Joffrey Ballet dances into Folsom

March 9, 2011
Folsom Telegraph
Laura Newell


In a sold-out show, The Joffrey Ballet took to the stage at Three Stages performing arts center at Folsom Lake College over the weekend.

Connie and Michael Lum have lived in Folsom for nine years and think the new center is an asset to the region.

“We are completely enjoying ourselves,” Michael said at the ballet. “We enjoy cultures and this venue lends itself to people here locally. When you say The Joffrey Ballet is in Folsom – that’s amazing.”

The Joffrey Ballet is known as “America’s Company of Firsts,” including being the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation, the first to appear on TV, the first American company to visit Russia, the first classical dance company to go multi-media and the first to have a major motion picture based on it in Robert Altman’s “The Company.”

Local ballet dancer Cierra Diaz, 18, lives in Folsom and dances at an advanced level with Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet in El Dorado Hills.

“I thought this was amazing,” Diaz said. “Usually shows like this don’t come to Folsom, so to have a performance by the Joffrey Ballet here is amazing.”

As a performer himself, he was impressed with the stage and said the facility is beautiful.

Vaughn Johnson of Cameron Park brought her daughter Erin Gilles of San Jose to the ballet.

Johnson has danced for 40 years and said she wanted to enjoy the ballet with her daughter.

“I love Joffrey … I come out whenever I can to see them,” Johnson said. “The new facility is wonderful. It’s nice to have such a well renowned touring ballet come here – and to have us be able to see them is amazing.”

The touring ballet company offered a variety of performances at the Folsom center. After the last dance, the Three Stages audience gave a standing ovation.

“This region needed this (Three Stages) center,” Michael said. “Joffrey had one show, and it is sold out. It shows how much this center was needed. Three Stages is intimate, but offers a different flavor to our region.”