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Ballet Quad Cities

General information
Year founded 1996
Founders Joedy Cook
Founding Artistic Director Johanne Jakhelln
Location Rock Island, Illinois 23x15px
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Courtney Lyon
Dominic Walsh, Artistic Advisor
Ballet Mistress Margaret Huling
Resident Choreographers Deanna Carter, Resident Choreographer
Domingo Rubio, Resident Artist
Lovar Davis Kidd, Guest Choreographer
Simone Ferro, Guest Choreographer
Associated schools Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance

Ballet Quad Cities is a ballet company located in Rock Island, Illinois. It was begun in 1996 by Joedy Cook. The company performs both classical and contemporary dance at various venues in the greater Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.


At the time of its founding the company had one paid dancer. By 2010 the number of dancers who form the company grew to twelve dancers. The original artistic director was Johanne Jakhelln, who left the company in 2006 to return to her native Norway.[1]

In April 2010 the company performed for the first time in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. The ballet’s choreographer, Deanna Carter, had been one of five choreographers to present their work at the annual Ballet Builders.[2]

Ballet Quad Cities began a collaboration with Orchestra Iowa starting in the 2012-2013 season.[3] Two performances featuring the two artistic groups are held in both the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Orchestra Iowa is based, and the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. The Adler is one of the ballet's primary venues.


The dancers of Ballet Quad Cities as of January, 2015:[4]

  • Jill Schwartz
  • Emily Kate Long
  • Jacob Lyon
  • Marie Buser
  • Alec Roth
  • Tessa Moore
  • Patrick Green
  • Carolyn McGuire
  • Meredith Green
  • Madeleine Gurney
  • Sophia Myers
  • Corey Mangum

Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance

Ballet Quad Cities supports its own school of dance, which is also located in Rock Island. The schools philosophy is based on the principles of the Vaganova method from Russia. Beside classical ballet, the school also teaches: creative movement, pointe, character, repertoire, jazz, hip-hop, conditioning, yoga, tap, rhythm tap and adult ballet.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Inside Ballet Quad Cities". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ David Burke (2010-04-15). "Ballet Q-C returns from high point". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ David Burke (2012-07-30). "Ballet Q-C to partner with Orchestra Iowa". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Dancers". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 

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