Charleston Ballet Documentary Wins Film Festival Awards

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- The Charleston Ballet’s recent documentary, Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet” has received two prestigious awards from international film festivals. The film was honored with an “Award of Excellence: Special Purpose Productions” from the Accolade Global Film Competition and an “Award of Excellence Special Mention Special Purpose Productions” from the FilmFreeway IndieFEST Film Awards.

Established in 2003, Accolade Global Film Competition is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high-quality shorts and new media. The Accolade promotes award winners through press releases to over 40,000 filmmakers, industry contacts, and additional international media/distribution outlets.


The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.


“Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet” follows the journey of Andre Van Damme, from his roots as a premier danseur etoile in the Brussels Royal Opera, through his journey to America, where he founded theCharleston Ballet in 1956.


The film was premiered at the West Virginia Culture Center in late March, followed by two public screenings at the Labelle Theater in South Charleston and the Huntington Museum of Art. Reception of the film has been overwhelmingly positive, with audiences calling it a “marvelous presentation” and “world-class film”.

Copies of “Andre Van Damme & the Story of the Charleston Ballet” can be purchased online at or by calling the Charleston Ballet offices at 304-342-6541. DVDs are $15, with $6 shipping and handling for online orders. Copies may also be purchased at Taylor Books, Backstage Bodywear, and the Huntington Museum of Art. For more information about the history of the Charleston Ballet, questions about upcoming seasons or classes, call 304-342-6541 or email

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