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Music, art, dance and wine come together for ‘Art Barre’ in downtown Riverhead

Peconic Ballet Theater, East End Arts and Martha Clara Vineyards are teaming up this fall for a series of events that will showcase the many artistic talents the East End has to offer.

 “The East End has so many amazing local artists who have so much to share – whether it be in music, art, or even wine,” said Christiana Bitonti, artistic director of Peconic Ballet Theater. “We are trying to bring it all together.”

The three organizations will co-host a series of events at Peconic Ballet Theater’s studio beginning this weekend.

Each event will feature a different local artist, whose works will be featured in a gallery set up in one of Peconic Ballet Theater’s studio spaces. Complimentary wine tastings from Martha Clara Vineyard will be paired with a performance by an East End Arts musician, who will serenade patrons as they walk through the gallery.

Next, patrons will find their seats in a studio that has been transformed into an intimate theater, complete with risers, curtains and professional lighting. Peconic Ballet Theater’s professional dance company will put on a show that showcases several different styles of dance, including classical, jazz and modern.

“We want to give everyone a taste of different types of dance,” Bitonti said.

The performance will also feature a piece with live accompaniment from one of East End Arts’ student musicians. “It sounds so beautiful,” Bitonti said. “To have live musicians accompany our dancers is always so exciting.”

The dance performance will also feature some of Peconic Ballet Theater’s finest apprentice dancers – skilled high school students who will dance alongside the dance company’s professionals.

“It’s truly a real community event,” Bitonti said.

The Art Barre is the first time East End Arts and Peconic Ballet Theater have collaborated on a project together. Located just a few buildings apart on East Main Street, Bitonti says that the collaboration is a perfect fit for two neighbors that both celebrate local art.

“The renaissance in Riverhead is just so exciting,” Bitonti said. “Coming together on a project like this can really help bring other organizations together to collaborate and also draw more people to Main Street.”

Tickets are $20 each, with all proceeds going toward the Peconic Ballet Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides free dance lessons to Long Island students who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

“We go to school districts across Long Island and do in-district, after school dance programs at the schools,” Bitonti explained. “That includes lessons, programming, leotards, tights, costumes – everything.”

The event will be split into two series of performances, with the dance company preparing a separate show for each series. The first series will be held November 5 and November 19, and the second series will be held December 3 and December 17.

A different artist from East End Arts will be featured in the gallery for each event. Each event will begin with a wine tasting at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online here (search Peconic Ballet Foundation).

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