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Reality Ballet Uncensored! to be performed at Charleston Civic Center

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:18 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

CHARLESTON — The Charleston Ballet is giving audiences an uncensored look at the world of professional ballet. Behind Barres: Reality Ballet Uncensored! will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, and $20 for adults in advance. They will be $25 for adults, and $20 for seniors and students at the door.

Purchases can be made at the Civic Center Box Office, Backstage Bodywear, at the Charleston Ballet Office or online at tickets@thecharlestonballet.com

Kim Pauley, Charleston Ballet artistic director, said the show will allow the audience to explore a ballet dancer’s training and have discussions with directors, choreographers, guest artists and dancers. The program showcases a ballet’s journey from classroom to performance.

A new ballet, “On the Appalachian Trail,” with musical composition by Grant Cooper of the Charleston Symphony, and “Janis and Joe Suite,” with choreography by Christopher Fleming of BalletFleming in Philadelphia, will be presented during the program.

“Sometimes, going to the ballet, people are apprehensive because they don’t understand what it is, and we wanted to dispel fears people have,” Pauley said.

Staff writer Ashlie Walter can be reached at (304) 626-1445 or by email at awalter@exponent-telegram.com