Alan Alberto and Davor Čakarić in today’s Providence Journal

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We are so proud of dancer Alan Alberto and his husband Davor Čakarić for being featured in the wonderful front-page story in the Providence Journal today.

To their knowledge, they are the first same-sex, binational couple in Rhode Island — and possibly New England — to successfully petition for a green card since DOMA was invalidated. They are in the first wave of cases around the country.

Alberto, 26, and Cakaric, 36, normally private people, told their story “so that other binational couples know that it’s OK, and they should feel like they can get married and live a normal life,” Alberto says. The two Providence residents hope to bring awareness to the LGBT community.

“If we’ve already spent two and a half years together, and lived together and worked together and are happy together, the next step is for us to get married,” Alberto says.

READ Karen Lee Ziner’s entire story via Providence Journal.

We are all very happy for you both and look forward to seeing Alan on stage and Davor close by on Thursday evening for our season-opening gala!

Photo by Robert Thorn for Festival Ballet Providence.

Photo by Robert Thorn for Festival Ballet Providence.

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Win FREE tickets to Together We Dance 3!

What's Your Passion? Tell us and win FREE TICKETS to Together We Dance 3!

What’s Your Passion? Tell us and win FREE TICKETS to Together We Dance 3!

This season, we’ve set out to find out what our audience is passionate about – and now is your chance to tell us AND have the opportunity to win free tickets!

Send us your videos telling us (or better yet, showing us) what your passion is and use the hashtag #FBPWhatsYourPassion on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. You can also e-mail a link to your submissions to contests@festivalballetprovidence.org

On October 2, three winners will be announced and each will receive four free tickets to Together We Dance 3 the next evening!

We know you’re passionate about SOMETHING, so get creative and show us your stuff!

Please be sure to check our contest rules page.

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Swinging into the weekend

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SPOTTED: Jennifer Ricci in company class swinging like only she could!

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Together We Dance 3 PREVIEW

Our exciting opening night gala – Together We Dance 3 – is right around the corner, and we have just got word that the program for October 3 has been announced. And it looks awesome!

READ THE PRESS RELEASE

In addition to the impressive lineup of works from the FBP Company and School (including two pas de deux by powerhouse partners Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys) the program includes six pieces (including one world premiere) by guest artists from around the world.

Greta Hodgkinson. Photo by Sian Richards.

Greta Hodgkinson. Photo by Sian Richards.

Rhode Island native and National Ballet of Canada principal Greta Hodgkinson will return for the second year, along with husband and fellow-dancer Etienne Lavigne.

The two will perform a pas de deux by acclaimed choreographer James Kudelka titled “Summer” and set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Check out a preview below:

Former FBP Company Dancer and current corps de ballet with Miami City Ballet Emily Bromberg will return with Shimon Ito to dance a neoclassical pas de deux by Liam Scarlett, a work that premiered to critical acclaim in 2012. Scarlett, a talented emerging choreographer, is the youngest choreographer to ever be commissioned by London’s Royal Ballet to create a ballet for its main stage.

 Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma


Miami City Ballet dancers Emily Bromberg and Chase Swatosh in Polyphonia; Photo © Gio Alma

Artistic Director Misha Djuric said of Emily:

 I am very excited to see my old student, Emily Bromberg perform again. “She has really grown into such a wonderful, mature ballerina. After she left for Miami, I remember reading in the New York Times that [dance critic Alastair] McCaulay’s eye had dwelt on her. When I read that, I smiled because I thought the same thing since the first moment I saw her in class when she was nine years old.

Emily will be performing with Shimon Ito, who joined the FBP company in 2012 as the jester in our spectacular production of Swan Lake.

Shimon Ito, dancer with Miami City Ballet, in "Diana and Acteon."

Shimon Ito, dancer with Miami City Ballet, in “Diana and Acteon.”

The world-renowned Boston Ballet will be represented at Together We Dance 3 for the third straight year. Having just been promoted to principal dancer this season, Ashley Ellis will join veteran principal dancer Nelson Madrigal (originally from Cuba) dancing the “Black Swan pas de deux” from Act III of Swan Lake .

Boston Ballet principal dancer Ashley Ellis in the Black Swan pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake.

Boston Ballet principal dancer Ashley Ellis in the Black Swan pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake.

Below, a video of Ashley dancing the Act III Black Swan pas de deux in Corella Ballet (the pas de deux begins at 2:11):

There will be much more about our guest artists and the pieces FBP is working on as we get closer to the show. For now, make sure you don’t miss out on this production – get your tickets today!

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IonaFest rehearsal

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The first annual IonaFest, celebrating the life and legacy of Iona Dobbins, is around the corner.

This evening, we spotted a select group of FBP School students in rehearsal with Mary Ann Mayer preparing for their part in the festivities. It’s going to be an excellent event and they will be in great company with arts organizations from across Rhode Island. For more info on IonaFest, check out their website here.

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An artist among artists

If there’s one person who is as ever-present in this building as the company and staff, it’s artist Jan Gendron, who is a long-time friend of the ballet, having sketched and painted many of the dancers here for the past five years.Check out Jan’s show in the lobby of the beautiful Hotel Providence, (also a generous sponsor of FBP). The show, featuring portraits and figure paintings (many of them inspired by his visits to FBP), runs Sept. 12-Oct. 15. Be sure to attend the opening reception during Providence Gallery Night on September 19 from 5:00-8:00pm.

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Hitting the ground running (dancing)

The FBP summer officially ended today with the company’s first day of work, and we started off hitting the ground running (read: dancing)!

Rehearsals for Together We Dance 3 and Up Close on Hope are now in full swing. And, if you can believe it, Nutcracker rehearsals begin tomorrow! This Sunday’s Nutcracker children’s auditions are making the first week back a busy one!

To kick off the start of our new season, we now have an Instagram! Follow us at @festivalballetprovidence to get a look inside the studio, behind the scenes, and anywhere else our Instagram takes us!

Visit our profile and follow us – http://instagram.com/festivalballetprovidence

We’ll be inviting some of our dancers to take over for a few weeks at a time, so you’ll get an even closer perspective when they start posting. But first, we need followers, so tell your friends! For now, enjoy a whopping 100% of our Instagram posts:

UPDATE:
There were some recent developments in the office that we felt needed Instagramming:

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