ELIZABETH H. DUDLEY PRESENTS
STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET
IN CONCERT WITH BOCA BALLET THEATRE
Boca Raton – Elizabeth H. Dudley presents Stars of American Ballet in concert with Boca Ballet Theatre. Ms. Dudley has been a friend, board member and donor of Boca Ballet Theatre for 25 years and we are so grateful that she has come forward to present this important concert. “No one loves ballet more than Liz and she cares greatly about having quality dance in this community” said Dan Guin, Co-Artistic Director of Boca Ballet Theatre, “We are thrilled to have our long-time friend Liz Dudley as our presenting sponsor for this glorious evening of dance, our heartfelt thanks for your continued support”.
The much sought after keynote speaker Steven Caras, will be the Emcee for the evening. He is a former dancer with New York City Ballet and has spent four decades as a brilliant dance photographer, guest teacher, and overall advocate for the arts and education.
Stars of American Ballet founder Daniel Ulbricht, New York City Ballet principal dancer, brings his troupe to join forces with Boca Ballet Theatre to present a dynamic concert showcasing iconic works of yesterday and today highlighting a spectrum of different styles of music and dance. Featuring some of today’s most stunning and versatile dancers from New York City Ballet are principal dancers Sterling Hyltin, Teresa Reichlen, Ask la Cour, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Taylor Stanley, soloist Unity Phelan, and from the Dirty Dancing National Tour Danielle Diniz. Stars of American Ballet will present George Balanchine’s Apollo, as well as Sing Sing Sing and Red Angels accompanied by live music.
BALLET LEGEND WENDY WHELAN
TEACHES MASTER CLASS
AT BOCA BALLET THEATRE
Boca Raton – On February 7th, 2018 Boca Ballet Theatre invited Prima Ballerina Wendy Whelan to teach a master class for 24 lucky students. They were thrilled to take class from not only an idol in the dance world but also a teacher that would impart her incredible knowledge on them.
“What an amazing honor to have the incomparable prima ballerina, Wendy Whelan teaching a master class at Boca Ballet Theatre, said Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, She has performed with Boca Ballet Theatre multiple times and each experience was magical, this is such a treat for our students.”
The sponsors for the event were Harriet and Henry Pownall, we thank them for their support.
Wendy Whelan began intense professional training at the Louisville Ballet Academy. In 1981, her teachers encouraged her to audition for the School of American Ballet, the training ground for New York City Ballet and top ballet companies around the world. Wendy was accepted to the summer program at age 14. In 1984, she was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the corps de ballet a year later. She went on the spend 30 years at New York City Ballet, dancing virtually all the major Balanchine roles and working closely with Jerome Roberts on many of his ballets and originating roles in ballets by such notable choreographers as William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei and Wayne MacGregor. She was promoted to soloist in 1989 and to principal dancer in 1991.
BOCA BALLET THEATRE
PERFORMS AT THE 9TH ANNUAL
CAREER TRANSITION FOR DANCERS’
“HEART & SOUL GALA”
Boca Raton – On February 8th, 2018, Boca Ballet Theatre dancers performed at The Breakers for The 9th Annual Career Transition For Dancers’ Heart & Soul Gala. The event was hosted by event chairs Anka Palitz and Lois Pope, and co-chair Ann Van Ness. The 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award was presented to Wendy Whelan, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, Dr. Omar and Cheryl Almallah, celebrated ballroom dancers were also honored.
The Boca Ballet Theatre dancers were invited to perform Bubblin’ Over, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin. Bubblin’ Over was performed by Boca Ballet Theatre dancers: Noemi Alvarez-Luevano; Jillian Carpenter; Carina Castaneda; Christina Fedele; Brida Gibbons; Hannah Hutchin; Angelique Pupke, and Lucas Segovia, formerly with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and was most recently with the touring cast of An American in Paris.
FORMER BOCA BALLET THEATRE STUDENT
ANDREA (RAMUDO) VIRGIN MAKING HER
MARK IN BOCA RATON AND BEYOND
Boca Raton – At the age of 10, Andrea (Ramudo) Virgin began training at Boca Ballet Theatre and studied under the direction of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree until 2003, where she danced roles such as Clara in The Nutcracker, the Mistress in Con Amore, and in the pas de troix in Swan Lake. In addition, Andrea attended various notable summer programs such as Houston Ballet on full scholarship, the Harid Conservatory, and American Ballet Theatre in NYC.
After graduating from high school, Andrea joined Houston Ballet II under the direction of Stanton Welch. There she performed in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Stanton Welch’s A Time to Dance, as a soloist in Peter Zweifel’s Inspiration of the Soul, Priscilla Nathan Murphy’s Captive Support, and Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake.
Andrea then joined Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach, performing in Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker and Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra. While dancing with Ballet Florida, Andrea guested with Boca Ballet Theatre performing such roles as Bluebird in Dan Guin’s Sleeping Beauty, as a harlot in Romeo and Juliet, as the lead role in Dan Guin’s Bubblin’ Over, as well as performed in La Bayadare and as a demi-soloist in George Balanchine’s Serenade.