WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new international dance company is making its mark in Wilmington, not just on the stage but in the whole community.
“Without question this will bring the world to Wilmington,” Wilmington School of Ballet Executive Director Elizabeth Hester said.
Dancers from across the world and the country are changing the face of ballet in North Carolina and here in the Port City.
“This means everything for the quality of dance in our community,” Hester said.
International ballet stars, Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini will soon take the stage for their Wilmington debut, not just as dancers but as the founders of the US International Ballet Company.
“I think what we are doing together is very special. My wife Ines has a very special talent. She knows very well how to bring out the best from each individual dancer, so we don’t just choreograph dancers, we really work with their soul,” Angelini said.
The couple is working with the Wilmington Ballet Company, who said they will do more than performances.
“Lots of companies put on shows, we change communities,” Hester said.
As the international company tours, their first stop is in Brunswick County. They hope to impact cities by sharing knowledge and their talents.
“What we are doing here is something a little different. To work with each dancer and create something special here not only in Wilmington, but for all the dance community,” Angelini said.
23 dancers have moved across the country and the world to join the US International Ballet Company, but the founders said they are hopeful it will continue to grow and put the Port City on the map for arts.
The premier of their original ballet, Wizard of Oz is saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. Good Morning Carolina’s Jeff Rivenbark will be the master of ceremonies for both performances.