Albany Berkshire Ballet Celebrates 50th Anniversary with “The Golden Age of Dance”

Berkshires, MA- A new award will be established to recognize “outstanding achievements and contributions to the art of dance.” The new award, to be presented annually, will bear the name Madeline Cantarella Culpo, a champion of dance performance and education in the Northeast for more than 65 years.

“What we’ve seen is generations of incredible performers, choreographers, costumers- all manner of artists and administrators- who are producing incredible work,” says Associate Artistic Director Mary Giannone Talmi. “Creators and collaborators who are pushing boundaries, blending classical and contemporary impulses, finding all new inspirations and expressions. The future of dance is bright. We want to support that in every way we can.”

In 1955, straight out of the inaugural class at The Juilliard School, Culpo founded the Cantarella School of Dance in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and quickly set about building a ballet guild that would ultimately incorporate as the Berkshire Civic Ballet in 1969. In 1989, Culpo expanded the performing company to the Albany region and established the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In addition to serving as Artistic Director for ABB, Culpo remains a part of the faculty at both schools.

“From one of the first female Artistic Directors of a ballet or performing arts company in the country, to one of the longest serving in that capacity in the world, Miss Madeline has poured her entire life into bettering the world through dance,” said ABB Board President Alison LaRocca. “This award seems a fitting way to recognize that spirit of commitment as we look ahead to our next half century.”

The new award will be unveiled at Albany Berkshire Ballet’s 50th Anniversary gala celebration, “The Golden Age of Dance,” at Berkshire Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield, MA, on August 17.

“The Golden Age of Dance”
August 17, 2019 


Berkshire Plaza Hotel1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA

Silent Auction Reception/Banquet Dinner/Performance Excerpt from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Inaugural “Madeline Cantarella Culpo Award”
After-Party with DJ BFG

Tickets: $100
Please call 413-445-5382 or email for more information.

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