11 Jul First Indianapolis Ballet Auditions are History!
Founding Artistic Director of both the Indianapolis School of Ballet and Indianapolis Ballet, Victoria Lyras, was joined on the day by two familiar faces to both teach and critique the audition participants – frequent ISB guest instructor Paul Vitali and Jeffrey Gribler, both of whose illustrious careers in professional ballet included time with Lyras at the Pennsylvania Ballet.
In all, 16 talented ladies participated in the first combined auditions. While the Hoosier State was well represented by attendees from Indianapolis, South Bend, Evansville and Fort Wayne, the professional company candidates represented a large swath of the United States, with dancers coming from as far as Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and Memphis to try and join the burgeoning group.
Also in attendance were longtime Indianapolis arts scene media maven Rita Kohn (whose stories in NUVO & ExploreDance.com will be filed in the coming days) and WISH-TV reporter Julia Deng, whom filed this report featuring interviews with Lyras and a frequent guest of ISB performances who knows a little about what it takes to be a professional dancer, our friend and Indy native Chris Lingner.
Auditions underway right now for Indy’s first professional ballet co. since 2005. “These girls are making history,” says Artistic Director. pic.twitter.com/xbBHoO1TYu
— Julia Deng (@Julia_Deng) July 9, 2017
While news of which candidates from the first crop of audition participants might make the move to Indy will not come for a little while, there is more excitement in the immediate aftermath – news that another round of hopefuls will be welcomed to the ISB studios for the next round of auditions on Sunday, August 13.
For more on the new Indianapolis Ballet company as it continues to gain momentum towards its early 2018 debut, visit the Company News and Media Coverage sections of the “Company” section here at indyballet.org.