South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Q&A with William about his upcoming trip to NYC

Why are you making the trip to NYC?

William will be traveling to NYC June 6th-9th to catch up with many Columbia City Ballet Alumni, as well as scout for future Columbia City Ballet dancers.

I’m starting my trip to see Gillian Murphy, a former student, now a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

I’ll then attend the premiere American Ballet Theatre perform Harlequinade, inspired by Marius Petipa in honor of the 200 anniversary of Peptia. Petipa is famously known as the creator of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and the creator Harlequinade the ballet.

While I’m there, I’m also going to Gillian about performing with the Columbia City Ballet for the 60th anniversary.  

I will also be visiting Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Steps on Broadway to recruit dancers since Columbia City Ballet actively searches for diverse dancers.

Are there any spots in NYC that you’d recommend for dance lovers?

While William is in NYC he will be seeing Kinky Boots and Anastasia on Broadway. He’ll also explore the Met Exhibition about Versailles and King Louis XIV- the inventor of ballet. He recommended all of these for ballet lovers, as well as lovers of the arts.

Is there any part of the NYC dance scene that you would like to see incorporated into Columbia?

“I would like to see more enthusiasm for the arts in Columbia, but I see that increasing.”

What do you think makes the Columbia City Ballet different from those in NYC and unique?

Columbia City Ballet strives to have artistic value, while also showcasing local talent- which sets us apart.


*If you want to follow more of William’s adventures, follow him on Instagram: @balletwilliam*


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