Tchaikovsky: The Tempest Overture
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite – with the Central Illinois Ballet
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite – with the Central Illinois Ballet
Central Illinois Ballet was formed under the direction of Rebekah von Rathonyi and Joshua Gullett in 2015, to bring professional ballet to Central Illinois. CIB emerged from it’s school, The Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts, established in January 2012 in the historic Cornerstone building of downtown Peoria with four instructors and six students. The organization began outreach and lecture demonstrations taking dance, music and singing into the areas nursing homes, schools, libraries, and Veterans posts. Recognizing that the greater Central Illinois community needed a professional dance company and school that would positively contribute to the standard of living, the performing ensemble was formed. After Cornerstone Academy staged their first production of the Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, IL, the demand for more professional main stage productions quickly increased. After two highly successful seasons, the Board of Directors and Artistic Staff formally separated the performance ensemble from the Academy by founding the Central Illinois Ballet in January 2015. The 2021-22 CIB company consists of ten professional dancers recruited from all over the United States. Each dancer brings talent, unique style, and personality to the company, with productions ranging from classical and romantic ballet such as “Dracula”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Peter Pan”, to more modern and contemporary styles such as “Sweeny Todd”, “Gatsby the Ballet”, and “Women of History”. With our highly gifted group of professional dancers, Central Illinois Ballet will be celebrating our ten-year anniversary for the entire 2021-2022 season. We are humbled and grateful to be able to continue to bring elegance, sophisticated artistry, collaboration and creativity to our community.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.