Leaping Forward

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.

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