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Building Art event to showcase Ballet Western Reserve dancers

BWR is preparing for a classic storybook ballet, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” to round out the season.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Heading into spring, Ballet Western Reserve is preparing for Building Art and Young Dancers, as well as a second major production in May.

The 10th annual Building Art on Feb. 22 will showcase BWR’s three graduating senior company members, Emelia Aey, Meghan Delaney and Ava Shapiro. Titled “A Senior Focus — 2020 Vision,” the performance will highlight the dancers while raising funds for BWR’s downtown home, the Morley Building at 218 W. Boardman St.

Hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails, work of local artists, live music and dancing are included in the $25 ticket.

On Feb. 23, the Young Dancers will present “Down on the Farm.” Younger members of BWR will perform as animals, vegetables and other farm characters. Tickets for this family-friendly event are $8.

“This year we set the groundwork to challenge our students to participate in a full season of ballet productions,”  Katie Merrill, BWR executive director, said in a news release.

BWR is preparing for a classic storybook ballet to round out the season. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” will be performed at YSU’s Ford Theater May 15-17. Ticket information is not yet available. 

“By providing our dancers with the highest level of dance education, performance experience and community outreach opportunities, we are able to achieve great things, and we believe “Alice” will be all of that for our well-rounded, poised young dancers,” Merrill said.

For more information on these or any other BWR events, call Ballet Western Reserve at 330-744-1931 or go to