Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem is an American professional ballet company and school based in Harlem, New York City. It was founded in 1969 under the co-directorship of Karel Shook. Milton Rosenstock served as the company's music director from 1981 to 1992; the DTH is renowned for being both "the first Black classical ballet company", "the first major ballet company to prioritize Black dancers". Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American principal dancer in a major ballet company, was sent to Brazil by the United States government to start up the National Ballet of Brazil. While on his way to the airport, he was shocked to hear news of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. In conjunction with the civil rights movement, Dr. King's death inspired Mitchell to forgo his plans in Brazil. Instead, he would found a classical ballet school for the children of Harlem, the poor and predominantly black New York neighborhood where he was raised. Luckily, Karel Shook, the first ballet teacher and a former ballet master at Dutch National Ballet, agreed to join him in founding the school.
At the time, Shook was the best and only teacher of European descent willing to train African Americans in classical technique. In the beginning, space at Church of the Master was used to hold classes. Soon afterwards, Mitchell would make a down payment on a disused garage at 466 West 152nd Street and convert it into the headquarters that still house the company today. Founded only as a school, Dance Theatre of Harlem as a company of African American ballet dancers was born out a necessity to match funds, contributed towards the school's existence; the only way to accomplish this was by earning revenue through performances. Following the original blueprints set forth by his mentor George Balanchine, Mitchell groomed the school's top talent as a group of performers. Though incorporated in 1969, Dance Theatre of Harlem would make its official debut with a public performance on January 8, 1971 at New York Guggenheim Museum, with three chamber ballets choreographed by Mitchell. During that opening season, the company's repertory was supplemented with several ballets by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
DTH would make its European debut at the Spoleto Festival in 1971. The company produced its first full season in 1974; that same year, the company debuted at Sadler's Wells Theatre. In 1984, Dance Theatre of Harlem premiered its most famous work, Creole Giselle, set in the 1840s Louisiana Bayou. In 1988 DTH embarked on a five-week tour of the USSR, playing sold-out performances in Moscow and Leningrad, where the company received a standing ovation at the famed Kirov Theatre. In 1992, the company toured to South Africa in the "Dancing Through Barriers" tour that gave birth to the outreach program of the same name that still continues to operate. South African Suite, a collaboration with the Soweto String Quartet, was created after the company's visit to South Africa and became a staple in the repertoire of the company for years to come. In 1997 the company's dancers went on strike to demand performing conditions. After much deliberation, the company joined the American Guild of Musical Artists.
During the company's 30th anniversary season, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Mitchell were inducted into the National Museum of Dance and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2000 The Dance Theater of Harlem participated in Symphony Space's "Wall to Wall Balanchine" concert in conjunction with City Ballet's Balanchine centennial. In mid-2004 the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company was put on hiatus due to severe financial constraints within the organization. In 2006 President George W. Bush honored Dance Theatre of Harlem at the White House for an evening of performances given by the DTH Ensemble and former company members. In February 2009 Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrated its 40th anniversary. From 2009 to 2012, The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, a second company that developed from the professional training program of the DTH school, toured nationally and internationally, under the auspices of Dance For America. In 2011, Virginia Johnson, a founding dancer and former prima ballerina of the company, was named Artistic Director with Arthur Mitchell becoming Artistic Director Emeritus.
In 2012, following an eight-year hiatus, Johnson returned Dance Theatre of Harlem to full company status. Since the return of the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a full company, Johnson has commissioned world premieres from Helen Pickett, John Alleyne, Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Robert Garland; the new Dance Theatre of Harlem company has presented ballets by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, Christopher Huggins and Alvin Ailey, among others. The company has held its subsequent seasons at The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center and at New York City Center. DTH's archives and processed with assistance from the Dance Heritage Coalition, hold many important documents from the company's history; these include photographs of the visit of Nelson Mandela to the DTH, a handwritten score by Karel Shook, designs by Salvatore Ferragamo. In 2013, the DTH archives received a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the improvement of sustainable preservation measures for the DTH archival collection.
