One professional used the words "industry envy."

The praise is as unlikely as the company itself.

A betting person would not have put money on Ballet Quad-Cities making it through its first year. And now it has achieved 20 seasons.

The founder of Ballet Quad-Cities started with one professional dancer two decades ago. Now, the Rock Island-based ballet company employs 11 professional dancers.

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The lean, devoted, artistic collection of dancers are grateful to have found one of the few ballet companies in the Midwest. One said it is better than Broadway.

The story of the ballet — and life behind the scenes with its dancers — will be our Big Story in Sunday's Quad-City Times.

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