Dancing dogs: Orlando Ballet auditions pups for role in ‘The Great Gatsby’
Orlando Ballet dog auditions The Orlando Ballet held “in-puppy” auditions on Friday morning to fill the role of Fido in upcoming performances of “The Great Gatsby.” (Sarah Wilson)ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a ruff role, but some puppy’s got to do it. The Orlando Ballet held “in-puppy” auditions on Friday morning to fill the role of Fido in upcoming performances of “The Great Gatsby.”The six finalists competed on a concrete catwalk outside Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre, taking turns being held by ballet dancers. READ: Sit, stay, ballet: Orlando Ballet auditioning pups for role in ‘The Great Gatsby’Dash, 13, is looking to make his late-in-life ballet debut. Photos: Orlando Ballet auditions pint-sized pups for role in ‘The Great Gatsby’Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 Orlando Ballet dog auditions The Orlando Ballet held “in-puppy” auditions on Friday morning to fill the role of Fido in upcoming performances of “The Great Gatsby.” (Sarah Wilson)READ: End of Reedy Creek: Disney won’t pay more taxes, but you willJudges from the ballet said they’ll review photos and videos of the auditions and report back to the winning puppy’s parents in the coming days. READ: Orlando Ballet leads the way in diversity on stageClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Sit, stay, ballet: Orlando Ballet auditioning pups for role in ‘The Great Gatsby’
Orlando Ballet Local dogs are competing for best in show to earn a role in an upcoming Orlando Ballet performance. (Orlando Ballet)ORLANDO, Fla. — Local dogs are competing for best in show to earn a role in an upcoming Orlando Ballet performance. READ: What would dissolving Disney’s Reedy Creek mean for local taxpayers? Ballet officials said the family of the winning pooch will receive free tickets to the performance. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Here’s how your dog can be part of an upcoming Orlando Ballet production
Orlando Ballet is searching for a four-legged friend to fill the canine role in its production of “The Great Gatsby.”The ballet said it is looking for “one small, special canine with star power” for the role of Fido in its production, which premieres this month. WATCH: New Smyrna Beach firefighters rescue dog that fell into manholeThe dog will not be commanded to sit, roll over or speak, but must be comfortable in the arms of a lovely ballet dancer, Orlando Ballet said. READ: 2nd graders help nearly 2 dozen shelter pets find fur-ever homes in VirginiaOrlando Ballet will announce the finalists on Wednesday, and live “in-puppy” auditions will take place Friday at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre. The winning dog’s family will be awarded two tickets to the performance to see their dog’s stage debut. “I’m so excited to present Gatsby during my first season as artistic director with Orlando Ballet, and having a little fun with the production makes it even more special,” artistic director Jorden Morris said in a news release.wftv.com
Orlando Ballet leads the way in diversity on stage
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Ballet is leading the way in diversity on stage. “As we all know, you know, classical ballet years ago was not very inviting to people of color,” said Charmaine Hunter. One man wanted to change that — Arthur Mitchell started the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a company comprising of dancers of color. At 13, Hunter started ballet training and eventually earned a spot at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1976. From Dance Theatre of Harlem to Orlando Ballet, Hunter is now inspiring and impacting the lives of so many as the director of community enrichment.wftv.com
Orlando Ballet Director Robert Hill will take the stage for the first time in two decades in March
click image Photo courtesy Orlando BalletRobert HIllOrlando Ballet Director Robert Hill is set to return to the stage as a performer in March — for the first time in nearly 20 years.An upcoming production,will see Hill reprising some of his personal "greatest hits" along with a selection of production highlights from his run at the head of the Ballet. Hill will also perform the solo piece by choreographer Jessica Lang, “The Calling.”The's run of shows will span March 18-28.“It’s such a gift to be able to showcase some of my favorite dance programs from over the years and on our own stage in our home at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre,” said Hill in a press statement. “I am excited to be performing this amazing solo by my dear friend, Jessica Lang, who tailored it to the performer I am today.”Tickets fororlandoweekly.com
After trial-run with Sleeping Beauty, Orlando Ballet sets stage for The Nutcracker
ORLANDO, Fla. – After a four-day trial run with Sleeping Beauty, The Orlando Ballet Company has set the stage to perform The Nutcracker to a limited audience at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. The Orlando Ballet Company is confident of the safety precautions put in place in partnership with DPAC. Officials with DPAC said they worked with The Orlando Ballet company for months to develop those safety protocols ahead of Sleeping Beauty. As far as seating, DPAC is only allowing 35% capacity inside the Walt Disney World Theater, seating every other row and parties at least three seats apart. The first showing of The Nutcracker is on Friday at 7:30 p.m.For more information on the safety precautions at DPAC, click here.
