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Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive

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August 4, 2010

Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive Culminates in a
Performance on the Princeton University Campus

For the past five-weeks, Princeton Ballet School hosted top ballet talent from around the world at its highly acclaimed Summer Intensive Program. Now in its 29th year, Princeton Ballet School’s Summer Intensive is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the US, and offers young dancers intensive ballet study with some of the most renowned faculty in the field.

The students attending the workshop were chosen last winter in auditions conducted across the United States, as well as in Paris and Rome. Attendees included eleven dancers from Italy, two dancers from France, and one each from Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, and Japan. The students lived on-campus at Princeton University, and attended class six days a week at the Princeton Ballet School’s studios in the Princeton Shopping Center.

Princeton Ballet School Director Mary Pat Robertson and American Repertory Ballet Company Director Douglas Martin, led the all-star faculty this year which included Mary Barton, former principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet; Maria Youskevitch, former soloist at American Ballet Theater; Kyra Nichols, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; and Kathleen Moore, former principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

This year's choreographic workshop was led by former Twyla Tharp dancer Katie Glasner. Glasner is currently Assistant Chair and Senior Associate in the Dance Department at Barnard in NYC and was a long time member of the Princeton Ballet School faculty.

Special guest artists in the program included Muriel Hallé, former soloist with the Paris Opéra Ballet and now teacher at their school; Kirk Peterson, former principal dancer, choreographer and ballet master of American Ballet Theater, and Director of American Ballet Theatre II; award-winning performer and teacher Jeanne Solan, of Nederlans Dans Theatr ; and Dawn Cargiulo Berman, who toured internationally with modern dance company, Momix.

The Summer Intensive performance last Friday featured George Balanchine's Serenade, a Balanchine® Ballet, presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and restaged by Nichols; a suite from Giselle restaged by Youskevitch; original works by Barton and Robertson and student choreography developed in Glasner's workshop.

About Princeton Ballet School

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls more than 1500 students, starting at age three and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Mary Pat Robertson, Director, ensures that the school provides the atmosphere and training that nurtures both the prospective artist and the dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards – self-discipline, physical fitness, and an appreciation of movement and music. Programs offered at the school include special classes designed exclusively for boys, in addition to the children’s ballet classes for which the school is well known. Adult classes include ballet, modern dance, jazz, Spanish dance, hip-hop, and Pilates.

Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton. The Princeton facility, designed by architect Ralph Lerner, features four large studios, each with a shock-absorbent floor and non-slip dance surfaces. The Cranbury facility, also designed by Mr. Lerner, has two studios, fitted with the same specially designed dance flooring, and echoes the Princeton facility in design. The third facility in New Brunswick, also features one studio, and houses the administrative offices and the Company.

Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty members have performed professionally; others have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. All are committed to the School’s philosophy of dance education. In addition to dance classes for all levels and ages, the school is noted for its PLUS program, the Professional Training Program (for high school students) and its performance wing, the ARB Workshop. These programs help develop young dancers who aspire to professional careers. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, STREB, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.


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