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The Russian Ballet Theatre brings ‘Swan Lake’ To Our Area



The updated classic will feature unforgettable engagements in Sewell, Trenton and Newark, New Jersey, as well as a stop in Reading in Central Pennsylvania


Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to hit the road and tour with Swan Lake for the first time since 2019. Swan Lake is presented by Co-Producers Sasha Gorskaya and Gulya Hartwick. The production team includes Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina, Production Designer Sergey Novikov, SFX Makeup Designer Irina Strukova, and Principal Ballet Mistress Tatyana Linnik. Prima Ballerina Olga Kifyak will dance the lead roles of Odette (The White Swan) and Odile (The Black Swan) – a unique and bold casting choice for the American 2022 tour. The cast also includes the amazing talents of Evgeny Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried, Mikhail Ovcharov as Jester, Vasili Bogdan as Rothbart.

Award-winner Irina Strukova’s grand artistry will give a magical touch to this already magnificent production. Known for her film makeup creations (Netflix, HBO, Crazy Rich Asians), Strukova has created hair designs and special effects makeup that, together with the dazzling costumes, further enlighten this whimsical and glittering fantasy.


According to the press release Russian Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake is replete with the visual splendor and virtuoso dancing global audiences have come to expect from classical Russian dance. The 2022 tour delights by pairing time-honored Russian traditions with some delightful new inspirations.

“Although we are telling the classic story of ‘Swan Lake,’ there are tweaks here and there that make the show new and exciting,” said co-producer Gulya Hartwick. “We have all new choreography. Usually there is one jester, we have five of them. We did what we could to make the production more lively and more colorful.”


RBT’s international ballet corps will draw talent from ten different countries for this new tour. The dancers will bring Kalinina’s choreography to life along with new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes, all designed by the young, accomplished Sergei Novikov (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, St. Petersburg State Music Hall) in the century-old tradition of the great theatrical masters.

“Swan Lake” takes one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular scores and mixes it with a love story inspired by Russian and German folk tales.

“Swan Lake” will be hitting the stage in each city for one night only. Tickets are now on sale for the dates, which include Sunday, Feb. 13, in Newark, New Jersey, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Trenton at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial; Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Sewell, South Jersey, at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center; and Thursday, Feb. 17, in Reading at the Santander Performing Arts Center. All theaters have amble parking nearby.

On Wednesday, February 16th, Swan Lake dance within minutes of Philadelphia, in South Jersey with a one-night only stop in Sewell, New Jersey at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center. This stop is just minutes from South Philly, over the Walt Whitman Bridge, at a venue that is well-known for hosting local and regional dance and ballet recitals and competitions. Showtime for this performance is 7:30pm. Tickets range $39 to $89. The Investors Bank Performing Arts Center is one of the Philadelphia region’s largest indoor venues, located at 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080. For venue and health updates, visit https://www.wtps.org/Page/15570

Tickets for performances listed are available at www.russianballettheatre.com/tickets and also by visiting Ticketmaster. All venues offer onsite or nearby parking. All venues are accessible by public transportation.

For more information visit Russian Ballet Theatre’s official website, at www.russianballettheatre.com


SoFi Helps Student Loans Disappear

On September 28th, there was a happy hour at Front & Palmer to celebrate student debt. Yes to celebrate student debt and SoFi was there to ease what can sometimes seem like an insurmountable debt.

StudentSoFi is the leading student loan refinancing provider, and believes that student debt should open doors to education, to a vibrant community, to opportunity, to your dream job… and every once in awhile to a ridiculously awesome party. 

SoFi is a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to lending and wealth management. From unprecedented products and tools to faster service and open conversations, we’re all about helping our members get ahead and find success.


Whether they’re looking to buy a home, save money on student loans, ascend in their careers, or invest in the future, the SoFi community works to empower our members to accomplish the goals they set and achieve financial greatness as a result.

Dylan Saldutti and Chelsea Mangini with prizes

Amanda Crawford, a SoFi member who refinanced their student debt, said, “SoFi has done a great job on what it means to be a personal finance provider. I meet people in my community who are like minded, and the same age, and I’ve learned so much from SoFi regarding financial tips. I actually enjoy going to SoFi happy hours in Philadelphia. I now see my financial health as an individual, and that makes me happy.”

Guests could put down on the creative wall why they made the investment on themselves by attending school 

Steven Gallagher won time at Urban Axes


The party was free for all college grads in the Philly area working to pay off their student loan debt.


Admission was a paper bill, student loan statement, auto-pay withdrawal or any proof of student loan debt. It was definitely a night to remember! StudentsGabby Bill, Tracy Smith, and Megan Crow.

Lynn Gotuaco and Andrew Lee

The Jenna Communications team Students Students

The SoFi Team: Olivia Foppiano, Brandom Broome, and Elizabeth Carrington

Brieanna Wheeland and Jonathan Wheeland with prizes Students
Anjelica Orloff, Nicolette Kelly, and Claire Arthurs. Students
Special Guest DJ Jonas Blue.
Megan Crow, Claire Arthurs, and Nicole Michalik,  Nik the Web Chick @Real1061Philly

Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting the SoFi event for PhillyChitChat