By Julie Henning
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Celebrating its 60th anniversary this season, The Charleston Ballet continues to provide a professional atmosphere for West Virginia dancers as well as a venue for the community to appreciate the art of ballet.
The official West Virginia State Ballet, The Charleston Ballet works in conjunction with the American Academy of Ballet to provide students with dance education. It also sets the stage for individuals interested in pursuing a professional dance career.
“We offer three performances each season,” said Chelsea Campbell, public relations specialist with The Charleston Ballet. “The performances in March and October vary, but December is always The Nutcracker.”
The fall and spring performances are held at the Civic Center Little Theater, and The Nutcracker is performed with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the 1,000-seat Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center.
“Students join the general public for evening performances, but there’s typically a matinee performance the Thursday before the first performance that is open to public, private and homeschool student groups,” Campbell said.
Campbell recommends groups purchase tickets well in advance — especially for The Nutcracker, which tends to sell out every year.
Food is not available at either theatre venue, but Campbell said several restaurants are within walking distance and many groups make dinner reservations before the 7:30 p.m. performance times.
Large vehicles may park in the Charleston Civic Center garage or along one side of the building (a better option for buses). Students may be dropped off and picked up in the circle facing the main entrance of the Clay Center.
For more information, call 304-342-6541 or visit thecharlestonballet.com.