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Press Releases 2012

American Choreographer to Stage Joint Production with Dance Group Dzirnas

Riga, March 13, 2012
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Riga, March 13, 2012. – Last Friday, American choreographer Anthony Williams arrived in Latvia to lead rehearsals with the dance group Dzirnas, and to stage a contemporary version of the Ballet classic ‘The Nutcracker’. Anthony Williams is well-known for his urban version of the Nutcracker, which is performed annually by the Boston-based dance company, Ballet Rox, and which features ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop dance styles. Two principle dancers from Ballet Rox, Caroline Cohn and Janelle Gilchrist, are accompanying the chorographer on this trip to Latvia. The general public is welcome to come to the premiers of the joint production of the Urban Nutcracker performed by Dzirnas on Friday, March 23, at 20.00 and Saturday, March 24, at 13.00. The event will take place at Dzirnas studio on Brīvības gatve 224. Tickets are available on Bilesu Paradize webpage

Anthony Williams on the arrival to Riga said: "We are excited for this opportunity to continue the BalletRox mission of dancing through diversity in the beautiful port city of Riga, Latvia," says Tony Williams. "Through dance, we are able to overcome language barriers and break down the cultural barriers of how we, as Americans, and citizens of other countries see, hear, and interpret the world."

Anthony Williams is the founder and artistic director of Ballet Rox. He joined the Boston Ballet in 1964 and after dancing for only three years, Mr. Williams worked his way up from Corps-de-Ballet to Principal Dancer. Ballet gave him the confidence to take on the challenge of an exciting new career. Mr.Williams began his early training with the Lithuanian ballerina, Tatiana Babuskina. Afterwards, Mr. Williams received a scholarship from the Boston School of Ballet, training with E. Virginia Williams (founder of the Boston Ballet) and Sydney Leonard. Biography of Anthony Williams:

The mission of Ballet Rox is to use the power of dance to break down racial barriers and enrich the community's artistic experience through the creation of a diverse dance company and school. Ballet Rox offers scholarships for underserved children, regardless of financial ability or career goals. All children at Ballet Rox receive a solid foundation in ballet, as well as an opportunity to explore other dance styles, such as modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Through dance classes and performance opportunities, students learn discipline, teamwork, self-respect, and self-esteem. More information about Ballet Rox can be found on their webpage: .


Media are welcome to cover the training process. Artists are available for individual interviews. For more information, please contact U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section.