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Seniors featured in upcoming Houston Repertoire Ballet productions

April 19, 2017

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CFISD senior ballet performers will take a final bow as student dancers in Act II of Swan Lake, part of the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s Celebration of Dance April 29-30. Pictured are Jersey Village senior Henry Ginsburg as Von Rothbart and swans (from left) Kyla Patton, Fort Bend ISD; Elizabeth Cermak and Sarah Cermak, Langham Creek; Viviane Lovato, homeschooled; and Andreina Hurtado, Langham Creek. (Photo by Scott Nilsson Photography)

April 19, 2017—As its spring show approaches, Houston Repertoire Ballet will highlight its senior dancers who will take their final bows as student dancers in Celebration of Dance, April 29-30 at 2 p.m., and Choreography Project, May 20. 

Celebration of Dance 2017 features Act II of the ballet classic Swan Lake, along with the premiere of Racketty-Packetty House, by Resident Choreographer Kristy Nilsson. From the author of The Secret Garden comes this 1906 classic children’s book, reimagined as an all new story ballet. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.hrbdance.org.

In Swan Lake, Langham Creek High School seniors Andreina Hurtado, Sarah Cermak and Elizabeth Cermak are dancing the role of swans, and Jersey Village High School senior Henry Ginsburg is dancing the role of the evil Von Rothbart. For Racketty Packetty House, Elizabeth Cermak is playing Raggedy Ann, Sarah Cermak is Jack in the Box, Andreina Hurtado is a Teddy Bear and Henry Ginsburg is the Peter Piper Doll.

HRB’s Choreography Project was initiated to discover, mentor and give artistic voice to our choreographers of tomorrow. The Choreography Project features choreography by a select few of our HRB senior company dancers. This May, the ballet will present works created by Hurtado and the Cermak sisters.

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Langham Creek senior Andreina Hurtado performs as the Mouse Queen in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker. Hurtado will participate in HRB’s Celebration of Dance April 29-30 and Choreography Project on May 20. (Photo by Steven O’Connor)

Hurtado has been dancing for 13 years, all with Ballet Center of Houston. While at BCH, she has performed as a Russian and Mouse Queen in The Nutcracker, as well as a Rustic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been accepted to summer intensive ballet programs at Burklyn Ballet, Texas A&M, and the University of Oklahoma.

In the fall, she will attend the University of Texas, where she will double major in dance and nutrition, with her ultimate academic goal of attending medical school to become a registered dietician.

Hurtado was born in Venezuela and is bilingual, English-Spanish. Her favorite food is pasta and she loves singing in the Langham Creek High School choir, attending concerts and hanging out with friends.

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Langham Creek senior Elizabeth Cermak will perform in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s Celebration of Dance April 29-30 and Choreography Project on May 20. (Photo by David Metcalfe)

Elizabeth Cermak has been dancing for 13 years, all with Ballet Center of Houston. While at BCH, she has performed many different roles, but her favorites are the Dewdrop Fairy & Russian bon bon in The Nutcracker, and Little Swan in Swan Lake.

Elizabeth is accomplished academically. She is a Commended National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor Award and will be graduating Summa Cum Laude.

She has attended summer intensive ballet programs at Burklyn Ballet Theatre and OU Summer Winds Youth Ballet.  Elizabeth plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall to study business.

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Langham Creek senior Sarah Cermak will perform in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s Celebration of Dance April 29-30 and Choreography Project on May 20. (Photo by David Metcalfe)

Sarah Cermak has been dancing for 13 years, all with Ballet Center of Houston. While at BCH, she has performed many different roles, but her favorites are Dewdrop Fairy & Russian bon bon in The Nutcracker, Wili in Giselle, and Four Little Swans in Swan Lake.

Sarah is accomplished academically. She is a Commended National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, has received a Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Key Award and will be graduating Summa Cum Laude.

She has attended summer intensive ballet programs at Burklyn Ballet Theatre and OU Summer Winds Youth Ballet. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall to study advertising or marketing.

The Cermak sisters both enjoy photography in their spare time. The third sibling is their brother John, and they all plan to continue studying fine arts.

Henry Ginsburg, a senior at Jersey Village High School, has attended TPAP (The Performing Arts Project), a musical theater training intensive, for two summers. Some of his favorite shows and roles have been Pippin (Pippin), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) and Damn Yankees (featured dancer).

Ginsburg has also had the opportunity to perform on stage with Broadway performers Chuck Wagner (he originated the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway) and Andrea Rivette (original Broadway cast of Jekyll and Hyde).

Ginsburg started studying ballet at Ballet Center of Houston to enhance his theater skills and progressed quickly, earning a spot in Houston Repertoire Ballet Company where he has played The Nutcracker and other challenging roles. Henry plans to attend Texas State Musical Theater Program, one of the top 10 musical theater BFA programs in the United States.

He received feedback at his audition that his ability to demonstrate sound fundamentals during the dance audition in addition to singing and acting played a significant part in his acceptance.

“I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study and dance at HRB/Ballet Center Houston,” Ginsburg said. “I am very grateful to Victoria Vittum and the entire staff.”

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