After three decades of developing dance in Anne Arundel County, Chesapeake Ballet Company (CBC) of Maryland’s executive director, Barbara "Barb" Haskell, is retiring.
Haskell brought dance to the community by opening The Dance Academy in Severna Park 30 years ago. She then founded the Chesapeake Ballet Company 17 years ago.
CBC gives her aspiring dancers a means of exhibiting their talents within the community and inspiring new dancers to explore their abilities. Her love of the arts and dedication to offering a fully student-based company has been the hallmark of her tenure with CBC.
Naming Noelle Reese the incoming director of CBC, Haskell passes the torch to another competent community leader. Reese comes to the company with more than 30 years of experience in the arts and arts administration.
"I could not be leaving the organization in better hands," Haskell said. "I have loved my time as a teacher and director, and though retirement was a difficult decision, this transition is a natural next step for the company and me. I respect Noelle as a leader and artist. I look forward to supporting her and the organization through the coming season."
Through this transition, CBC will continue delivering the same full-length productions it always has. Artistic direction remains in the hands of Dmitri Malikov and Ninel Cherevko. Currently, company members are in rehearsal, preparing for the annual presentation of the magical holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Shows will run at The Children's Theatre of Annapolis from December 10-18. Haskell has committed to bring her sense of fun and humor to the stage as her favorite character, Mother Ginger, for selected shows.
For tickets to CBC shows or for more information, visit www.chesapeakeballetcompany.com.