UpFront: Heartbeats

UpFront: Heartbeats is the perfect Valentine’s date idea, featuring classical ballet favorites and new commissioned works! Join us for an intimate performance in our Studio Theatre at IX Art Park (Friday at 7:30PM and Saturday at 1:00PM) or at 29 North (Saturday at 7:00PM, Sunday at 2:00PM & 5:00PM).

Patrons can enjoy appetizers from El Mariachi and wine from DuCard Vineyards, plus a chance to mingle with the dancers and musicians after the show. This immersive experience is a Charlottesville favorite!


“I love seeing the athleticism of the dancers and feeling the energy, all just a few feet away from my seat.”

“Dance, food, and wine in one evening? My Valentine’s plans are set!”

Each UpFront performance will feature live music and a mixed-repertoire program of dances, telling stories ranging from heart-wrenching to romantic. 

MUSICIANS: Danielle Wiebe Burke (viola) and Shelby Sender (Piano)


A Windswept Remembrance (2013) and a New Work by Keith Lee, Resident Choreographer and Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Selections from  Cinderella (2011)  by Pedro Szalay

Requiem des Roses (2021) by Brandye Lee

Falling Leaves (Premiere) by Ruth Sherman

Silence We Made (Premiere) by Sara Clayborne, Co-Director/Co-Founder