MARLEEN FORKAS PRESENTS BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S ROMEO & JULIET WITH GUEST ARTISTS NAYARA LOPES AND STERLING BACA
Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre’s Grand Dame, Marleen Forkas, presents Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tale of two ill-fated lovers set to the beautiful haunting music of Prokofiev and choreographed by Dan Guin. Prepare to be swept off your feet with romantic and regal ballroom scenes, spirted swordplay and poignant pas de deux as Boca Ballet Theatre portrays this timeless tale of tragic love with passion and poise.
Boca Ballet Theatre welcomes guest artists Nayara Lopes, Soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet as Juliet and Sterling Baca, Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet as Romeo.
Nayara Lopes began dancing at age six. She trained at the School of Theatre Dance Guaira in Brazil and later at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York. Nayara then danced with Orlando Ballet ll, the National Ballet of Canada and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 2016 and was promoted to Soloist for the 2018/2019 season. We welcome Nayara to Boca Ballet Theatre!
DINNER WITH THE STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET AND BOCA BALLET THEATRE CREATES LASTING MEMORIES
Delray Beach – On Sunday, March 17th, 2019 friends and donors of Boca Ballet Theatre took advantage of the amazing opportunity to have dinner with 11 principal dancers from New York City Ballet and the world. The dinner took place at the gorgeous Seagate Country Club, and was sponsored by Chastain Charitable Foundation and Jo Ann Engelhardt & Dr. George Elder.
Prior to the dinner the Stars of American Ballet in collaboration with Boca Ballet Theatre performed a mixed repertory concert presented by Elizabeth H. Dudley. The dancers that performed and were at the dinner included Stars of American Ballet founder Daniel Ulbricht along with Sterling Hyltin, Teressa Reichlen, Abi Stafford, Ask la Cour, Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Joseph Gatti, Russell Janzen, Denys Drozdyuk, Danielle Diniz. The Boca Ballet Theatre upper level students and trainees were also featured in the performance.
Immediately following the performance guests arrived at the totally updated Seagate Country Club. After posing for photos they were welcomed into the lounge area by wait staff holding trays of wine glasses and a hors d’ oeuvres table over flowing with selections. Guests were then ushered into the lovely dining room complete with a pianist at a grand piano and a spectacular view of the golf course. The stage was set for an incredible evening, thank you Tony Wilson!
MARLEEN FORKAS BECOMES PRESENTING SPONSOR AT BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S “SPRING FUNDRAISER” FOR ROMEO & JULIET
Boca Raton – On Saturday, March 30th, 2019 patrons and special guests of Boca Ballet Theatre gathered at Boca Ballet Theatre for a fundraising event to support the upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet. Announcements made during the evening, by Co-Artistic Directors Dan Guin & Jane Tyree, encouraged patrons to be generous. That generosity started with Marleen Forkas becoming the presenting sponsor for Romeo & Juliet. Seton & Blake Smith, Loretta, Natalie & Lee Parker, Andrea Virgin, Greg Woulfe and Clair CJ Johnson joined others to surpass our fundraising goal for the evening. We thank all who donated during this amazing event!
The event was organized by Chairperson Julianna Miron who, with her committee, transformed the main studio to a gorgeous event space with serving tables, bars, mood lighting and even the balcony from the Romeo & Juliet set. Julianna and her committee even made all the fabulous hors d’oeuvres and the attendees were thrilled with the variety and presentation.
Also making the evening a special experience were Boca Ballet Theatre cast members for the upcoming Romeo & Juliet. In attendance were Nayara Lopes (Juliet), Sterling Baca (Romeo), Lucas Segovia (Mercutio), Rafael Ferreras (Benvolio) Shannon Smith (Tybalt). Also Dan Guin & Jane Tyree (Lord & Lady Capulet), and Rome Saladino & Cindy Surman (Lord & Lady Montague).
BOCA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS “SHARE THE JOY” SPONSORED BY THE IRVIN STERN FOUNDATION
Boca Raton, FL – On March 31st, 2019 Boca Ballet Theatre’s Community Outreach Program BBT4PD, dance for those living with Parkinson’s Disease, presented their 5th annual performance and fundraising event Share The Joy, sponsored by the Irvin Stern Foundation. Held at the Countess de Hoernle Center for Dance, the performance included participants of this special program joined by the Boca Ballet Theatre level 3 & 5 Jazz classes.
With more than 150 in attendance the performers living with Parkinson’s disease took the stage, accompanied by BBT4PD Instructors and Share the Joy volunteers, this is when the magic happened! With Pianist Dr. Martha Brown and Kathy Wickwire on the drums the program started with Sun Salutation staged by Cindy Surman and as soon as The Phantom of the Opera music started you could feel the respect and love in the air. The program continued with Build a House staged by Dennis Lue, Sensation! staged by Cindy Surman and Dennis Lue, then Four Leaf Clover staged by Cindy Surman followed with audience participation. The next piece was Battle of the Ages staged by Dennis Lue. In this number the participants and the Boca Ballet Theatre jazz students had a dance off that had the audience laughing during the entire performance. When the last number Reverance staged by Cindy Surman started, the tissues definitely came out and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. What a beautiful and touching way to end this special performance!