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Atlantic Southeast Ballet?

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Does anyone have any information regarding the new Atlantic Southeast Ballet, based in Charleston, S.C.? The Co. posted audtion notices for 32 dancers for an inuagral season. I read the audition notice in Dance Europe. 32 dancers seems very ambitious for a first season. Does anyone have a roster of dancers or any info? Just curious. Thanks...

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This is what has been published about them so far.....


After nearly two years of planning, the Atlantic Southeast Ballet plans to open its studio in North Charleston at the end of July.

The ASB's first season is scheduled to begin Aug. 28 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, says Susanne Crowder-Puerschel, associate artistic director of the group.

Crowder-Puerschel says that one-third of the 32-member dance company was hired from places such as Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Ukraine and Albania.

Auditions for dancers were held in Europe and at Lincoln Center in New York.

A native of East Berlin, Crowder-Puerschel is joined by two other ASB founders: her husband Gordon Crowder, a Canadian dancer, who serves as artistic director/CEO of the group, and Alex Ossadnik, a dancer also from Germany, who is the ballet's resident choreographer.

The ASB headquarters will be housed on the former Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston where the group will lease a 15,000-square-foot building. The ballet members will be accompanied by a 40-member orchestra that is still being assembled. The orchestra also is scheduled to rehearse in a space at the studio.

"Working with the city of North Charleston is an extremely inspiring experience," says Crowder. "It is a wonderful feeling to know that somebody actually cares about our project and recognizes the benefits for the community."

The company is supported by grants and by public and private donors.

The company's three founders say individual and corporate sponsors are still being sought.

Season tickets and individual tickets will go on sale in mid-July and will range from an average price of $28 to $150 for special events.

The ASB will perform 16 dance concerts in its 2003-04 season in North Charleston and at Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston.

On the program are "Giselle," "Paquita," "Flower Festival in Genzano," "Wahlverwandtschaften," "Macbeth," "Souvenirs de Florance," "Gezeiten" and "Symphony in Seven."

The group will perform 93 concerts presenting them in six states and 30 cities during the 2003-04 season.

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More info found!



9 Males, 23 Females, 43 week contracts 2003/04,

91 performances w/orchestra, $325-$700/week,

Pointe shoes/Health Benefits,

Auditions in Europe/USA Feb./Mar. 2003

Time/Locations, call or e-mail

(USA) 843-534-1020, asbceo@atlanticsoutheastballet.com

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