watch grand rapids ballet virtual performances at home


Because you can’t come to the ballet right now, we’re very excited to bring the ballet home to you as part of our 2020|21 virtual season. We remain committed to celebrating the beautiful way dance lifts the human spirit by finding unique ways to bring that belief to life, like the Virtual Hug performance below.


We are happy to share with you this virtual hug video to honor and salute our healthcare and essential workers for all they’re doing to keep us safe. It’s our hope this special message will offer them — and you — a healthy dose of strength and encouragement.

The dancers (who are all wearing blue in a sign of solidarity with healthcare workers) volunteered their time and talents for the cause. They are James Cunningham, Steven Houser, Ingrid Lewis, Celeste Lopez-Keranen, Madison Massara, Alexandra Meister-Upleger, Yuka Oba-Muschiana, Emily Reed, Gretchen Steimle, Nigel Tau, Julia Turner, Adriana Wagenveld, Matthew Wenckowski, and Nathan Young. Cellist Jeremy Crosmer of Grand Rapids’ ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble) appears on the video playing the prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. The piece was produced by James Sofranko and Cindy Sheppard Sofranko and edited by Joe Sofranko and Lili Fuller.

Our mission is to uplift the human spirit through the art of dance and we hope you’ll keep the momentum going by sharing this video with your friends and family, too. Thank you. #GRBATHOME #GRBVIRTUALHUG #MICAREMATTERS #COVID19HEROES


Keep up with your favorite Grand Rapids Ballet dancers on Instagram as they create content of their own and share with you what they’re up to at home. Simply click on their image below to start following them today.

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