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The Dance of the Bat Winners Announced

April 24, 2008

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    April 24, 2008
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    Opera Carolina News

The Dance of the Bat Winners Announced

Lisa Spring & Brad Malestein and Junior Couple Alison Roeth & Raahul Banwari are the winners of Opera Carolina's ballroom competition, The Dance of the Bat. In collaboration with Piper Glen Ballroom and Table Restaurant & Bar, Opera Carolina's event captured the spirit of both ballroom and opera as spectators enjoyed fine dining from Table Restaurant.

Lisa Spring & Brad Malestein and Alison Roeth & Raahul Banwari will be featured in the upcoming production of Johann Strauss' (II) opera Die Fledermaus performing during the opulent masquerade ball.

Lisa Spring & Brad Malestein
Lisa & Brad have been dancing together for 3 years and have recently won first place at the Amateur Pre-Championship Standard at the Heritage Classic in 2008 and 2007 dancing the Viennese Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Waltz, and the Foxtrot.

When not wearing their dancing shoes, Lisa teaches microbiology at Central Piedmont Community College and Brad is a Senior Forecasting Analyst, Residential Mortgage & Consumer Group at Wachovia.

Junior Couple Winners
Ten-year-old Alison and twelve-year-old Raahul won Best Performance, Junior Couple at the North Carolina Dance Classic in September 2007 and were the Junior Standard Champions at the Heritage Classic Dancesport Championship—a National event in March of 2008.

Die Fledermaus will be performed in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center May 1 at 7:30 p.m., May 3 at 8:00 p.m. & May 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling 704.372.1000 or visit us online at www.operacarolina.org. Full cast listings and bios are available at: www.operacarolina.org/operas. To download images of this production please go to: http://www.operacarolina.org/about_media_photos.php. Current images available include: production photos, artist headshots, and the Opera Carolina logo.

Die Fledermaus is sung in English with projected English titles. All performances feature the Opera Carolina Chorus and The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Crosland, Wagner Noble, and Metro Charlotte Realty make this production possible. Additional support provided by U.S. Airways, and Blue Restaurant & Bar. Media support provided by WDAV, The Charlotte Observer, Time Warner Cable, and WCNC-TV.

Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region's diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.
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