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Ballet Theatre of Md. gives Baltimore its first professional ballet company residency since 1993

Ballet Theatre of Md. gives Baltimore its first professional ballet company residency since 1993

Don't let the toe shoes fool you. They might look like nothing but pearl-colored satin and glossy ribbons, but those kicks are made to take a pounding.

When the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's dancers bourree onto the stage Saturday to perform "The Nutcracker" in the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, they'll take a bold and perilous step with significant consequences for Baltimore's arts scene.

On Saturday, the Ballet Theatre will officially make Baltimore one of its three performing homes. For the first time since 1993, the city will have a fully professional resident ballet company, though that means sharing the troupe with Annapolis and Bowie. No longer...

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