BY HOWARD POUSNER – THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Nadia Mara took ballet classes starting at age 3 in Montevideo, Uruguay, devoured videos of great U.S. dance companies and dreamed big ballerina dreams of performing professionally for one of them someday.
Mara’s fanciful dream took some unexpected turns along the way. But now, at 28 and eight seasons into a thriving career at Atlanta Ballet, she’s getting to dance the part originated by one of her early heroes, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Julie Kent, in “Seven Sonatas.”
Choreographed by ABT’s Russian-born artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky, the dance is one of three in Atlanta Ballet’s diverse and challenging Modern Choreographic Voices program next weekend at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
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Atlanta Ballet: Modern Choreographic Voices
8 p.m. March 21, 2 and 8 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 23. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Tickets start at $20. 404-892-3303, www.atlantaballet.com.