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JPAS to Present New "The Ballet Goes to Broadway" Show

07:00 May 06, 2024
By: Audrey Campisi

Dance & Broadway at JPAC

There is no better place than New Orleans to immerse yourself in dance. From dance clubs to dance krewes, as well as a plethora of music festivals to get your fix, there is nothing quite like song and dance in the Crescent City.

Get ready to be swept off your feet as the Jefferson Performing Arts Society proudly presents "The Ballet Goes to Broadway," a spectacular dance revue featuring beloved Broadway musical dance favorites. Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jefferson Ballet co-director Kenneth Beck, alongside Kimberly Matulich-Beck, this dazzling showcase will take place at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center in Metairie, with showings on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

The ensemble features over 40 talented local dancers and two esteemed visiting artists, Chloe Slade and LeAnthony Douglas, promising to be a celebration of dance in its purest form. From tap to ballet to jazz, audiences will be treated to a mesmerizing array of dance styles, drawing inspiration from eight iconic Broadway shows from 1936 to 2000. The performance gives homage to the rich musical and dance history of Broadway.

For lovers of Broadway classics like Oklahoma!, Damn Yankees, Singin' in the Rain, Carousel, Billy Elliot, 42nd Street, On Your Toes, and West Side Story, make sure to head to the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Watch these pieces magically come to life in the modern-day. With Beck's insightful narration between pieces, the evolution of Broadway musical dance will be depicted through the decades.

Highlighting the groundbreaking work of choreographers like Agnes De Mille, George Balanchine, Gower Champion, and Bob Fosse, the revue pays tribute to the pioneers who revolutionized the art of dance on Broadway.

Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of Broadway dance come to life on stage here in Greater New Orleans. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at jpas.org or by calling 504-885-2000.

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