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Ballet Intensive Gala brings art, culture to Gainesville
Dancing showcase set for July 22 in Hosch Theatre at Brenau University in Gainesville
GO-BALLET
Dancers from International Ballet Intensive will showcase their talents with a variety of dance styles at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the Hosch Theatre, 202 Boulevard, in Gainesville. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and students. Children younger than 7 are free. Tickets will be available at the door an hour before the performance.

International Ballet Intensive Gala
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 22
Where: Hosch Theatre, 202 Boulevard, Gainesville
Cost: $12 adult, $9 seniors and students

Brenau University is set to host a high-caliber dance performance for the whole family.

After a month of hard work, dancers from International Ballet Intensive will showcase their talents with a variety of dance styles at a gala. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, in the Hosch Theatre, 202 Boulevard, in Gainesville.

“It’s a closing of our program. At the end, we culminate with a performance,” said Denita Emma, one of the two artistic directors at IBI.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and students. Children younger than 7 are free. Tickets will be available at the door an hour before the performance.

The brevity of the performance, as well as its diversity, will make it an educational and accessible event for youngsters, according to a news release from IBI.

IBI dancers come from the United States and overseas to participate in the intensive, as well as the culminating performance.

“They come to work for a month … (for) eight to 10 hours a day, studying and perfecting their craft.” Emma said.

Emma and her fellow artistic director, Momchil Mladenov, have choreographed the diverse performance. It will include excerpts from famous classical ballet pieces, as well as contemporary and jazz numbers.

“Although the main focus is classic ballet in this performance ... contemporary and jazz works contribute to the enrichment of ... classical ballet ... and vice versa.” Mladenov said.

Contemporary, jazz and ballet are all different genres of dance with their own set of genre-specific movements and music. The variations on movements and dance customs from different cultures will be represented in the dancers’ training throughout their time at IBI.

Guest instructors from around the world, including Bulgaria, Switzerland and Argentina, have joined the faculty for IBI to teach combinations of new movements to the dancers.

“It’s really the international faculty (who) really gives extra detail and flavor to the performance (and) to the community,” Mladenov said.

IBI’s gala performance is not only an opportunity for young dancers to showcase their new technique and honed craft, but a unique time for the community as well.

“(Denita Emma is) bringing all this international … flavor to the university and its community,” Mladenov said.

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