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Approaching Costume Reconstruction, Again.

by ARB Costume Designer Michelle Ferranti

Are you #BTD?

by ARB Access & Enrichment Dept. Intern and Rider University student Kaleen Butterfield

Cranbury Day 2015 performances

by Maria Gottfried, ARB Marketing Dept. Intern and The College of New Jersey student

Driving through the New Jersey countryside, I came upon the quaint town of Cranbury. As an intern here at American Repertory Ballet, Cranbury Day was the first time I got to see the ARB Workshop and ARB Workshop Juniors students perform. I was looking forward to watching them and to photographing the performances!

Summer Intensive Intermediates and What It Means to Improve

by Kat Giordano, ARB Summer Intern

Nestled into the quaint street side shops of Cranbury, I found the familiar face of my favorite place, American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. Inside too familiar sights were everywhere I looked: smiling dancers, countless bags bursting with ballet slippers, and, on this special occasion, proud parents. I was lucky enough to catch the at the end of the week, just in time for their parent showcase and a fun afternoon special treat, musical theater dance!

Expressing Ourselves: Lessons We Can All Learn from the Summer Intensive Juniors

by Kat Giordano

“Learning to walk sets you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all; to express with your whole self the person you are.” –Melissa Hayden

#ARBdancefirsts by summer intern Kat Giordano

American Repertory Ballet has provided me with a very valuable “first” in my career. My time with ARB this summer marks my first internship for a non-profit. I can think of no better way to spend my summer away from Princeton University than with the leading ballet company of New Jersey.

#ARBdancefirsts: "I'm glad we made you proud, but I'm proud, too!"

Interview conducted by and responses compiled by Kaleen Butterfield, ARB intern and Rider University student
Interviewee: Kel Vallery, DANCE POWER Teaching Artist and Princeton Ballet School faculty

What is the most rewarding part of being a Teaching Artist?

Miss Kelly: Turning Passion into Practical

by Kaleen Butterfield, ARB intern and Rider University student
Kel Vallery does not just go to work everyday; she is living a dream 22 years in the making. A 7 a.m. wake-up call and she is out the door an hour later. Princeton, New Brunswick, Highland Park, and even a stop across the border to Pennsylvania are part of the many miles she clocks during her workweek. A 12-hour day is not uncommon for Vallery, but she would not have it any other way.


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