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Final Curtain Call
Honoring Stephen Sanford
This May, after 14 years with Grand Rapids Ballet, company dancer Stephen Sanford will take his final bow. Stephen will dance his final performance as the leading role in the World Premiere of Beethoven, a riveting ballet by Mario Radacovsky (Black Swan/White Swan, Romeo & Juliet, Bolero). Join us for Final Curtain Call: Stephen Sanford on Sunday, May 17 from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. following his final performance. Do not miss his epic finale.
Tickets include beer, wine, hors’ d’oeuvres, and a chance to wish Stephen a fond farewell.
Stephen started his training at Southhold School in South Bend, Indiana. He then went on to North Carolina School of the Arts where he trained under Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, and Warren Conover. He later went to Ballet Chicago Studio Company and was mentored by Dan Duell and Patricia Blair. Stephen has attended numerous summer courses including School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Hartford Ballet. Stephen has performed as a guest artist for New York Theater Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Geiger Ballet, and Southhold Dance Theater.
Since joining the company in 2001, Stephen has danced leading roles in David Parsons’ The Envelope, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams, Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, George Balanchine’s Serenade, The Four Temperaments, and Who Cares?, Preston Miller’s The Great Divorce, Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and Val Caniparoli’s Nutcracker. He also originated leading roles in Mario Radacovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, and Black Swan/White Swan.