Ballet’s Brightest Stars Shine in Orange County

Festival Ballet Theatre presents its annual “Gala of the Stars” Friday, August 17th at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.

Barclay TheaterIn just three weeks fourteen internationally acclaimed guest artists from prestigious dance companies around the world, including DDS model Rebecca King of Czech National Theatre, will join FBT’s resident company dancers and up-and-coming talent for an evening of exhilarating dance in Irvine’s Barclay Theatre. With our headquarters located in Southern California, here at DDS we’re always on the lookout for amazing dance performances to share with all of you in our neighborhood and “Gala of the Stars” promises to be a great one!

The program will also include the following guest artists: American Ballet Theatre’s Jamie Kopit, Veronika Part and Cory Stearns; the Joffrey Ballet’s Fabrice Calmels, Dylan Gutierrez and Jeraldine Mendoza; Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s April Ball and Stephen Bourgond; New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht; Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carla Korbes; Staats Ballet Berlin’s Alexander Shpak and Mari Kawanishi; and Stuttgart Ballet’s Daniel Camargo.

Celebrating its 20th year, the Barclay is a beautiful 50,000 square foot “Bay Area modernist” venue with 756 seats and a record for excellence in promoting dance, theatre, music and the spoken word in Orange County. Festival Ballet Theatre’s annual gala certainly is part of this prestigious heritage! Founded by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, for the past 24 years FBT has been dedicated to furnishing Orange County with cultural awareness of dance. FBT hosting performances by world-renowned guest artists; fostering local talent by resident artists who have received international critical acclaim for original ballets; and in conjunction with Southland Ballet Academy, also founded Salwa Rizkalla, providing nurturing and training to the next generation of professional ballet dancers and choreographers.

Of course, DDS is taking advantage of all the gorgeous dancers being on hand and we are pleased to announce that Carla Korbes of Pacfic Northwest Ballet will soon be joining Rebecca King as a DDS model! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Instagram and Google+, for updates and sneak peeks of Carla’s upcoming photo shoot! You can also follow the link below for more information and to purchase your tickets!

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