The professional, multi-cultural dance company, Ballet des Ameriquès, will perform on Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 pm at Tarrytown Music Hall. The program will feature the acclaimed ballet Peter and the Wolf, choreographed by founder and Artistic Director, Carole Alexis, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev; Bolèro, a modern ballet performed to the music of Maurice Ravel; and several other pieces. The company, made up of dancers from around the globe and around the corner in Westchester, will bring their colorful, dynamic and diverse program to their performance home in Tarrytown from their home base in Port Chester (16 King St, Port Chester, NY).
Having grown up and received her training and education in France, Martinique and Africa, Artistic Director and founder of BDA, Carole Alexis’ choreography as well as the multi-ethnic and multicultural composition of her dance company reflects her background, training, and worldview.
Ticket prices range from $25-50 and may be purchased online at https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org or by calling the Tarrytown Music Hall box office at 877-840-0457.
Black Westchester Magazine salutes Carole Alexis!
About Carole Alexis: Carole Alexis’ work as a choreographer is deeply informed by her multicultural and intercontinental background and training on the one hand, and her interdisciplinary approach to performance on the other. In New York City, for example, she has choreographed and performed – both as a singer and a dancer – at the River to River Festival, the Festival de la Francophonie, at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center with guests such as Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Kathy Engel, Michael Ratner, The Mighty Sparrow, Susan Sarandon.
As an honors graduate of the Mudra School created by Maurice Béjart, Léopold Sédard Senghor and UNESCO, Carole Alexis excelled in all varieties of dance. She has toured in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, dancing as a soloist, ensemble member and freelancer in many companies and productions including: Rick Odums Dance Company – Artistic Director: Rick Odums; Compagnie Du Corail, Soloist – Directors: Jean-Paul Césaire and Suzi Maniry; Les Ballets Jazz de Paris, Soloist – Artistic Director: Mervyn Francis; Moise Dance Company, Soloist – Artistic Director: Moise; Claire Tallia, Soloist – Artistic Director: Claire Tallia; Compagnie Irene Tassembedo – Soloist.
About Ballet des Ameriquès: This Westchester premier dance company was established in 2011 in Port Chester, New York, Ballet des Amériques operates both a professional dance company and a pre-professional ballet conservatory with the dual mission of developing and attracting audiences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with world-class dance performances featuring original choreographies by Director Carole Alexis and of training and educating students to the level of professional dancers who are able, upon graduation, to pursue dance careers with the world’s greatest companies.
The artistic and educational concept of Ballet des Amériques is to develop the tradition of classical dance for the world of the 21st century – for a globalized world of interacting cultures – with the particular aim of developing inclusive cultural communities. To this end, Ballet des Amériques tours schools, libraries, and community centers with its “Ballet is Not Pink” campaign of performances and presentations and invites the public to its annual in-house winter series “Evenings of Dance in Port Chester.”
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