Talk of the Town: Now THIS is ballet!

Talk of the Town: Studio Series season preview event
Columbia Classical Ballet’s 2018-19 Season is proud to present “Now THIS is ballet!” coming this fall.
Columbia Classical Ballet’s 2018-19 Season is proud to present “Now THIS is ballet!” coming this fall.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Classical Ballet's 2018-19 Season is proud to present "Now THIS is ballet!" coming this fall.  The group has five prestigious ballet competition medal winners in the company - truly unprecedented in Columbia.

The company's dancers come from all over the world. Koyo Yanagishima of Japan and Jinsol Eum of South Korea are gold-medal winning principal dancers, Clément Guillaume of France is a gold-medal winning soloist, and Zi Wang of China is a silver medalist.

Mari Bell of Canada, a gold-medal winner, rounds out the fabulous five. In addition, the company boasts of having Brianna Taylor and Quincy Sykes of Columbia.

Company officials say, "It is a source of pride for Columbia to be able to attract and retain these talented dancers like Sarah Waters who is from Indiana and is part of the Corps de Ballet. Radenko Pavlovich's world-renowned reputation as an impeccable teacher and master of the technique is what draws this variety of talent to our city. The dancers range in age from 18 to 24, a most impressionable time in their lives as they build their careers, and they come to Columbia to achieve their best potential."

The Columbia Classical Ballet will have a free-admission 2018-19 season preview, "Studio Series", Sunday, September 16, with seatings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Pavlovich Ballet School, 25 Forest Lake Place, Columbia. This event is limited seating by reservations only. Call 803-252-9112 or e-mail to make your reservations.

"One thing that one can see up-close in the preview is how our female dancers dance on their toes. Most people do not realize that at peak rehearsal time and during performances a dancer can go through three pairs of pointe shoes in a week! Each pair costs about $100," say company officials.

The company provides a certain number of pairs to each dancer but to ensure each dancer is properly and safely attired they encourage donations to the Pointe Shoe Fund all year long and at the Studio Series Preview. To make donations online visit www.columbiaclassicalballet.com, click on Support, then Pointe Shoe Fund.

Regular performances are at the Koger Center (803-251-2222) and the season kicks off with Le Corsaire (The Pirate) on Friday, October 19. For more information, call 803-252-9112 or visit www.columbiaclassicalballet.com.

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