July 2017


Boca Raton – Boca Ballet Theatre presents Brilliant Summer a mixed repertory dance concert with an interesting and exciting blend of classical and contemporary pieces. Included are the following: David Parsons’ The Envelope, a world premier by Sanjay Saverimuttu and George Balanchine’s La Source featuring principal dancers from Miami City Ballet and Boca Ballet Theatres Summer Intensive dancers.

“There is something for everyone as Brilliant Summer explores the different genres of dance” said Dan Guin, Co-Artistic Director, “we are very excited to bring you such an exciting lineup in our summer show”.

That exciting lineup is: David Parsons’ comedic contemporary masterpiece The Envelope. He started Parsons Dance in 1985 and created The Envelope as his first piece of professional choreography for his new company.  David Parsons brilliantly carries the legacy of contemporary dance.  Parsons Dance will be sending a Repetiteur, Jaime Martinez, who attended North Carolina School of the Arts with our own Dan Guin and danced at Parsons Dance, will select and rehearse with the Summer intensive students in The Envelope. We are also excited to include a former student and frequent guest artist, Sanjay Saverimuttu from Louisville Ballet, who is creating a special piece for Boca Ballet Theatre to be included in the Brilliant Summer line-up. Also, George Balanchine’s La Source featuring Miami City Ballet principal dancers Jennifer Lauren and Kleber Rebello. The Balanchine Trust allows very few youth ballet companies the privilege of performing a Balanchine piece and Boca Ballet Theatre is one of the very first. The trust will also be sending a Repetiteur, Diana White, former Soloist with New York City Ballet who will personally pick and rehearse the summer intensive students chosen to perform in La Source.

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Boca Raton – On May 28th, 2017 PNC Arts Alive presented Boca Ballet Theatre’s Community Dance Concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. The PNC representatives were there passing out coloring books and crayons to all the children and welcoming all to the show. The event brought in a capacity crowd who brought folding chairs and blankets and enjoyed this unique show under a beautiful evening sky.  

This event presented free to the community was also sponsored in part by Toshiba Business Solutions and the City of Boca Raton.  Featured were: Peter and the Wolf, from the famous Russian children’s tale is set to Prokofiev’s iconic music for children, excerpts from Enchanted Garden, a lovely vignette to showcase the Corps de Ballet. Next was Strata, an original piece choreographed by Sanjay Savermuttu and featuring Rob Morrow and Sanjay Saverimuttu both from Louisville Ballet. Wrapping up the program was Just Swingin’, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin as a tribute to the Andrews Sisters and featured songs from the 40’s Sing Sing Sing, When Angels Sing and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

A big crowd pleaser was the special appearance by the students of Boca Ballet Theatre’s outreach programs; First Step, which enrolls 14 kids from Boca Raton Housing Authority for free classes twice a week and they get treated to a field trip to Boca Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker and the Spring Concert. Also BBT4PD, a twice weekly free dance class for those living with Parkinson ’s disease and their caregivers.

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Boca Raton, FL – Created for high school dance students and their parents to network and navigate the college dance world over the course of one weekend, September 1, 2 & 3, 2017. 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; the type of dance programs available and the structure of each schools’ programs. Boca Ballet Theatre and Só Danca 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 2017: Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts, The University of Arizona, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of California Irvine – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Oklahoma School of Dance, Florida State University School of Dance, Point Park University and State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase .

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 helps them 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, in Boca Raton! Together So Danca and Boca Ballet Theatre have been committed to present the College Dance Fair for the past six years.

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Boca Ballet Theatre’s “Mommy and Me” is the brain child of Andrea Virgin and is an Introduction to Movement class designed for babies and toddlers up to two years of age.  It helps to introduce this age group to the basics of moving their bodies, music, rhythm, taking direction, and to the concept of being in a classroom environment. These lessons are very helpful in not only motor skills and musicality, but also prepare a child for entering into more structured classes, such as Creative Movement.

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