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Ballet Des Moines Opens 2013-14 Season with Celestial

Ballet Des Moines opens 2013-14 season with a triple bill of contemporary ballet at Hoyt Sherman on October 11, 2013.  Tickets go on sale today.
Ballet Des Moines’ triple bill is a great introduction to ballet showcasing different dance styles by three choreographers in three short ballets. Celestial will feature Ballet Des Moines’ resident dance company, comprised of seven professional dancers, as well as 10 local pre-professional dancers.
“We are honored to share the stage with my friend and world renowned choreographer, Ma Cong,” said Serkan Usta, Ballet Des Moines Artist Director.
Ballet Des MoinesA native of Yu Xi, China, Cong studied at the Beijing Dance Academy, then joined the National Ballet of China, rising to first soloist. He joined Tulsa Ballet in 1999 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2003—the same year he began choreographing.
Cong has created 10 ballets for Tulsa Ballet, as well as works for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Smuin Ballet in Northern California, Houston Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and Richmond Ballet, which last year performed Cong’s Ershter Vals at London’s Royal Opera House. His works are scheduled for the upcoming seasons of Louisville Ballet and Australia’s Queensland Ballet.
The other two ballets will be choreographed by Iowa native, Lori Grooters, Ballet Des Moines Ballet Mistress.  Serkan Usta will choreograph the third and will be accompanied by live music.
Usta’s ballets will share the stage with a string quartet from the Des Moines Community Orchestra.  “They will be dancing across their strings above the eight dancers,” teased Usta.
Celestial – a triple bill at Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
Friday, October 11 at 8pm
Saturday, October 12 at 8pm
Sunday, October 13 at 2pm
Tickets available at Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office or
More information available at or call 515.440.1177
About Ballet Des Moines
Under the Artistic Direction of Serkan Usta, Ballet Des Moines launched its first professional ballet company in 2012, offering additional training opportunities for young dancers and an expanded performance season. Ballet Des Moines exists to enrich lives in the greater Des Moines area by delivering excellence in the performing arts and providing the highest level of dance education in the region. Visit, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @BalletDM to learn more.