Fredrick Davis Michaela DePrince Virginia Johnson Robert Garland Llanchie Stevenson Mel Tomlinson Rasta Thomas Eric Underwood Chyrstyn Fentroy The Dance Theatre of Harlem School
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male drag ballet troupe that parodies the conventions of romantic and classical ballet. In 2008, they performed at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Prince Charles; the company's current artistic director is Tory Dobrin. The dancers portray both male and female roles in a humorous style that combines parodies of ballet and physical comedy with "straighter" pieces intended to show off the performers' technical skills. Much of the humor is the male dancers performing en travesti in roles reserved for females, while wearing tutus and dancing en pointe. Prior to founding the founding of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, members of Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatre Company formed a company called the Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company in 1972; this company included Larry Ree, Richard Goldberger, Lohr Wilson, Roy Blakey, Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor, Anthony Bassae. They performed at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan.
Productions at La MaMa included Sobechenskaya Dances in 1972, multiple productions titled Ekathrina Sobechenskaya Dances with the Troxadero Gloxinia Ballet Company in 1974, Ekathrina Sobechenskaya Dances with the Original Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company in 1975. They continued to perform at La MaMa in 1976 and 1977 returned in 1982, twice in 1987, in 1990, with Madame Ekathrina Sobechenskaya's Original Trocadero Gloxinia Ballet. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was co-founded by Peter Anastos, Natch Taylor, Anthony Bassae, all of the Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company, in 1974, they produced small, late-night shows in off-off-Broadway spaces. The troupe's first show was on September 9, 1974 in a second-story loft on 14th Street in the Meatpacking District. After receiving a favorable review in The New Yorker by Arlene Croce, the company was discovered by a wider audience; the "Trocks" toured the world, with prolonged engagements in many major cities. In 2017, the troupe were profiled in the documentary film Rebels on Pointe.
From the classical repertoire Swan Lake Act II The Black Swan Don Quixote Act I Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux Le Corsaire Pas de Deux Grand Pas de Trois des Odalisques from Le Corsaire Grand Pas de Deux from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty The Bluebird from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty Pas de Trois from The Fairy Doll The Little Humpbacked Horse Diane and Actéon Pas de Deux The Nutcracker Pas de Quatre Raymonda's Wedding (Act III of Raymonda Les Sylphides Flower Festival at Genzano Pas de Deux Grand Pas Classique from Le Dieu et la Bayadère Other works École de Ballet Go for Barocco Cross Currents The Dance of Liberation Gaîté Parisienne The Dances of Isadora Vivaldi Suite La Trovatiara Pas de Cinq Yes Virginia, Another Piano Ballet Stars & Stripes Forever Dances of Ruth St. Denis Spring Waters Debut at the Opera Gambol I Wanted to Dance With You Lamentation of Jane Eyre Patterns in SpaceSolo works The Dying Swan Debut at the Opera. "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Danny Kaye Playhouse, December 12–17".
Dance Magazine. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Elizabeth Zimmer. "Trocks Transcendent: Attitude With Altitude and Horsepower to Spare". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo official site Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at IMG Artists Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on GLBTQ.com Interview with Damien Diaz Archived film of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing Le Lac des Cygnes in 2010 at Jacob's Pillow Photographs of performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music and in rehearsal with Shirley MacLaine for TV special "Where do we Go from Here?" Trockadero Gloxinia Ballet Company's page on La MaMa Archives Digital Collections
Carolina Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1997 which performs in Raleigh, North Carolina and throughout the state. It has toured to New York City and China. Robert Weiss, the artistic director, danced for George Balanchine for sixteen years at New York City Ballet and attained the rank of principal dancer. Lynne Taylor-Corbett is principal guest choreographer. One of Carolina Ballet's most popular performances, The Nutcracker, is performed annually. Carolina Ballet has about 35 dancers. Carolina Ballet, Inc. was founded in 1984 as Raleigh Dance Theatre, Inc. by Ann Vorus, owner of the Raleigh Dance Theatre. As a student company, its purpose was to provide performance opportunities for students of the school. Over several years, both the school and the company grew in reputation and stature in its metamorphosis as Carolina Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional regional company under Ms. Vorus and her successor as Artistic Director, Mary LeGere. Performances of the company began to attract favorable notice from area dance critics.
