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MINA


Dracula’s love for all time
Yet engaged to another...
 

Intriguing..
Haunting...
Seductive…
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“I have waited for centuries in secrecy and shadows for the return of my beloved.  She is here, in this place and I must know her, protect her, love her”.

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LUCY


Mina’s vivacious dearest friend.
Enthralled for life...
 

OCTOBER 25,
7:30PM

OCTOBER 26 AND 27
8:00PM

HANESBRANDS THEATRE
 

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DRACULA


The centuries old Vampire
Waiting in secrecy for her...
 

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Original Score
by Chris Heckman
 

Intriguing...haunting, seductive…. all describe Gary Taylor's original tale of DRACULA, a season favorite returning October 26-28 at the Hanesbrands Theatre.  Based on the classic tale, but with a contemporary twist. DRACULA is told from the viewpoint of the vampire himself, focusing on his undying and timeless love for Mina.

“Words are not my way of telling a story… This isn't my language, I speak through movement,” says Artistic Director, Gary Taylor.  “I tell stories that move… An author is defined as the originator of any written work, I am a choreographer. Dance is my medium and music is my language.  For quite some time now I have wanted to tell this story through Dracula's eyes – as a never-ending love story.” 

Beside every great original choreographic work, there is a talented, dynamic, intuitive composer.  Chris Heckman and Gary Taylor have formed a collaborative relationship to create the language in DRACULA's original full-length score. 

Featuring suspense and surprises, audience members will be on the edge of their seats from the moment the curtain rises.  DRACULA is definitely a “story that moves”.
 

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JULIE COX TAYLOR


Julie trained with Virginia School of the Arts and then joined Nashville  Ballet's Second Company, Paradise Ballet Theatre, and Richmond Ballet.  She was a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer for Appalachian  Ballet Company, Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Tennessee Children's Dance  Ensemble, and Go! Contemporary Dance Works. Julie also trains  competitively in Ballroom and Latin dance and also serves on the Faculty of WSFB's Festival Dance Center. Julie returns this season as Dracula's eternal love, Mina

 

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JESSICA FRY MCALISTER


Jessica Fry McAlister trained and performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet,  Delta Festival Ballet and Joffrey II in New York. Professionally,  Jessica performed with Ballet Austin, Colorado Ballet, Greensboro  Ballet, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She has worked with Long  Island Ballet Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Brooklyn Ballet, Hartford City  Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Jessica performs  with Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and dances the role of Lucy in this season's DRACULA.

 

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DAVID WARD


i'm delighted to be joining Winston-Salem Festival Ballet for a consecutive second season for these dark and delightful performances as Count Dracula.
 
Former leading dancer with BalletMet where he spent seven years, David trained at the English National Ballet School and spent five years dancing with Northern Ballet in Leeds, England. For a second year David will be joined many companies performing lead roles across the USA as a freelance artist. Mr. Ward's career highlights include touring across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Thailand, as well as dancing for Prince Edward. He also danced in the International Ballet Stars Gala and was a guest performer in Las Vegas.

Mr. Ward's favorite performances include the title roles of Hamlet, Peter Pan and Dracula. The most memorable performances include dancing the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and the Prince in Cinderella, The sleeping beauty and Swan Lake.
 

 

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GARY TAYLOR, Founder and Artistic Director

RITA TAYLOR, CEO and Executive Director

ELIZABETH FOWLE, Ballet Master

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