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To provide exceptional, professional training and performance opportunities for dancers, and to attract and entertain audiences as the region's premier ballet organization.
Artistic Director Donna L. Muzio founded Brandywine Ballet in 1979 as a meeting place for dancers and audiences with a shared appreciation of contemporary and classical ballet. Bringing together students, pre-professional, professional, and special guest dancers from diverse artistic backgrounds and experiences, Brandywine Ballet has established itself as a formidable platform for dance training and performance in the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Brandywine Ballet Organization :
Brandywine Ballet is something of a pas de trois. The Brandywine Ballet Theatre is the professional/pre-professional arm of the organization, and the troupe responsible for performances of licensed works by George Balanchine, and most leading roles throughout Brandywine Ballet’s repertoire. The Brandywine Ballet Company is the student branch, twirling proof of the organization's rigorous and effective program. And then there's Brandywine Contemporary, a daring outfit that specializes in new and emerging styles. The Dance Center is the official school of Brandywine Ballet, and students from The Dance Center are invited to participate in large Brandywine Ballet productions like The Nutcracker, adding to their educational experience.
Brandywine Ballet is Chester County’s premier, regional, 501(c)(3) non-profit ballet organization. Brandywine Ballet operates on a series-based season, presenting fall, winter, and spring productions supplemented by various summer and festival engagements. A traditional season includes productions of full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker and Dracula, as well as works from current company repertoire. During the summer months, both the Theatre and Company undertake various community engagements at such outdoor venues as Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre and Media’s Rose Tree Park. Additional special engagements have included performances at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia and collaborations with the Kennett Square Symphony and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. The Brandywine Ballet rehearsal studios are located in a modern rehearsal complex near its home performance venue at the historic Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, on the campus of West Chester University.
The company has received support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, various foundations, the local business community, and private donors. The company is committed to affordable arts education & outreach, providing significantly discounted tickets to more than 1,500 students from as many as 20 different area schools each year, as well as several senior communities and underserved population groups. Brandywine Ballet has participated in programs that provide free or significantly discounted tickets to several additional groups, including Arts Reach, VetTix, & Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania among others. Brandywine Ballet also provides lecture demonstrations to educate the community about the art of ballet. 2015-16 Lecture Demonstrations included the Chester County Family Academy, West Chester Area Senior Center, West Chester Rotary Club, West Chester Lions Club, and the Chester Springs Library.
About The Brandywine Ballet Theatre:
Established in 1999 by Donna L. Muzio, Founder, and Eddy Toussaint, Resident Choreographer from 1999 to 2002, Brandywine Ballet Theatre is the professional/pre-professional division of the organization, giving emergent dancers an opportunity to perform. In addition to filling principal roles in the Company’s full-length ballets, Brandywine Ballet Theatre members participate in repertory productions featuring archival pieces and new works. To date, Brandywine Ballet Theatre has earned George Balanchine Trust licensing and approval to perform Balanchine pieces including Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Valse-Fantaisie. World-renowned guest choreographers that have set new works on Brandywine Ballet Theatre dancers include Matthew Neenan, Ronen Koresh (Koresh Dance Company), Meredith Rainey (formerly Pennsylvania Ballet), Eddie Toussaint (2001 Choreography Gold Medal Performance Winner at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition), and Resident Choreographer Nancy Page. Many Brandywine Ballet dancers have participated in summer scholarship programs with various major companies and arts programs including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Governor’s School for the Arts. Several Brandywine Ballet Theatre dancers have gone on to enjoy careers with Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Miami City Ballet, to name a few.
About The Brandywine Ballet Company:
The Brandywine Ballet Company consists of dancers ranging in ages from 11 to 18. We have a two-year Trainee program that is highly focused on training. The Company offers aspiring students the opportunity to develop as dancers with their peers, as well as to participate in professional, large-scale performances with Brandywine Ballet Theatre members and guest artists. Brandywine Ballet Company supports productions of full-length ballets, as well as performances in repertory works tailored exclusively to Company members' abilities.