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Global Dance Stars Gala Lineup Announced

The cast of internationally-acclaimed dance stars appearing in BalletMet's Global Dance Stars Gala is now complete. Artists from Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Northern Ballet of England, Tom Gold Dance and Broadway will join the talented dancers of BalletMet for this one-night-only event August 18th at the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street).

Tickets for the Global Dance Stars Gala start at $35 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster (800) 982-2787, Ticketmaster.com or at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street - (614) 469-0939).

Just added to the illustrious lineup are Adiarys Almeida and Nelson Madrigal of Boston Ballet. Both Ms. Almeida and Mr. Madrigal come to Boston Ballet from the National Ballet of Cuba. For the Global Dance Stars Gala they will perform the White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake as well as a pas de deux from Don Quixote.

Other dancers and dances showcased on the program include New York City Ballet and Tom Gold Dance soloists Abi Stafford and Jared Angle performing a pas de deux from George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tom Gold's Gershwin Preludes.

Columbus dance fans may recall a young Martha Leebolt from her days as a BalletMet student, but dance fans throughout Europe now recognize her as one of the established stars of England's Northern Ballet. She'll return to Columbus with fellow Northern Ballet soloist Tobias Batley to perform excerpts from David Nixon's Wuthering Heights and his Cleopatra, a recent collaboration with Miss Saigon and Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg.

From north of the border comes National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Greta Hodgkinson and Guillauame Côté performing the famous BLACK SWAN pas de deux from Swan Lake as well as Summer from James Kudelka's The Four Seasons.

Houston Ballet principal dancers Amy Fote and Simon Ball will perform choreography by former BalletMet Artistic Associate and current Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, Stanton Welch. His pas de deux from Madame Butterfly will be danced.


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