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FALL 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R Season to Soar Ballet, art and more on the count of three G rowing up in a Manhattan suburb, I was fortunate to live near Lincoln Center where the American Ballet Theatre performs. My mom took turns bringing my sister and me to matinees of iconic ballets such as "Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake." During intermission, I would twirl on the wide, maroon-carpeted stairs that led to the auditorium, pretending I too was a ballerina. Writing this note finds me again getting lost in dreams of pirouettes. Why? We explore within these pages the themes of strength and beauty with the help of six local artists and Charlotte Ballet dancer Alessandra Ball James. It was thrilling to meet James the day of our Style Points shoot and to see her talent and grace up close. The command she has over her body and her ability to transform into the image of things like a butterfly on the count of three left me awestruck. This fall issue circulates during breast cancer awareness month; therefore, we also celebrate the 15th year of BCC Rally, which will reach the $2 million mark this year in funds raised for Susan G. Komen. Ballantyne Magazine is excited to be a media partner for 2018 BCC Rally events. My mom lost her fight against breast cancer in 2013. When I attend the ballet now, I remember her strength and beauty, and how she shared those special afternoons with me at Lincoln Center, immersed in the world of dance, storytelling and love. If dance holds a special place in your heart, too, you're in luck: Charlotte Ballet will kick off its 2018-2019 season with "Fall Works" Oct. 11-13 followed by "Nutcracker" Dec. 7-23. Yet, we've got you covered as well if education or beer makes your heart soar. We spotlight two streets of interest in the Ballantyne area — Endhaven Lane, with its two early childhood education institutions (on p. 42), and Main Street in Pineville with its two bottle shops (on p. 52). Who else is ready to leap into fall? On my count: One, two, three! Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief I twirled on the stairs, pretending I too was a ballerina. BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 12 Editor's Letter

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