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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.


by ARB Access & Enrichment Department intern Kaleen Butterfield

I #loveARB and Open Enrollment Classes for Adults

Rider University student Kaleen Butterfield is working as an intern in ARB's Access & Enrichment Department during her spring semester. Here, she writes about her experience as a Princeton Ballet School student taking Open Enrollment classes for adults:


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