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Ballet Concerto comes back to Clearfork

The outfit’s 42nd annual Summer Dance Concert will run from June 20-23, featuring free lawn admission and a mix of classical and modern ballet.

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“Carmen,” as organized by renowned Spanish dancer Luis Montero, will be part of this year’s Summer Dance Concert at The Shops at Clearfork.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Concerto

Since 1983, with the exception of 2020, Ballet Concerto has presented a Summer Dance Concert in the metroplex. The 2024 edition will be held in Clearfork at 5188 Monahans Ave. — the large field in the front of the development, where it has been since 2019 — and will run nightly from Thursday, June 20 to Sunday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m..

Lawn seating is free, but reserved tables are also available starting at $75.

Ballet Concerto is a non-profit performing arts organization based that opened in Fort Worth in 1969, with a goal of making “ballet and other forms of dance available to all ages and backgrounds.” In addition to its programming, the troop puts on two major concerts per year: the Summer Dance Concer, and a Holiday Concert in December.

At this summer’s event, attendees will see:

  • “Carmen,” staged by famed Spanish dancer Luis Montero
  • “Ebb and Flow,” a more contemporary piece by resident choreographer Elise Lavallee
  • “Western Sweet,” with choreography by Michael Vernon
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“Ebb and Flow” is organized by Elise Lavallee, the official teacher and choreographer of the 2024 Summer Dance Concert.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Concerto

If you want to sound truly informed while sitting on the grass with your friends, note this: Lavallee, who is the official teacher and choreographer of this year’s Summer Dance Concert, was also the choreographer for “Barney and Friends” (yes, the purple dino) “I Hear Music Everywhere.”

The Ballet Concerto team is led by artistic director (and organizational founder) Margo Dean, who is joined by her son Webster as associate artistic director.

In addition to the Shops at Clearfork as the major sponsor of the Summer Dance Concert, other partners include the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Dubose Family Foundation, Garvey Texas Foundation, Ryan Foundation, and William E. Scott Foundation.

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