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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Live and in-person: Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre Performs Swan Lake

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March 16, 2022

CONTACT: Jeni Miller


MARIETTA - Known in the industry as one of the hardest ballets with lead roles to master, the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ live and in-person the weekend of March 26-27 at Cobb’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. In 2021, GMDT was scheduled to perform ‘Swan Lake’ as part of the company's 64th season of productions. Due to COVID-19 and shuttered venues, the production was scaled back to a showcase that was successfully livestreamed to 200 households/audiences around the world. 

Staged by Marina Levasheva, GMDTs ‘Swan Lake’ features 75 pre-professional dancers and three guest artists, Raul Peinado, Matthew Rice, and Patton White, performing stunning classical choreography and dramatic storytelling set to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. Tickets for the two-show event are selling fast, and the likelihood of this ballet selling-out are high. Prices for tickets range from $20 to $35 and can be purchased on GMDTs web site at 

GMDT is proud to feature its four graduating seniors in this production:

Avery Aschwege, Senior, Harrison High School – 4 Swans, Neapolitan Bride

Sarah Bongiovanni, Senior, Pope High School – Pas de Trois, 4 Swans

Isabelle Brown, Senior, Milton High School  – Odette/Odile 

Megan Bunkley, Senior, CCCEPA at Pebblebrook High School – 3 Swans, Spanish Bride

“Swan Lake is one of the most iconic and well-known ballets, so it is important that we teach this choreography to our students. It stretches them mentally and physically,” said Artistic Director Ashleigh Whitworth. “We know that our students have the ability to perform this caliber of choreography, and we cannot wait to have a live, in-theatre audience view and appreciate their dedication and perseverance.”

“Being able to perform a showcase of Swan Lake scenes in 2021 during the pandemic was difficult but extremely rewarding for both our dancers and staff,” added Associate Artistic Director Gray Stoner. “Being able to perform ballets like this one is why many of our GMDT dancers choose our company to participate in. To be able to teach these dances and have them be back on a stage will be the pinnacle of our season.”

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About Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (GMDT) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, student-based dance company housed in the studios of Georgia Dance Conservatory on the Marietta Square. Founded in 1956, the company was formerly known as Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre. GMDT continues to educate, cultivate, and inspire young dancers to become the next generation of artists and leaders through rigorous dance training and performance opportunities in a challenging and professional environment.


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