As the Media-based International Ballet Classique poetically puts it, “dance is the beating heart of a culture.”
Part of IBC’s mission is to promote cultural dances from around the world, and they’re getting ready to do that in a big way with the second annual Delaware County Multicultural Dance Festival.
Neumann University’s Fred P. Meagher Theatre, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston. The program will feature north and south Indian, Russian, Chinese, Latin, Polynesian, Ukrainian, Irish and Hungarian dances by nine professionally trained schools and companies, all from Delaware County: Rita Dance Academy, Huaxia Great Valley Chinese School, International Ballet Theater, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, Little Mulan Dance Troupe, Aloha on the Main Line, Melody Group, Nardhana Academy of Dance and Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
When is this big production?
3 p.m. March 3.
Can I get tickets in advance?
Yes. They’re $15, $12 for children, and you can call (610) 986-2474, go to www.ibcballet.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is International Ballet Classique?
Established in 2003, the nonprofit dance company produces and stages ballet performances, ballet festivals, dance workshops and master classes to make ballet, and dance in general, accessible to a wider and diverse audience.
In addition to presenting “The Nutcracker” ballet each year at Neumann’s Fred P. Meagher Theatre, IBC produces several other classical ballets: “Coppelia,” “Giselle,” “Paquita,” “Peter & the Wolf,” “Carnival of the Animals,” excerpts from “Swan Lake,” “The Sabre Dance” from “Gayaneh,” “Les Apparitions” and children’s fairy tale ballets, as well as works by contemporary choreographers.
Their community outreach includes lecture demonstrations at colleges, universities, elementary schools, retirement communities and various organizations. IBC offers abridged performances for elementary-school-age children, audience members with special needs, and sensory shows. In addition, IBC offers free and discounted tickets to other non-profit organizations and under-served local communities.