The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage two free outdoor community performances at Grand Boulevard and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in June. The series includes NFB’s return to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park on Sat., June 18 at 7:30 pm for Ballet at Twilight. The second performance will take place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation on Sat., June 25 at 7:30 pm.
Both productions feature the Northwest Florida Ballet company and international guest artists in a unique mixed repertoire program. The performance will feature excerpts from Katia Garza’s Beauty and the Beast and classical works such as the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote performed by American Repertory Ballet’s Samantha Huebner and Jonathan Carter. Spring Waters, danced by Iori Araya from Ballet Memphis and Rafael Ferreras from San Antonio Ballet, and NFB soloist Wyatt Mier’s performance of a male variation from Diana and Acteon will also be featured.
Ballet at Twilight and Ballet Under the Stars will also include contemporary works choreographed by NFB Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen and Lindsey Brewer and Butler University’s Camille Loftis. The programs conclude with the audience-favorite Jazz Swing, which expresses the joy of classical dancing to the rhythm of Jazz, choreographed by Fernando Bujones with music by Louis Prima and Eddy Higgins.
“The 2021-2022 season has been incredible, and we are grateful for the community’s support. I cannot think of a better way to end the year than returning to Grand Boulevard for the first time since the pandemic and making our debut at the Mattie Kelly Foundation. Offering performances that are outdoors, under the stars and free for the community to enjoy is as much a treat for us as it is the audience,” said NFB Artistic Director/CEO Todd Eric Allen.
Ballet at Twilight is presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program. The Performance level co-sponsor for Ballet Under the Stars is Scarlett Magazine. NFB is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Visit NFBallet.org for additional information.