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Roxey Ballet stages stories of breast cancer survivors

Roxey Ballet will perform Mark Roxey’s “We vs. C: - (THE C WORD) Personal Stories of Triumph,” June 1 through 3.

“We vs. C: Personal Stories of Triumph” is a groundbreaking dance, music, art and theater presentation by the Lambertville, N.J.-based Roxey Ballet Company. The program celebrates the lives of breast cancer survivors.

Created through interviews with 22 strong women, it is a song-cycle/ballet conceived and created by Mark Roxey with original music by songwriting team Robert Maggio (music) and Matthew Hardy (lyrics). Production was conceived, designed and choreographed by Mark Roxey with costume design by Alicia Worden and Nilda Roxey-Jones.

“I’m honored and touched to produce a project like this that celebrates the lives of breast cancer survivors and all who are facing the challenge of any kind of cancer. We at Roxey Ballet are very focused on the healing power of the dance,” said Mark Roxey, choreographer and executive artistic director of Roxey Ballet.

At least 11 of the original performers and survivors will share the stage during the June performances. The professional dancers of Roxey Ballet will dance the stories of triumph alongside the survivors.

The dancers will be accompanied by a remastered score, performed by Gina Milo, Desirée Rodriguez and Aurelia Williams.

The We vs. C project began in March 2016, when Mark Roxey participated in a discussion with the director of YWCA Breast Cancer Research Center of Princeton, Paula Flory.

“This production celebrates the lives of 22 women, but over 300,000 women each year receive a cancer diagnosis. It’s universal to all of us. It’s a performance that reaches out to everyone,” Mark Roxey said.

Performances will be held at the Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville, N.J. Tickets range from $37 to $42 and include a post reception and talk back. Seating is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit