By Kathy Collins

Join the Brandon Ballet and Artistic Director Octavio Martin for a night of mystery as he presents the 2nd annual performance of the classical ballet, Dracula, on Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at Centro Asturiano de Tampa located at 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. in Tampa (Ybor City).

From the depths of Transylvania, Count Dracula and his Brides of Darkness are coming to Ybor City. The ballet Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s epic novel, is a tale of fascination, passion and surrender. With fresh choreography from Martin, this ballet is a Halloween favorite that will mesmerize the audiences with captivating dancing and custom designed scenery and costumes. The audience is encouraged to come in Halloween costumes.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for Seniors (55+), $15 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at

Paige Kolm, president of the Brandon Ballet’s Board of Directors said, “Martin’s choreography is innovative and very theatrical in this particular version of this ballet. All the choreography is based upon classical ballet technique with some contemporary touches. The cast includes professional and guest principal dancers, as well as students from Brandon Ballet and extras ages 7 through adult.”

Kolm added, “This ballet follows the history of vampires, bats, and dark spirits. Philip Feeney’s musical score has a powerful, suspenseful and spooky feeling, that may leave your skin with goosebumps. There is a moderate use of fake blood and medieval props. It is suggested that parents use their individual discretion when considering bringing young children.”

The Brandon Ballet has been in the community for over 20 years. Under the direction of Martin, the Brandon Ballet is growing and thriving. The aim is to bring performances to audiences all over the area.

While Brandon Ballet is getting better each year, they do rely on the support from corporate sponsors, local leaders, and families to enable them to continue to bring new productions, guest artists, and provide the highest quality of training for dancers. Kolm said, “Any donation can help and can be made via the website at”

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