The Milwaukee Ballet will grace the stage of the Indaba Band Shell at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The free public performance is part of Ballet Beat, a program that brings professional dancers to outdoor stages, libraries and community centers throughout the Greater Milwaukee area for interactive activities and performances.
“This will be the first time we present a show of this scale in the Lindsay Heights/Park West neighborhood,” said Alyson Chavez, Milwaukee Ballet’s director of community engagement. “We’re excited to introduce our passion and our art form to this new audience.”
The 75-minute performance of classical and contemporary ballet will feature nine dancers from the Ballet Beat company and the Milwaukee Ballet II program for young dancers. Special guest performers include dancers from Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life, a performance and competitive ensemble from Milwaukee High School of The Arts; Daniela Orozco, a Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student; and Kimi McKissic, representing the Restore Arts Festival.
Pre-show music, from 12 noon-1 p.m., will be performed by Yaya Kambaye, master drummer and founder of Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life. The show will be followed by a reception with refreshments where the audience can meet and take photos with the dancers.