Aug
26
Sat
Heart: Dance Share & Pay It Forward @ Nortwest Florida Ballet
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Heart is an in-studio, 4-hour dance intensive with service at its core led by professional dancers Katie Drablos and Willis Johnston. The workshop will take place on Sat., August 26 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is open to students entering the 4th grade and up (open to the public and other studios). Students will be placed in groups by age to learn the workshop’s choreography.

The cost is $75 per student and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Download the informational flyer and form, HERE.

Heart Dance Intensive includes:

  • Welcome, Ice Breaker/connective exercises/Warm-up
  • Across the floor, creative movement/choreographic teamwork exercise (students create phrases together based on a positive word or phrase and share)
  • Learn a combination in the style of contemporary, jazz, musical theater, etc.
  • Learn a second combination in the style of contemporary, jazz, musical theater, etc. (for combinations, each dancer will learn from both Willis and Katie, learning 2 pieces of choreography each!)
  • Show combinations learned together as a group and hear positive, specific feedback from fellow dancers.
  • Show parents what was achieved in the 4 hours spent together.
Sep
30
Sat
World Ballet Stars @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

NFB opens the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. with World Ballet Stars featuring some of the world’s best classical ballet dancers performing both classical and contemporary works at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The production will feature international guest artist Joseph Gatti; Cervilio Amador and Chisako Olga of Cincinnati Ballet; Arian Molina and Dayesi Torriente of Pennsylvania Ballet; Daniel Ulbricht and partner of New York City Ballet; Brooklyn Mack with partner of Washington Ballet. Additional artists will also be added to the cast.

This is an amazing opportunity to see the world’s best classical ballet dancers representing seven countries dancing works by master choreographers all in one action packed performance. After the production guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with these amazing artists during a VIP reception. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 & under. World Ballet Stars is brought to you in part by VIP Destin Magazine.

Oct
14
Sat
Giselle @ Grand Part at Sandestin's Grand Boulevard
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Northwest Florida Ballet takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at Sandestin’s Grand Park in Grand Boulevard to perform Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets dating back to Paris in 1841. Giselle is a free, outdoor performance presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.

Staged by NFB Ballet Mistress Dorothy Daniels Lister with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering Albrecht, her lover, is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp. Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements controlling the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions. Giselle finds forgiveness in her heart for Albrecht, but she knows the Wilis will not do the same. Natalia Ashikhmina, current principal with the Louisville Ballet and former Russian National Ballet prima ballerina, will dance the role of Giselle. Albrecht will be danced by Darren McIntyre formerly with The Australian Ballet.

Nov
17
Fri
Nutcracker 2017 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” NFB produces the only full-length production with professional dancers of the classic holiday ballet in the area. The Nutcracker performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on November 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

In its 38th year, The Nutcracker is set in a small German town in 1835 to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by celebrated Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott. Performances of The Nutcracker will feature the international ballet stars Joseph Michael Gatti and Andrea Harvey in the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. Several other international guest artists, the NFB Company and over 100 local children round out the cast. Box office prices are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 & under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person. The 2017-2018 production of The Nutcracker is presented by VIE Magazine.

Nov
18
Sat
Nutcracker 2017 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” NFB produces the only full-length production with professional dancers of the classic holiday ballet in the area. The Nutcracker performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on November 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

In its 38th year, The Nutcracker is set in a small German town in 1835 to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by celebrated Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott. Performances of The Nutcracker will feature the international ballet stars Joseph Michael Gatti and Andrea Harvey in the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. Several other international guest artists, the NFB Company and over 100 local children round out the cast. Box office prices are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 & under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person. The 2017-2018 production of The Nutcracker is presented by VIE Magazine.

Nov
19
Sun
Nutcracker 2017 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Nov 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” NFB produces the only full-length production with professional dancers of the classic holiday ballet in the area. The Nutcracker performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on November 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2:30 p.m.

In its 38th year, The Nutcracker is set in a small German town in 1835 to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by celebrated Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott. Performances of The Nutcracker will feature the international ballet stars Joseph Michael Gatti and Andrea Harvey in the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. Several other international guest artists, the NFB Company and over 100 local children round out the cast. Box office prices are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 & under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person. The 2017-2018 production of The Nutcracker is presented by VIE Magazine.

Dec
22
Fri
Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas @ Destin United Methodist Church Life Center
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

NFB is proud to present Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas on December 22 at 7:30 p.m.  and December 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center. Lightwire Theater, a former finalist on America’s Got Talent, will thrill audiences of all ages with this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and more.

Lightwire Theater rose to national prominence on the hit show America’s Got Talent, and brings to life a truly a unique, innovative and visually dazzling theatrical experience. Utilizing the talents of four cast members, they strap on costumes fitted with electroluminescent lights, turning their entire bodies into life sized puppets to bring the cast of creatures and scenery to life through movement and dance. Box office priced tickets for Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Dec
23
Sat
Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas @ Destin United Methodist Church Life Center
Dec 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

NFB is proud to present Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas on December 22 at 7:30 p.m.  and December 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center. Lightwire Theater, a former finalist on America’s Got Talent, will thrill audiences of all ages with this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and more.

Lightwire Theater rose to national prominence on the hit show America’s Got Talent, and brings to life a truly a unique, innovative and visually dazzling theatrical experience. Utilizing the talents of four cast members, they strap on costumes fitted with electroluminescent lights, turning their entire bodies into life sized puppets to bring the cast of creatures and scenery to life through movement and dance. Box office priced tickets for Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Mar
3
Sat
Peter Pan @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

As the Northwest Florida Ballet’s final main stage production of the 2017-2018 season, Peter Pan features world premiere choreography by international guest artist Katia Garza and an original composition by NFB Music Director David Ott played live by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. Peter Pan will be presented on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 4 at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Complete with magical sets and mesmerizing costumes, join NFB’s cast of international guest artists and company members, and let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland. Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who never wants to grow up, takes Wendy and her two brothers on a fantastic adventure along with the sassy fairy Tinker Bell and the frightful Captain Hook. Box office prices are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 & under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person. The 2017-2018 production of Peter Pan is presented by Emerald Coast Magazine.

 

Photo by LymanDVM Photography, courtesy of Kentucky Ballet Theatre.

Mar
4
Sun
Peter Pan @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Mar 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

As the Northwest Florida Ballet’s final main stage production of the 2017-2018 season, Peter Pan features world premiere choreography by international guest artist Katia Garza and an original composition by NFB Music Director David Ott played live by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. Peter Pan will be presented on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 4 at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Complete with magical sets and mesmerizing costumes, join NFB’s cast of international guest artists and company members, and let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland. Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who never wants to grow up, takes Wendy and her two brothers on a fantastic adventure along with the sassy fairy Tinker Bell and the frightful Captain Hook. Box office prices are $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 & under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person. The 2017-2018 production of Peter Pan is presented by Emerald Coast Magazine.

 

Photo by LymanDVM Photography, courtesy of Kentucky Ballet Theatre.