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We sat down for an interview with Grand Rapids Ballet dancers Connie Flachs and Christian Griggs-Drane to talk about inspiration, influence, dance, cars, and the world premier of Beethoven.
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This world premiere production by Mario Radacovsky (Black Swan/ White Swan, Romeo & Juliet) portrays Beethoven's emotional journey through life with one of his best-known works, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (the Choral). Join Tinney Automotive, your greater Grand Rapids Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealership, in support of this performance on May 8-10th & 15-17th, 2015.
Christian Griggs-Drane, a native of Richmond Virginia, is a recent graduate of Butler University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, cum laude. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professional’s Award through the generous nomination from The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Christian has also been given the opportunity to be a part of several summer programs on scholarship, including Boston Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and, most recently, the ballet and contemporary programs at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He has performed works by Sir Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, and Nacho Duato and has been involved in creations by Sharon Eyal, Jessica Lang, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Didy Veldman, among others.
Connie began her ballet training at the age of thirteen after an injury forced her to take a break from competitive gymnastics. The bulk of her training occurred at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet under her parents Rose Marie Wurzer and Charles Flachs. She supplemented this training on scholarship at summer programs with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, the Akhmedova Ballet Academy, Tulsa Ballet, and Houston Ballet. In 2010-2011 she was a paid apprentice with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society. Connie received an honorable mention in the 2010 Young Arts competition, won the Grand Prix Award at the 2011 regional Youth American Grand Prix competition and was chosen to perform in the last round of the New York City finals.
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