BFan Academy Fall Session has Officially Started!

Last weekend, we kicked off our Academy Fall Session with an Open House Event at our studio! We had delicious snacks, offered example classes, held a raffle for BFan apparel, and there was even a surprise performance by our company dancers. Not only did we get to see our wonderful academy dancers after taking a short break for the summer, but we also were able to meet many new academy dancers that are joining us this week! 

Class with Ms. Hannah

Above: A special ballet class with Executive Director, Ms. Hannah!

Surprise Performance with Ms. Cari and Mr. Natanael

Above: Ms. Cari & Mr. Natanael during their surprise performance for our Open House guests!

Enrollment is still open at the Ballet Fantastique Academy. To enroll your dancer, visit our academy website.

Adult classes are also offered at the Ballet Fantastique Academy.  For more information, visit our academy website.

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Save the Date!

Mark your Calendars!

February at Ballet Fantastique has some great outings for you and your loved ones! Get ready to hit the town and celebrate.

Tales from the Floating World

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Photo: Reathel Geary

Want to come see BFan’s performance inspired by the haunting and powerful music of Portland Taiko and live koto player Mitsuki Dazai? This performance will be outstanding and filled with adventure, romance, and the supernatural!

Performance Dates

Friday Feb 7 @ 7:30pm

Saturday Feb 8 @ 7:30pm

Sunday Feb 9 @ 2:30pm

Soreng Theater, Hult Center

One Eugene Center

Eugene, OR 97401

Cooking with the Choreographers

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Want to spend the night experiencing the Caribbean from the comforts of Eugene? You and your V-Day date will get a chance to experience food from the Caribbean and see some dancing! Don’t miss this one-night event!

Date

Sunday Feb 16 @ 5pm

Party Downtown

55 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

ZORRO: The Ballet Recap

“This ballet was big, bold and beautiful” said Gwen Curran from The Register Guard. “The standing ovation at the end said it best: This is another hit for Ballet Fantastique.”

After long nights of rehearsal, hard work, and much needed volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, ZORRO: The Ballet was a wonderful success! With live music from the band Incendio, and violinist virtuoso Kim Angelis, Ballet Fantastique was able to create another dramatic, all-original ballet production!

Photo: Stephanie Urso

Photo: Stephanie Urso

Alex Notman, Arts Editor for Eugene Weekly, said, “The costumes and choreography were bright, innovative and fearless. All set against a music backdrop by the California-based Incendio Band, an exhilarating mix of Spanish guitar, violin and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll.”

You can read more about what she thought about Zorro here!

This past weekend was also the final days of our 2012 Oregon Ducks Liquid Lightning Football Helmet raffle valued at $1200! The drawing happened during the BFan cast party after the Sunday matinee. Congratulations Brandon Gray on being the raffle winner!

The Official 2012 Oregon Ducks Football Helmet was generously donated by Hydrographics Inc.

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We want to thank everyone who came to ZORRO: The Ballet and to those who contributed and helped make this production possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Excited to see more? Ballet Fantastique’s NEW LEGENDS season continues with Tales from the Floating World, a landmark contemporary ballet inspired by the powerful music of Portland Taiko, award-winning ensemble drummers. You won’t want to miss it!

photo: Reathel Geary

photo: Reathel Geary

You can still buy pro-rated, rest-of-season subscriptions! CLICK HERE!

You can get single Tales from the Floating World tickets here!

The Sounds of ZORRO® the Ballet!

Other than dramatic all-original choreography, witty storytelling, and playful dance theater, Ballet Fantastique is featuring live music at ZORRO® The Ballet premiere! BFan is so excited to be working with incredibly talented music artists, the LA-based Latin-fusion band Incendio and virtuoso violinist-composer Kim Angelis. In fact, we are so excited that we wanted to share a little bit of background with you about our special guest artists before attending the premiere!

Ballet Fantastique is happy to welcome back the LA-based Latin-fusion band Incendio (meaning “fire” in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish). BFan last collaborated with them when the company toured to the Seattle area. Incendio just recently came across one of their many milestones: their eighth release– The Shape of Dreams.

Incendio

Incendio describes themselves as “instrumental world music.” Formed in 1999 by Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé, Incendio’s sound is a unique blend of classical, jazz, rock, flamenco, Celtic, and even bluegrass. Their music has been featured on The History Channel, A & E, Showtime and songs by its members have been used in video games like Far Cry 3 and popular movies like Bridesmaids. We are also excited to celebrate Incendio’s recent award for the 10th Annual Instrumental Album Vox Pop Winner!

BFan is also happy to be collaborating with the Astoria-based, virtuoso violinist-composer Kim Angelis! Performing her unique brand of gypsy-flamenco contemporary string music all across the world, it has been featured at the Olympics and World Cup gymnastics events, in film, and on television! She was also named the winner of the “ASCAP Plus” award… TWICE!

Kim Angelis

Kim’s music is built on a solid classical foundation, but the inspiration flows freely from the Romany Diaspora of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Spain. Her brilliant compositions showcase the beauty, power, and excitement of her playing.

The combination of these two incredibly talented musical artists are going to make ZORRO® the Ballet a premiere you won’t want to miss!

To purchase your tickets now, click here!

 

Special Student Outreach Matinee: Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 am

$5 tickets for students made possible with support from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Click here to register your students now!

