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Roxey Ballet presents “Carmen” at Mill Ballet


Roxey Ballet Company will present “Carmen” to open its spring season beginning Feb. 24, returning for the first time since 2020.

The one-act ballet is a contemporary masterpiece full of passion and betrayal that tells the sensual tale of the fabled temptress of Seville. Roxey Ballet will also host two events that offer the community the unique opportunity to witness the rehearsals as the company artists prepare for the opening.

Choreographed by founder Mark Roxey, “Carmen” is based on Prosper Merimee’s novel. The story traces the dramatic downward spiral of its titular character and the tumultuous journey of Don José, as he is torn between the love of his wife, Michaela, and the irresistible allure of Carmen. As Carmen navigates her romantic entanglements with admirers like the Toreador Escamillo, Captain Zuniga, and the soldier-smuggler Morales, the ballet weaves a vibrant tapestry of treachery, lust, and betrayal.

This sizzling dance production invites the audience to witness the twists of romance and the tragic consequences that unfold in this story. Adding to the allure, the performance features a guest appearance by world-class flamenco dancer Lisa Botalico who embodies the role of the Fortune Teller.

Carmen will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. March 1, 4 and 7 p.m. March 2, and 1 and 4 p.m. March 3, at Mill Ballet, 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope. In-person and virtual tickets are available at With an additional $15 donation to Roxey Ballet, you will receive a glass of wine as a thank-you gift for contributing to the nonprofit.

Roxey Ballet will host a Beer and Ballet series that opens with a behind-the-scenes look at Carmen rehearsals paired with a selection of beers presented by Triumph Brewery at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, at Mill Ballet. Tickets are available at

Roxey Ballet will also host a Brown Bag and Ballet series where guests are invited to bring their lunch to a Carmen rehearsal Feb. 15, and savor a unique break in their day as the magic of ballet unfolds in an intimate and interactive setting. Tickets and information are available at

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