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'Dracula' To Take The Stage In New Rochelle In Time For Halloween

Get a taste of Leonard Ajkun's choreographies before he makes his way to New Rochelle.
Get a taste of Leonard Ajkun's choreographies before he makes his way to New Rochelle. Video Credit: AjkunBT
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is bringing Ajkun Ballet's original production "Dracula" to the city.
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is bringing Ajkun Ballet's original production "Dracula" to the city. Photo Credit: Contributed
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is bringing Ajkun Ballet's original production "Dracula" to the city.
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is bringing Ajkun Ballet's original production "Dracula" to the city. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Just in time for Halloween, vampires are coming to New Rochelle.

Later this month, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts is bringing internationally renowned Ajkun Ballet’s original production “Dracula” to the local library, where they will “reveal the truths, the legend, the myths and magic of Count Dracula.”

Founded nearly two decades ago, the Ajkun Ballet Theatre has become one of the most comprehensive organizations, serving the professional dance world and communities under the experienced eyes of Leonard and Chiara Ajkun. The troupe has kept nearly 40 ballets alive and produces several original creations each year.

“Whether you love history, are planning for an unusual Halloween or love the cruel beauty of our exceptional dancers, flood your senses and join us,” Chiara Ajkun stated when announcing the performance.

“Dracula” will perform at the New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 23, before making their debut performance in New York City three days later at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. There are no tickets for the performance, but the New Rochelle Council on the Arts has recommended a $2 donation.

“The Halloween season presents rich possibilities for the arts, and of course vampires and stories of the supernatural have special appeal for young people, so the New Rochelle Council on the Arts is excited to present the premier of ‘Dracula,’ NRCA President Theresa Kump Leghorn said. “We feel this production is a great opportunity to introduce teens and tweens to a traditional art form, ballet, presented in a surprisingly non-traditional setting that we think will delight all ages.”

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