In the fall of 1993, Raleigh lawyer Ward Purrington suggested to Ms. Vorus and the Raleigh Dance Theatre board that the company aspire to professional status. Market research suggested a professional dance presence in the Triangle region was not only needed but desired as well. Robert Weiss, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and past artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet, was selected in April 1997 as the founding artistic director of the new professional company, known as Carolina Ballet, Inc. Handel's Messiah, choreography by Robert Weiss, premiering in 1998 Beethoven, Janáček, J. Mark Scearce The Kreutzer Sonata, based on the Tolstoy novella, 2000 Carl Orff, Carmina Burana, choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, first performed in 2001 Poulenc, Chausson Monet Impressions, 2006 Paul Moravec, Tempest Fantasy, based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest, 2007 Robert Weiss, "Cinderella," music by Karl Moraski Dancers of the Carolina Ballet, as of April 2016: Carolina Ballet Website
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra based in Columbus, Ohio. The oldest performing arts organization in the city, its home is the Ohio Theatre; the orchestra's current Executive Director is Denise Rehg. Rossen Milanov is the orchestra's music director; the Columbus Symphony offers annually 12 classical concert programs in pairs of two performances, 6 pops programs, 2 Concerts for Kids. In the summer the orchestra performs a series of outdoor pops programs, "Picnic with the Pops" and "Popcorn Pops", on the lawn of Columbus Commons.. The Columbus Symphony serves as the orchestra for Opera Columbus and Ballet Met; the Columbus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951 as the Columbus Little Symphony, following the demise of the city's previous professional symphony, the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra. The first music director of the orchestra was conductor Claude Monteux. In its first year, the Columbus Little Symphony presented a series of 5 concerts with 28 musicians.
Its first full season of concerts took place at Central High School in 1952. In 1955, the Columbus Little Symphony became the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. From its founding until 1961, the Symphony was unique in that it was governed by women, veterans of the Women's Association of the Columbus Philharmonic; the longest-serving music director was Evan Whallon, who led the orchestra for 26 seasons, from 1956 to 1982. From 1956 to 1970 the orchestra performed concerts at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium; the Ohio Theatre has been the orchestra's home since 1970. The former movie theater was saved from demolition and renovated to provide a new hall for the orchestra. In the absence of a professional opera company in Columbus, the Columbus Symphony began presenting opera in the 1970s. At this time it was able to hire its first full-time musicians, thus increasing the caliber of its performances. By 1980, the Columbus Symphony was presenting three staged operatic productions each year.
By 1981, as the Symphony celebrated its 30th anniversary, it had grown from three concerts in its first season to a nine-concert symphonic series, three pops concerts, a chamber orchestra and ensemble series, more than 200 educational programs and three major outdoor pops concerts. 1983 began the inaugural season of the Columbus Symphony’s Picnic with the Pops summer concert series, now a central Ohio tradition. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the symphony expanded in size and activity becoming an orchestra of up to 53 full-time musicians and offering a full slate of classical and pops concerts with noted guest artists. In addition it began performing with Opera Columbus and Ballet Met and expanded its educational activities, both in the Columbus City Schools and with a Youth Orchestra program. In 2001 it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a debut concert at Carnegie Hall under music director Alessandro Siciliani. Gunther Herbig, the former conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was the orchestra's music adviser during the search for a music director following the tenure of Siciliani.
After a two-year search, management named Junichi Hirokami as the orchestra's sixth music director on June 1, 2006. In 2008, the orchestra experienced a severe financial crisis, resulting in an extended labor dispute centering around a proposal by the orchestra's board to reduce the number of full-time musicians from 53 to 31; the summer pops season was canceled and the orchestra's musicians staged a series of independent concerts during the orchestra's suspension of activities, conducted by Siciliani and Hirokami. The orchestra's troubles received national attention with articles appearing in The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, other publications. During the orchestra's 2008 financial crisis, Hirokami supported the musicians, which caused strained relations between him and the orchestra's board and management. On November 13, 2008, in a letter to the orchestra's musicians, Hirokami announced that the board of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra had dismissed him from his post, effective immediately.
