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November 2016

BOCA BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES AN EXTRODINARY “THE NUTCRACKER” PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR

Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre announces a huge milestone for this years The Nutcracker; we are celebrating 20 years of Marleen Forkas presenting this iconic ballet. Marleen and her late husband Harold donated the initial funds for all of the gorgeous back drops and costumes and Marleen has committed to support the production as presenter every year since. Boca Ballet Theatre is so grateful to have her as the Grand Dame of The Nutcracker!

Our favorite Sugar Plum Fairy, Cassandra Trenary, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre recently debuted her role as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.  This is what the New York Times wrote about her:  “To conquer Aurora is proof that a dancer is on her way to becoming a ballerina, and Cassandra Trenary killed it!”  “Ms. Trenary’s debut in this challenging part was a triumph; her spunk and delicacy came as no surprise to anyone who has watched her this season”. Of course she will be dancing with her favorite partner Gray Davis, also from American Ballet Theatre, as her Cavalier.  Their beautiful Pas De Deux keeps the “magic” alive as they mesmerize the entire audience. Wow…we feel extraordinarily fortunate.

This unique version of the holiday classic showcases choreography by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, and a cast of more than 100 dancers including Raisel Cruz, Carlos Ignacio and Galindez Macias from National Ballet of Cuba, Toby Lewellen from Ballet Arkansas and Andrew Harper, a Freelance Dancer & Choreographer.  Set to the music by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a special treat for all ages.

Following the matinee performances don’t miss the Gingerbread Ball, a festive children’s party where kids and their parents can meet characters from The Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy her Cavalier and of course Clara, while enjoying treats from “the land sweets” on the stage!  This is a great photo opportunity and not to be missed.

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Marleen Forkas as the Grand Dame in “The Nutcracker”. (Photo credit Silvia Pangaro)

Marleen Forkas as the Grand Dame in “The Nutcracker”. (Photo credit Silvia Pangaro)

Casandra Trenary, Soloist & Gray Davis | American Ballet Theatre (Photo credit Silvia Pangaro)

Casandra Trenary, Soloist & Gray Davis | American Ballet Theatre
(Photo credit Silvia Pangaro)

BOCA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS 2016 | 2017 SEASON AT “A PRINCELY AFFAIR” LUNCHEON AND PERFORMANCE

Boca Raton – On Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, Boca Ballet Theatre’s A Princely Affair Luncheon and Performance successfully kicked of the 2016/2017 season by raising awareness and community support for the Boca Raton nonprofit organization.

“We are so thrilled to kickoff the 2016/2017 Season of Dance with the 25th Anniversary of A Princely Affair Luncheon and Performance,” stated Dan Guin, Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director of Boca Ballet Theatre, “We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to The Honorary Chairperson Arlene Herson and to the Event Chair Natalie Parker and Co-Chair Gail Baker”. “The funds raised will assist Boca Ballet in continuing to enhance the cultural landscape of our community with spectacular ballet performances and outstanding community enrichment programs.”

Guests of A Princely Affair gathered in the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club for an elegant afternoon of dining, dance, and exciting raffle prizes. The highlight was a breathtaking performance by New York City Ballet principal dancer, Daniel Ulbricht and soloist Erica Pereira.  Dancers from Boca Ballet Theatre performed excerpts from the upcoming production of The Nutcracker, presented by Marleen Forkas In loving memory of Harold Forkas.

The festivities began with a mimosa social hour, raffle items and a silent auction, followed by a delicious luncheon and amazing dance performances. Cindy Surman, the luncheon’s mistress of ceremonies, expressed a heartfelt thanks to Honorary Chair Arlene Herson and Event Chairs, Natalie Parker and Gail Baker, and for the support of Corporate Sponsor Once Upon A Time. Also a big thank you to Business Circle Members: Physical Therapy Institute; AW Architects, Inc.; Boca Raton Florist; Brown Robert LLP.;  First Response Plumbing; HealthSouth; Interventional Cardiology Associates; Lee Parker, Inc.;  Malcom and Baker CPA’s & Associates; Russian Market/LuBlu;  Palm Beach Estate Buyers; Grand Prize Raffle Sponsors:  Zizah Preble and Carrie Gibbons.

After the New York City Ballet guest artists took their bows for Tarantella Daniel Ulbricht came out to the podium and proposed that if there would be a $2500 donation to BBT he would perform a new contemporary piece for the audience.  Marleen Forkas immediately raised her hand and Daniel again mesmerized the audience with his artistry.  Thank you Marleen and Daniel!  Mr. Ulbricht then raised additional funds for Boca Ballet Theatre by auctioning off “all access passes” to a performance at New York City Ballet…..Bravo!!!!

Among the attendees were; Chad Kenney, President of Boca Ballet Theatre’s Board of Directors, Boca Raton  Councilman Robert Weinroth; Constance Scott; Ingrid Fulmer; Seth Marmor; Marleen Forkas; Martin and Edith Stein; Rabbi Merle Singer and Denise Jordan, Executive Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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Arlene Herson, Honorary Chair and Natalie Parker, Event Chair (Photo Credit – Don Tolj)

Arlene Herson, Honorary Chair and Natalie Parker, Event Chair (Photo Credit – Don Tolj)

Daniel Ulbright &Marleen Forkas

Daniel Ulbright &Marleen Forkas

Andrea Doyle, Edith and Martin Stein, Dan Guin, Rabbi Merle Singer

Andrea Doyle, Edith and Martin Stein, Dan Guin, Rabbi Merle Singer

CHAD R. KENNEY ELECTED CHAIR OF BOCA BALLET THREATRE BOARD

Boca Raton – Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre’s Board of Directors has elected Chad R. Kenney as their 8th President in the organization’s 25-year history. The board also announced the election of Katherine Knuckolls-Roger, Esq., Vice-President; Laurie Udine, Treasurer; and Vanessa Boltz, Secretary.

Kenney is a Senior Vice President of CenterState Bank and an active member of the community. Kenney has been involved with Boca Ballet Theatre since moving to South Florida. He is also the President of Leadership Boca’s 2014 class and a Trustee Member of The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

 “Boca Ballet Theatre is fortunate to have as its new Board President another experienced and talented person,” said Dan Guin, Executive Director of Boca Ballet Theatre. “Chad has been a tremendously active board member. His passion for our organization is unrivaled, and I look forward to continuing my strong working relationship with him. I know Chad will be an excellent President for our organization.”

Kenney succeeds Seth A. Marmor, Esq. who has served Boca Ballet Theatre in many capacities and was President for seven out of the last 20 years, during which time Boca Ballet Theatre has grown to be recognized as a major national cultural organization.

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Chad R. Kenney, President, Boca Ballet Theatre

Chad R. Kenney, President, Boca Ballet Theatre