- Nov. 16, 2021
-- Traveling abroad is not easy, and luckily for Brevard County, Florida, the Melbourne City Ballet Theatre (MCBT) is bringing 55 professional dancers of the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine to the Space Coast this holiday season!
As a not-for-profit corporation, MCBT produces ballet productions featuring stars from around the world. This winter MCBT provides an opportunity to experience performances by the dancers of the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performing alongside local students at the King Center for Performing Arts. No need to travel!
The first performance, Cinderella, will be held on December 31, 2021 with two showings - 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cinderella, will feature a live symphonic orchestra by Satellite Symphonic Orchestra. This will be the first time in Brevard's history that the production is coming to the King Center for the Performing Arts. Then, on January 6, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., MCBT, the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine & Space Coast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Aaron Collins presents the most in-demand ballet in the world, Swan Lake. Tickets for these productions can be purchased at KingCenter.com
Not only will both productions feature professional dancers and live orchestra, but also local dancers who auditioned for roles in these productions earlier this year. Local dancers range in age from 3 years old and up. Dancers come from all over Brevard and several different dance studios to participate in the productions.
Additionally, family of performing local dancers work in a volunteer capacity to raise money to support the productions, advertise, fit costumes, keep the backstage running smoothly and more. Information about open auditions and community involvement can be found at MCBT's website, www.melbournecityballettheatre.com
MCBT is led by Artistic Directors, Artem Yachmennikov and Ekaterina Vaganova-Yachmennikova, together with the board and local volunteers. Artem and Ekaterina opened We Dance Academies (formerly known as Melbourne City Dance Center) in August 2017 in Melbourne. The following year they founded MCBT, a not-for-profit year-round ballet company. Artem and Ekaterina both have long and impressive dance resumes which can be found at MCBT's website. MCBT is proud to have them here on the Space Coast!