Herbig returned as the orchestra's de facto principal guest conductor, though without that formal title, musical adviser. On September 22, 2008, management announced that the board and musicians of the CSO ratified a new contract that allowed a truncated 2008-2009 concert season to proceed following five months of silence; the new contract preserved the orchestra's 53 full-time positions but reduced salaries by about 27 percent. Further cuts in management expense reduced the annual budget by a total of $2.7 million for a new annual budget of $9.5 million. The concessions were, in the interest of preserving the orchestra. Following the dispute, the symphony board selected Martin Inglis, as its new chairman. Subsequently, executive director Tony Beadle left the organization. Roland Valliere, began his tenure with as executive director of the orchestra on August 3, 2009. During the 2009–2010 season, the Columbus Symphony resumed performing a full season of classical and pops concerts, its first since the dispute.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni served as music director from 2010 to 2014. The orchestra's seventh music director, appointed in 2014, is Rossen Milanov; the noted Bulgarian conductor assumed his duties full-time beginning with the 2015-2016 season. In July 2016, rapper Nelly performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Claude Monteux Evan Whallon Christian Badea Alessandro Siciliani Gunther Herbig Junichi Hirokami Jean-Marie Zeitouni Rossen Milanov The Columbus Symphony
Columbus is the state capital of and the most populous city in the U. S. state of Ohio. With a population of 879,170 as of 2017 estimates, it is the 14th-most populous city in the United States and one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation; this makes Columbus the third-most populous state capital in the US and the second-most populous city in the Midwest. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. With a population of 2,078,725, it is Ohio's second-largest metropolitan area. Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County; the municipality has annexed portions of adjoining Delaware and Fairfield counties. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, assumed the functions of state capital in 1816; the city has a diverse economy based on education, insurance, defense, food, logistics, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality and technology.
Columbus Region is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest private research and development foundation. As of 2018 the city has the headquarters of four corporations in the U. S. Fortune 500: American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, L Brands and Big Lots, just out of the top 500. In 2016, Money Magazine ranked Columbus as one of "The 6 Best Big Cities", calling it the best in the Midwest, citing a educated workforce and excellent wage growth. In 2012, Columbus was ranked in BusinessWeek's 50 best cities in the United States. In 2013, Forbes gave Columbus an "A" grade as one of the top cities for business in the U. S. and that year included the city on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Columbus was ranked as the No. 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation by Forbes in 2008, the city was ranked a top-ten city by Relocate America in 2010. In 2007, fDi Magazine ranked the city no. 3 in the U. S. for cities of the future, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was rated no. 1 in 2009 by USA Travel Guide.
The area including modern-day Columbus once comprised the Ohio Country, under the nominal control of the French colonial empire through the Viceroyalty of New France from 1663 until 1763. In the 18th century, European traders flocked to the area, attracted by the fur trade; the area found itself caught between warring factions, including American Indian and European interests. In the 1740s, Pennsylvania traders overran the territory. In the early 1750s, the Ohio Company sent George Washington to the Ohio Country to survey. Fighting for control of the territory in the French and Indian War became part of the international Seven Years' War. During this period, the region suffered turmoil and battles; the 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded the Ohio Country to the British Empire. After the American Revolution, the Virginia Military District became part of Ohio Country as a territory of Virginia. Colonists from the East Coast moved in, but rather than finding an empty frontier, they encountered people of the Miami, Wyandot and Mingo nations, as well as European traders.
