Sophia Vance in the role of Snow Queen in bto’s Nutcracker with Cervilio Amador, principal dancer of the Cincinnati Ballet Company (photo by Susan Vrbancic)


Guest artist, Sergey Pakharev, with bto pre-professional student, Marlyna Orebaugh

Claudia Rudolf Barrett’s ballet tech of ohio (bto) will present its 25thAnniversary Gala on Saturday, May 19, with performances at 2 PM and 7 PM. The event will be held at Berry Intermediate School, 160 Miller Road, Lebanon, OH 45036.

Sophia Vance, bto alumni and first place winner in this year’s senior preliminary Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) as well as Grand Prix winner/Grishko model of the year in 2017, will be a guest artist performing Le Corsaire pas de deux with Cervilio Amador, principal dancer of the Cincinnati Ballet Company (CBC) and bto instructor. Amador also performs the Swan Lake pas de trois with current bto students who, along with Vance, will dance their YAGP classical and contemporary solos.

Additional Anniversary Gala features will include:

  • Coppelia and Show White with guest artist and instructor, Sergey Pakharev
  • Fumble Bumble, an entertaining spoof about ballerina “football players” choreographed by former CBC soloist, Michael Wardlaw
  • Contemporary works by Claudia Rudolf Barrett and Ka-Ron Brown Lehman
  • Tap choreography by Kelly Barrett

Tickets, available at, are $15 for students and seniors (60+); $20 for adults.

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