Charlotte Ballet Ensemble Performs at DCCC

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Feb 5, 2014 – Ballet can be intense, fun and make statements about the human condition, Davidson County Community College students learned during a performance by a Charlotte Ballet ensemble held Wednesday on the Davidson Campus.

Ballet 2The dancers narrated and performed classic and original contemporary works from the ballet company’s current repertoire. Their program ranged from an intense dance depicting the emotional sacrifices of civil rights activists of the 1960s, performed to the backdrop of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to a fun, flirtatious ballet set to jazz music.

Three student volunteers were invited to the stage to participate in an impromptu performance with the ensemble. DCCC Associate in Arts student Brandon Goins and Davidson County Early college freshmen Taylor Rierson and Jorgia Mullins learned a few basic dance movements before joining the professional dancers in a brief routine.

“I’m a dancer myself, so it’s kind of natural to me to be on stage, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I loved it,” says Rierson, who has had more than 12 years of dance instruction.

“Ballet is definitely not boring,” Goins says. “This program was outstanding.”

Ballet 3The Charlotte Ballet, a world-class repertory dance ensemble, performs classic, contemporary and cutting-edge dance for local, statewide and national audiences. Their appearance at DCCC was part of the college’s spring lineup of student life events that brings music, cultural performances and well-known speakers to its campuses.

*Editor’s note: In the first photo, Davidson Early College freshman Taylor Rierson (right) practices some ballet moves with Charlotte Ballet dancers Forrest Oliveros (left) and Kristine Butler; in the second photo, Charlotte Ballet dancers Samantha Griffin (left) and Courtney Holland perform for the DCCC audience; in the third photo, Members of the Charlotte Ballet ensemble answer audience questions about ballet. They are (from left) Taylor Sandborn, Samantha Griffin, Rickey Flagg II, Josiah Savage, Saho Kamugai and Kristine Butler.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at