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Carolina Ballet Theatre Brings Back Popular ‘Ghosts’

October 21, 2015

“Ghosts” has proven to be one of Carolina Ballet Theatre’s greatest hits.

The dance troupe has performed this homage to Michael Jackson no fewer than three times in recent years.

This Friday (Oct. 23), the company will offer a 20-minute version of the dance, set to Jackson’s “Thriller” music, at a fundraiser in Mauldin.

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Hernan Justo’s Rockballet

Springfield Ballet Company’s ‘Rockballet’ Climbs ‘Stairway’

September 10, 2015

For the last 15 years, Hernan Justo has returned to Springfield as a guest choreographer for the Springfield Ballet Company’s annual production of “Rockballet.”

The artistic director of the Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, S.C., since 2000 after a long career as a professional dancer in his native Argentina and in Chile, Venezuela and in the U.S., the charismatic Justo said he cherishes his yearly visits to Springfield — he’s in love with the Muni Opera — and his relationship with the SBC and its artistic director, Julie Ratz.

“It’s so valuable, the local arts there,” said Justo, in a recent phone interview. “I love the company and I love Julie and I know how much they mean to the community.

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Choreographer Taps Into Social Media Movement for Inspiration

March 19, 2015

An upcoming dance performance will count on much more than applause from the audience. Spectators will also be asked to share their impressions face-to-face.

“Traces” will take place 7:30 Thursday night at the Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn.

Madeline Jazz Harvey, the professional dancer and choreographer with the Carolina Ballet Theatre who is behind the performance, said she named the show after what she hopes to achieve with help from the audience.

“I hope to share ‘traces’ of their impressions as I continue to work on these dance pieces and present them again later,” Harvey told WYFF. “I’m trying to shed light on the role that the audience plays in the creative process.”

Read the full article on WYFF News 4’s website.

Metropolitan Arts Council Marks New Fundraising Record

February 27, 2015

Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council raised a record of $2 million in 2014, MAC executive director Alan Ethridge announced this week.

Most of that money helps support dozens of Greenville arts groups and artists.

“This allows us to provide record high grants to individuals, arts organizations and arts education programs,” Ethridge said. “It’s groundbreaking.”

Thanks to increases in fundraising, MAC is providing more financial support to local arts organization than ever before, Ethridge said.

Nine local arts organizations will receive $25,000 each in operating support. Those organizations are Artisphere, Carolina Ballet Theatre, Centre Stage, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Little Theatre, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Peace Center, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre and the Warehouse Theatre.

Read the full article on Greenville News Online