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In Balanchine's Footsteps: 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)

2020 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, Company Dancer, 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 2019-2020 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

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)

2020 Class Schedule

Week 1: Aug 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. Students will also partake in special discussions/Q&A sessions with guest teachers.

2020 Resident and Guest 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
Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director, New York City Ballet
Mary Ann Lamb, Broadway Professional
Charlotte d'Amboise, Broadway Professional
Stephen Reed, Owner & Director, Ballet Arts Center for Dance, 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 2018-2019 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

 2020 Intensive Faculty includes:

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.

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.
Elizabeth Walker