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Florida Dance Theatre, Polk County’s Premiere Professional Dance Company, opens their 25th Anniversary Season on September 29 at 7 p.m., with “Peter Pan,” the first ever full length ballet accompanied by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Combining recognizable classical music with brand new choreography, Peter Pan will showcase the talented professional performing artists of both FDT and the ISO.

Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers will all take flight across the stage at Branscomb Auditorium for the performance. Choreographer Stefan Dolbashian looks forward to the challenge of designing the dancers in flight.

“I’ve choreographed several pieces for FDT, including last season’s live performance of Appalachian Spring, but this will be different,” he said. “A flight is more distance and more concentration for the dancers, so I’m glad I work with such a cohesive team.”

While the ISO and FDT have partnered in the past for shorter pieces, especially the ISO’s annual opera production, this will be the first collaboration on a full-length ballet. With 27 musicians in the orchestra pit, keeping the music, dancing and flying in sync will be a new challenge for Maestro Mark Thielen.

“For me, there’s more to watch,” Thielen said. “And the special themes for Tinker Bell and the crocodile will require tremendous concentration for our orchestra.”

The family-friendly performance is one night only.

Funding for the collaboration is provided in part by Publix Super Markets Charities and Visit Central Florida.

Performance at Branscomb Auditorium on the campus of Florida Southern College.

Tickets are available at LkldPerformingArts.com or floridadancetheatre.org or call 863-688-3743.

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