JOHNSTON, IOWA (February 24, 2021) — Join Iowa PBS and Ballet Des Moines virtually on March 18, 7PM, for a triple-bill watch-party and behind-the-curtain conversation featuring special guests from the three performances in Acts of Resilience | Spirit. Experience the vibrancy and resilience of the human spirit while interacting live in the comments with other fans.

During the virtual event, viewers will enjoy the ballet In Formation followed by a live conversation with the choreographer Ma Cong, associate artistic director for Richmond Ballet. Next, the performance of Padam Padam will be followed by a live interview with Serkan Usta, artistic director with Ballet Des Moines. The event will close with pieces from beloved ballets including Sleeping Beauty and Le Corsaire, highlighting the strength and beauty of classical dance.

“It's a privilege to offer such intimate access to our friend and collaborator Ma Cong,” said Blaire Massa, Ballet Des Moines' Executive Director. “An insightful and inspiring conversation with such a renowned choreographer and our Artistic Director, Serkan Usta, is the perfect finale for our ground-breaking Acts of Resilience season.”

For more information and to register for this free virtual event, visit

The Acts of Resilience series was created through a partnership between Iowa PBS and Ballet Des Moines to bring the ballet company's 2020-2021 season to audiences across Iowa and beyond. Acts of Resilience | Spirit will premiere on statewide Iowa PBS on March 12, 8:30PM, and rebroadcast March 21, 1PM.

About Iowa PBSAs Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

About Ballet Des MoinesUnder the Artistic Direction of Serkan Usta, Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main stage productions. Ballet Des Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each year through rich educational and outreach programs.

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