14 Apr Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Gala honoring Barbara Weisberger on May 22
Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., home of the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), is hosting their 10th Anniversary Gala on May 22 at the Deer Zink Pavilion on the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISB is celebrating 10 Inspired Seasons of Ballet in Central Indiana, and to help celebrate, ISB will honor the legendary Barbara Weisberger, Founder of Pennsylvania Ballet.
Barbara Weisberger has been at the vanguard of advancing contemporary American ballet. She was the first child accepted at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in 1934. In 1962, Ms. Weisberger founded the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. A year later, the company emerged. Under her guidance for twenty years, the Pennsylvania Ballet became internationally renowned. Ms. Weisberger also served on the National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and many other national organizations. Ms. Weisberger continues to play a pre-eminent role in the enrichment of dance artists and for the future of dance companies and institutions in the United States.
Ms. Weisberger has had a longstanding relationship with ISB, specifically with Founding Artistic Director, Victoria Lyras. “When I was 17, Ms. Weisberger selected me from the School of American Ballet to dance with the Pennsylvania Ballet. We have remained very close these past 40 years,” said Ms. Lyras. Ms. Weisberger serves as ISB’s Artistic Advisor. “She was one of the legendary Master Teachers when ISB introduced the Dancing with the Masters series in 2008. Ms. Weisberger has been an inspiration and a national treasure to the dance community. We are overjoyed to honor her at our 10th Anniversary Gala.”
The 10th Anniversary Gala is the premier fundraising event of the year for the Indianapolis School of Ballet. The event provides essential annual support for scholarships, world-class training, dynamic performances, and dance outreach in the community. A VIP ticket to the Gala offers reserved seating at ISB’s 3:00p.m. Spring performance of Balanchine Masterworks & Carnival of the Animals. “This is a unique program for ISB,” said Ms. Lyras, “Balanchine Masterworks is a compilation of iconic ballets and is the largest Balanchine repertoire ISB has been granted to date. The Balanchine Trust, who accords permission to stage Balanchine choreography with only approved repetiteurs, has approved ISB with this tremendous honor.”
George Balanchine is often referred to as the Father of American Classicism. He revolutionized the approach to classical ballet through his teaching, musicality and choreography. Upon the invitation and assistance of Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine founded the School of American Ballet in 1934 and established the New York City Ballet in 1948. George Balanchine is “regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet,” (New York City Ballet Website, nycballet.com). Both Ms. Weisberger and Ms. Lyras are protégés of Balanchine and have dedicated their careers to preserving his legacy.
The 10th Anniversary Gala will follow directly after the Balanchine Masterworks & Carnival of the Animals matinee with cocktails at 5:30p.m. and dinner at 6:30p.m. Guests are invited to meet and greet ISB’s very talented students, as well as, extraordinary professional dancers from around the country. Indianapolis’ own, Rafael Sanchez, will take a break from his award-winning reporting to be the special guest emcee at the gala.
Tickets to the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s 10th Anniversary Gala presented by Community Health Network, with additional support from Cushman & Wakefield and National Bank of Indianapolis, range from $165 for a VIP ticket to $150 Gala only ticket. To learn more about the 10th Anniversary Gala and the upcoming May production of Balanchine Masterworks & Carnival of the Animals, visit http://www.indyballet.org.