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{Ballerina} on the Streets

A ballerina took a leap of faith and walked the street in a leotard and tutu.  Lara O’Brien, Eugene Barnes, and I took a venture that has never been done in Raleigh, NC.  We took a classic ballerina and put her on the streets to see how the crowds would react.  You might ask, what is the point? The point is to create a buzz about ballet and to promote our upcoming mixed-bill program, which includes Petipa’s Black and White Swan Lake Pas de Deux.  Lara is representing Odette, the white swan. We got many pointing fingers and questions of what we were doing – exactly what we wanted!

I had rehearsal until 6pm, so we tried to make an appearance at as many spots as we could before it got dark.

First stop – We see the skyline view of Raleigh from the Boylan Bridge.  The crowds at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub cheered on as our ballerina got lifted and bikers made their rounds of the downtown streets to see a swan dancing away.

Second stop – In an attempt to find parking near the CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) we stumbled upon railroad tracks.  They create a wonderful backdrop.

Third stop – In the same corner of town, a friendly rickshaw driver passed by and Lara bravely hopped on.

Fourth stop – Around the corner from the CAM is the famous Raleigh Denim store.  They locally produce high-quality jeans for high-quality fashionistas.  Our swan took a pose.

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Fifth stop – The CAM has a fantastic façade design that posed perfectly for athletic lifts done skillfully by Lara’s partner Eugene.  As you can see, people stood in awe.

Sixth stop – Last but not least we had to pay homage to our home-theater, the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  With doubts about the lighting, we finished the night off well.

I hope this will be the first of many street shoots.  Raleigh, watch out!



  1. Excellent! Happy to see the extra publicity (wish we were there). We never miss a performance, looking forward to the Black and White Swan Lake Pas de Deux.


  2. Ruth Gross says


    This street shoot is a fabulous idea. The photos are marvelously evocative.

    Ruth Gross


  3. Jane Boud says

    Clever idea! Arouse curiosity. Let them know what they’re missing. Once they see, they’ll be unable to resist. Wishing you much success. JB


  4. Julie Stout says

    These pictures are beautiful! We took our engagement pictures right near where some of these appeared to be staged–right past 5-Star is another set of railroad tracks, and it’s so cool! Way to bring ballet out of the theater! Great idea!


  5. Wonderfully creative Cecilia!! Bravo! Also to the cameraperson! (was that you?) Great shots! And a terrific publicity idea for ballet everywhere.


  6. rschantz says

    Cecilia! What an imaginative idea! Thanks to you, Lara, and Eugene for taking the initiative to round up potential audience members in Raleigh. You managed to get a crowd, from what I saw in your photos. Many people just don’t know about ballet — and what a great way to introduce them via a live performance! Rob


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  8. This was such a good idea, and the pic of Lara in the rickshaw is too much.
    The pics of lifts are *wonderful*…


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