Central Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Lori Ann Sparks, along with Marilyn duBrisk, director of Tusculum’s Arts Outreach program, give life and new meaning to The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The play was originally a German fairytale written by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.
The ballet will star three male professional dancers: Dillon Davis, Samuel Chester and Cole Companion.
Dillon Davis is currently teaching and dancing his sixth season with the Chattanooga Ballet. Davis studied with the Alabama Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, then continued on to perform professionally with the Nashville Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Tennessee in many solo roles.
Samuel Chester is a professional freelance dancer after working as a principle dancer for ten years with the Carolina Ballet Theatre. Chester was also sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Gala Internacional De Danze in Montevideo, Uruguay. Chester will be returning to Japan to perform with the Yoko Kaisia School of Dance.
Cole Companion is an adjunct professor at Dance Legacy in Indiana where he teaches pas de deux class. Companion currently works as a ballet master, resident choreographer and professional dancer for the Ballet Theatre of Indiana. This is Cole’s second season with the Central Ballet Theatre.
While the story stems from the Brothers Grimm, Sparks has adapted it to be family-friendly and to be more uplifting, rather than to be tragic as it was originally written.
Many local dancers also appear in this ballet. Hanna Johnson of Greeneville and Eliza Burton from Jefferson City share the lead role of Princess Dolcina. Other local dancers include Hallie Frank, Elizabeth Bosse and Maggie Sanders.
“It is an exciting event, and we wish to present it as a gift to the region,” says Parke Brumit, one of the dancers. “CBT is proud to be considered a part of the Greeneville/ Greene County community and is honored to be financially supported by so many businesses and individuals here. Our goal is to contribute to others and give back to our community.”
Tickets can be purchased at Catalyst Coffee Company, Esther & Ella’s, The General Morgan Inn, Appalachian Chiropractic, and Halos & Threads, or by calling (423) 724-7014 to reserve tickets.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 plus and $5 for students.
The box office opens an hour before show time. Performances are Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at Tusculum in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.
Tusculum, the first college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is committed to providing a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement. Approximately eighteen hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and two off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars.