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Summer Intensive 2015

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its 6th summer ballet intensive June 22 to July 18, 2015. The intensive was geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet. Summer Intensive 2015 was BCA's largest to date. In addition, about 1/4 of the student body came from other schools locally and from around the country, making 2015 our largest non-BCA student body.

Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz, pilates, Alexander Technique, and special projects. Non-technique classes included nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history.

Summer Intensive 2015 also marked the largest faculty to date with 17 teachers from a variety of dance and non-dance disciplines guiding summer intensive dancers. In addition to BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt, guest teachers included:

Nurlan Abougaliev, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Moscow City Ballet

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Aygul Abougalieva, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Moscow City Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns

Nick Kepley, Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns

Addul Manzano, Charlotte Ballet

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Tyler Sandborn, Charlotte Ballet

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Mollie Sansone, Nashville Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart, San Francisco Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Billy Ward, New York City Opera

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Additional BCA teachers included:

Lindsey Kelley Brewer, Modern

Modern, Repertory

Alisha Ear, Modern

Modern, Repertory

Tina Mueller, Jazz

Jazz, Repertory

Cary Petrusek, Jazz and Modern

Jazz, Modern, Repertory

Summer non-dance faculty included:

Cat Matlock

Injury Prevention

Jennifer Gianni

Pilates

Angela Hind M.D.

Nutrition

Room & Board was provided by BCA host families. Classes met Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. On select evenings, students enjoyed special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings. The intensive concluded with a Showcase at the Sherrill Center, University of North Carolina Asheville, on Friday, July 17 at 11:30am.

Summer Intensive 2014

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its Summer Intensive 2014 June 23 to July 19, 2014. The intensive was geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet.

Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes included acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Teaching in the program was BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt as well as guest teachers Nick Kepley (MOTION Dance + Theatre, Ballet Austin, Broadway), Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (San Francisco Ballet), and Billy Ward (New York City Opera). Room & Board was provided by BCA host families. Classes met Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. On select evenings, students enjoyed special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings. The intensive concluded with a Showcase at the Sherrill Center, University of North Carolina Asheville, on Friday, July 18 at 2:00pm.

Summer Intensive 2013

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its Summer Intensive 2013 June 24 to July 20, 2013. The intensive was geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet.

Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes included acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Teaching in the program was BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt as well as guest teachers Amanda Edge (New York City Ballet, Broadway), Nick Kepley (MOTION Dance + Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Broadway), and Billy Ward (New York City Opera). Room & Board was provided by BCA host families. Classes met Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. On select evenings, students enjoyed special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

Summer Intensive 2012

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its 2012 ballet intensive June 24 to July 20, 2012. The intensive was geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet.

Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes included acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Teaching in the program was BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt. Headlining the roster of guest teachers was former New York City Ballet dancer Amanda Edge. Classes met Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. On Saturday afternoons, students enjoyed special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings. The intensive concluded with a Showcase at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, July, 20, 2012.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2012 WEEK 4 HIGHLIGHTS!

7-22-12

With the final week of BCA's Summer Intensive 2012 upon us, the feelings around the BCA facilities were bitter-sweet! While everyone was looking forward to a few days off -- dancers and teachers alike -- everyone knew that some good-byes would have to be made. The highlight of the week was Friday's Summer Showcase @ DWT and much hard work and preparation paid-off handsomely!

STUDENTS

Olivia and Alex Schulke from Vero Beach, Florida returned for the fourth week of the intensive.

CLASSES

Dancers in the Advanced level presented their Ballet History projects to the rest of the dancers. Each dancer was tasked with picking out their favorite dancer, researching and compiling information about that dancer, and making their presentation. Some of the selected dancers were Marianela Nunez (Royal Ballet), Lauren Cuthbertson (Royal Ballet), and Svetlana Zakhorva (Bolshoi Ballet). The finished projects were displayed in the BCA lobby. As usual, other dance classes included Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern and Jazz. The dancers also enjoyed classes in Pilates, Injury Prevention, and Acting.

