November 2017


Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre announces another amazing year of The Nutcracker with Marleen Forkas presenting this iconic ballet. Marleen and her late husband Harold donated the initial funds for all of the gorgeous back drops and costumes and Marleen has committed to support the production as presenter every year since. Boca Ballet Theatre is so grateful to have her as the Grand Dame of “The Nutcracker”!

We are pleased to announce our guest artists for the 2017 “The Nutcracker”. Both dance at American Ballet Theatre and are Catherine Hurlin as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Jose Sebastian as her Cavalier, they love to dance together and their beautiful Pas De Deux will keep the “magic” alive as they mesmerize the entire audience.

Born in New York City Catherine Hurlin received a full scholarship to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Franco De Vita. She was awarded the first Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship in 2010 and was a Northern Trust Scholar in 2011. Jose Sebastian, a native of New York City, attended the School of American Ballet for 10 years and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. His performance experience includes pieces by Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied and George Balanchine.

This unique version of the holiday classic showcases choreography by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, and a cast of more than 100 dancers including Toby Lewellen and Toby Tillman from Ballet Arkansas, Justin Metcalf Burton a freelance dancer out of New York and Shannon Smith, a frequent guest artist who has reciently made Boca Ballet Theatre his home. Set to the music by Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker” is a special treat for all ages and a great way to kick-off the holiday season.


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Catherine Hurlin, American Ballet Theatre (photo credit) R. O’Connor

Jose Sebastian, American Ballet Theatre. (photo credit) Jon Ragel


Boca Raton – On Sunday, October 29, 2017, Boca Ballet Theatre’s “A Princely Affair” Luncheon and Performance successfully kicked of the 2017/2018 season by raising awareness and community support for the Boca Raton nonprofit organization.

“We are thrilled to kick off the 2017/2018 Season of Dance with the 26th Annual “A Princely Affair” Luncheon and Performance,” stated Dan Guin, Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director of Boca Ballet Theatre, “We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Honorary Chairs Edith Stein and Arlene Herson and to the Event Chairs Zizah Preble and Andrea Virgin.” “The funds raised will assist Boca Ballet Theatre in continuing to enhance the cultural landscape of our community and the additional funds raised for BBT4PD was a total surprise that is so appreciated!”

Guests of “A Princely Affair” gathered in the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club for an elegant afternoon of dining, dance, and exciting raffle prizes. The highlight was a breathtaking performance of the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake by principal dancer, Sara Lane and Aran Bell, both from American Ballet Theatre. Dancers from Boca Ballet Theatre performed excerpts from the upcoming productions of Voyage Classique, Play Ball and The Nutcracker, presented by Marleen Forkas In loving memory of Harold Forkas.

The festivities began with a mimosa social hour, raffle items and a silent auction, followed by a delicious luncheon and amazing dance performances. Cindy Surman, the luncheon’s mistress of ceremonies, expressed a heartfelt thank you to Honorary Chairs Edith Stein and Arlene Herson, Event Chairs Andrea Virgin and Zizah Preble and Advisor Natalie Parker. Additional thanks went to the Princely Business Circle: Altier Jewelers; AW Architects; Boca Raton Florist; First Response Plumbing HealthSouth; Physical Therapy Institute Inc.and Urban Solar and Grand Prize Raffle Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Middendorf and Carrie and Jon Gibbons.


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Honorary Chairs Arlene Herson and Edith Stein

Anne Vegso, Marina Morveck, Dan Guin, Cindy Surman

Charlotte Beasley, June Gelb, Arlene Herson, Kim Champion, Dr. Ron Rubin, Yvonne Boyce, Christine Lynn

Rabbi Merle Singer, Andrea Doyle


Boca Raton – Did you know that every time you purchase on Amazon you could be supporting Boca Ballet Theatre at no cost to yourself? Well you can and here is how it works:

1. Type smile.amazon.com in your internet browser
2. Click on Amazon Smile
3. A screen will pop up for you to log in with your email address and password (or create a new account)
4. After log-in you may select Boca Ballet Theatre as your charity
5. Now Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Boca Ballet Theatre.
6. This will cost you nothing and you will be helping Boca Ballet Theatre…. We thank you very much!!


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