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“Dance on Fire,” a pictorial 2012 calendar created as a joint effort by the Firefighters’ Burn Institute and the Sacramento Ballet, will have its sales debut on October 21. It features twelve beautifully rendered images by award-winning photographer Keith Sutter, each one featuring one of Sacramento areas dedicated firefighters paired with a dancer from the Sacramento Ballet. All proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Sacramento Ballet and the Firefighters Burn Institute equally.
The idea for the calendar grew out of conversations between Nancy Garton, a ballet Board member, and Jim Doucette, Executive Director of the Firefighters Burn Institute. When the idea was shared with ballet Artistic Directors Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda and the Firefighters Burn Institute Board of Directors, everyone was excited about the possibilities. It wasn’t long before they brought noted dance photographer Keith Sutter into the discussion.
Sutter’s concept was to pair a firefighter with a dancer (men and women from each) in unique, sometimes surreal, settings throughout the city. The effort yielded a calendar that is not only artistically beautiful, but also dynamic and fun.
The 2012 calendar goes on sale at the ballet’s upcoming production at the Community Center Theater of Ron Cunningham’s Dracula on October 22, 23, 27 and 28. Several of the dancer and firefighter models will be available for calendar signings as well. Other points of sale will include: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Old Soul Coffee House locations; Sacramento Ballet’s studios at 1631 K Street and the Firefighters Burn Institute at 3101 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento. It is also available for purchase online at: www.sacballet.org and www.ffburn.org .