“Rainer and Friends Ballet Gala”: MFAB Announces Ballet Gala in Prescott on September 24, 2022

Photo: Rainer Krenstetter and Tricia Albertson

On September 24, 2022, international stars of classical ballet will perform at the Hendrix Auditorium at 300 S. Granite Street, Prescott, AZ 86303, on the Mile High Middle School campus. The program starts at 6:30pm, with doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available for $30 – $75 and can be purchased at: eventbrite.com.

The program will feature ballet stars dancing classical ballet favorites, selected by Rainer to represent the artistry and excitement of classical ballet.  Featured Performers are:

  • Rainer Krenstetter – Associate Artistic Director Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, Artistic Director UNBLANCHE Tokyo, International Guest Principal Dancer
  • Tricia Albertson – Miami City Ballet principal dancer
  • Nathalia Arja – Miami City Ballet principal dancer
  • Katherine Barkman – San Francisco Ballet soloist
  • Emily Bromberg – Slovakia National Theater soloist
  • Sterling Baca – Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer
  • Lucas Erni – San Francisco Ballet soloist
  • Dancers from UNBLANCHE Tokyo

Joining these international stars will be Dr. Nisha Tung-Takher and Lungani Gwala as well as local dancers from Summer’s Danceworks, The MOVEMENT Studio and Lessons by Lexe.

“This gala event will highlight some of the most beautiful sections of the different classical ballets as well as feature young talents from Prescott. I’m very happy and proud to be dancing in Arizona for a second time and hope that the community will welcome me and my friends with open arms the same as last year. We are all excited to be performing for you again. Hope to see everyone, old and new faces at the gala to bring some joy, showing how special our love towards this art form is.” – Special note from Rainer Krenstetter (Associate Artistic Director Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, Artistic Director UNBLANCHE Tokyo, International Guest Principal Dancer)

The Gala is a fundraising event for Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, with all proceeds going to this Arizona Non-Profit 501(c)3. MFAB Artistic Director, Ken Ludden, said “Prescott is an amazing place, and filled with talented people. It is a pleasure to have moved our World Headquarters to Prescott as we are about to open our academy. And I, like Rainer, have had the opportunity to meet, and teach, some of the very talented young dancers who live here. Now many more local, national as well as international students will come…All eyes are now on Prescott, and many have already booked their tickets to visit and move here.”


Photo credit: Admill Kuyler


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