Cocktails inspire Ballets with a Twist performance at Imperial Theatre Oct. 28

(Featured photo Shirley Temple from Cocktail Hour: The Show. Photo by Nico Malvaldi, Courtesy Ballets with a Twist)

Bloody Mary from Cocktail Hour: The Show. Photo by Nico Malvaldi. Courtesy Ballets with a Twist

With a name like Ballets with a Twist, a New York-based dance company is sure to offer dance aficionados something different from a traditional ballet performance.

The company’ signature production is Cocktail Hour: The Show with dances inspired by cocktails and spirits.

The standard performance pays homage to Champagne with “eight satin dolls, a touch of tango and a sliver of fresh Ginger Rogers” and the Hot Toddy with “six high rollers, three party crashers, one hilarious heist” all ‘mixed with mayhem,” according to the group’s website.

But when the company makes its return to the Imperial Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 28, the cocktails will feature a spooky theme with its new Halloween inspired program. Sci-fi Zombie and a wicked Bloody Mary will shake the repertoire up.

Manhattan from Cocktail Hour: The Show

Marilyn Klaus formed Ballets with a Twist in 1996. Over the next two decades, “the company appeared at a variety of venues and events throughout New York City, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Kumble Center for the Performing Arts, the Taste of Dance Festival, To the Pointe programs, and Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look, at the Schermerhorn Performance Space, in Brooklyn,” according to the ballet company’s website.

Cocktail Hour: The Show debuted in 2009, and Ballets with a Twist performed at the Imperial Theatre in 2018 in honor of the theater’s centennial.

Patrons can join in the fun by donning costumes when attending the performance. Throughout the evening, a special selection of cocktails and mocktails complementing the program will be available in the lobby. Tickets to the show are $20-$45.

The performance is just the beginning. VIP patrons can dance over to the after party at Edgar’s Above Broad, where they can meet the dancers. VIP tickets are $25.

For tickets, visit here.

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