Memphis’ Ballet On Wheels, a nonprofit, community-based classical ballet school and dance company located in Cooper-Young, will premiere its dance production of “Dreamgirls” on June 4th.
BOW’s production is adapted from the hit Broadway show of the same name. Loosely based on the story of Motown singing greats the Supremes, the show debuted in 1981 and won six Tony Awards. In 2006 it was turned into a hit film starring Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Ballet On Wheels version will feature dance students from ages 3 to 25.
“This is a show the Memphis community will definitely want to experience,” said Chauniece Thompson, Ballet On Wheels’ executive artistic director. “Similar to the movie and Broadway production, our spin on ‘Dreamgirls’ will leave audience members entertained, excited, and emotional from start to finish.”
Founded in 2002, Ballet on Wheels’ professional teachers provide instruction to a diverse student body in the art form and theory of classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and other dance genres.
Through numerous sponsors and deep community ties throughout the city, the company is constantly promoting dance events and memorable productions in and around Memphis.
“From the period-based costuming to diverse dance styles and elaborate choreography, our ‘Dreamgirls; production will be a phenomenal show,” said Thompson. “We are so excited to present this never before seen dance.”
There will be two shows — a 2:30 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show — at the Salvation Army Kroc Center at 800 E Parkway South. Tickets are $20 in advance.
For more information about the production, or to purchase tickets online today, contact the Ballet On Wheels (901) 870.4348 or visit: www.balletonwheels.org.