American Repertory Ballet Releases Schedule of September 2015 Events

MIDDLESEX and MERCER COUNTIES, NJ - This September, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School will be participating in community events throughout Central Jersey: Cranbury Day in Cranbury, Septemberfest in Hamilton, the Hub City Sounds Festival in New Brunswick, and Highland Park's Arts in the Park.

Cranbury Day is an annual event held on Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Cranbury. This year, Cranbury Day will take place on September 12. Every year, American Repertory Ballet Workshop (ARBW) students perform in Princeton Ballet School's Cranbury studio at 29 N. Main Street. Additionally, American Repertory Ballet takes part in the Cranbury Day festivities out on the street with a setup in front of the Princeton Ballet School building. This station will feature giveaway items, chances to win free tickets to an upcoming performance, and fun photo opportunities.

American Repertory Ballet Workshop (ARBW) is a performance group made up of pre-professional Princeton Ballet School students, including members of the American Repertory Ballet Trainee program. ARBW Juniors dancers are advanced Princeton Ballet School students. This year, the performance will include excerpts"Waltz of the Flowers" from ARB's Nutcracker , ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton's Once Upon a Summer's Day and a work by ARBW Juniors Ballet Master cheryl Whitney, Call and Response. Performances will be at 1:30pm and 2:30pm in Studio A. Performances are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Seating is first come, first served.

As part of New Brunswick's city-wide Hub City Sounds summer arts series, American Repertory Ballet's international Trainee dancers and George Street Playhouse actors will present ""Be Unstoppable: Celebrating Healthy Kids in the Arts." This interactive day of theater, dance, food and family activities at George Street Playhouse will begin at 10:00am on September 19, 2015. The performance portion will be at12:30pm. After George Street Playhouse's Educational Tour Program "Austin the Unstoppable" takes the stage, ARB's dancers will perform Grumpy Bird, a children's ballet choreographed by Matthew Keefe, is based on the children's book by Jeremy Tankard and set to music by Mozart, and Mary Barton's Once Upon a Summer's Day. This performance is appropriate for ages 2 and up. The performance will include opportunities for participation and Q&A with the dancers. "Be Unstoppable: Celebrating Healthy Kids in the Arts" is free and open to the public.

On September 13, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet will be at Septemberfest - an annual fall festival at Veterans Park in Hamilton, NJ. Septemberfest runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On September 20, ARB will have a table at Highland Park's Arts in the Park, where dancers will also present Grumpy Bird. Attractions at both Septemberfest and Arts in the Park will include crafters, vendors and organizations, fair games, and more. Visitors to the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School tables will receive giveaway items and an opportunity to enter to win free tickets to an upcoming ARB performance.

"Community events are such an important part of what we do, as they give us the opportunity to connect with our neighbors and share what's happening on stage, in the studios, and in the schools," said Lisa Beth Vettoso, ARB's Director of Educational and Community Programming. "Working directly within the communities we serve is such a fulfilling aspect of our work as an NJ arts organization."

Not to be Missed

Princeton Ballet School's fall session begins September 11. There are still spots in select classes at the school's Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton locations. Call 609-921-7758 for more information.

"Meet the Dancers" On Pointe

September 23 at 5:15pm
Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center
Lawrenceville, NJ
Free of charge and open to the public.
Call 732-249-1254 for more information

Season Premiere

September 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center
Lawrenceville, NJ

American Repertory Ballet presents A Night of Dance

October 9 at 7:30pm
Union County performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage
Rahway, NJ

School Time Matinee at Hamilton Stage: October 9 at 10:30am

Contact Lisa Beth Vettoso for tickets and more information:, 732.249.1254 x19

About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB's Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. Its rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields, Melissa Barak, Patrick Corbin, Trinette Singleton, and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted the Jersey Arts People's Choice for "Favorite Dance Company" in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Under the direction of Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, CardioBallet, and CoMBo - Conditioning for the Mind and Body. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.

The Access & Enrichment wing of American Repertory Ballet reaches out to the community not only through its DANCE POWER program and signature On Pointe series, but also with free programming, master classes, residencies, lecture demonstrations and School-Time Matinees throughout the state. In 1985, American Repertory Ballet partnered with the New Brunswick Board of Education to create DANCE POWER. Today, it's the longest-running uninterrupted arts/community partnership in New Jersey. The legendary Gregory Hines was DANCE POWER's Honorary Chair for 18 years before his untimely passing in 2003. In 2001, Mr. Hines endowed a scholarship at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the university.

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