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Performance of 'Giselle' marks retirement of USA Ballet's director, Dr. Ken Bello          Send a link to a friend

[March 15, 2007]  BLOOMINGTON -- Don't miss USA Ballet's final performance of this season, March 25 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall at Illinois Wesleyan University. To conclude the 2006-07 season, USA Ballet will perform excerpts from the timeless classic "Giselle," blossom in dazzling patterns in "Chopiniana" and illuminate the stage with exhilarating contemporary movement in the "jazz and blues" set theme of "Slide Me Some Skin" (an old-time saying for "Give me five").

This performance also marks the retirement of Dr. Ken Bello, principal artist and former director of USA Ballet. Dancing for over 30 years in both Europe and America, Bello's clarity, precision and expertise in the art of pas de deux have placed him alongside Anton Dolin, the principal artist considered the greatest partner of all time.

Bello's lineage comes from the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, four generations ago, where his ancestors danced for the great Marius Petipa. Bello has partnered principal ballerinas from some of the world's leading companies, including the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet de Marseilles of France, but his favorite ballerina to partner is his wife of 19 years, Michelle Holmes-Bello.

To acknowledge Bello's farewell from the stage, a free reception will follow the performance.

For tickets and other information, please contact USA Ballet at 309-665-0300 or

[Text from file received from USA Ballet]

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