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What To Expect In The 2024-2025 Season

Described as “visually stunning” and “magnificent,” Robert Curran’s Coppélia reimagines a classic ballet. Set in a small Midwestern town, Coppélia tells the tale of a lifelike doll in a windowfront. Mistaken by the townspeople as a young, mysterious woman, she provides an escape for a community preoccupied with the realities of war. With beautiful choreography and comical toy characters, Coppélia is the perfect way to start the Ballet season! (Oct. 18-20, 2024; Victoria Theatre).

Don’t miss the world premiere of the much-anticipated new production of Dayton’s most beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. From the creative minds of Artistic Director and choreographer Brandon Ragland, costume designer Lyn Baudendistel, and scenic designer Ray Zupp, the timeless story of Clara’s magical Christmastime journey returns to the stage, set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score performed live by the Dayton Philharmonic. (Dec. 13-15 19-22, 2024; Schuster Center).

The Ballet series continues in February with the classic retelling of Cinderella, choreographed by Artistic Director Brandon Ragland to Prokofiev’s sparkling score. Cinderella yearns to escape from her life as a scullery maid to her mean stepsisters. Enter her Fairy Godmother, a handsome prince, a little help, and a lot of magic, and Cinderella gets a glimpse of living happily ever after! (Feb. 14-16, 2025; Schuster Center).

The Ballet Series concludes with Pointes of View, a night of classical and contemporary ballet showcasing the astounding talent of Dayton ballet’s dancers. Pointes of View presents choreography from one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, from George Balanchine (“Allegro Brillante”) to up-and-coming choreographers Andrea Schermoly (“Klien Perspectives”), Sanjay Saverimuttu (“Angagpesis”), and a world premiere from DCDC’s Qarrianne Blayr. (May 9-11, 2025; Victoria Theatre).