ABT with Juliet Alise
This year I attended American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) summer intensive at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem, where I learned from the ABT principals from New York. Each class was a fresh start and each teacher taught us something new. The classes were small and intimate with teacher involvement each step of the way.
UNCSA was a terrific place to be for a four-week intensive. My housing experience was fantastic. My roommate was from Chicago, and we shared many of the same interests. Being on the campus of UNCSA was wonderful because many other camps were going on at the same time – theater, drama, film making, digital media, art, and music. So many students my age with all different interests.
Russian Technique with Cristina Riazuelo
Others traveled to Miami, Fl and Jackson, Ms. for training. Cristina Riazuelo studied Russian Technique at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. This intensive, held in conjunction with the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Russia taught a variety of dance from former dancers of the Kirov Ballet. Riazuelo studied music, character, and ballet technique in Miami. The session ended with a production of ballet favorite “Don Quixote.”
“This was my first long intensive Ballet course. The teachers were nice but very strict. My favorite classes were character, ballet, pointe, and repertoire. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I hope I can go back next year,” said Riazuelo.
Ballet Magnificat with Anna Matherne
Another BRBT Dancer traveled to the home of the International Ballet Competition, Jackson, Ms. Anna Matherne studied ballet with Ballet Magnificat, a professional touring company performing nationally and internationally to audiences in the United States as well as Czech Republic, Canada, Belize, Germany, and France.
While in Jackson, the students attended performances by Ballet Magnificat’s touring company Alpha and Omega. These companies share the ministry of God through dance. After seeing the show, the dance intensive students learned a piece of the repertoire for their student gala.
“During Each level performs a piece from a ballet that one of the companies has toured. My level performed Be Blessed from Alpha’s The Scarlet Cord,” said Matherne.
The BRBT Dancers have returned to Baton Rouge and to their home studios. Everyone at BRBT hopes that readers will come see these dancers and others during the 2013-2014 year.
Go to batonrougeballet.org to see opportunities for upcoming in studio and stage performances.