The tribes resisted expansion by the fledgling United States. The decisive Battle of Fallen Timbers resulted in the Treaty of Greenville, which opened the way for new settlements. By 1797, a young surveyor from Virginia named Lucas Sullivant had founded a permanent settlement on the west bank of the forks of the Scioto River and Olentangy River. An admirer of Benjamin Franklin, Sullivant chose to name his frontier village "Franklinton"; the location was desirable for its proximity to navigable rivers—but Sullivant was foiled when, in 1798, a large flood wiped out the new settlement. He persevered, the village was rebuilt. After Ohio achieved statehood in 1803, political infighting among prominent Ohio leaders led to the state capital moving from Chillicothe to Zanesville and back again. Desiring to settle on a location, the state legislature considered Franklinton, Dublin and Delaware before compromising on a plan to build a new city in the state's center, near major transportation routes rivers.
Named in honor of Christopher Columbus, the city was founded on February 14, 1812, on the "High Banks opposite Franklinton at the Forks of the Scioto most known as Wolf's Ridge." At the time, this area was a dense forestland, used only as a hunting ground. The "Burough of Columbus" was established on February 10, 1816. Nine people were elected to fill the various positions of Mayor and several others. In 1816-1817, Jarvis W. Pike would serve as the 1st Mayor. Although the recent War of 1812 had brought prosperity to the area, the subsequent recession and conflicting claims to the land threatened the new town's success. Early conditions were abysmal with frequent bouts of fevers and an outbreak of cholera in 1833; the National Road reached Columbus from Baltimore in 1831, which complemented the city's new link to the Ohio and Erie Canal and facilitated a population boom. A wave of European immigrants led to the creation of two ethnic enclaves on the city's outskirts. A large Irish population settled in the north along Naghten Street, while the Germans took advantage of the cheap land to the south, creating a community that came to be known as t
Ballet Austin is the 12th largest classical ballet company in the USA, operates the largest combined training facility associated with a professional ballet company in the United States. Each year the Ballet Austin company performs ballets from a wide variety of choreographers, including Stephen Mills. Ballet Austin has performed in a State Department trip to Europe as well as at the Joyce Theater in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C; the Ballet Austin Academy serves more than 900 students each year as one of the largest classical ballet schools in the country. It offers classes from ages three and four, all the way to pre-professional; the academy students are given the opportunity to perform in the company production The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Austin during the month of December for more than 53 years. Ballet Austin's Nutcracker is the longest running in the state of Texas. Ballet Austin's apprentice company, Ballet Austin II, offers an opportunity for post-high school, advanced dancers to hone their skills.
Established in 1999 by associate artistic director Michelle Martin, Ballet Austin II is made up of 10 emerging artists. Founded in 2007, the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness serves over 8,000 people with year-round classes in ballet to modern, hip hop to hula, jazz to Broadway; the company has developed outreach initiatives that reach 31 Central Texas school districts and 200 other area non-profits. Ballet Austin offers fitness and dance programs for the public, such as yoga, adult ballet, hip-hop, tap and musical theater. Ballet Austin is located in a 34,000 sq/ft facility named the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin at 3rd Street and San Antonio Street; the center features administrative offices, box office, eight rehearsal studios, a 1,500 sq. ft equipped Pilates studio and the AustinVentures StudioTheater with 287 seats. Dance Magazine called the ensemble "sleek and sophisticated", while Washington Post dubbed it "one of the nation's best kept ballet secrets". Mills' work with Ballet Austin has been declared" whimsical and fantastic", "effortlessly striking", "meaningful".
Named Artistic Director in 2000, Stephen Mills is choreographer. There are twenty two full-time professional dancers, recruited from an annual 30-city audition tour; as of November 2015: As of September 2016: Stanley Hall Official website
Wonderbound is a contemporary ballet company based in Denver, Colorado. It is the second largest ballet company in the state. Ballet Nouveau Colorado was founded in 1992 as a non-profit student performing company and school, providing outreach performances for elementary schools in Adams County and Denver's North Metro area. In 2002 BNC transitioned to maintaining a full-time contemporary ballet company. In 2002 BNC was honored by the Colorado State House of Representatives with CO House Resolution #02-1009 "for its commitment to bringing arts to the metropolitan region and for providing a wonderful educational haven to individuals who are interested in dance". By 2005 BNC had grown into the second largest ballet company in the State of Colorado. At the start of their 2007-2008 season BNC hired husband/wife team Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay to take over the artistic direction of the company, made a significant adjustment to their marketing campaign and established a widespread presence on the internet including profiles on Facebook and MySpace as well as video postings on YouTube.
