Summer Intensive Programs

In Balanchine's Footsteps: NEW July Pre-Professional

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Suggested ages: approximately 12-21, Intermediate to Advanced (ECB Levels 6,7,8 and 8+ or call for placement)

Class Schedule

Week 1: July 13-17, 2020
Week 2: July 20-24, 2020
Week 3: July 27-31, 2020
9 AM - 3 PM each day

Program Description

Intermediate and advanced dancers are invited to train with Artistic Director Gloria Govrin, Director of Children's Programming Damara Bennett and ECB resident and guest faculty.
This course is designed to develop technique, strength, and artistry. Classes including Ballet, Pointe, and Variations will help motivated students advance with confidence.  The program will also include other genres and classes, such as modern, jazz, yoga, and conditioning.

Faculty

  • Gloria Govrin, ECB Artistic Director, Former NYC Ballet Soloist
  • Damara Bennett, ECB Director of Curriculum & Programming, Formerly with San Francisco Ballet,  Former Director OBT School
  • Jeremy Cox, ECB Faculty, Formerly with Miami City Ballet
  • Ralph Perkins, Director of Musical Theater, The Hartt School
  • Mariah Gravelin, Limón Dance Company

Levels & Placement

This program is designed for ECB levels 6, 7, 8 and 8+ as well as students from other schools who qualify for placement.

Students not currently attending ECB should submit a short video via email to office@easternctballet.org. The video should be under 10 minutes and include:

  • a short example of barre work (one side only)
  • an example of center work en pointe
  • a pirouette combination
  • short adagio
  • petit allegro example
  • grande allegro example

ECB Students: Company Requirements

Company dancers in Levels 6, 7 & 8 must attend four company required weeks of ECB's July Workshops & Intensive Program at their appropriate level, attending all classes for that level. See Intensive information below. Level 8+ dancers must attend all five weeks of the program (July workshops plus two-week Intensive).

Those who wish to attend outside Summer Intensives must have approval, and the Intensive must include at least four weeks of study.

Class Uniform

Girls

•Year-round ECB students: school uniform for existing 2018-2019 level
•Summer students: solid black leotard
•Pink Tights
•Pink leather split sole ballet slippers

Boys

•white t-shirt
•black shorts
•white socks
•black leather split sole ballet slippers

Tuition

  • $35 Registration Fee for students new to ECB (one fee per family) + Program Fee: $295 per week
  • 10% Sibling discount applies
  • Register by April 15th to receive $15 off

In Balanchine’s Footsteps: August Intensive with Guest Faculty

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Suggested ages: approximately 12-21, Intermediate to Advanced (ECB Levels 6,7,8 and 8+ or call for placement)

Class Schedule

Week 1: August 3-7, 2020
Week 2: Aug 10-14, 2020
9-4 pm each day

Program Description

Many of today's best ballet dancers - those with versatility, exquisite control, and musicality - are following in the footsteps of the legendary George Balanchine. In the mid-20th century, the choreographer revolutionized classical ballet, and his legacy lives on in the world’s major companies and training schools.

Our Artistic Director Gloria Govrin provides the creative vision for our program, together with Director of Curriculum & Programming Damara Bennett.

There’s no better way for a young dancer to learn than from master teachers who were either student of “Mr. B” or members of companies that embraced his choreography. Under the guidance of these exceptional artists and teachers, students will discover their own artistic styles while becoming part of a living legacy.

Other Program Highlights: jazz and musical theater with Broadway professionals Mary Ann Lamb, Charlotte d'Amboise, and Stephen Reed. Special discussions/Q&A sessions with guest teachers.

2020 Resident and Guest Faculty Includes:

  • Gloria Govrin, ECB Artistic Director, Former NYC Ballet Soloist
  • Damara Bennett, ECB Director of Curriculum & Programming, Formerly with San Francisco Ballet,  Former Director OBT School
  • Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director New York City Ballet
  • Elizabeth Walker, New York City Ballet
  • Stephen Reed, Broadway Professional, Ballet Arts Center for Dance
  • Charlotte d'Amboise, Broadway Professional
  • Mary Ann Lamb, Broadway Professional

ECB Students: Company Requirements

Company dancers in Levels 6, 7 & 8 must attend four company required weeks of ECB's Summer Workshops & Intensive Program at their appropriate level, attending all classes for that level. See Intensive information below. Level 8+ dancers must attend all five weeks of the program. Those who wish to attend outside Summer Intensives must have approval, and the Intensive must include at least four weeks of study.

