Creator of Farm to Ballet Project unveils new ballet company

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GREENSBORO — The creator of Vermont's innovative Farm to Ballet Project announced that his new ballet company, Ballet Vermont, will present "Bees & Friends" this fall. The production debuts Oct. 1 at Highland Lodge in Greensboro. A second performance on Oct. 14 will take place at Shelburne's Bread and Butter Farm as part of a fall festival. This show will also feature the popular musician and early childhood educator Chris Dorman, affectionately known as "Mister Chris."

Ballet Vermont was born after three successful seasons of the Farm to Ballet Project which was enjoyed this summer by over 3,000 audience members in six counties. Farm to Ballet founder and Vermont native Chatch Pregger says the project raised nearly $30,000 this summer, of which 75 percent went directly to farms and agricultural non-profits. "Being able to use my art form to support the farming community and provide resources to make systemic changes that promote sustainability and regeneration is immensely gratifying. I am grateful to everyone that helped make us successful."

Inspired by the enthusiastic support of audiences, host farms, contributing sponsors and volunteers that made Farm to Ballet a success, Pregger said he was ready to establish Vermont's first and only classical ballet company. "I am lucky to have a talented and dedicated ensemble of dancers and an enthusiastic audience here in Vermont."

Ballet Vermont includes a number of the ballet dancers that appeared in Farm to Ballet as well as some newcomers. The ensemble includes six soloist and eleven members of the corps. The mission of the company is to present high quality ballet which celebrates Vermont. Pregger said he hopes to create a path for professional ballet dancers, musicians, and composers in Vermont to collaborate and produce original dance pieces.

The company's inaugural piece, "Bees & Friends," is a delightful menagerie of bees, bugs and birds dancing to Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," which will be performed live. The 45-minute ballet explores topics of pollination, metamorphoses, integrated pest management and bio-luminescence.

Tickets can be purchased for twenty dollars, or a beehive four-pack of tickets is available at a discounted rate of $65. Performances are outdoors and food is available for purchase at both venues. To purchase tickets and learn more about the artists of Ballet Vermont, visit balletvermont.org.


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