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Blankenship Ballet Company Kicks off Night of Dance at the Alexandria

By Jeannine Denholm
Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 10:49AM

Blankenship Ballet Company dancers shown in Palm Court at the Alexandria Hotel

This weekend marks the return of another spectacular night of dance courtesy of the Blankenship Ballet Company who has recently made the Alexandria Hotel their new home.

On Saturday, May 22 at 8:00pm the Blankenship Ballet Company kicks off their 2010 schedule in the Palm Court with "Cuban Ballet Extravaganza," a series of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance numbers featuring their world class dancers.

The ballet company was based in Venice before discovering the Alexandria Hotel, a venue they thought would be the perfect place to showcase their talents. Quietly over the past few months they have been settling into their new home, preparing for a series of community events and performances. Not only have they signed a long term lease at the Alexandria but they will be renovating the King Edward Ballroom for future performances, classes and events.

Creative producer Mark Blankenship wants to create a place where people can be exposed to the arts in a very unpretentious manner regardless of ability to pay or experience level, "We invite people to stop by and dance with our company of performers. Many of our dancers defected from Cuba, they know what it means to be liberated by the arts and we want to share that passion."

Blankenship's wife, Bertha, a former dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, serves as Artistic Director and is a perfect example of that passion. Her performance at Vibiana last year had the standing room only crowd truly captivated by her grace.

While a schedule of traditional classes are on the horizon, anyone can contact the company to watch one of their weekly rehearsals, dance with a professional ballerina or simply indulge in an artistic escape.

For more information on this Saturday's performance, visit the company's website.


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