After discussing the subject with Ballet on
"We decided that we were both very interested in doing it together," Greene said. "We decided on a venue, music, and we are thrilled. It's a first time for both of us."
Greene compiled the mixture of musical pieces that the orchestra will perform. Meanwhile, Ballet on Wheels has spent the last month coming up with new choreography for each song.
The songs will be a mix from classical ballet music by Tchaikovsky to modern tunes like
The two groups have been practicing independently -- the orchestra during its regular morning class at Cordova, and Ballet on Wheels during evening sessions at its Midtown studio. Their first rehearsal together will be at Friday evening's dress rehearsal at the Kroc Center.
Both groups said the transition to performing together should go smoothly.
"The most difficult part is that we're not doing it at
"My kids are thrilled about it. They've been growing in excitement. It's the first time any of us has ever done anything like this. Just the whole idea of doing a program with live choreography, it's new and we're all looking forward to it."
The experience is just as new for the ballet dancers, who are from the ages of 8 to 18. They began learning the new routines near the end of January, while also putting on other performances, said executive artistic director Chauniece Thompson.
In addition to enjoying the unique experience, Thompson said everyone has enjoyed the different song selections, as well as the challenge of learning everything within a quick time frame.
"The entire staff had a really good time coming up with the choreography," Thompson said. "I think the students were eager to be able to dance to a different series of music. We use classical music all the time, but this is so different. It's interesting to listen to some of the selections and then to be able to create pieces from that."
The concert is free, but you must register for the tickets at balletonwheels.org or call (901) 870-4348 for more information.
"We would love to be able to partner with (the Cordova orchestra) again," Thompson said. "Hopefully, we can be able to do this again next year."
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