Class Uniform

Girls

  • Year-round ECB students: school uniform for existing 2019-2020 level
  • Summer students: solid black leotard
  • Pink Tights
  • Pink leather split sole ballet slippers

Boys

  • white t-shirt
  • black shorts
  • white socks

Tuition

  • $35 Registration Fee for students new to ECB (one fee per family) +  Program Fee: $390 per week
  • 10% Sibling discount applies
  • Register by April 15th to receive $15 off

2020 Resident Faculty and Guest Artist Bios

Gloria Govrin

ECB Artistic Director and Former Soloist, New York City Ballet. Ms. Govrin is considered one of the leading masters of the Balanchine Technique.  Mr. Balanchine created many major roles for Ms. Govrin; today she excels as both a master teacher and choreographer.

Damara Bennett

ECB Director of Children’s Program and former dancer with San Francisco Ballet.  Ms. Bennett served as the director of Oregon Ballet Theatre from 2003-2013. Former instructor at San Francisco Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan is widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers. She spent 30 years at New York City Ballet, performing virtually all the major Balanchine roles, working closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets, and appearing internationally as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet among others.

Whelan has been nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award, and has received the Jerome Robbins Award, a Bessie for Sustained Achievement in Performance, the Dance Magazine Award, and a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. She has performed on four continents and has worked with countless other dance legends including Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei, and Wayne MacGregor.

Elizabeth Walker
Elizabeth Walker’s childhood ballet training began with Patricia and Don Cantwell in Charleston, South Carolina and continued at Calvert-Brodie with Ann Brodie in Columbia, South Carolina where she experienced performing at an early age in numerous classical ballets and in original choreography with the civic company Columbia City Ballet. As a teenager following attendance at the School of American Ballet Summer Course in New York City, Ms. Walker was invited to stay for full time study at SAB on full scholarship. She received a Princess Grace Foundation - USA Dance Scholarship and Nancy Davis Reagan Award in 1988 and was the first recipient of a scholarship in the name of Alexandra Danilova and the Mae L. Wein awardee for Outstanding Promise in 1990. At the age of sixteen Ms. Walker was invited by Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley to take part as a demonstrator in “The Balanchine Essays,” a nine hour video series cataloguing George Balanchine’s technical instructions and ad-vancements produced by the George Balanchine Foundation. In 1990 Ms. Walker was invited to join the New York City Ballet as an appren-tice, becoming a full corps de ballet dancer in 1991. Through her many years in the company, Ms. Walker performed in a large span of repertory by George Bal-anchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as many guest choreographers. She danced featured and soloist roles in ballets such as Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Bournonville Divertissment, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Chaconne, Midsum-mer Night’s Dream, Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée, Peter Martins’ Swan Lake, and Jerome Robbins’ Ives Songs, and the principal role of the “modern girl” in Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto and in ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett and David Parsons. Other repertory danced in national and in-ternational freelance concerts include principal roles in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella, Who Cares?, and Stars and Stripes. Her last performance with NYCB was in June 2009 on the occasion of the Dancers’ Emergency Fund Benefit. Other highlights of Ms. Walker’s time in NYCB include dancing in George Bal-anchine’s The Nutcracker (1993 movie); performing during the Balanchine Cel-ebration in 1993, a 10th year memorial festival in which the company per-formed 73 works by Balanchine in 8 weeks; several “Live from Lincoln Center” TV broadcasts; and numerous tours to Europe, Asia, and South America. In 2001 Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo invited Ms. Walker to join the faculty of School of American Ballet, and from 2001-2007 she continued to both teach and perform. In 2007 Ms. Walker joined the faculty of the Pre- Professional Divi-sion at Ballet Academy East in New York City under the artistic directorship of fellow NYCB alumna Darla Hoover. In her 12 years at BAE and current posi-tion Ms. Walker has taught all ages and levels in the syllabus based program, and assisted and directed rehearsals of many familiar Balanchine ballets as well as new works by guest choreographers. For many years Ms. Walker has been a guest teacher in summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of the late Marcia Dale Weary and at New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) under the direction of Daniel Ulbricht. Excerpts of her teaching can be found on the website balletinform.com. In the summer of 2019 Ms. Walker was invited by International Ballet Work-shops to visit five cities in Australia and New Zealand to teach 3-day workshops in the Balanchine Technique and Style under the official approval of the Balan-chine Trust. Ms. Walker taught master classes, variations classes, and several private lessons; participated in an informative Q &A session with students and parents; and had opportunity to offer two scholarships to Australian and New Zealand students to attend Ballet Academy East in NYC. Ms. Walker loves to impart knowledge, inspiration, musical awareness, and joy to ballet students of all ages. She loves the challenges presented by a wide vari-ety of dancers, but also takes joy in the common threads of life experience that dancers weave into their craft to bring dance to its highest potential as an art
Mary Ann Lamb

