Hopelands Concert Series continues with Aiken Civic Ballet

  • Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:01 a.m.
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The Aiken Civic Ballet dancers in Hopelands Gardens.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The Aiken Civic Ballet dancers in Hopelands Gardens.

The 39th Season for the Hopelands Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by the Aiken Civic Ballet on Monday.

The performance will take place on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands and will begin at 7 p.m., lasting approximately 60 minutes. This performance is presented by the Friends of Hopelands & Rye Patch Inc. This year's concert series is dedicated to the memory of Cecelia “CeCe” Reynolds, concert series volunteer for 35 years, and Carl Crosby, Crosby's School of Dance owner and director.

The Aiken Civic Ballet is South Carolina's longest continuously-operating dance company. Founded by Crosby, the company has been in existence for more than 36 years. Under the artistic direction of Diane Toole Miller, the company produces original ballets and contemporary dance works.

Miller is a native of Aiken who started studying dance under Crosby at age 8 and, by age 13, became a member of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company.

Diane became a dance lecturer at USC Aiken and spent several years there teaching beginning and intermediate ballet. In 2006, she became the owner and artistic director of the Crosby School of Dance and continues the tradition started by Crosby with the Crosby-Miller School of Dance.

The Aiken Civic Ballet is a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.aikencivicballet.com.

The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue throughout the summer each Monday night until the end of August. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held at Hopelands on the Windham Performing Arts Stage. Food is allowed, but alcohol is not. Well-behaved pets on leashes are allowed.

Public parking is available at the Green Boundary Club on Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens. Handicap parking is available at the Hopelands Gardens parking lot on 135 Dupree Place. Staff, performers and additional handicap parking is located at the Rye Patch, 100 Berrie Road. Parking is not allowed on the sides of Berrie Road or Dupree Place.

Call 803-642-7650 for more information on the concert series schedule. In the case of inclement weather call the PRT Rainout Hotline at 803-643-4661, the Weeks Center at 803-642-7631, the City of Aiken Park's Recreation and Tourism's Department's Facebook page at wwww.facebook.com/ExperienceAiken or sign up at www.rainedout.com and sign up to receive updates to your cell phone.

If accommodations for those with disabilities are needed, notify the City of Aiken PRT Department at 803-642-7631 no less than 72 hours in advance.

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