members of the Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company have been sharing
their love for ballet with the Brooklyn community by offering
performances to the public.
This Dec. 22 and 23, they will perform "The Nutcracker"
in Bay Ridge choreographed by Simegiatos and her daughter Matina
and set to Tchaikovsky’s music.
The dance company’s cast of students and teachers will be joined
by two special guest stars: Jenifer Ringer and Charles Askegard,
two world-renowned principal dancers from the New York City Ballet.
Playing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier,
these two professional artists will give these young students,
whose ages range from 10 to 20, an incredible opportunity to
perform with the world’s best, and provide Bay Ridge balletomanes
with a production studded with New York City Ballet dancers right
in their own backyard.
The Simegiatos company’s affordable ticket prices are possible
because all of the dancers, designers, rehearsal assistants and
choreographers are not paid, according to company board member
"We do this strictly for the love of dance," said
With studios in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Sunset Park, the
non-profit company strives to enrich Brooklyn’s cultural education
while giving young and talented students the opportunity to receive
dance training for free.
Led by Vicky Simegiatos, the company’s founder, and Matina -
who is an alumni of the School of American Ballet and has had
an extensive career in the ballet world performing in the New
York City Ballet as well as on Broadway, the production expects
to not only achieve professional quality, but the Richard Perry
Theater at Poly Prep, where "The Nutcracker" will be
staged, supplies the "perfect setting," said Shapiro.
Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company presents "The Nutcracker"
on Dec. 22 and 23 at 7 pm in the Richard Perry Theater on the
campus of Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 Seventh Ave. at
92nd Street in Bay Ridge. Tickets are $25-$35. For more information,
visit the Web site www.vspac.com
or call (888) 286-0365.
- Giacomo Maniscalco
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010