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Southwest Virginia Ballet (SVB) Announces 2018-2019 Season

Southwest Virginia Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Location: Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
Dates: Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 pm
Tickets go on sale NOW. For tickets, Visit Hometownbanktix.com or call 877-482-8496

The Nutcracker’s beautiful music, lush scenery, and lavish costumes perfectly complement E.T.A. Hoffmann’s timeless story. Patrons of all ages will have their imaginations sparked as a Christmas tree grows to huge proportions, mice and soldiers battle, and snowflakes whirl through falling snow. Children will especially enjoy seeing candies and sweets from exotic lands come to life, and they will adore the gigantic Mother Ginger as she plays with her many gingerbread children.

Pre-Show VIP Experience
Location: Berglund Performing Arts Theatre Mezzanine
Date: Sat Dec 8 at 12:30p. and Sat Dec 8th at 5:30pm.
Buy your tickets for this VIP experience and attend before either Saturday show! Come see how the magic happens! Catch the ballerinas as they prepare for performance, and chat with Clara, Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince. Come up on the big stage and take a peek at show preparations as the cast transforms themselves into soldiers, mice and snowflakes! Get a few dance tips from the artistic director, check out Clara’s sleigh and find out why Mother Ginger is so tall! Join us with your special VIP ticket for an introduction to “backstage” at the Nutcracker. Limited availability at the 2pm and 7pm shows Saturday, December 9th.

SVB and Jefferson Center present Firebird and 2 New World Premieres
Location: Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center
Dates: Saturday, March 29 and Sunday March 30th Time TBD
Tickets go on sale June 27, 2017
Box Office: www.jeffcenter.org or call 540-345-2550
Firebird ballet is a story full of magic and love based on a Russian folk tale. Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant score will be performed by the young musicians in the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Glazebrook. SVB will be reviving the stunning choreography of internationally known choreographer Vicente Nebrada. Nebrada’s Firebird is set in the tropics with a host of fantastic creatures aiding the Firebird and Prince in their quest to rescue the beautiful princess from an evil Magician and his Companion. Stunning costumes by the internationally recognized costume designer, Christina Giannini, include lizard like monsters, dragonflies and a spectacular Firebird. This collaboration between the best young dance and musical performers in the Roanoke Valley is a must see for the entire family.

Southwest Virginia Ballet is a regional, pre-professional youth dance company under the Artistic Direction of  Pedro Szalay. Serving Southwest Virginia since 1990, SVB is recognized internationally for excellence in classical dance, costuming, and instruction. SVB provides the highest quality of dance training, focusing not only on the development of technical and performance skills, but also instilling the discipline, teamwork, and dedication necessary to be successful in all aspects of life. SVB alumni continue to dance, teach, and choreograph professionally around the world.

The company’s mission is to make the performing arts experience available to all ages from all walks of life through full-length productions of varied repertoire including classical ballet, contemporary, and new works.

SVB provides, free of charge, the highest quality of pre-professional training possible to young dancers and promotes cultural enrichment and awareness of the art of dance. SVB is committed to offering outreach opportunities for under-served and at-risk children and adults from across Southwest Virginia.

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