La Crosse ballet’s debut sells out

La Crosse’s brand new ballet company made it’s debut to a sold out crowd this weekend.

70 dancers put their training to use performing the ballet, Marushka and the Four Seasons at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. This is the first ballet company in La Crosse offering professional training to local dancers.

Organizers say the weekend performances were a tremendous success and well-received by the community.

“We’re so encouraged by the audience reaction we’re goin to be moving into our spring season with a lot of confidence knowing that we will have a sold out show and that we do have the kids that are capable of bringing the ballet to life,” says Misty Lowin, Exectutive Director of La Crosse Ballet.

The new company includes instructors with a wide-range of professional training and experience.

Dancers say it’s an opportunity to learn from experts that you usually can’t find in a city this size.

“I had the opportunity to go to New York and take some classes there and it’s a lot different then here but I’m starting to realize how fortunate we are to have this in La Crosse because you don’t get trianing like this anywhere else,” says Lauren Wanders, Ballet La Crosse Student.

“I was actually reading about my instructors this morning and I never knew how priveleged we are to have them because they’re like world class,” says Isabella Lown, Ballet Student.

The company which includes dancers ranging from age 8 to 20 plans to produce two shows every year.