The Dayton Ballet has proven resilient through the COVID crisis, keeping dancers on their toes, and landing guests from bigger cities! ‘”I need to perform LIVE, I need an audience. I was dancing with the Metropolitan in New York and kept hearing ‘The Met will never close, never close!’ And then they closed.” Time to make some decisions for Long Island native, Christopher Brian Nachtrab. The 13 year ballet veteran thought ‘Is this it? Is this how it ends?’ “I immediately started looking around for companies trying to do some kind of live performing. There were a few. Of course, safety was the first thing you had to think about.” Nachtrab has worked with Sacramento and Richmond Ballet companies. He is a graduate of Indiana University.
“I heard one of the first to really move ahead with at least some kind of safe performing was here in Dayton. Then, I heard about Cinderella, a ballet I love and have performed multiple times. I put word out that I was hoping to join the company as a guest!” Sometime later, word came from Dayton Ballet Director, Karen Russo Burke. “She’s amazing. Dayton has such a great team and she is an incredible leader.” Nachtrab landed a part….as the Ugly Stepsister! “I was thrilled.” His sister -in-crime is Dayton Ballet’s own Isaac Jones. “We have a great time together!”
Dayton Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ runs 4/23-4/25 with virtual options as well. “The show, obviously has limited seating, but knowing the audience is live just makes such a difference. We need their reactions to help us perform!”
For Nachtrab, dance is in his blood, His mother was his instructor on Long Island. “She still teaches dance today, and she’s stellar at it!” Nachtrab knew being a boy in ballet was not the norm…”But my parents told me if it is what you want, we will stop at nothing to see that you are successful.” And he has been. As a child he dreamt of performing with the Met, and then it happened. “I remember getting on that stage and just thinking, it’s come full circle!” A city just outside of that circle is new favorite for Nachtrab….DAYTON! “I was so impressed with how this city embraces the arts. It’s a stronger bond than many big cities. Dayton is rallying around the arts community, and with COVID, many of us were feeling depressed and isolated!” His love for Dayton was a quick one, visiting many restaurants, bars, the Oregon District and even a trip to the Drive-In. “There’s a lot to enjoy here.”
As for the Ballet’s ‘Cinderella,’ the production is serious, hilarious, true-to-tale and magical! The costuming, which folks have been floored by, is simply fantastic with design by DB alum Lowell Mathwich. Pristine sets and impressive design add to the flair of the Ballet.
With all of that, and the chance to do a live performance, Nachtrab has found a home away from home…at least for now. “I am getting to do what I love, with a group of dancers who are exceptional! All of them!” For the Dayton Ballet, Nachtrab and our community, seeing the dancers live is not only a dream come true, it is, in a sense, a Cinderella story! And we all know how well that ends!
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Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Live Stream premieres Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m.
70 minutes (no intermission)