Dancers Perform Legendary "Swan Lake" Pas de Deux on Friday, August 22 @ 8 p.m.


Saratoga Springs, NY - New York City Ballet's Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez will perform the iconic pas de deux from Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra's August 22 program at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Bouder, a principal dancer, and Villarini-Velez, a member of NYCB's corps de ballet, will perform the famous "White Swan," and "Black Swan" scenes of the classic ballet as the Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's score. Bouder and Villarini-Velez will perform on a specially installed dance floor in front of the amphitheatre stage.

"Tchaikovsky's glorious Swan Lake score is considered one of his finest works. Yet, its power and beauty is magnified when the story comes to life through dance," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. "We are proud to be able to offer our orchestra audiences this experience on August 22 when NYCB dancers Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez join The Philadelphia Orchestra to perform Swan Lake's famous pas de deux. Since 2012 when we revived the tradition of featuring NYCB dancers in an orchestra performance, this evening has become one of the most highly anticipated events of our season."

With Ms. Bouder in the leading role of Odette/Odile and Mr. Villarini-Velez as Prince Siegfried, the dancers will perform Swan Lake's famous pas de deux and solos. Choreography for the program will be excerpted from Peter Martins' acclaimed full-length production of Swan Lake. Revered by audiences and dancers throughout the world, Swan Lake is the most popular of all classical ballets; it is also considered one of the most technically and dramatically demanding for the ballerina in the lead role.

Ms. Bouder made her debut as Odette/Odile with New York City Ballet in January 2006. A native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ms. Bouder first joined NYCB in June 2000 and after a series of successive promotions, was elevated to the position of Principal dancer in January 2005. She has performed lead roles in many NYCB ballets including Firebird, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Year of the Rabbit. She has also danced as a guest artist on the international circuit dancing Giselle with Rome Opera Ballet and as Kitri in the Kirov's production of Don Quixote, among others.

Accompanying Ms. Bouder in the Swan Lake sequence will be corps de ballet dancer Sebastian Villarini-Velez, a member of NYCB since August 2012. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Villarini-Velez began his dance training in the US at the Miami City Ballet School under the direction of NYCB alum Edward Villella which was later followed by additional study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB. In August 2012, Mr. Villarini-Velez became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2013.

Tickets are on sale now for The Philadelphia Orchestra's SPAC program at; Box Office and phone sales begin May 15. Pricing for the orchestra begins at $24 for lawn seats; inside seating ranges from $32 to $85. The Kids in Free program entitles children 12 and under to free lawn admission for Orchestra performances. The Student Discount program allows students of all ages to purchase tickets at a 25 percent discount.

The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring
NYCB's Ashley Bouder and Sebastian Villarini-Velez

Stéphane Denève Conductor
Ashley Bouder, Principal Dancer, NYCB
Sebastian Villarini-Velez, Corps de Ballet, NYCB

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