Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s summer gala set for July 29 in Carmel


By Mark Ambrogi



The intense summer training of Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s dancers will soon be on display.

“A Night At The Barre” is set for 7 p.m. July 29 at the Palladium in Carmel. This is the second year IBC has held the gala.

“It’s the culmination of our summer program, which is five weeks of intensive training (which started June 27),” IBC Founding Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall said. “We have students coming from all the states, even students from Austria and Canada this year. We have a waiting list to get into our program.”

Yakovleva-Randall said there has always been a performance at the end of the summer season, but this is the second year it has been a gala. It was held at The Tarkington last year.

The first act is comprised of mostly classical numbers, including scenes from “The Sleeping Beauty.” The second act will include contemporary selections, some new works and some original student choreography.

Featured guest artists will include New York-based American Ballet Theatre dancers Daniel Mantei, Nicole Graniero and Sean Stewart. Anna Liceica, a soloist from American Ballet Theatre, will perform as well.

“I invited stars of ballet today so they can meet stars of ballet tomorrow,” Yakovleva-Randall said.

The dancers will come in three days before the show to rehearse with her students, Yakovleva-Randall said.

There will be featured choreography from Twyla Tharp, a well-known choreographer and director of Twyla Tharp Dance, and American Ballet Theatre dancer/choreographer Gemma Bond.

“All my faculty is very tired, but we’re very excited,” Yakovleva-Randall said. “It’s lots of work, but when you see what the students accomplish in a short period of time and how much they learned, it’s very exciting. It’s very educational. They’re having fun and we’re having fun. We’re united in the production together.”

Tickets are $17.50 for students, with a valid high school or college ID, and range from $47.50 to $37.50 for adults. For more, visit

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