Heavenly Dancing

December 15, 2021 | Paul Richardson

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on Earth.”

― William W. Purkey

This fantastic motivational quote took on new meaning during the pandemic. While it is surely good for one’s own well-being to sing and dance regardless of whether anyone is watching, for those who make their living in the arts, the absence of audiences meant deep economic and spiritual hardship.

Christine Shevchenko and Julian Mackay

In December of 2020, Live Arts Global responded by assembling a marvelous dance program that was broadcast live via YouTube, giving the artists an opportunity to perform and a means to raise money.

“The past year has been challenging for many of us in the dance and theater community,” said Live Arts Global co-founder Melanie Hamrick at the time. “With the holidays approaching, my partners at Live Arts Global and I wanted to give back not only to dance and theater lovers, but also to compensate the artists, stage crew, and staff who have been out of work.”

Live Arts Global was founded by the troika of women: Hamrick (a Floridian who also happens to be Mick Jagger’s partner and mother of his youngest child), choreographer/producer Joanna DeFelice, and dancer Christine Shevchenko. A Night at the Ballet was streamed to over 12,000 viewers, offering “an opportunity to appreciate the classics, while also providing financial support to artists and crew."

Now Live Arts Global is bringing its magic to Boca, transporting A Night at the Ballet from that nebulous thing called The Stream into The Real World, to debut in Boca Raton.

A Night at the Ballet will feature dancers of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), New York City Ballet (NYCB) and more performing excerpts from the classics, including Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet as well as contemporary works, including She’s a Rainbow by the Rolling Stones. 

And the lineup of dancers participating is truly impressive: Aran Bell (Principal, ABT), Katia Carranza (Principal, Miami City Ballet), Gonzalo Garcia (Principal, NYCB), Catherine Hurlin (Soloist, ABT), Rainer Krenstetter (Principal, Miami City Ballet), Unity Phelan (Principal, NYCB), Calvin Royal III (Principal, ABT), Christine Shevchenko (Principal, ABT), Indiana Woodward (Principal, NYCB).

A Night at the Ballet will be performed at Festival Boca on Sunday, March 6. We don’t know about you, but the prospect of returning to live performances has us feeling, like the poem up top promises, “like it’s heaven on Earth.”


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