Outreach experience info sheet>>

Company Dancer Resolutions!

Ballet Fantastique is honored to have two incredibly talented male company artists! This week we wanted to make sure they didn’t feel left out by asking them what their dance resolutions were for this upcoming 13-14 season: NEW LEGENDS. This is what they had to say…

 

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Justin, a BFan company dancer since 2011, said: “I want to achieve a greater level of control, better extensions, and solidify my triple pirouettes.”

 

 

 

Fabio

Fabio Simoes, one of BFan’s newest company dancers, said: “It’s going to be a really good season, a new fresh start! I want to get back in shape and focus on getting into the classic scene again, and try to absorb -even more- what people have to give to me!”

 

 

Also, don’t forget about Ballet Fantastique’s upcoming ZORRO® The Ballet premiere! Opening BFan’s NEW LEGENDS season with dramatic all-original choreography, witty storytelling, brilliant live music, and playful dance theater.

You won’t want to miss it! To purchase your tickets now, click here!

What’s in a Company Dancer’s Bag?

As Ballet Fantastique‘s 13-14 Season: NEW LEGENDS jump starts with company dancer rehearsals every day for ZORRO® The Ballet, we were curious about what they carried with them to every practice. We asked some of them if we could take a peek in their dance bags and what we found was both fun and helpful, so we decided to should share them with you!

We took a sneak peek in Leanne's bag to see what she carries in her dance bag at all times!

We took a sneak peek in Leanne’s dance bag to see what she thinks is important to carry around at all times!

Leanne’s bag: Ibuprofen, Biofreeze, Thera-band, skirts, warm-ups, point shoes, foot roller, ballet technique soft shoes, sewing kit, deflated bike tire, deodorant, mint foot spray and perfume, ipod, and CD’s.

Caitlin’s bag: Point shoes, flat shoes, massage ball and Tiger Balm.

Ashley’s bag: Point shoes, soft shoes, gray fleece onesie (that her mom made her), toe tape, Thera-Band, toe spacers, leotards, and tights.

Lydia’s bag: Two pairs of flat shoes, two pairs of point shoes, two sets of toe pads, skirt and shorts, tights, deodorant, baby powder, water, and an old granola bar.

Krislyn (If she had a dance bag): Leg warmers, point shoes, foot spray, sewing kit, and a schedule binder.

BFan’s Top 5 Reasons to Come to Zorro!

From the daredevil imaginations of Ballet Fantastique‘s acclaimed producer-choreographers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager comes ZORRO: The Ballet, re-telling the famed legend of the masked Diego de la Vega. There are numerous reasons why someone should come see the show, but this week we asked some of our company dancers what their top five reasons to come see Zorro are! Read on to see what they had to say…

photo: Stephanie Urso

photo: Stephanie Urso

Hannah, executive director, said: “People should come to see Zorro because:

  1. It’s a really fun show and it covers a huge range of space, time and styles.
  2. The dancers are having so much fun– we get to be Native Americans and Spanish aristocrat girls in Barcelona. We even get to be folk dancers in what’s now LA. There’s so much fun that we’re having with showing different styles as actresses.
  3. It’s super high energy and the music is absolutely amazing. These bands are just like nothing you’ve ever heard.
  4. It’s all original choreography,
  5. all-original music and true to BFan’s style as ballet like you’ve never seen it before!”

Leanne, a company dancer, said:

  1. “The live music.
  2. BFan is the first ballet company to ever do Zorro.
  3. The costumes are amazing.
  4. The dancing is very different and covers many different genres.
  5. It is a really high-intensity show.”

Ashley said:

  1. “It would appeal to both men and women.
  2. We are the first ballet company to ever do Zorro.
  3. The costumes are extraordinary.
  4. The music is going to be epic!
  5. It is our first show with Fabio!”

Justin said:

  1. “Top notch music that you can’t help but groove to!
  2. Premiere show for our new company dancers!
  3. We’re the first ballet company to ever be given rights to do Zorro!
  4. Another set of amazing and eye catching costumes from our team of costume designers/builders.
  5. Helping to keep our art alive, even when major and highly talented companies around the country are collapsing.”

Lydia, one of BFan’s newest company dancers, said:

  1. “I think it is interesting because this is the untold story of Zorro. I just always assumed Zorro was just there and I didn’t know the reasoning behind it all. This is like part one of Zorro!
  2. This is my first show with Ballet Fantastique!
  3. I think it is cool that there is a Zorro corporation and we’ve had permission to perform it. I think that’s kind of a big deal!
  4. It’s the first of its kind!
  5. I think it will appeal to a lot of different types of people just because it has a lot of different versatility!”

Krislyn said:

  1. “The music is super awesome. I’m so excited to work with Incendio again. They are an amazing group to work with. The music is all very precise and makes it a lot easier for us to dance to. I’m super excited about the electric violin!
  2. The story of Zorro is a little different than the typical Zorro tale, so I think it will be fun for people to hear this story.
  3. The costumes are super beautiful and a lot more different than we’ve ever done before. I’ll have wings on my costume!
  4. Again with the story, I think a lot of different kinds of people with like it!
  5. It’s not a classical ballet, it is more temporary, and it will be a lot of fun!”

ZORRO® The Ballet premieres October 18-20 at the Hult Center. Click here to get your tickets now!