Thomasville Times Enterprise

Local News

November 21, 2013

SGB’s ‘TheNutcracker’ features dance extraordinaires

THOMASVILLE — It’s time to begin getting in the holiday spirit as the countdown for South Georgia’s Ballet’s acclaimed production of “The Nutcracker” begins. It is scheduled to open on Thanksgiving weekend.

“The Nutcracker” has been a beloved tradition in south Georgia for 16 years. This year’s production includes three of the brightest stars from the world of dance — A Reum Chung, Daniel Benavides and Colton Wall — who will perform the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and the Nutcracker Prince.

Chung, dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, is a principal dancer with the Orlando Ballet. She began her ballet training at the age of 8 in Korea. She won the gold medal in the ballet division at the Korean Folk Art Research Center and won first prize at the Daegu Dancing Center.

Chung attended the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul where she won third prize in the Third Seoul International Dance Competition in 2006 and was also a guest performer at the Korean World Dance Stars Festival in 2011. This year marks her seventh year as a professional member of the Orlando Ballet.

Daniel Benavides, also a principal dancer with the Orlando Ballet, will perform the role of Cavalier. He began his training with Anaheim Ballet and furthered his dance education with the San Francisco Ballet School on a full scholarship. This is his eighth season with the Orlando Ballet.

Prior to joining the Orlando Ballet, Benavides also danced with Boston Ballet II and Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company. He has performed as a guest artist with many ballets, including Pacific Youth Ballet, New Bedford Ballet, First State Theater Ballet and Anaheim Ballet. Both Benevides and Chung will appear in SGB’s Nutcracker as a courtesy of the Orlando Ballet.

Wall, who will perform as The Nutcracker Prince, started his movement career at the age of four, studying gymnastics and martial arts. After receiving his black belt at a young age and progressing strongly in gymnastics, Wall then entered the world of dance and never looked back.

He received an AA in August 2013 from Santa Fe College where he was an integral part of the Dance Theater of Santa Fe. While at SFC, he studied under Alora Hayness, Tari Kendall, Sarah Harkness-Sebastian, Jessica Mayhew-Borrero and Melissa Brenner. Wall is completing his first semester at FSU’s School of Dance.

Melissa June, co-Artistic Director for South Georgia Ballet, is thrilled to have such a prestigious guest this year.

She said, “We are so blessed to have such talent gracing our stage here in south Georgia. No only are we captivated by their amazing abilities as dancers and artists, but we so grateful to have them as role models for our students. My favorite part of ‘The Nutcracker’ is standing in the wings watching every one of our company dancers transfixed as the guest artists are performing on stage. You can see the awe and inspiration permeating through the dancers’ eyes to the tips of their tirelessly pointed toes.”

South Georgia Ballet will perform the ballet on Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium. Additionally, two outreach matinees designed for school groups will be presented on Dec. 2.

Tickets can be purchased by called South Georgia Ballet at (229) 228-9420 or by visiting www.southgeorgiaballet.org. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20 and reserved seating is available.

1
Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Do you believe Israel's invasion of Gaza is justified?

Yes
No
     View Results
Video
Sports Pulse
Must Read
Must Read