Ruby Jubilee: 80th Year Celebration

Victoria Theatre

7:30 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

8:00 pm Friday, April 20, 2018

8:00 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018

3:00 pm Sunday, April 22, 2018

Box Office (888) 228-3630

P $72 | A $72 | B $54 | C $38 | D $21


In 1927, Josephine (Jo) Schwarz and her sister Hermene opened The Schwarz School of Dance in Dayton, Ohio. In May 1937, Jo and Hermene gathered together the school’s finest, named the troupe “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” and staged a performance at the Dayton Art Institute. This 1937 debut was the very first performance of what is now Dayton Ballet! Josephine Schwarz was a pioneer of the American regional ballet movement of the mid-20th century. Through years of persistence, she made Dayton a center of dance.

Dayton Ballet is known internationally as “The Company of Premieres,” and as one of the top three dance companies in the nation that produces and presents new work, Dayton Ballet stays with this tradition as a new work by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke will receive its world premiere. This anticipated new ballet will be a celebration of Miss Jo’s life, using quotes from her actual diary and showcasing original costumes designed by Miss Hermene which have been carefully preserved, along with the history of Dayton Ballet.

In addition to this captivating new work, the performance will include ballets to honor the Schwarz sisters and Dayton Ballet’s rich history in the Gem City. The full professional company of Dayton Ballet’s athletic and artistic dancers will fill the stage with beautiful dance that would have Miss Jo beaming with pride. Don’t miss this final Dayton Ballet performance of the 2017–2018 season, celebrating 80 years of Dayton Ballet!

DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
ELM Foundation – Principal Sponsor