Megan Stearns dances with Farm to Ballet. Formerly of Long Island, she lives in Burlington, Vt, where she is the creative director for Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign.
Sunday, Aug. 16 — POULTNEY — Farm to Ballet, a Burlington-based dance company, will stage throughout Vermont performances of an original composition linking farmers and food production to music and dance.
Programs are scheduled at agriculturally relevant sites. Some of the evenings that combine music, dance and food are organized as fundraisers to assist farmers.
Chatch Pregger, who left the ranks of professional ballet dancing to become a teacher, has choreographed a 75-minute program that weaves together the timeless arts of farming and ballet. The company is made up of 18 dancers who rehearse at Spotlight Vermont studio in South Burlington. They are volunteering their time for both rehearsals and performances.
Locally, the program is scheduled to come to:
Aug. 16 – Poultney at Green Mountain College: Time TBA. A fundraiser for Rutland Area Food and Farm Link.
Aug. 22 – Barnard, Feast and Field Market at Heartwood Fable Collective (Clark Farm): Doors open at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. performance; farm fresh tacos and cider available. A fundraiser to support weekly farmer’s market and art venue.
Aug. 23 – Essex, Von Gal Farm: Doors open at 5 p.m. for 6 p.m. performance; food available. Tickets are $20. This is a fundraiser for Farm to Ballet and a scholarship program for dancers at Spotlight Vermont that offers education in the performing arts. Reception with dancers after the show.
For more info, visit Farmtoballet.org.
Photo Courtesy of Farm to Ballet