The school and offices were based in Broomfield. In December 2009 BNC's Board of Directors made the decision to dismiss Lissy Garrison from her position as executive director, the longest holder of this position till that time. In 1995 Garrison joined BNC as a consultant to the Board of Directors, served as president of the board for two years and became Executive Director in 1999. BNC never disclosed the circumstances surrounding the firing of Garrison. However, since her departure "Ballet Nouveau has changed its administrative structure. Instead of the artistic director being subordinate to the executive director as before, both now report directly to the board and are considered peers."In the summer of 2010 Garrison's position was filled by Shari Ammon Mills, the sister of the Artistic Director, Garrett Ammon. On January 12, 2011 BNC appointed Christin Crampton Day, a former Colorado Ballet board member and public relations professional to replace Ammon Mills. In 2012 Directors Ammon and Fay made a commitment to all live music collaborations with artists across Denver.
This has resulted in unparalleled productions performed at theaters throughout the Denver metro area. The company is proud of a partnership with the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in North Denver; this theater became their home theater in 2007. They maintain two staff members at this location who work to manage events at the theater along with an internship and theater program for students of the charter school, they perform at the PACE Center in Parker, the Newman Center in Denver, in Boettcher Auditorium with the Colorado Symphony and on the Elaine Wolf Theater stage in collaboration with the MACC JCC. In 2012, with assistance from a grant from the Bonfils Stanton Foundation, the company rebranded as Wonderbound including a new logo and spinning The School of BNC off into an independent agency known as the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Along with the branding change, Wonderbound moved to their new rehearsal studio space in the heart of Denver, Colorado. One full production a year and four smaller events take place in the studio.
The ten Wonderbound dance artists work five days a week, eight hours a day and all rehearsals are free and open to the public. Wonderbound is a non-profit 501 arts organization and as such is supported by donations and ticket sales. Wonderbound is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District of Adams and Jefferson Counties and by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation. Wonderbound earns 30 percent of its revenues from ticket sales. Wonderbound partners with local communities and businesses to assist in fundraising and applies for and is the recipient of several grants every year. In 2012, Bonfils Stanton Foundation awarded Wonderbound with a 3-year $75,000 grant to enable them to complete their move to Denver; this was a turning point in the company's lifespan. In 2013, Wonderbound was awarded a $250,000 ArtPlace America award for Creative Placemaking due to their unique space in Denver When BNC was founded in 1992 it hired professional dancers only on an "as-needed" basis. In 2002 BNC began to perform professionally maintaining a full-time professional company for the duration of its 25-week session, with only five dancers the first year.
Wonderbound offers full-time employment to 10 professional dance artists, each with a contemporary ballet background. Employment includes full medical benefits. For most dancers employment at Wonderbound is their only job, however some supplement their income through teaching. Following Robert Mills's departure BNC recruited Ballet Memphis principal dancers and married couple Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay. Ammon, winner of the Individual Artist Fellowship for choreography in 2007 from the Tennessee Arts Commission stepped into the role of artistic director and his wife, named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2007, took on the newly created position of associate artistic director; the new artistic team's first season with BNC took on the theme "Experience the Evolution" and premiered Ammon's "Love of My Life," a ballet choreographed to Queen music, at BNC's annual showcase. The new show was featured at the fundraiser, Nouveau at Night. Ammon went on to reinvent BNC's Valentine's Day show, "Moulin Rouge", presented two years earlier as a one act set in a Toulouse-Lautrec-esque Parisienne cafe choreographed by former artistic director, Robert Mills.
Ammon's "Moulin Rouge," a full-length show, was a love story inspired by the 1894 Gothic horror novel "Trilby," by George du Maurier and featured the hypnotist character Svengali. Now in their tenth season of a