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Tickets now on sale for Giselle at Annandale Ernst Center

Aaron Smyth
Aria Alekzander

Gainesville Ballet presents Giselle, one of the most iconic romantic ballets in the classical ballet repertoire, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Community Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

The production features Gainesville Ballet’s professional and junior companies with special guest stars Aaron Smyth and Aria Alekzander. Smyth has danced with the Royal Ballet in England, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre 2 and in numerous international ballet galas. He is also a frequent guest star in top companies around the world.

Smyth was also the fourth place winner in Australia’s Got Talent and appeared in this year’s America’s Got Talent on NBC. Smyth’s partner, Aria Alekzander, has danced with Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre 2, Anaheim Ballet and is now freelancing along with Aaron Smyth 

Gainesville Ballet is an exciting, professional company in Northern Virginia, led by the husband and wife team, Rafik Hegab and Elysabeth Muscat Hegab. Rafik, artistic director, of Cairo, thrilled audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with his premiere of Carmina Burana in March 2015. Other upcoming performances include an originally choreographed premiere of Carmen, based on the opera by Bizet, in February 2016.

Rafik chooses a mix of original, contemporary and neo-classical works, with traditional repertoire such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Le Corsaire and Swan Lake. Elysabeth grew up off of Wakefield Chapel Road near the Annandale Campus. She studied ballet with Oleg Tupine and Tania Rousseau with Virginia Ballet and at the Harkness Ballet Company in New York City.  Before becoming the managing director of Gainesville Ballet in March of 2013, she was the co-founder and managing director of Baltimore Ballet from 2000-2012.

Giselle is a romantic ballet in two acts, originally choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and later revived by Marius Petipa, composed by Adolphe Adam. Giselle is a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover, Albrecht, whom she believes is a poor peasant, has deceived her. He is actually a nobleman masquerading as a peasant, and is engaged to another woman.

Tickets for this production are available through Gainesville Ballet. Please call 703.753.5005 to purchase tickets for the show. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $25 for NOVA students.

Gainesville Ballet is a federal 501 c 3 nonprofit organization and is supported in part by The Dominion Foundation, NOVEC, and Prince William County. For more information about Gainesville Ballet, visit the website or the Facebook page.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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