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Ballet company presents “Hearts for Haiti” fundraiser

Lilyan Vigo and Timour Bourtasenkov in Carolina Ballet's Cinderella; Photo by The Right Image Photography.

Lilyan Vigo and Timour Bourtasenkov in Carolina Ballet's Cinderella; Photo by The Right Image Photography.

In the wake of the devastation that rocked the nation of Haiti three weeks ago, the dancers of Carolina Ballet would like to help the nation rebuild. In an effort to raise funds for the people of Haiti, Carolina Ballet is opening its doors for an open studio rehearsal of Cinderella on Sunday, February 14, 2010, 3:30pm-4:30pm, before the production moves to the theater for the opening on Thursday, February 18.  The company is asking attendees to make a minimum contribution of $25 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.  “Most of us do not know how to treat wounds, speak Creole, or use forklifts to dig through the rubble,” says dancer Taisha Barton-Rowledge, “we do, however, know how to inspire people through dance, we are given the chance to heal souls, to lift people out of their daily lives and allow them to connect to the further reaches of humanity.” All of the money raised will be given to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.  Seating is limited, contact Emily Hughes in the Carolina Ballet Development Office at 919-719-0800 ext. 229 or  The rehearsal will be held at the Carolina Ballet studios, 3401 Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh.

            Due to the demand for tickets to attend the Cinderella / Balanchine program, Carolina Ballet announces that it is adding an extra performance of Cinderella on Saturday, March 6 at 11:00am in the Fletcher Opera Theater.  This performance will be only the Cinderella portion of the program to allow families with younger children to enjoy this classic fairy tale without sitting through a longer production of dance.  Tickets for the 11:00am show may be obtained by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919 719-0900 or through Ticketmaster at 800 892-2787.

            Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken its place among America’s premier arts organizations.  Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers.  This twelfth season represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and ever-increasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.

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  1. This is inspiring – great idea Carolina Ballet !