Orlando Ballet returns to live performances with ‘Sleeping Beauty,' the first since COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Ballet is getting ready to kick off their season with ‘The Sleeping Beauty’-- only this time, some adjustments have had to be made due to the pandemic. Collins said special effects have been added and the choreography will be different to keep dancers and production staff safe. So, they [guests] will see less people on the stage but no less frame up for the story,” Collins said. The Orlando Ballet said it also made sure everyone involved with the production was cleared from coronavirus. “When guests first arrive, they will get their temperature checked outside,” Lorri Shaban, spokeswoman for Dr. Phillips Center, said.
‘We are still here:’ Orlando Ballet dancer ready to take the stage again
ORLANDO, Fla. – Beginning next month, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts said it’s ready to reopen its doors to major events, preparing to host Orlando Ballet for its performance of Sleeping Beauty. “We are still here,” said Cheryl Collins, executive director of Orlando Ballet. “We don’t know of anybody else that’s trying to do this in the ballet world in this juncture.”The Orlando Ballet had a devastating end to its season last spring, having to cancel two major performances due to COVID-19. However, after getting some advice with medical experts who sit on their board of directors, Orlando Ballet opened its doors to its new Harriet Orlando Ballet Centre. Click here for a list of postponed, rescheduled and canceled shows at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Orlando Ballet gives a behind-the-scenes look at the art of dance on Friday, with lots of wine
click to enlarge Photo via orlando BalletThis isn't your ordinary ballet recital. Uncorked is an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Orlando Ballet and the creative mind of artistic director Robert Hill. This event will also feature the premiere screening of Sur Les Pointes, a documentary following Robert Hill and the Orlando Ballet. There are lots of great reasons for audiences to attend and enjoy a glass of their favorite red or white wine at the ballet, but this first-time performance in their new building, Harriett's Orlando Ballet Centre, seals the deal. Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. | Harriett's Orlando Ballet Centre, 600 N. Lake Formosa Drive | orlandoballet.org | $30-$50orlandoweekly.com
Orlando Ballet's 'Nutcracker' takes over the Dr. Phillips Center this week
The popular holiday tradition presented by the Orlando Ballet returns this week with dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, ethereal lights and all the whimsy of The Nutcracker. What started as a two-part ballet almost 130 years ago, based on the E.T.A Hoffman story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, has gracefully worked its way into the fabric of annual holiday celebrations. There are plenty of options for locals to see a production this year, but for our money, you cant beat seeing it in the gorgeous Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phil.Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; various times through Dec. 23 | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014 | orlandoballet.org | $24-$490Consider supporting local journalism. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Orlando Ballet: Uncorked showcases dance in close, casual quarters at the Abbey
click to enlarge Photo via Orlando BalletBreak away from the traditional theater setting and grab a drink as the Orlando Ballet entertains, educates and enriches with charm at the Abbey. At Uncorked, the dancers trade in their stage costumes for casual practice wear in an intimate setting that's open to the public. Experience the creative decision-making of artistic director Robert Hill as he and a small group of Orlando Ballet's artistes delve into the art of choreography while answering some of your most pressing questions. (Note: Please don't be that person who asks about the danseurs' dance belts.) Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. | The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive | 407-418-9828 | orlandoballet.org | $30-$50orlandoweekly.com
Orlando Ballet just published a 'fact sheet' on their failed negotiations with the Dr. Phillips Center and it pulls no punches
In light of overwhelming public interest regarding negotiations with the Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando Ballet, Opera Orlando and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra have collaborated and created this FACT SHEET to provide an information source about the issue. - Priority for dates in Steinmetz Hall for the next 5 years; and secured Nutcracker dates in Disney Theater. DPC refuses resident status to Opera Orlando. Under their new requirements, we simply wont be able to afford to use Steinmetz Hall, the crown jewel of our community. It's fair to say that the DPC would not have been funded or built without the support of the existing arts groups in town.orlandoweekly.com