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Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

See the ballet stars of the future today at the Detroit Opera House

DETROIT - The Detroit Opera House, in cooperation with Wayne State University, is pleased to present two performances by the students of American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) Summer Intensive, July 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

ABT's Summer Intensive has earned a reputation as the most thorough and rewarding dance experience a student can have during the summer. One of five participating cities, the Detroit Summer Intensive features more than 150 of the most promising dancers, ages 12-18. The 2004 class is comprised of students from 33 states, as well as Brazil and Puerto Rico.

"The ABT Summer Intensive is a fantastic opportunity for young dancers to work with one of the world's premier ballet companies, and it's also an opportunity for audiences to see some of the most talented young dancers in the world," said Carol Halsted, Michigan Opera Theatre Dance Director.

Participating students stay in the dorms at Wayne State University and study under ABT's acclaimed instructors, including Ted Kivitt, Magali Messac, Elaine Kudo and Melissa Allen, to name just a few. The Summer Intensive program is designed to give students a well-rounded experience, with an emphasis on classical ballet technique. Classes range from nutrition and physical conditioning to choreography and technique.

Tickets for American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive performances are available at the door on the day of performance only. Seats are $15 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 15. For more information call 313-237-SING (7464).

Meijer All American Jam at Taylor Summer Festival

TAYLOR - The varied styles of popular American music will be showcased by national and local artists when the Meijer All American Jam at the Taylor Summer Festival opens July 9. From country to rhythm and blues and classic rock and roll, there is music for everyone to enjoy at one of southeast Michigan_s most popular summer family events.

This year's headliners include some of the hottest new country artists in America Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Jeff Bates. Joining them to celebrate classic rock and roll are Eric Burdon and the Animals with special guest stars The Best of the Brits featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger, Terry Sylvester of the Hollies, and Billy J. Kramer.

One of the finest fireworks displays in Southeast Michigan light up the skies on Friday, July 9 following the concerts at approximately 10 p.m. (Please note: Saturday is the alternative date for the fireworks if weather dictates). The Fireworks display typically draws over 100,000 people, making it one of the largest community-sponsored pyrotechnical displays in the region.

In addition to the above-mentioned national artists, this year's lineup includes local favorites the Forbes Brothers, and the Wrenfields on Friday. Both groups have won numerous Detroit Music Awards. Taylor_s own child prodigy, 10 year-old Lynette Winnie, opens the event Friday afternoon. On Saturday the music heats up with Pazman's Supersession, The Detroit Women of Rhythm and Blues, and blues diva Thornetta Davis.

In addition to great music, the Taylor Summer Festival features a carnival, mud volleyball, a Vegas style casino and a major softball tournament, creating great fun for the entire family.

Proceeds are donated to the Junior League World Series and the Taylor Recreation Department.

The family-oriented event is free of charge and runs through Saturday, July 10, at beautiful Heritage Park in Taylor between Goddard and North Line Roads. Musicians perform 4 - 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2 - 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

To find out more information about the Meijer All American Jam at the Taylor Summer Festival, please visit or call the event Hot Line at 734-374-3906.

Witness the next generation of America's great dancers

FLINT - The most talented student dancers from across the United States and Canada take "the next step" in their dance development as they prepare for the Joffrey Midwest Workshop Performance Showcase scheduled for July 10 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at The Whiting. The performance features a mixed program of classic and contemporary choreography in ballet and modern dance.

Since 1996, the Joffrey Midwest Workshop has achieved distinction through exceptional faculty and artistic direction in conjunction with a wonderful residential experience and outstanding facilities. This collaboration between the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, The Whiting, and the Flint Institute of Music has provided a spectacular opportunity for over 100 talented dancers to be able to achieve important professional and artistic goals each summer.

The Joffrey Midwest Workshop, held on the Flint Cultural Center campus, is a four-week summer dance intensive for dancers ages 12 to 20, and culminates with the Performance Showcase. This is the ninth year the Flint Cultural Center has hosted the Workshop. Flint is one of only two locations outside of New York City for the Joffrey Ballet School's national dance instruction program. The other program is in San Antonio, Texas.

The Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing development and vitality of the Flint Cultural Center. In addition to maintaining the buildings and grounds of the Cultural Center campus, the FCCC operates and governs its member organizations: Flint Youth Theatre, Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum and The Whiting, and coordinates campus-wide activities, programs and events.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Whiting Ticket Center, 1241 East Kearsley St. in Flint or by calling 810-237-7333 or toll-free 1-888-8CENTER.

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