Diablo Ballet will be the first professional dance company to create an entirely new dance work from ideas suggested by Internet users.

The Web Ballet will be based on choreography suggestions from people around the world to Diablo Ballet's Twitter page @DiabloBallet. Performances are set for March 1-2, at the Shadelands Arts Center Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Way, in Walnut Creek, as part of Diablo Ballet's Inside the Dancer's Studio series.

Through Feb. 14, anyone interested can use the Twitter address #DiabloWebBallet to suggest:

  • Emotion of the dancers

  • Mood of the entire work

  • Specific dance moves.

    Participants will also be able to help select the music of the piece by voting on the three selections found on Diablo Ballet's YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/diabloballet.

    The work will be choreographed by Robert Dekkers, Diablo Ballet dancer and artistic director of San Francisco's Post:Ballet. He and Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet's artistic director, will select seven choreographic suggestions, and then Dekkers will have two weeks to use all winning ideas to create the dance.

    "We're thrilled to break new ground and to show how the global web community can come together to create the power of dance," said Jonas in a news release.

    "Inviting anyone, anywhere to participate in the creative process opens up so many possibilities," said Dekkers. "This is a rare chance to create art with people, instead of simply creating it for them."

    For more information, visit http://www.diabloballet.org/performance.html.