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Category: Ballet


Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma holds dance museum and open house

Tacoma’s Metropolitan Ballet celebrates it’s 25th anniversary season with a mini museum and open house this Saturday, showing visitors behind the scenes of a dance studio and highlighting the interior of their historic South Tacoma building.

The community walk-through tour includes costumes, scenery, props, studio and office rooms, and visitors will get the chance to see the 1910 Odd Fellows building that has housed MTB for over two decades.

The museum is free, but donations will be accepted. Cupcakes and punch will be served at the walk-through, hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served at an alumni presentation that

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Art, wine, music and dance for Tacoma City Ballet’s seventh Studio Art Gallery night

Local artwork, live music, wine, dessert and cool choreography mix together for the Tacoma City Ballet’s Studio Art Gallery VII this Saturday night.

Occuring every few months, the open-house gallery evenings are held in the lavish, gilt-tipped ballroom at the Merlino Building, which TCB and other dance groups use for rehearsals, classes and shows. Work from local artists is displayed round the walls and in the side studios, there’s live music and refreshments, and TCB assistant director Joel Myers will show new choreography performed by TCB dancers.

7-10 p.m. July 30. $5 includes glass of wine and dessert. 21+. Jan

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“Nevsky” and the Sonic Funk Orchestra live with Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma this weekend

Washington Contemporary Ballet’s annual Spring Repertory Concert this Sunday features “Nevsky,” a ballet by Kay Englert telling the story of the Russian Holocaust, as well as two new dances to live music by the Sonic Funk Orchestra.

2 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 15. $18 general admission/$12 military, students and seniors. Mt. Tahoma High School auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. 253-474-4312, www.wcbdance.org



Still time to see some “Nutcrackers” this weekend and next

It’s “Nutcracker” season, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from in the South Sound, quite apart from Pacific Ballet Northwest’s extravaganza in Seattle. Some have already gone, like Dance Theatre Northwest last weekend. But if you’re looking for a good dose of sugar plums and snowflakes, here’s the low-down on the rest.

Ballet Northwest

This is the Olympia classic, performed by over 70 dancers in a huge range of ages with all the trappings in the Washington Center.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec.

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Tacoma City Ballet gets “Haunted”

Tired of pumpkins? Want to avoid the candy crash? If you’re looking for something a little different to do with the kids this Halloween, check out Tacoma City Ballet. The downtown dance studio is holding its annual production of “The Haunted Theatre” this weekend and next, and the show features a spooky backstage tour of the grandly historic 6th Avenue building and themed “Eerie Dances” by the TCB company. There’ll be treats as well, and is aimed at all ages.

“The Haunted Theatre” runs 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 23

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Free public tours begin next week at Seattle’s McCaw Hall


Ever wondered where opera singers get dressed? Where the orchestra unpacks? What the lighting desk looks like? All these secrets and more are revealed in the new free public tours of the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center, beginning Aug. 17. McCaw Hall, built in 1928, renovated in 1962 for the World’s Fair and finally completed in 2003, is one of the premier arts venues in the country, hosting the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet in the 2,900-seat Brotman auditorium and Seattle International Film Festival events downstairs in the smaller Nesholm hall, plus numerous other events

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New in town: Ballet Arts Tacoma

Tacoma has a new ballet studio. Ballet Arts Tacoma started up last weekend with classes on Sundays and Mondays at Urban Grace Church, and more to come in the fall.

The studio is owned and taught by Debi Hays, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in London then danced professionally for 13 years with the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Duesseldorf, Germany. For the last four years Hays has been ballet director at Elite Dance in Puyallup, and is now heading up her own school. Classes focus on serious ballet students of all ages.

“I really want

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No fees this week for PNB tickets


If you’re thinking of buying tickets for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Ballet season, this might be the week to do it. Through July 25 PNB is offering a deal of no service fees on tickets, including subscriptions.

The 2010-2011 season is full of good stuff, for sure. The September “Director’s Choice” repertory program includes Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces” to music by Phillip Glass, November sees an all-Tharp program, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” in February with choreography by Kent Stowell, two world premieres in the March contemporary program, “Pinocchio” (also in March), the renowned PNB production of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s

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