BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S SUMMER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP 2018 IS GREAT SUCCESS!
Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre extends gratitude to all who supported the Summer Intensive Workshop and Performance, featuring renowned artistic directors, and culminating in the full-length story ballet Coppélia.
The five (5) week intensive program, which requires audition based approval, provides the opportunity for students to excel in technique, composure, classical purity, and individual artistic development in a professional atmosphere, with the benefit of individual attention from instructors. The faculty was comprised of leading Artistic Directors from around the country, including Douglas Martin of American Repertory Ballet; Victoria Morgan of Cincinnati Ballet; Gil Boggs of Colorado Ballet and Peter Boal of Pacific Northwest Ballet.
When asked “With so many summer options why do you come to Boca Ballet Theatre to teach for the summer intensive”? , Douglas Martin, Artistic Director at American Repertory Ballet responded: “When holding auditions around the country I rarely get more than a quick look at the dancers in a two (2) hour audition class and I am often auditioning eighty (80) dancers at a time. Boca Ballet’s summer intensive offers a unique chance to work with top dancers from across the country. My week at Boca Ballet allows for a chance get to know the dancers, their work habits and strengths while giving the dancers a chance to adapt to and experience what I offer and expect from the dancers that work with ARB. One of the best summer programs in the US and a great opportunity for the dancers chosen to participate. I love the program and have been able to find highly qualified dancers each year for our programs and company.”
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director Cincinnati Ballet replied: I have always loved teaching at Boca Ballet for their Summer Intensive. While I obviously love our Cincinnati Ballet dancers, there is something so fresh about youthful talent, where so much determination and hope fills the studio. I love how their energy and drive inspire me and remind me of the value and beauty of this art form. These young dancers are in deep concentration, trying to incorporate not only the steps, but also the nuances of correct execution. Ballet is complicated, registering in the body, mind and soul. They remind me to try harder and hope more!
Gil Boggs from Colorado Ballet replied: “I enjoy teaching at Boca Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive because I have the opportunity to get to know each student. The class size and structure of the program creates an excellent learning atmosphere.”
Along with Dennis Lue and Shannon Smith, who are faculty at Boca Ballet Theatre, the workshop also featured several special classes with guest instructors: Jimmy Locust, famous for working with Paula Abdul, Janet and Michael Jackson taught Jazz; Heather Fryxell, Associate Director of the Ballet West Academy; Larry Albright, an educator in the art of hip hop; and Demetrius Klein and Ruth Sherman taught modern. The students also enjoyed several Pilates classes with local instructors.
BOCA BALLET THEATRE CELEBRATES COPPÉLIA SUCCESS AT BOCA RATON MARRIOTT AT BOCA CENTER
Boca Raton (August 2018) – After the Saturday night performance of Coppélia dancers, patrons and friends of Boca Ballet Theatre gathered at Café 5150 in the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center where Director Corina Cozma greeted guests with warm hospitality, delicious food and great drink selections.
Prior to the après, Boca Ballet Theatre’s production of Coppélia, presented by The Albert E. & Birdie W. Einstein Fund, received roaring applause and a standing ovation for the beautiful dancers of the Boca Ballet Theatre summer intensive program and guest artists Nicole Muratov with Ballet De Bordeaux in France, and Jared Matthews principal dancer with Houston Ballet.
Some of the Après honored guests were Marleen Forkas who sponsored the costumes for Coppélia; Jeremy Blanton; Linda Maybarduk; Martin Riskin; Arlene Herson; Natasha Muratov; Andrea Virgin; Patricia Ramudo; Mr & Mrs Tony Wilson; Seaton and Blake Smith; Liz Dudley; Mary and David Kimball; Vanessa and Dr. Fred Boltz and of course our amazing guest artists and the fantastic dancers of the Boca Ballet Theatre summer intensive program.
Guests mingled with the dancers, saw old friends and made a few new ones. Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center provided the perfect environment to relax and celebrate another great concert by Boca Ballet Theatre.
SÓ DANÇA PRESENTS THE ANNUAL COLLEGE DANCE FAIR AT BOCA BALLET THEATRE’S COUNTESS de HOERNLE CENTER FOR DANCE
Boca Raton – Created for high school dance students and their parents to network and navigate the college dance world over the course of one weekend, August 31st and September 1st & 2nd, 2018. The College Dance Fair features master classes and informational sessions with renowned faculty from the country’s top dance programs. These session topics will include admission requirements, audition advice and information on the type of dance programs available, and the structure of each school’s programs. Boca Ballet Theatre and Só Dança are pleased to offer a solution that is cost and time-efficient, and that opens the door to a vast array of resources and experience.
The Colleges for 2018: 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.
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 national universities helps students get a glimpse of the different styles of teaching to see what is compatible. Students received information about their programs, the degrees that are offered, the summer intensives, and the success rates of their graduates. The College Dance Fair is a wonderful tool in so many ways – and it’s right in our own back yard, Boca Raton! Together Só Dança and Boca Ballet Theatre have been committed to present the College Dance Fair for the past seven years.