1:30pm.  Bring a camera and snap a photo of Santa and your friends.

All of us have appreciated the sights, sounds, and smells of Glen Helen….and the wild flowers, raptors, tree frogs, the great blue heron...And almost all poets have nature poems. During this holiday/solstice season those works will be shared, at a poetry reading, "In the Spirit of the Glen," on today from 7-9:00p.m. Vernet Ecological Center at 
405 Corry St in Yellow Springs.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for October 7, 2012 including the following stories:

- In Ohio, A Three-Way Musical Marriage Of Convenience, by Emily McCord

- Niki Dakota talks to Fred Bartenstein about editing Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir (Music in American Life), the memoir of Josh Graves

New Arts Alliance Launches In Dayton

Jul 10, 2012

It's been a tough couple of years on arts communities across the nation and in Dayton, a new collaboration is taking place. As Emily McCord reports for WYSO, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the first merged philharmonic orchestra, ballet, and opera organization in the country.

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