581826_10151556406954532_900195084_nThe Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) is back has a fabulous lineup of performances planned for their 2013-14 Season. Celebrating 44 years of excellence NFB will present family favorites, world premiers and new works featuring the area’s best professional dancers and international guest artists.

In September the NFB will present a production of The Little Mermaid.

This is the enchanting story by Hans Christian Anderson of a beautiful young mermaid and a handsome prince brought together by fate and torn apart by the evil sea witch.

Set to the music of Antonin Dvořák and choreographed by Katia Garza, audiences of all ages will love this beautiful tale. Performances will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center September 21st at 7:30 pm & September 22nd at 2:30 p.m.

603992_10151349897824532_2044531016_nIn November treat yourself to the magic of Corbian Visual Arts & Dance, where dolls come to life and Clara travels to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

This ballet has been a favorite for families since 1892 when Marius Petipa, the Senior Ballet Master of the Russian Imperial Ballet, commissioned Tchaikovsky to compose a full-length ballet based on the popular and much loved E. T. A. Hoffman story.

In this magical production audiences are sure to delight in the performances of principal guest artists Andres Estevez of BalletMet Columbus and Sarah Goud dancing alongside international guest artists and the NFB Corp de Ballets.

Performances will be Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 pm at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

546473_10151189901954532_1674564915_nTodd Eric Allen’s The New Works Project will feature a weekend in February of collaboration and innovation. Located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, Northwest Florida Ballet will convert their grand studio into a black box theater. The weekend begins with a reception celebrating NFB’s recent artistic collaboration with Okaloosa Public Arts.

View OPA’s current exhibition featuring 34 of the area’s most talented artists who were inspired by the creativity of Northwest Florida Ballet. NFB will premiere three new works by local choreographers February 21st-23rd.

A special matinee performance featuring work of aspiring young choreographers from NFB’s Pre-Professional Program will also be showcased. The New Works Project performances will be held at the Northwest Florida Ballet studio Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 & 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.

In April Northwest Florida Ballet will present America’s Got Talent Finalist, Light Wire Theater in their production of LightWire: The Show.

Fresh on the heels of their break out success, the creators of Corbian the Dinosaur are at it again! In an age when television, computers and video games reign supreme, the folks at Light Wire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts & Dance bring their use of cutting edge technology, electroluminescent puppetry, and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience.

To know more about the Northwest Florida Ballet, visit their website here!