By Michelle Williams
On July 31, Carmel will be graced with a performance from distinguished international ballet artists Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. The dancers will be in town to give a master class to ballet students from around the country – students who will be given an exclusive opportunity to perform alongside the former principal dancers of American Ballet Theatre.
The performance will be part of a fundraising event, A Night at the Barre, benefitting the Indiana Ballet Conservatory. IBC is a not-for-profit ballet school founded in 2010, and is currently holding its annual summer intensive program for pre-professional ballet dancing students.
Students from around the globe come to Carmel to seek pre-professional training from the world-class IBC faculty during these summer intensives.
“You want to get as much as you can throughout your summer intensive to have that edge you need at the start of the school year,” said Missy Rust, IBC director of marketing and outreach.
“IBC is thrilled to bring this type of celebration of dance and education experience to the community. We are deeply grateful for the support we continue to receive as we cultivate the next generation of dancers right here in Carmel,” said IBC founding artistic director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall. Yakovleva-Randall is an award-winning ballet dancer who has studied and worked in Russia, Korea and the United States.
IBC will host a special VIP event prior to the production, and will raffle off several items including a ski trip, tickets to the Center for the Performing Arts and dancewear. Funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to IBC students and to complete studio upgrades such as installing new bars on the walls.
The performance will take place at 7 p.m. at the Tarkington Theater at the Center of the Performing Arts. Tickets may be purchased at www.IndianaBalletConservatory.org, and are $30 for general admission.