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Birth of Rock and Roll 2015

‘The Birth of Rock and Roll’ features Ballet Ariel’s company in this original ballet telling the story of how musical and cultural revolution from the 1930s to 1950s, starting with the swing era when Benny Goodman created a furor with his swinging style in big city ballrooms like the Savoy in New York City. Soon jump and electric blues became the rage in smaller blues clubs in Chicago. The 1950s saw the birth of rock and roll after the invention of the electric guitar, and the young Elvis Presley created a sensation with his style of rocking at a county fair in Memphis. Told through the eyes of a traveling musician, from chorus girls dancing to swing era songs, to jiving and jumping electric blues, to fifties style rocking on American Bandstand, this ballet tells the amazing story of musical and cultural revolution in America. Choreography by Ilena Norton. “The Birth of Rock and Roll is fun and entertaining for the whole family”.  

Performances are Saturday, October 24th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 25th at 3:00 pm.  Tickets $15 for children, $18 for student/seniors, and $20 for adults are available at or by calling 303-945-4388. The Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre is located at 119 Park Ave. West in Denver.

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