February 11, 2014 DPR

Ron Jones, Columbia County Ballet

In 1979 I turned down an offer from the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre to start their next season as a new Principal Dancer and moved instead with my wife Kathleen to Augusta.  We were expecting our first child and recognized Augusta as an ideal place to raise a family.  The Augusta Ballet warmly welcomed us and I became their first professional dancer on staff.  The Ballet performed regularly at the old Bell Auditorium Music Hall until it was forced to close for much needed renovations.  That was when the Ballet moved into the Miller Theater for a season.  I remember well the excitement of dancing on the Miller stage and joining the receptions that followed in the theater’s glamorous art deco lobby.  Kathleen and I are happy to join in the restoration of both the Miller and her sister theater the Imperial and bring our Columbia County Ballet to the efforts as each of these theaters is returned to it’s former splendor.  Ron Jones, Artistic Director – Columbia County Ballet, Inc.

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