Maywood Fine Arts Forges Bond With Chicago Ballet After ‘Swan Lake’ Rescue

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Jordan Nelson, of the Ballet Chicago Studio Company, during a recent performance. | Courtesy Maywood Fine Arts 

Two hundred Maywood Fine Arts students and families will be able to see a free performance by the Ballet Chicago Studio Company at the Harris Theater in Chicago in May — thanks to a bit of serendipity.

Ballet Chicago will be performing “Balanchine and Beyond Spring Series: Long Stories Short” — condensed versions of three story ballets: “The Creatures of Prometheus,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Swan Lake.”

The latter ballet is sure to resonate with MFA students and families, considering recent events.

Four days before students in the Maywood arts organization were scheduled to put on their own performance of “Swan Lake” last month, the dancer who was to perform the role of Prince Sigfried was unable to do so.

Heidi Renteria, MFA’s artistic director, sent word out to various Chicago area ballet groups that she needed some backup.

Ballet Chicago’s Jordan Nelson answered the call and stepped into the role of the prince for two shows on March 23 and March 24.


Jordan Nelson with MFA students | Courtesy Maywood Fine Arts 

Ironically, Nelson will play the role of the villain of “Swan Lake,” Von Rothbart, in the “Long Stories Short” performance in May.

Ballet Chicago’s artistic director, Daniel Duell, gave MFA students the free tickets, continuing the collaboration between the two dance organizations and “serving both organizations’ missions to bring the arts to underserved communities,” according to an MFA statement. VFP 

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2 thoughts on “Maywood Fine Arts Forges Bond With Chicago Ballet After ‘Swan Lake’ Rescue

  1. I was awestruck by this play. From the prima ballerina to the students. They are so talented, costumes were phenomenal and so was the music. Maywood can be so proud. I thought I was at the Oriental downtown it was so good.

    1. Lois Baumann is a Maywood Hero and Institution. No matter what ills have hit Maywood, she has managed to be one of the shining stars in the community. Thanks to Lois, her children, and her staff for keeping MFA in Maywood and bringing the arts to so many needy and deserving children.

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