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September 2018

BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S CINDY SURMAN ONE OF ONLY SEVEN IN NATION TO RECIEVE DANCE FOR PD CERTIFICATION

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Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre’s own Cindy Surman, the director of BBT4PD, has worked for two (2) years to achieve the Dance for PD® Certification and that was no small feat when there are only seven people in the entire nation that have received this designation. The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation provided the financial support for Ms. Surman to take this training and we are all so grateful to them!

Ms. Surman describes her experience this way: “The Dance for PD certification process was challenging, a bit scary, and ultimately very rewarding. Each task required was specifically targeted to improve some aspect of my teaching proficiency and class administration. Each module of training pushed me to dig deeper in understanding ways to benefit my students’ physical needs, in developing class choreography created to allow fuller expression, and in finding ways to re-ignite joy where it was often waning. I am thrilled that I completed this challenging process and look forward to continuing to impact our student’s lives in a positive and joyful way”.

“The certification process represents the highest level of Dance For Parkinson’s teacher training and assessment, and is reserved for those teachers who have proven eligibility through the list of credentials”. This was the first sentence of the application which was 16 pages long. The course book was 300 pages with an additional challenge that if the candidate doesn’t pass a test with at least 95% he or she cannot go on to the next test.

The BBT4PD class that Ms. Surman created is a free dance class for those living with Parkinson’s & their caregivers. Directed and taught by her and professional dance faculty, with a live accompanist and volunteers, the class offers an artistic outlet with immeasurable benefits. Danced sitting, standing or holding onto a walker, the class is open to all levels, abilities and ages and is designed to guide students within their limitations and enhance their quality of life./p>

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Cindy Surman

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Cindy Surman Teaching BBT4PD Class

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BBT4PD with Staff and Volunteers

BOCA BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES CHAIRS FOR A PRINCELY AFFAIR LUNCHEON AND PERFORMANCE

Boca Raton – On Sunday, October 28th at noon, Boca Ballet Theatre’s 27th annual A Princely Affair performance and luncheon kicks off the 2018-2019 Season of Dance and wishes to announce the exciting news that Susan and Arielle Beery are the Event Chairs, Teresita Gil is Co-Chair and Arlene Herson will serve as the event’s Honorary Chair.

The Mother and Daughter duo, Susan and Arielle Beery both grew up in ballet class and have been involved with Boca Ballet Theatre since 1999 when Arielle was three years old. Arielle has performed in over thirty (30) productions at BBT, while Susan has been a long time member of The Guild and was Boca Ballet Theatre’s nominee for Woman Volunteer of the Year in 2012.

Teresita Gil has been involved with Boca Ballet Theatre since 2005 when her daughter became a student of dance. She has been a volunteer at performances for the past eight years and loves the purpose and philosophy of BBT and is thrilled to be involved with A Princely Affair.

Also a supporter of Boca Ballet Theatre and numerous other organizations, Arlene Herson has had an extraordinary career interviewing celebrities on television on the awarding winning The Arlene Herson Show, and on radio on the Florida Forum. She is Boca Ballet Theatre’s 2018 nominee for the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction!

The A Princely Affair will begin with an incredible silent auction and mimosas. It continues with a delicious luncheon and performance by Boca Ballet Theatre performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, presented by Marleen Forkas, in loving memory of Harold Forkas.

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Susan Beery A Princely Affair Chairperson

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Arielle Beery Chairperson

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Teresita Gil Co-Chair

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Arlene Herson Honorary Chair

THE 7TH ANNUAL COLLEGE DANCE FAIR AT BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S COUNTESS de HOERNLE CENTER FOR DANCE IS A HUGE SUCCESS

Boca Raton – Só Dança along with Boca Ballet Theatre presented the 7th annual College Dance Fair with a capacity attendance. This program was created so that high school dance students and their parents would have the opportunity to network with professors from some of the top arts universities in the country. Over the course of one weekend 77 students from around the country participated in the dance fair and had an eye opening experience that will help them navigate the college dance world when it is time for them to choose a university.

The College Dance Fair featured master classes with renowned faculty from the country’s top dance programs: Butler University, UCI – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Florida State University School of Dance, The University of Arizona, Jacobs School of Music- Indiana University, NYU – Tisch, University of Oklahoma School of Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Point Park University. Informational sessions were taught by facility from AMDA, Dean College and New World. The program is a unique value and time-efficient solution that opens the door to a vast array of resources and experiences for the participants.

The College Dance Fair is extremely helpful in exposing students to schools that may not have been previously considered. Taking master classes with the faculty from the universities helped the participants get a glimpse of the different styles of teaching to see what is compatible. Students received information about the participating programs, the degrees that are offered, the summer intensives, and the success rates of their graduates. Together Só Dança and Boca Ballet Theatre have been committed to presenting the College Dance Fair for the past seven (7) years.

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CDF Class

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CDF Group with staff and Guest Artistic Directors

BOCA BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS THE 2018-2019 SEASON

Marleen Forkas presents Boca Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
This is the 20th year that Marleen Forkas as presented The Nutcracker featuring world-renowned guest artists, magical sets and sparkling costumes, this unique version of the holiday classic showcases choreography by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, and a cast of more than 100 dancers. Set to the iconic music by Tchaikovsky, this is a special treat for all ages. Following the matinee performances don’t miss the Gingerbread Ball, a festive children’s party where kids can meet characters from The Nutcracker including Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier while enjoying sweet treats on the stage!

Dates and Times: Friday, November 23, 2018, at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2:00pm
Location: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater – 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Ticket Price: $30 – $40 for adults and $20 – $30 for children and seniors. Gingerbread Ball $7.
Tickets and Information: (561) 995-0709 www.bocaballet.org

Stars of American Ballet in Concert with Boca Ballet Theatre
Join us for a spectacular evening of dance led by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht and featuring some of today’s hottest dance artists from New York City Ballet and the world.

Dates and Times: Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 3:00pm
Location: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater – 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Ticket Price: $50 & $40
Tickets and Information: (561) 995-0709 www.bocaballet.org

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Tiler Peck and Rober Fairchild – Stars of American Ballet Theatre

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Romeo & Juliet with Sarah Smith and Simon Ball