Maine State Ballet Presents Dancer's Choice

Maine State Ballet Presents Dancer's Choicethe company dancers at Maine State Ballet are in full rehearsal for their upcoming Dancer's Choice Showcase & Fundraiser. The show will run two nights only, June 20th and 21st, at Maine State Ballet's Lopez Theater.

This production is a must see for anyone who loves dance. The first half of the program includes both original and traditional pieces chosen and performed by individual Company dancers, highlighting each dancer's unique, individualized talents and beautiful, artful interpretations of their choice.

The second half of the program presents the World Premiere of an exciting new ballet created by Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele. This neo-classical ballet, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, is sure to become an important part of Maine State Ballet's repertoire. An informal dessert reception follows the show, where audience members can meet and mingle with the company dancers.

All proceeds from the Dancer's Choice Showcase & Fundraiser go to support the Maine State Ballet Dancers' Fund. The Fund was established several years ago as a way to enhance the dancers' experiences and life at Maine State Ballet by helping to offset the costs associated with dancing.

As anyone associated with the performing arts knows, ticket sales from productions throughout the year do not cover all expenses. Events like the Dancer's Choice Showcase & Fundraiser help Maine State Ballet continue to improve their facility and support the financial burden of production and dancers' costs. In the past, funds have been used to upgrade the company dressing with additional lighting and mirrors. The Fund also helps dancers defer the cost of pointe shoes, which are a huge part of any ballet dancer's budget.

This year's goals for the Dancer's Choice Showcase & Fundraiser include funding for pointe shoes, additional lighting in the Lopez Theater, and costumes and scenery for the upcoming production of the brand-new, original ballet, Beauty and the Beast, scheduled to premiere in 2020.

There are multiple ways to support the hard working dancers of Maine State Ballet:
*Buy tickets to the Dancer's Choice Performance June 20 & 21. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 21, 2018.
*Make a Donation toward the dancer's wish list.
*Stop by Maine State Ballet & make your own wish by throwing loose cash into the wishing well.
*Purchase an Ad for a dancer or for your business in the Dancer's Choice program book by May 31, 2018.
*Purchase a spot on the Dancer's Choice T-shirt for your company logo by May 11, 2018.
*Become a member of the Maine State Ballet family.

For more information about how you or your company can help support Maine State Ballet, contact Fundraising Coordinator Tina Hendricks at tinaLhendricks@gmail.com.

Maine State Ballet's Dancer's Choice Showcase & Fundraiser runs two nights only, June 20th and 21st, at 7pm, at the Maine State Ballet Lopez Theater, 348 U.S. Route One, Falmouth.

Tickets are priced at $15-$20 for reserved seating, with a $2 discount for seniors (62 & over) and children (12 & under). Order tickets online at www.mainestateballet.org or call Maine State Ballet at 207-781-7672 for more information.

Maine State Ballet, based in Falmouth, Maine, is one of New England's leading performing arts institutions and twice named Maine's Best Dance Group by Downeast Magazine. Its two components are the School for the Performing Arts, offering instruction in ballet, tap, jazz and other dance styles to more than 500 children and adults; and the Maine State Ballet Company, comprised of more than 25 professional dancers. Maine State Ballet is a nonprofit organization.



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