VARIATIONS / CHOREOGRAPHY

Wayne completed a short work for the boys to perform in the Showcase. For the rest of the afternoon rehearsals, much time was spent cleaning and refining existing work. Often a tedious, time-consuming, and sometimes boring process, the BCA summer intensive dancers stuck with it and did a fantastic job. Work included variations and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Stars & Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Chorus Line. Wayne and Kawai Piano Performing Artist Chad Lawson finalized their plans for the Showcase.

SUMMER SHOWCASE

BCA presented its Summer Showcase 2012 at 2pm on Friday, July 20, 2012 @ DWT. Here's the program...

Advanced Modern (Adv)
Boys Variation (Beg)
Chorus Line One (Int)
Firebird Int & Adv)
The Lawson Piece:
1: Promise Made on Signal Mountain (Beg)
2: Reflections (Int)
3: She Walks in Beauty (Adv)
Le Corsaire Adagio (Beg)
Midsummer Night's Dream (Int)
Serenade (Adv)
Sleeping Beauty Attendants (Int)
Sleeping Beauty Enchanted Garden Variation (Beg)
Sleeping Beauty Woodland Glades Variation (Int)
Stars & Stripes Group Piece (Beg)
Stars & Stripes Variation (Adv)

The variations were repeated so that everyone got a chance to perform them. About 200 people came to DWT and enjoyed it. There was time for on-stage pictures afterward, a rarity for dancers. And in the courtyard of the theatre, many exhausted but exhilarated dancers could be seen enjoying ice cream from a near-by Marble Slab Creamery.

Especially rewarding was a visit by Kawai Piano Performing Artist Chad Lawson and his family. Chad hails from Charlotte, NC and was kind enough to make the trip. Chad composed the music to The Lawson Piece, which was well-received by everyone. Both Wayne and Chad enjoyed meeting each other and made a mutual commitment to continue to work again in the future.

CLOSING POT LUCK LUNCH

After morning class on Saturday, July 21, everyone brought a dish and enjoyed a pot-luck lunch. All kinds of goodies were enjoyed and Wayne's wife Debi made her famous Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake, always a fan-favorite with BCA dancers. And in spite of having just survived four grueling weeks of class and rehearsal, everywhere dancers were having fun making up their own dancers and giving impromptu dance concerts. Where do they get the energy?!

AWARDS

In place of the standard awards ceremony, Angie and Wayne decided that he would write a little something about each dancer: What made them stand-out, what they improved upon, how they were special. Each dancer received their own individualized comments, sometimes tough to get a lot of, even in a small school. It looked like everyone enjoyed their awards.

CALENDAR

July 20 (Fri) 2-3pm: Summer Showcase @ DWT. Tickets $10 at the Front Desk.

July 21 (Sat) 12:00-2:00pm: Closing Pot Luck Lunch at the BCA studios. No charge.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2012 WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS!

7-15-12

GUEST FACULTY

Amanda Edge (New York City Ballet) and Billy Ward (New York City Opera Ballet) returned to BCA for their THIRD season. It was great to have them -- and their dog Emmylou, too! Amanda taught classes in ballet, pointe, variations while Billy taught classes in ballet, turns, jumps, men's class, and partnering. Both Amanda and Billy participated in numerous rehearsals. As always, they gave great insights and inspiration. They are hugely popular with the dancers and this summer was no different! Amy Dowling continued to teach modern to all levels.

STUDENTS

BOYS IN THE HOUSE!! It's finally here: Weeks three and four welcome our youngest boys to our summer intensive. They'll participate in a full schedule of classes with the girls as well as special classes designed especially for them. Welcome BCA boys!

Ruby McClinton and Ira Moul returned for the third and fourth weeks of the intensive. Welcome back Ruby and Ira! And our very own Lily Mae Dickinson also arrived to participate in weeks three and four. Mia Richardson finished out part of the third week and we had to say good-bye for a month to Mia -- she's off to Costa Rica!

