Ballet Palm Beach
(formerly Florida Classical Ballet Theatre)
Announces its 2013-2014 Season!
Season Highlights Include:
The Curtain Rises
Romeo & Juliet
Tales My Mother Told
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Artistic Director, Colleen Smith, founded Florida Classical Ballet Theatre (FCBT) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2001 to give local artists and dance students the opportunity to perform in full-length ballet productions. Now in its 13th season, Smith changed FCBT’s name to Ballet Palm Beach. “The name Ballet Palm Beach better aligns our growing ballet company with who we are and the community we serve,” says Colleen Smith. The mission of Ballet Palm Beach is to preserve the art of ballet, impact young lives through the discipline of dance, and enrich the community through the beauty of ballet. This season the dance company is sure to follow its mission with an exciting and diverse repertoire that is “Dance. Inspired.” In addition to five main-stage performances at The Eissey Campus Theatre the company is committed to community outreach through partnerships with the Palm Beach County Library System, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, and public school systems. They will be performing “Ballet By The Book” as part of the “Families Reading Together” program at Palm Beach County library branches and at the National Family Literacy Day Celebration. In addition the company will perform at The Kravis Center and The Eissey Campus Theatre for children from Palm Beach County Public School Systems.
Opening night with Ballet Palm Beach will be Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm with The Curtain Rises a mixed repertoire program featuring three tangos with music by Astor Piazzolla , In The Mood with music by Glenn Miller, and a new work with music by Benjamin Britten. Celebrate the start of the season with Ballet Palm Beach!
Ballet Palm Beach dances into the holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with the company’s tradition of The Nutcracker. Underscored by Tchaikovsky’s magical music, the beloved ballet tells a story of a little girl named Clara who receives a gift of a Nutcracker on Christmas Eve. From treacherous mice, a blustery snowstorm, to the Land of the Sweets, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season and introduce children to the beauty of ballet.
Over Valentine’s weekend, Ballet Palm Beach performs Shakespeare’s most romantic tale, Romeo and Juliet. Set against the backdrop of Verona, Italy and underscored by Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music, the senses will be heightened as audiences hear the tragedy through the music and watch the story unfold through dance artistry. With first love, family feuds, sword fighting and great tragedy, this ballet dates back to the 1930’s and continues to be popular with audiences of all ages.
On April 4th and 5th the company performs the whimsically funny and time-honored classical ballet Don Quixote with music by Minkus. The ballet is based on part of Cervantes’ epic satire Don Quixote, which is regarded as the first true modern novel. The plot of this comedic ballet centers on Don Quixote mistaking the beautiful but feisty Kitri for his Dulcinea, and that is just the start of the confusion.
Celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014, with Ballet Palm Beach’s final performance of the season. Tales My Mother Told Me is a mixed repertoire program with dances inspired by stories from our childhood. The ballet will be at 4:00pm on Mother’s Day – a perfect way to spend the time with Mom!
The season line-up is as follows:
Eissey Campus Theatre
At Palm Beach State College
11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens
The Curtain Rises
Opening Night With Ballet Palm Beach
Friday, October 25, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, November 29, 2013 – 7:30pm
Saturday, November 30, 2013 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 1, 2013 – 2:00pm
Romeo & Juliet
Friday, February 14, 2014 – 7:30pm
Saturday, February 15, 2014 – 2pm & 7:30pm
Friday, April 4, 2014 – 7:30pm
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 2pm & 7:30pm
Tales My Mother Told
A Mixed Repertoire Program
Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 4pm
Tickets and Season Tickets:
Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased online at balletpalmbeach.org or by calling the Eissey Campus Theatre during office hours at 561.207.5900.
About Ballet Palm Beach: Ballet Palm Beach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the art of ballet, impacting young lives through the discipline of dance and enriching the community through the beauty of ballet. Artistic Director, Colleen Smith, founded the organization in 2001 to give local dance artists and students the opportunity to perform in full-length ballet productions. Ballet Palm Beach is Palm Beach County’s professional ballet company with performances at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. BPB’s dance school is located at The Esther Center in Palm Beach Gardens with classes offered to students beginning at age 3 years old. For more information about the dance school, call 561.630.8235. Ballet Palm Beach’s invaluable community outreach and education programs include collaborating with the Palm Beach County Library System and the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition with the common goal of exposing local residents to the beauty of the arts.
For more information about Ballet Palm Beach, visit balletpalmbeach.org, join us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at or by calling the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College during office hours at 561.207.5900.