Ballet Quad Cities

Ballet Quad Cities is a ballet company located in Rock Island, Illinois. It was founded in 1996 by Joedy Cook. The company performs both classical and contemporary dance at various venues in the greater Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.

General information
Year founded1996
FoundersJoedy Cook
Founding artistic directorJohanne Jakhelln
LocationRock Island, Illinois
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorCourtney Lyon
Resident ChoreographersDeanna Carter, Resident Choreographer
Domingo Rubio, Resident Artist
Dominic Walsh, Artistic Advisor
Brian Enos, Guest Choreographer
Artistic AssociateEmily Kate Long
Associated schoolsBallet Quad Cities School of Dance


At the time of its founding the company had one paid dancer. By 2010, the number of dancers who form the company grew to twelve dancers. The original artistic director was Johanne Jakhelln, who left the company in 2006 to return to her native Norway.[1]

In April 2010 the company performed for the first time in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. The ballet’s choreographer, Deanna Carter, had been one of five choreographers to present their work at the annual Ballet Builders.[2]

Ballet Quad Cities began a collaboration with Orchestra Iowa starting in the 2012-2013 season.[3] Two performances featuring the two artistic groups are held in both the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Orchestra Iowa is based, and the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. The Adler is one of the ballet's primary venues.


The dancers of Ballet Quad Cities as of December, 2018:[4]

  • Marie Buser
  • Lauren Carmen
  • Aubrey Clayton
  • Ashley Coffin
  • Andrew Erickson
  • Sage Feldges
  • Meghan Phillips
  • Domingo Rubio
  • Malachi Squires
  • Mica Ward

Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance

Ballet Quad Cities supports its own school of dance, which is also located in Rock Island. The schools philosophy is based on the principles of the Vaganova method from Russia. Beside classical ballet, the school also teaches: creative movement, pointe, character, repertoire, jazz, hip-hop, conditioning, yoga, tap, rhythm tap and adult ballet.[5]

See also


  1. "Inside Ballet Quad Cities". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  2. David Burke (2010-04-15). "Ballet Q-C returns from high point". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  3. David Burke (2012-07-30). "Ballet Q-C to partner with Orchestra Iowa". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  4. "Dancers". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. "Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance". Ballet Quad Cities. Retrieved 30 April 2010.

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