Evening Performances

Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28, 6 p.m.
Nantucket High School Auditorium
$45 – $85, with special pricing for senior citizens and children

Join us for an evening of spectacular dance featuring stars from the New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. This year’s performance program features a world premiere by rising star choreographer Austin Goodwin, as well as a mix of classical and contemporary ballet.  In addition, the majority of performances will be accompanied by live music.

The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival brings the best of ballet – dancers, musicians and choreographers – to the island for cutting edge performances in an intimate, air conditioned venue.

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Film Screening With Director Q&A: Danseur

Tues., July 24, 5 p.m.
Atheneum Great Hall
Free admission

Enter any dance studio in the United States and the classes brim with little bunheads dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center. But you will be hard pressed to find a single boy among them. DANSEUR explores why, in a country that strives for gender equality, where young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields, especially by their parents, does this disparity exist?

Why is it more socially acceptable for parents (fathers in particular) to encourage their sons to participate in all other physical pursuits (ie: sports, fitness) but not the ballet? A recent survey revealed that nearly 95 percent of male ballet dancers stated that they faced physical or verbal attacks because of dance.

Join in the discussion with director Scott Gormley after the screening.

Story & Craft

Wed., July 25, 9:45 and 11 a.m.
For ages 4 – 10 years old
Atheneum Gallery
Free admission

A fun dance-themed storytime with accompanying craft project.

Instructor and youth in ballet classYouth Master Ballet Classes

Wed., July 25, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Nantucket High School Auditorium
Free admission, registration is required

Ballet students aged 5 to 18 with at least 2 years of experience are invited to take a free master ballet class with a member of the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival company.

Class students are asked to arrive with ballet shoes, leotard and tights. The class will consist of work at the barre and on the floor. Space is limited and registration is requested. Please call 508-228-1110 ext. 107 for more information or to sign up.

A Close Up on Choreography With Tyler Angle

Wed., July 25,  5 p.m.
Atheneum Great Hall
Free admission

Join us for an intimate program with Dance Festival Artistic Director Tyler Angle, choreographers and dancers.

Lecture/Demonstration: Behind The Curtain With Tyler Angle

Thurs., July 26, 4 p.m.
Nantucket High School Auditorium
Free admission

Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival Artistic Director Tyler Angle lifts the curtain and takes the audience behind the scenes on the pieces to be performed at the July 28 and July 29 evening performances.

This year’s dance program includes dancers from three companies performing six works created by American and European contemporary choreographers. Angle will discuss their provenance and the technique required of the dancers to perform them. In addition, members of the dance company will perform excerpts to help illustrate Angle’s remarks.

And along the way Angle will pull dancers, choreographers and musicians onto the stage so that each can discuss their roles in bringing these magnificent dances to life.

Children on stageChildren’s Performance & Program

Fri., July 27, 11 a.m.
Nantucket High School Auditorium
Free admission

Artistic director Tyler Angle and members of the dance company will present a brief performance and look at the world of ballet.