Earlier this month, Ballet Arkansas hosted its annual spring soiree. At the evening, Joseph F. Kolb was presented with the “Above the Barre” award. Kolb was recognized for his past leadership on the Ballet Arkansas board. In the early 2000s, Kolb served as the producer of the annual Ballet Arkansas production of The Nutcracker when there was no staff available to do so.
Kolb has also been an active board member of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Historic Arkansas Museum. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters. The oldest one is taking dance classes, so he now his most important connection is a ballet dad instead of being a ballet board member.
Also at the soiree, Ballet Arkansas announced its 2012-2013 season and featured dancers presenting preview moments. The season will kick off with American Images on October 12 – 14, 2012. The dancers will interpret iconic pieces of art in dance. The performances will take place at Wildwood Park for the Arts in conjunction with Wildwood’s Harvest Fest.
Next up will be the annual production of The Nutcracker from December 7 – 9, 2012 at Robinson Center Music Hall. This holiday tradition will featured not only Company members and Ballet Arkansas II but also dozens upon dozens of local dance students.
Ballet Arkansas spring into Spring at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. From April 5 – 7, 2013, it will present Spring into Motion which will feature a variety of dances.
Throughout the season, the Company tour beyondCATEGORY throughout the state. In conjunction with this tour, the Company will also offer workshops.
Lauren Quick Strother is the Executive Director of Ballet Arkansas. The guest artist and artistic advisor is Michael Bearden, courtesy of BalletWest. Guy Couch is the Tour Director. The 2012-2013 Company includes: Leslie Dodge, Lauren McCarty Horak, Toby Lewellen, Anna Maris, Sean Porter, Laurel Dix, Paul Tillman, Katchiri Feys Tillman and Amanda Sewell.