Oct
14
Sat
Giselle @ Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
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 Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin 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.

Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets dating back to Paris in 1841, is staged by NFB Ballet Mistress Dorothy Daniels Lister with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and music by Adolphe Adam. This romantic ballet in two acts tells the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering Albrecht, her lover, is betrothed to another.

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.

NFB demi soloist Jeffrey Senior will perform the role of Hilarion and NFB founder Bernadette Clements Sims will perform the role of Berthe. Additional members of the NFB Company will round out the cast and include Savannah Crabtree and Keegan Lloyd performing the popular Peasant Pas de Deux. Jeff Prescott will dance the role of Albrecht’s Squire Wilfred while Terry Prewitt will perform as Bathilde’s father, the Duke of Courland. Seleta Howard will dance the role of Albrecht’s fiancé Bathilde. NFB demi soloist Ellie Edwards will dance the captivating role of Myrtha.

 Guest artist accommodations for the production are provided by the Courtyard Marriott in Grand Boulevard, a Howard Group Development. The living scenery for Giselle is provided by Clay Garden & Gifts. 

Oct
21
Sat
Charming Charlie Fundraiser @ Charming Charlie - Destin Commons
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Join us at Charming Charlie (behind Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl) in Destin Commons on Sat., Oct. 21 from 10am until 9pm to start your holiday shopping and give back to NFB at the same time. This is the perfect time to get your holiday accessories and gifts while supporting our organization. CLICK HERE to download the flyer to print or show on your phone when you check out. NFB receives 10-20% of your purchase!

Oct
23
Mon
Community School Parent Observation @ Northwest Florida Ballet
Oct 23 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm

Parents of Community School Students are invited to come observe their children during their dance classes for the last 15 minutes of class. Call the NFB Offices for more information!

Oct
29
Sun
2017 Vintij Wine Dinner @ Vintij Wine Boutique
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets are on sale now for the Northwest Florida Ballet “Fall Into Dance” four-course wine dinner at Vin’tij Wine Boutique on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. to benefit the NFB Live Music Fund.

Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple (excluding gratuity). Seating for the event is limited. Vin’tij Chef John Jacob’s menu features seasonal delights that dance with the extraordinary flavors of Alexana wines.

The event supports live music provided by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra for NFB’s 2017-2018 season productions of The Nutcracker and Peter Pan. The NFB Symphony Orchestra is led by NFB Music Director David Ott and is comprised of the finest musicians from the Southeast and abroad.

Chef John’s Just Back From Oregon Menu includes: Selected Passed Finger Foods, House Smoked Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Salad with Arugula, Watercress, Melon Relish, Lemon Goat Cheese and Honey Coconut Vinaigrette; Pie Spiced Pork Tenderloin with a Berry Polenta Cake, Roast Beet Relish and Sweet Potato Fumet and Lemon Pound Cake with Balsamic Sautéed Berries and Citrus Anglaise.

The evening’s featured vintner, Alexana Vineyards & Winery with Friend Speaker Mr. Patrick Ladd, will delight patrons with the Alexana Estate Riesling, Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Alexana Terrior Series Chardonnay and Alexana Terrior Series Pinot Noir during each of the courses. These select wines will also be available for purchase.

Additionally, the Alexana 2013 Late Harvest Riesling will be available for tasting only with large format bottles of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Revana Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir available for purchase only.

Please note that the menu is subject to change.

Nov
7
Tue
The Gulf Gives Back @ The Gulf Okaloosa Island
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Join NFB at The Gulf on Okaloosa Island on Nov. 7!

The Gulf is generously donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to NFB! Come out and enjoy great food, awesome beverages and an amazing view while helping our organization!

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.

Nov
27
Mon
Daddy Dance Date
Nov 27 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

Monday through Saturday,  we invite fathers, grandfathers, uncles and any father figures dance with your Child in any of their classes! Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance either barefoot or in socks if you do not have Marley Floor appropriate dance shoes.

Dec
8
Fri
Free Hula Dance Class!
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in December for a night of Hula Dancing! This class is a free community class and is open to the community!

Call us at the Ballet Offices with any questions. We hope to see you there!