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Ballet Mississippi is kicking off its 50th anniversary by hosting Stars of American Ballet. The group will perform Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. The dancers will present four pas de deux by George Balanchine including Tarantella, The Man I Love, Rubies from Jewels, and Stars & Stripes. Balanchine, known as the father of American ballet, was co-founder of New York City Ballet and one of the most prolific choreographers in the history of dance. Additionally, Stars will perform Jerome Robbins’ masterpiece, Fancy Free, music by Leonard Bernstein. Premiering in 1944, the ballet is about three sailors on leave during World War II. Jerome Robbins is known for his work in ballet, Broadway, and film winning Tony awards for Fiddler on the Roof, and Academy Awards for West Side Story. Both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Not only is this event an incredible opportunity to see world-class ballet, these works have special significance for Ballet Mississippi. Our founders Albia Kavan and Rex Cooper had careers in New York. Albia danced in dance companies under George Balanchine, precursors to New York City Ballet. Rex Cooper was in the original cast of Fancy Free. Additionally, only a few dance companies have the rights to perform these pieces. Ordinarily, audiences would have to travel to NYC to see them! It is amazing that we will have this opportunity at our own Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson.

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Sunday with the Stars

Following the performance, a celebration will be held at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Sunday with the Stars will be an opportunity to meet the dancers of Stars of American Ballet and to toast Ballet Mississippi’s golden anniversary. Tickets for the celebration are $75 per person.

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Stars of American Ballet
 
       
 
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Daniel Ulbricht
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons; and Peter Martins’ Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet among many others. Mr. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary. He has also performed at numerous national and international festivals and galas. Mr. Ulbricht is a guest teacher at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Academy East, as well as, teaches at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities throughout the United States. Presently, Mr. Ulbricht is the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet and the Associate Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is alsothefounder and director of oeDaniel Ulbricht and Friends”, a dance ensemble devoted to presenting high caliber dance performances, as well as education and outreach programs.
 
  Lauren Lovette
Lauren Lovette was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004 and 2005 and enrolled at SAB as a full time student in 2006. In October 2009, Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. Since joining NYCB Ms. Lovette has be featured in Robbins’ Interplay, Two and Three Part Inventions, West Side Story, Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Nutracker, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, and Mercurial Maneuvers. In February 2013, Ms. Lovette was promoted to Soloist.
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Teresa Reichlen
Ms. Reichlen was born in Clifton, Virginia. She began her dance training at the age of 10 at the Russell School of Ballet with Thomas and Illona Russell, Mary Rogers, and Margaret McGarry. In 1999, Ms. Reichlen studied at the summer program of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She entered SAB full time in the fall of the same year. In October 2000, Ms. Reichlen became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2001 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Ms. Reichlen was promoted to the rank of soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer. Ms. Reichlen has been featured in a number of ballets including Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Coppelia, Episodes, Firebird, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, The Nutcracker, Harlequinade, Kammermusik No. 2, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, Who Cares?,As well as works created by other prominent choreographers: Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Ulysses Dove and William Forsythe.
 
  Amar Ramasar
Amar Ramasar was born in the Bronx, New York. He began his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 1993. In addition, he studied at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Program and The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. In July 2000, Mr. Ramasar was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in July 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In March of 2006 he was promoted to soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer.
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Megan Fairchi ld
Ms. Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, studying with Judy Levitre and Kaelynne Oliphant at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah; and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City with Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Maureen Laird. While at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee. Ms. Fairchild entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000. In November 2001, Ms. Fairchild became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer. Since joining NYCB Ms. Fairchild has performed in numerous works including Balanchine’s Apollo, Allegro Brillante, Ball Della Regina, Chaconne, Coppelia, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la Fee", Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, The Nutcracker, Harlequinade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda, Variations, Jewels, Serenade, La Source, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier,Symphony in C, Tarantella, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Valse-Fantaisie, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, as well as ballets by Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, and others.
 
  Tiler Peck
Ms. Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet Principal Dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB Principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet in the fall of 2003. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice and in February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Shewas promoted to soloist in December 2006 and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer. Ms. Peck has performed many Balanchine ballets including Allegro Brillante, Apollo, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Coppéйlia, Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Jewels, Liebeslieder Walzer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Raymonda Variations, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Tarantella, Theme and Variations, Valse- Fantaisie, Who Cares? In addition, Ms. Peck has been critically acclaimed in works choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon and Susan Stroman.
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Robert Fairchild
Mr. Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began his dance training at Dance Concepts at the age of four with Rebecca Bateman and Kaelynne Oliphant. His formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Ballet West Conservatory with Sharee Lane. Other various teachers include: Laura King, Trey Barber, Brooke Healy, and Jaqueline and Heather College of Utah Regional Ballet. Mr. Fairchild attended the 2002 and 2003 summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full time student in the fall of 2003. In June 2005, Mr. Fairchild became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in May 2007 and in October 2009 was promoted to Principal Dancer. Mr. Fairchild has danced numerous roles in NYCB vast repertoire, Mr. Balanchine’s Apollo, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Jewels, The Nutcracker, Liebeslieder Walzer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scotch Symphony, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, La Sonnambula, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Western Symphony, Who Cares? Mr. Fairchild has also performed and originated roles in works created by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, and Jerome Robbins.
 
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