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City Youth Ballet presents ‘Dracula’ on Oct. 15

From Staff Reports

The captivating spectacle of “Dracula” promises to transfix audiences as the City Youth Ballet puts this gothic tale on stage just in time for the Halloween season.

The ballet is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, at The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, 103 Franklin Street in Jonesborough. Two performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

From the entrance of the first vampire to the last bite of Dracula, the ballet is a thrilling adventure. It tells Bram Stokes’ story of a quaint village entangled in the eerie and deadly presence of vampires.

“We love to perform this ballet because it’s so dramatic and we use a medium that people often think of as only tutus and all daintiness,” said Susan Pace-White. “Dracula stretches our dancers to become not only proficient in ballet but also storytellers via their movement.”

Darien Chancellor, owner with his wife, Tiffany, of Johnson City Ballroom, portrays Dracula. Choreography was created by Darien, Pace-White, and her daughter, Kassi White.

General admission tickets are $10 at the door with payment of cash or checks appreciated.  For more information, call the City Youth Ballet at 434-2195, find us on Facebook, or visit us at A public performance is also set for Nov. 4 at Founders Park during downtown Johnson City’s First Friday festivities.