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Fort Wayne Ballet hosts exclusive showing of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance followed by movie chat with two Joffrey veterans

Fort Wayne, Indiana — Fort Wayne Ballet, northern Indiana’s oldest and premier academy and performance dance organization, will host an exclusive showing of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, the 2012 documentary about the groundbreaking dance company founded in New York in 1956. From those early days to its current home in Chicago, the film details the partnership between Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino and their determination to merge modern dance with classical ballet, an effort which led to the Joffrey performing at the White House and appearing on the cover of Time Magazine. Fort Wayne Ballet will hold this special viewing as part of Arts United’s Last Saturdays on June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture, 300 East Main Street. In attendance at the studios will also be students from Fort Wayne Ballet’s Summer Intensive program, a three-week workshop which hosts students from around the country for rigorous classes with FWB and guest faculty.

Among the guests who are teaching classes in the Summer Intensive program are two Joffrey Ballet veterans, Jeremy Blanton and Kim Sagami, who will join the audience for the film’s screening as well as a post-film chat about the famed dance company. Blanton, the Summer Intensive Director, is former director of Joffrey II Dancers and American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, as well as former chair of the Dance Department at Southern Methodist University. Blanton was a member of the Joffrey while the company was still in New York City. Sagami danced under Blanton’s directorship at American Ballet Theatre II and later joined the Joffrey Ballet under the directorship of Joffrey and Arpino and was in the company group last directed by Mr. Joffrey. She is currently Repetitieur for the Gerald Arpino/Robert Joffrey Trust.

And since no movie experience is complete without treats, a multiple-flavor popcorn buffet will be provided by Kernel Coladas Gourmet Popcorn in Columbia City. The buffet will include simple favorites like cheddar and caramel along with more exotic taste treats. For a full sampling of what Kernel Coladas has to offer, the offerings are listed in detail at www.kernelcoladaspopcorn.com.

Admission to the film and discussion are free. For more information, call Fort Wayne Ballet at 260-484-9646 or visit www.fortwayneballet.org.

About Fort Wayne Ballet:

Fort Wayne Ballet is a nationally recognized and critically-acclaimed dance academy and performing arts organization that originated in 1956 through the vision and empowerment of community engagement. As its mission, the Ballet “enriches our region by inspiring and nurturing an appreciation for the art of dance through educational excellence, artistic achievement, performance experiences and community engagement activities.” The organization operates the Academy that offers multiple levels of dance instruction, annually performs three main stage public events, and hosts a variety of dance venues in and around the northeast Indiana community.

Fort Wayne Ballet is a funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and is funded in part by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. More information is available at www.fortwayneballet.org.