By Kathy L. Collins

The Brandon Ballet’s Artistic Director, Octavio Martin, invites the public to come see the ageless classic Dracula, on Sunday, October 19 at 5 p.m. at Centro Asturiano de Tampa located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. in Tampa (Ybor City). This spooktacular is great for families but it is not recommended for children under seven. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 18 and under and $15 for seniors 55 and older.

The Brandon Ballet’s Dracula is based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel. Dracula tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. While Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has been the footprint for various theatrical, film and television interpretations.

Martin said, “This performance of Dracula is a completely new version and is more family friendly. The community is more than welcome to dress up and see the show in costume. In fact, we encourage it. We are doing our very best to not only entertain, but provide the opportunity for a festive and fun evening.”

Centro Asturiano de Tampa is a fantastic venue. Martin said, “We really enjoyed the experience of dancing in the Centro Asturiano de Tampa in the past during my first year as artistic director of Brandon Ballet. It is a beautiful vintage theater that is more intimate, and the history and beauty of it provides the perfect ambiance for Dracula.”

The Brandon Ballet was founded in 1993. It is a non-profit regional ballet company that develops and promotes opportunities for aspiring young dancers. The Brandon Ballet strives to make the performing arts accessible to the community.

Tickets can be purchased online at or call 684-4282.

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