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Ballet Wichita

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For more than four decades, Ballet Wichita has been a pillar of the state’s arts organizations. Performing for over 23,000 people annually, Ballet Wichita helps stimulate a vibrant cultural landscape, while passionately advancing dance and the arts in Wichita and throughout the state.

With over 130 dancers performing with Ballet Wichita each year, the company is built upon a foundation of a talented troupe of regional dancers and professional guest artists representing major ballet companies from across North America.

In addition to touring the annual holiday favorite, the Nutcracker, the company tours shortened family-friendly productions across south-central Kansas in June and September. In 2019, the company added a full-length production of Cinderella to its touring roster.

Primary Program Description

The Nutcracker: Ballet Wichita’s Nutcracker, is a traditional and lavish fairytale ballet that reflects the warm, magical feelings of the holiday season. With great storytelling, the production is a favorite for people of all ages and an annual tradition for many families. With Tchaikovsky’s lyrical and dramatic score, lavish costumes, and newly designed sets, this stunning production will transport you and your family into a magical world of dancing dolls, mischievous mice, and sparkling snowflakes.
Time: Approx 1 hour, 50 min. with intermission
Available in November and December

Cinderella Ballet: an endearing story-based ballet of a young housemaid’s determined belief in happiness and the transforming power of love. Ballet Wichita’s production of CINDERELLA is re-imagined in 1920s Vienna, inside the “Glass Slipper Cafe.” Set to the music of Johann Strauss, Jr., Artistic Director’s Alex Ossadnik’s three-part ballet is humorous, charming, and entertaining enough for audiences of all ages.
Time: 1 hour, 15 min. w/ intermission

Program Fee

$8,000 – Nutcracker Ballet
Presenting organizations will also cover transportation fees (busing costs) for dancers.

$4,000 – Cinderella Ballet
Presenting organizations will also cover transportation fees (busing costs) for dancers.

$150.00 – Meet a Dancer Fee
Includes transportation for venues up to 50 miles from Wichita. For venues further than 50 miles from Wichita, additional transportation fees and overnight lodging may be required.

Community Activity Information

Ballet Wichita Pre-Curtain Talks
Free for all ticket holders, arrive early and hear about the show you are about to see. Learn how music, special effects, and costumes all make magic on stage by attending the pre-curtain talk. Includes audience Q & A with BW Artistic Director and Dancers. Arrive one hour prior to curtain. No reservation is necessary.

*This Community Activity is only available with facility permission.

Educational Activity Information

Ballet Wichita’s “Meet A Dancer” lecture-demonstrations are an opportunity for dancers and the presenting community to meet dancers in costume, see a short performance, and demystify the art form.

These can be programmed as classroom visits or as an assembly, allowing for as many students to participate as your space allows. Students will discover what classical ballet is, what it’s like to train and work as a dancer, why they wear tutus, how those shoes work, and how they can learn to dance too.

Space allowing, we’ll engage students in performing with Ballet Wichita dancers.

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