Staten Island Ballet's 'To the Moon and Back' wows the crowd

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Members of the SI Ballet Professional Dance Company perform at "To the Moon and Back" Gala Saturday evening. (Courtesy/Steve White)

Some 200 revelers rode “To the Moon and Back” Saturday evening when the Staten Island Ballet’s professional dance company performed at Richmond County Country Club, Dongan Hills.

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Memoirs: Ellen Tharp, founder of the Staten Island Ballet

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Ellen Tharp, offered Layna Mamoni a scholarship after seeing her perform at the SI School of Civic Leadership.  (SI Advance/
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Ellen Tharp took her first ballet step at the early age of 3.  When she was 7, she accompanied her father to her first live ballet, at the old Paramount Theatre on Bay Street.

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SI Ballet's 25th annual gala was on pointe at Country Club

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At the SI Ballet Silver Anniversary Gala, are from left, Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, and Paul and Ellen Tharp.
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The most exquisite art form in the world of dance was celebrated Saturday evening when the Staten Island Ballet hosted its 25th annual galla at the Richmond County Country Club. 

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Staten Island Ballet to celebrate 25th anniversary at country club gala

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Dancers perform at the Staten Island Ballet's Snowball Gala 2017: Milan Always in Style. (Courtesy/Steve White)


Did you know it takes a quarter-century to make a ballet four-miles long? 
It would, if all the dancers and students of the Staten Island Ballet in the past 25 years lined up -- arms outstretched -- the distance would span about 4.2 miles, the ballet calculates.

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