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Gainesville Ballet presents Dancing at Dusk on Saturday at Brenau

POSTED: May 5, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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Gainesville Ballet dancers, from left, Monica Glosson, Sally Justus, top, Emily Wilbanks, bottom, Brelin Zimmerman and Leigh Ann Powell.

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Like a scene from a Shakespearean play, fair maidens in flowing gowns will take to a stage shaded by woods to dance in the fading sunlight this weekend.

As has become an annual tradition, the Gainesville Ballet will present its Dancing at Dusk performance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brenau University Amphitheater.

"We started this tradition at least 15 years ago," said Diane Callahan, the ballet company's founding artistic director.

"Our dancers will be performing all repertory pieces. They've performed them before, but with this performance being outside, it feels very different."

While event organizers are hoping that the community comes out to take in the top-notch choreography, they also hope that the audience will stick around to listen to special musical guests. After all, Saturday's event is "an outdoor celebration of dance and music."

The Northwinds Brass Quintet with percussion will be performing during the show's intermission. Tent City, an Athens-based band, will entertain the crowd after the dancing is done.

"We just want people to come out and enjoy the arts," said Tanya Glosson, president of the ballet's board of directors and advisory council.

"They can pack a picnic, bring out their lawn chairs and enjoy a great show."

To sweeten the deal, the ballet company will also be providing a free dessert to attendees during intermission.

As a special fundraiser, the ballet company will be selling raffle tickets at the show for a one-of-a-kind quilt.

"(Darcy Leimbach), made the quilt out of different Gainesville Ballet T-shirts from the last 10 to 15 years," Glosson said.

"She generously donated it to us to use as a fundraiser. It would make a great souvenir for anyone, especially dancers who performed with us during that time."

Tickets for the raffle are $25 each. Tickets for the show, also on sale at the event, are $15 for adults and $5 for students.



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