By Heather Collins
En Pointe will brighten the holidays with the debut of “An En Pointe Christmas” Dec. 2 and 3 at the Noblesville High School Auditorium. The program features 56 dancers from the professional ballet studio, classical compositions and contemporary Christmas hits.
Founders and artistic directors Robert Moore and Pollyana Ribeiro have worked and performed across the nation with the Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Smuin Ballet. The husband and wife duo have 40 years of collective experiences and were both classically trained at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla. Ribeiro accepted a position at the Boston Ballet at age 16 and was promoted to principal dancer by the age of 18. Moore moved from Noblesville at the age of 14 to attend the Harid Conservatory’s pre-professional program. He said they opened a ballet studio in his hometown of Noblesville to bring the highest level of training to the Midwest. The company opened last year and will present its first Christmas performance this year.
Act I of “An En Pointe Christmas,” the white act, will feature classical ballet with dancers decked in all white performing to classical compositions from Bach, Handel and Tchaikovsky. The second act, the bright act, will feature popular Christmas hits, including “Santa Baby” by Michael Bublé, “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley and “Cool Yule” by Louis Armstrong. Dancers will brighten up the stage in red costumes against a red backdrop during an Elvis-inspired ballet dance.
Moore said the program makes you fall in love with the magic and spirit of Christmas all over again.
“It just brings you there,” Moore said.
Moore connected with Smuin Ballet, a contemporary ballet studio in San Francisco, to bring the program to Hamilton County.
“Come join us for a joyous celebration of dance with all of your favorite holiday classics,” Moore said.
“An En Pointe Christmas” will be performed at the Noblesville High School Auditorium, 18111 Cumberland Rd, at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets are $7 for children and students, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors.