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Amanda Edge & Billy Ward Join BCA Faculty
BCA is delighted to announce that Amanda Edge and Billy Ward will be joining the BCA faculty in August, 2014! Amanda and Billy have been guest teachers at BCA for three summers and have always commented on how well trained our dancers are. They really took an interest and stayed in contact with us, asking about individual students and how they are doing. We are absolutely thrilled they will be teaching for us!
Amanda Edge, New York City Ballet
At age 16, Amanda moved to New York to study at The School of American Ballet (SAB) and was invited by the legendary Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet. (Following Balanchine's death, in 1983, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins were named Co-Ballet Masters in Chief. Since 1990 Mr. Martins has been artistic director).
During her 15 years with the company, Amanda performed principal roles in ballets by Balanchine (including Harlequinade, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nutcracker, Coppelia,) and Jerome Robbins (Fancy Free, West Side Story), and was featured in works by Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, and Susan Stroman, among others.
She traveled with the company to Russia, Italy, France, Scotland, Japan, Brazil, and Denmark. Additionally, Amanda traveled throughout Spain with Angel Corella (currently Artistic Director and principal dancer of Barcelona Ballet and former principal of American Ballet Theatre) performing in Who Cares? and Don Quixote Suite. Amanda appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts with New York City Ballet and performed in the 1993 Warner Brothers movie, “The Nutcracker, ”starring Macaulay Culkin.
Amanda later joined Phantom of the Opera on Broadway often performing the role of Meg. She was in the original Broadway cast of Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away in 2010, and was chosen by Tharp for Sinatra: Dance With Me in Las Vegas, dancing the role of Betsy and serving as the show’s dance captain.
Throughout her performing career, Amanda has enjoyed teaching and staging ballets. From 2003-2005 she assisted Damian Woetzel (former Principal, New York City Ballet) as Faculty Coordinator at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and she’ll be returning to co-direct the program this summer with NYC Ballet principal dancer, Daniel Ulbricht.
Recently Amanda received the prestigious position as a repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust and has staged a number of his works, including Serenade, Concerto Barocco, and Valse Fantaisie.
Amanda is particularly passionate about sharing the ballets of George Balanchine, the visionary who is universally regarded as the foremost contemporary ballet choreographer of our time. She is honored to be a part of Balanchine’s legacy, and is committed to sharing his ideals with both students and professionals. This is especially exciting for us because we would like Amanda to set some pieces on BCA's Pre-Professional dancers and head up a mid-semester performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Billy Ward, New York City Opera
Billy studied both at North Carolina School of the Arts and School of American Ballet (SAB) on full scholarship. He was principal guest artist with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Theater of Chicago, and Delta Festival Ballet.
Billy became a dancer with the New York City Opera, where he was quickly promoted to soloist. During his tenure with the company, he has traveled throughout China, Japan, and the United States.
He performed solo and principal roles in Brigadoon, 110 in the Shade, Don Giovanni, Most Happy Fella, Carmen, La Traviata, Candide, Mikado, L’enfent et les Sortileges, Mefistofoles, The Merry Widow, Cinderella, Prince Igor, The Music Man, H.M.S Pinafore, Carmina Burana, and Die Fledermaus. He was also invited to the Regal Theater in Boston to perform the role of Harry Beaton in Brigadoon.
Billy is an incredible ballet coach and he is eager to add in some partnering classes as well as some additional body conditioning. We are also delighted to have him join us for the second week of Summer Intensive 2014.
Both Amanda and Billy have danced along side some of the world’s most famous ballet dancers, so they come to BCA with such incredible knowledge of the dance world and have an invaluable source of contacts for our advanced students as they begin their professional careers. We are all delighted that Amanda and Billy will be joining us in August. This fits in so well with our growth and expansion of the Ballet Conservatory.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2016
TEENS + ADULTS
- Koresh Master Class | 1-21-16
- Karin Averty Returns | 1-21-16
- Summer Intensive 2016 | 12-26-15
- Holiday Classes | 12-25-15
- Thanksgiving Classes | 11-19-15
- Welcome Adam Still | 11-11-15
- Adam Still Master Classes | 11-4-15
- Karin Averty Master Classes | 9-30-15
- Morning Classes | 8-4-15
- Pre-Pro Auditions | 7-22-15