Participating companies during the upcoming season include:
The Joffrey Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Ballet West, BYU Theatre Ballet at Brigham Young University, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dimensions Dance Theatre, Dance Now Miami, Eglevsky Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York Dance Project, Oklahoma City Ballet, The Joffrey Academy, Joffrey Workshop Texas, University of Cincinnati, and Wayne State University, among others yet to be announced.
"The mission of The Gerald Arpino Foundation is to honor and promote the legacies of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. The board is very proud of its work toward that end and our growth over the last ten years. The Joffrey/Arpino repertory is a unique American dance treasure and we look forward to the many performances of these ballets by wonderful companies across the nation and world, in celebration of the Joffrey/Arpino legacy," said Charthel Arthur, Executive Director, The Gerald Arpino Foundation.
A highlight of the celebration will take place at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi from June 9-23, 2018. This year's competition honors Robert Joffrey, the IBC's first jury chair, and USAIBC has invited the Foundation to participate in activities pertaining to Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. The Joffrey Ballet will also be participating in the festivities and will perform Arpino's Round of Angels.
"Robert Joffrey will forever be part of the USA IBC story as he was here in the beginning-working with Thalia Mara, our founder, to establish the first international ballet competition in America in Jackson, Mississippi," said Mona Nicholas, executive director of the USA International Ballet Competition. "As jury chairman for the first three USA IBCs, Joffrey had immeasurable impact. Thirty years following his death, we still cherish his contributions. To honor his creative spirit in Jackson this June, the 11th USA IBC proudly presents a lecture by the Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation, a master class taught in Joffrey's teaching style, and a performance of Arpino's Round of Angels by Joffrey Ballet dancers, under the artistic direction of Ashley Wheater, who is also a member of the 2018 USA IBC Jury."
To view some of the many ballets of Arpino and Joffrey, please visit http://arpinofoundation.org/ballets.html.
For this special celebration, performances scheduled to be presented during 2018-2019 Seasons will receive a very significant reduction in the licensing fee. The Gerald Arpino Foundation hopes organizations will take this opportunity to be a part of this important event.