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Loyola Ballet presents Swan Lake (Act III) and other works November 19 & 20

Loyola press release - November 15, 2004

The Loyola Ballet will present Act III of the classical ballet Swan Lake during the company’s annual fall concert on November 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. at the university’s Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications/Music Complex.

Dancing the lead roles will be former member of the Loyola Ballet, Stephanie Murrish-Gaifullin, and her husband, Daniil Gaifullin, former principal dancers with Sarasota Ballet of Florida. Ms. Murrish-Gaifullin began her training in New Orleans and studied with several teachers including Gayle Parmelee, Associate Professor Emerita, Coordinator of the Loyola Ballet Preparatory Program and former Director of the Loyola Ballet (1978-1999).

Ms. Murrish-Gaifullin began her professional career with Cincinnati Ballet and achieved the rank of soloist; she was also a finalist in the New York International Ballet Competition in 1987. Mr. Gaifullin, a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet School, performed with the Donetsk Ballet Opera in the Ukraine before coming to the United States. As a couple, they have performed in numerous professional companies together including the Charleston Ballet Theatre, the Sarasota Ballet and Ballet de Santiago.

Also being performed in the concert are Christmas, Can-Can from Gaite Parisienne and other classical and contemporary works including two original works choreographed by members of the Loyola Ballet. Guest artist Christopher Hutchings, member and director’s assistance for Ballet New York, will also present an original work in the performance. As with past Loyola Ballet programs, the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will also be featured performers.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $8 for students and the Loyola community. For ticket information, please call 865-3492.

The performances are funded in part by the Student Government Association and a grant from the Loyola University development/faculty committee. The Loyola Ballet, part of the Loyola University College of Music Montage Series, has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 40 years.