ANNAPOLIS, MD – For the 2021-2022 season, the Ballet Theater of Maryland announces its return to indoor performances with joy and thanks. This season presents A romantic afternoon in September followed by the romantic classic, Gisele, in October. Other mainstage works include Holiday Favorite, Nutcracker, a mixed repertoire of works in Momentum, and the family classic, Coppelia.
“Playing last season took a lot of flexibility to keep dancing while protecting our business and our community,” said artistic director Nicole Kelsch. “We have adapted to our changing situation by offering a range of outdoor programs, pre-recorded and broadcast live. This season, we are excited to continue to offer a home broadcast option as we return to live productions in traditional theaters. “
Providing a streaming option to season subscribers and single ticket holders allows BTM to maintain accessibility to the arts, regardless of an audience member’s comfort level. For in-person performances, dancers and members of the public will continue to follow all local and site safety guidelines.
The season opens September 12 with a variety of pas de deux classics at A romantic afternoon at the Hammond-Harwood House. From October 22 to 24, the curtain will rise at Maryland Hall for the Arts on Giselle, one of the most popular romantic ballets of all time. Nutcracker, with choreography by former artistic director Dianna Cuatto, will bring magic and wonder to the holiday season December 11-12 and 18-19 at Maryland Hall.
In 2022, Momentum will present a mix of newly commissioned and existing classical and contemporary works on February 25 and 26. Finally, the company will perform the sentimental comedy Coppelia April 22 and 23. To reserve tickets to all of these productions at a discounted price, purchase a season pass for in-person or streaming viewing. Visit balletmaryland.org to learn more about the BTM season and its memberships.
Maryland Ballet Theater, founded in 1978, is named as Maryland’s premier professional ballet and conservatory company and has a long history of performing in venues statewide. The company is made up of 23 professional dancers, 15 apprentices and 17 trainees. Professional Dance Conservatory faculty members are up to date in their field, most with degrees or certifications in dance education. The conservatory offers a comprehensive program of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, partnership and conditioning lessons while providing students with professional performance opportunities. For more information on BTM, please visit www.balletmaryland.org or call (410) 224-5654.
Nicole kelsch is originally from Dallas, Pennsylvania, where she trained with Peter and Kristin Degnan at the Northeast Ballet. She graduated with a BA in Ballet from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduation, she danced professionally with the Columbia City Ballet, Atlanta Festival Ballet, and Connecticut Ballet before joining the Ballet Theater of Maryland in 2006. Nicole played the role of Clara and the Frozen in Nutcracker, Odette / Odile in Swan Lake, the fire bird in Fire Bird, Swanhilda in Coppelia, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; as director at Antony Tudor Continued, the main couple at Italian symphonette, Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s dream, Madeleine in A Carmen from the American Southwest, Cinderella in Cinderella, Guinevere in Excalibur, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Pearl in The little Mermaid, and performed the Don Quixote No Two. Nicole was also the ballet mistress of the company and the principal of the school. This is Nicole’s second season as artistic director.