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A twilight twist ends Gainesville Ballets season
Gainesville Ballet dancers will perform repertory pieces plus excerpts from the company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” at Friday's "Dancing at Dusk" performance. - photo by Tom Reed

Dancing at Dusk

An outdoor celebration of dance and music

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4

Where: Brenau University Amphitheater, 810 Brenau Lane, Gainesville

How much: $15 adults, $5 students

Contact: 770-532-4241

“It’s our end-of-the-year performance that we love to do,” said Tanya Glosson, past president of the nonprofit’s board of directors. “It’s light and fun.”

The production is scheduled for Friday at the Brenau University Amphitheater, 810 Brenau Lane in Gainesville. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the gate.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, but dessert will be provided.

The show will feature the group’s repertory pieces, as well as a few excerpts from the company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

“There will be some jazz pieces and some ballet pieces,” said Diane Callahan, founding artistic director. “Just like always.”

Live music will be provided by the Northwinds Brass Quintet with percussion, the West Hall High School Jazz Band and More Cowbell from Riverside Military Academy.

Although the outdoor performance is a community favorite, this year’s production will be bittersweet for some. It represents a final curtain call for graduating seniors Phalan Henry and Laura Vinson, who have been Callahan’s students for the last 12 years.

As if enjoying food, friends and the fine arts wasn’t enough, this year’s open-air performance will have an added dose of feel-good. Proceeds from “Dancing at Dusk” will be donated to The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

“We’re real excited about being able to help The Cancer Center, specifically the breast cancer patients,” Glosson said.

“Our girls are dancing for entertainment, which is fun, but this year they’re also dancing to benefit a good cause.”

Although Mother Nature is expected to allow the show to go on, Saturday will be the rain date if there is inclement weather.