It’s been a season of change at Ballet Des Moines. After hiring professional dancers for the first time in 2012, the ballet company now has a new home, director and board members. The organization also has announced its new season for 2013-2014. Details:
- The company will perform “Celestial,” Oct. 11-13 at Hoyt Sherman Place; “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 12-15 at Hoyt Sherman Place; and “Cinderella,” March 8-9, 2014, at the Des Moines Civic Center. “Celestial,” a triple bill, showcases styles by three choreographers: Ma Cong of the Tulsa Ballet; and Serkan Usta, artistic director, and Lori Grooters, ballet mistress, respectively, of Ballet Des Moines.
- The company has moved from the East Village to 121 S 11th St., Suite 100, near Valley Junction in West Des Moines. The move was necessary because the former studio is scheduled for demolition.
- Four people have joined the board of directors: Steve Blazek, U.S. Bank; Allyn Dixon, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C.; Jerry Patterson, Principal Financial Group; and Kevin Tiernan, Bankers Trust.
- Carolyn Jenison has joined the company as executive director. She previously worked for One Iowa, where she was executive director for four years, and the Des Moines Social Club.