Ms. Lamb’s credits include Seussical, Contact, Fosse, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Goodbye Girl and numerous other musicals. Screen credits include the film Chicago.

Charlotte d'Amboise

Charlotte d’Amboise has been gracing Broadway stages for decades. Since making her Broadway debut in Cats, Charlotte has been nominated for two Tony Awards for her performances in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line (Cassie) and Jerome Robbins Broadway (multiple roles). She has also won numerous Fred Astaire Awards for her roles in Pippin (Fastrada), Sweet Charity (Charity), and Damn Yankees (Lola). Most recently, she has been seen in the role of Roxie in Chicago, that has earned her the LA Ovation Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Charlotte has also appeared in the Broadway casts of Company, Contact, Carrie and Song and Dance.

Throughout her career onstage, she has worked alongside several legendary directors including Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, Peter Martins, Rob Marshall, Ann Reinking, Debbie Allen, Gillian Lynn, Rob Ashford, Diane Paulus, Walter Bobby, Scott Ellis and George Balanchine.

Her film credits include The In Crowd (1988), American Blue Note (1989), Just Off the Coast (1992), and The Preacher's Wife (1996). She appears as herself in Every Little Step (2008), a documentary about the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. In 2012, she co-starred in Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach. On television she has appeared in Law & Order (2001), One Life to Live (2009), a videotaped performance of the Broadway musical Contact (2002) and the Kennedy Center Honors (1989, 1995, 2009). Of all her experiences on stage, one of the most special moments for Charlotte was her performance in the Kennedy Center Honors (2009) performing with her brother (Christopher d’Amboise) in an evening honoring her father, Jacques d’Amboise which also aired on television.

Charlotte is the Co-Artistic director, with her husband Terrence Mann, of Triple Arts, a musical theater summer intensive for young artists.

Stephen Reed
Stephen Reed is Director of Ballet Arts Center for Dance (www.balart.com). Founded in 1937, Ballet Arts is the longest-established private dance studio in New York City history.
Stephen has appeared in six different Tony Award winning Broadway musicals - Once upon Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker & Jane Krakowski), How to Succeed in Business (starring Matthew Broderick), Crazy For YouJerome Robbins’ Broadway110 in the Shade, and CATS (Rum-Tug-Tugger). He has performed in Broadway tours of RagtimeCrazy For You42nd StreetA Chorus LineEvitaAnnie Get Your Gun and Kiss Me Kate, and has danced with musical legends Prince, Gloria Estefan, Peter Frampton, and Steve Winwood. As a concert dancer, Stephen was demi-soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Jean-Paul Comelin and company member of the renown Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago.

In addition to performing, Stephen served as Assistant Choreographer for the New York Philharmonic "PBS Presents Candide!" starring Patti Lupone & Kristin Chenoweth, as Dance Supervisor for Liza Minnelli's Broadway touring production of Minnelli On Minnelli, and as Resident-choreographer and Director for Tri-Arts Theater in upstate New York.
Stephen is a proud member of all five professional theatrical unions: SDC, AEA, AGMA, AGVA and AFTRA.