- Mead Theatre Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton, OH, US
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Dayton Ballet Tickets
Company: Dayton Ballet
Roots: Dayton, Ohio
Founders: Josephine Schwarz and Hermene Schwarz
Artistic Director: Karen Russo Burke
Primary Venues: Mead Theatre Schuster Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theatre
Dayton Ballet Tickets
Dayton Ballet has been around since 1927 although it didn't receive that name until 1978. Founded by the Schwarz sisters, Josephine and Hermene, Dayton Ballet grew from a school to a company in 50 years. The company took off under Stuart Sebastian, a student of Josephine's who became the director of Dayton Ballet in 1980. Under his leadership, the company toured in over 75 cities as well as internationally in Jordan. Sebastian choreographed many full-length ballets for the company, the first being Sleeping Beauty. The company's status rose under his directorship. After Stuart Sebastian's death, the former artistic director of the Houston Ballet, James Clouser, stepped in the role. Following that, Dermot Burke of the Joffrey Ballet assumed the role of executive and artistic director. His influences led the company to American-style choreography while also holding onto Sebastian's work. The ballet performs locally at Mead Theatre Schuster Performing Arts Center and Victoria Theatre. Grab your Dayton Ballet tickets on StubHub today.
Dayton Ballet Schedule and the Arts
In the beginning stages of Dayton Ballet, Josephine Schwarz spent time dancing at the School of American Ballet and on Broadway, but she returned home to Dayton due to an injury. In 1938, Josephine and Hermene took their school's best dancers and formed The Experimental Group for Young Dancers. They performed at the Dayton Art Institute, the first performance of what would become Dayton Ballet. Before the company took on that name, it was called the Dayton Civic Ballet for 20 years. The company bloomed under different directors, all the while changing the art scene in Dayton. In 2012, the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra merged to form the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, making the largest performing arts organization in the community of Dayton.Back to Top
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