CCM Dance One of Few Programs to Give Students Flexibility to Pursue Professional Work While in School

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For freshman College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) dance student Courtney Connor, a typical day’s schedule begins with class at 8 a.m., followed by rehearsal from 9:30-6:15 p.m. with the Cincinnati Ballet, and concluding with night class back at the University of Cincinnati from 6:30-9 p.m. Connor is one of five current CCM students who are dancing professionally full-time while also pursuing their undergraduate degrees, and several CCM alumni have done the same before.

Connor came to Cincinnati in 2006 to join the Cincinnati Ballet and is now a corps company member. This year, she decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree knowing that CCM would allow her the flexibility to do both. CCM’s Dance Division is one of the few dance programs in the country in which students can work professionally while going to school, and the faculty recognizes the importance of doing both and supports these students’ efforts.

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CCM Ballet Ensemble Presents Romantic Tragedy ‘Giselle’

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One of the most romantic and beloved ballets about love’s triumph over treachery and death comes to life on the CCM stage as the Ballet Ensemble presents Giselle in the Patricia Corbett Theater on May 27-29.

Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered ballet’s great tragedy. Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl seduced and betrayed by a nobleman. Having died of a broken heart, Giselle joins the ranks of the supernatural Wilis – women scorned before their wedding day and left to seek revenge for eternity. In the end, Giselle’s ghost tries to protect her lover from the vengeance of this group of evil female spirits.

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CCM’s Annual Musicals Redux Series Presents “Out of This World”

This year’s annual Musicals Redux series – which carries out CCM Musical Theatre’s mission to resurrect gems from the storehouse of forgotten American musical theatre – will present a stylish comic gem from the master, Cole Porter. On May 12-14, CCM will present Out of This World in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, May 9 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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CCM Adds Additional Performance to ‘RENT’s Sold-Out Run

Due to overwhelming demand, CCM has added an additional performance to the previously booked-up run of Jonathan Larson’s Rent, which opens on February 24 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are now available for an 8 p.m. performance on Wednesday, March 2This additional performance will include ASL interpretation for deaf and hearing-impaired patrons.

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“Rent” Originators Inspire Current CCM Cast

"Rent" actor Anthony Rapp gives a master class for CCM's "Rent" cast members. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

"Rent" actor Anthony Rapp gives a master class for CCM's "Rent" cast members. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

Producer Kevin McCollum and actor Anthony Rapp, two of the talents involved in the original Broadway run of Jonthan Larson’s RENT, recently stopped by CCM Village to spend time with the cast of CCM’s upcoming revival. You can learn more about their unique visits here.

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CCM Students Connect to Characters Embracing Life and Celebrating Love in Groundbreaking Musical “Rent”

Photography by Chris Blem.

Photography by Chris Blem.

As CCM prepares for its first production of Jonathan Larson’s revolutionary musical Rent – which runs February 24-27 and March 3-6 in the Patricia Corbett Theater in CCM Village – the young cast is finding energy and excitement in portraying characters their own age who embrace life in a city where many will one day live.

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