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Festival Ballet Providence

More culture for the neighborhood to keep you on your toes

It all began in the mid-1970s when Christine Hennessy returned to Rhode Island after an international career in dance and, with her husband Winthrop Corey, founded Festival Ballet to teach young people the art of ballet. They opened their studio in nearby North Providence behind Rhode Island College. In 2001, feeling a need for new studio space, the company moved Hope Street. I spoke to Artistic Director Mihail (Misha) Djuric.

Why Summit?

When asked what brought Festival Ballet to Summit, Mr. Djuric said that many of the dance school's 450 students are from the East Side, so the new location provides greater accessibility and visibility.

Performances are held at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), the VMA Arts and Cultural Center and, in a series called "Up CLOSE on HOPE," right here in the neighborhood. The company's success is due largely to the professionalism of the staff, instructors, and to its generous contributors.

The Festival Ballet Center offers Dance Education for ages 3 to adult in its three state-of-the-art studios. Over 70 classes are offered each week including pilates, modern jazz, and social dancing.

"It makes me proud that the reputation of this center for dance attracts talented artists from around the US and the world, as well as the increasing development of young Rhode Island dancers," said Mr. Djuric.

For additional information stop by and speak with a staff member, or visit them online.

Festival Ballet Providence
825 Hope Street
Tel. 353-1129
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