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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 8-12, 2019
Week 2: July 15-19, 2019
Week 3: July 22-26, 2019
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
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 color 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: July 29-Aug 2, 2019
Week 2: Aug 5-9, 2019
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 and Jessica Walker. Special discussions/Q&A sessions with guest teachers.

2019 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
Adrian Danchin-Waring, Principal, New York City Ballet
Wendy Whelan, Former Principal, New York City Ballet
Mary Ann Lamb, Broadway Professional
Jessica Walker, Jazz and Musical Theater

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 2018-2019 level
  • Summer students: solid color 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

 2019 Intensive Faculty includes:

Adrian Danchig-Waring

Adrian Danchig-Waring was born in San Francisco, California. He began his dance training at the age of 11 at Dance Theatre Seven with David Roxander. Mr. Danchig-Waring entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in June 2003 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In February of 2009 Mr. Danchig-Waring was promoted to soloist and became a principal in February 2013.

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.

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.

Jessica Walker
Ms. Walker's credits include Movin' Out, Wicked and numerous other musicals. Screen credits include Smash.