How does one become a Diva? Practice, darlings, lots of practice.

And Practice.. as do the Dancers of the Charleston Ballet Theatre when they recreate Decadent Divas for Piccolo Spoleto 2010.  After an extended and sold out run during its original world premiere in October 2009 the hotly anticipated production has been in great demand to return for an encore performance. The ballet, created by Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr is a celebration of many of the greatest female entertainers of our time, ranging from Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand to Madonna and Mariah Carey, including contemporary ballet choreography to famous pop hits from Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and Cher’s “Bang Bang” to Nina Simone’s “Sinner Man” and Madonna’s “Celebration” just to name a few.

Although divas are made by the gods who give them the voices of angels, the rest of the persona is studied and acquired.. They know how to float a stole across the stage. With the festive party season in full swing and many opportunities for sweeping, so many women are paralyzed by stage fright, afraid to hit the high glamour notes. Not these ladies –  Take Streisand for example who holds the record for the most Top 10 albums of any female recording artist; a total of 31 to her credit since 1963. Streisand also has the widest span (46 years) between first and latest Top 10 albums of any female recording artist. With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became the only artist to achieve number 1 albums in five consecutive decades.  Streisand’s tally   shows she has released 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.

Don’t Miss a chance to see this wonderful production with costumes by Mary Porter. The one thing divas have in common is their exceptional ability to sweep — as in sweep into a room, sweep down the staircase, sweep into a limo Mary Porter’s design – each unique in its own right are perfect for the production.

 Designing since 1979, award-winning designer Mary Porter has opened the House of Couture in Charleston, SC, where women can have the design of their dreams created and fitted just for them. Her first exposure in print – a collection of forty of her original designs in her unique mail order catalog – caught the notice of Town and Country, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, leading to a client following throughout the United States and Canada. Her designs represent a quintessentially classic, timeless, and elegant look.

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