Hannah Wineinger from Texas also joined us for the third week. Hannah just happened to be visiting family here in the area and decided to stop in. She auditioned last week and was accepted on the spot. She participated in all the classes, filled in for dancers during rehearsals dancers, and was a joy to have in the studio and the classroom. We'll miss you Hannah! Luckily, she promised to be back next year!

CLASSES

Dance classes included Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern and Jazz. The dancers enjoyed classes in Ballet History, Pilates, Injury Prevention, and Acting. Wayne also began his special brand of ballet history: Dancers in the beginning and intermediate levels studied diligently and many passed their ballet history exam with flying colors. (Yes, they actually had to take a written test!)

VARIATIONS / CHOREOGRAPHY

Amanda began work on an excerpt from Serenade for the older dancers. Wayne began a new classical piece for the youngest dancers, both girls and boys. He's using the adagio from the Le Corsaire Pas. All beginning level boys and girls participated. Billy Ward was a big help in the rehearsal room as Wayne began rehearsing the new work.

With lots of the work now coming together, afternoon rehearsals are now made up of lots of run thrus and notes. While this can sometimes be a tedious process, the dancers responded by making excellent corrections. They also continued to work at a high level, even when they were tired! Work included variations and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Stars & Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Chorus Line. Amy finished her original modern work for the Advanced dancers and Wayne continued to rehearse his new Chad Lawson piece. Wayne also added a new classical work for the beginning boys and girls.

EXCURSIONS

This week excursions were non-stop...

==> On Tuesday, we went to Carmike Theatres to see a re-broadcast of a recent live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet's Raymonda. Featuring Maria Alexandrova as Raymonda, Ruslan Skvortsov as Jean de Brienne, and Pavel Dmitrichenko as Abderakhman, the Bolshoi's production gave us everything we were looking for: Exquisite dancing, wonderful music, and uncompromising production values. All the dancers loved it, but with two 25 minute intermissions it was a long night!

==> On Wednesday, Wayne and his wife Debi hosted "Ballet Bros Night @ Wayne's." All summer intensive boys were invited, along with guest teacher Billy Ward and BCA Managing Director Chris Lynn. Everyone had pizza, salad, and especially nutty buddys for dessert! Once dinner was underway, all the guys enjoyed a screening of one of the greatest guy ballet movies of all time: White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.

==> On Thursday, our first Pool & Pizza party took place at the Asheville JCC. Even though it was bit chilly, everyone had a great time.

NEXT WEEK

It's hard to believe that the final week of the intensive is almost here! BCA's own Sarah London returns for some teaching. And Angie, Wayne, and Christy will continue to teach. Lots of cleaning of dances are on the to-do list as Friday's Showcase will quickly be here!

CALENDAR

July 20 (Fri) 2-3pm: Summer Showcase @ DWT. Tickets $10 at the Front Desk.

July 21 (Sat) 12:30-2:30pm: Cookout at Woodfin River Park (Riverside Drive) -- directions will be sent later.  Meet there.  $5 for food.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2012 WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS!

7-8-12

GUEST FACULTY

Sarah London made a brief appearance during week 2 by teaching Hip Hop. While Sarah is still a fantastic member of the BCA faculty, this summer she is taking time to make sure her new ballet and pointe shop -- The Sock Basket -- is off and running. Amy Dowling continued to teach modern to all levels.

STUDENTS

Our very own Shannon Grady returned to BCA in week 2 after spending two weeks at Carolina Ballet's summer intensive. The Schulke sisters are taking week 2 off -- but will back in week 3 and 4. We can't wait.

CLASSES

Dance classes included Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern and Jazz. The dancers enjoyed classes in Ballet History, Pilates, Injury Prevention, and Acting.

VARIATIONS / CHOREOGRAPHY

The dancers continued to work on variations and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Stars & Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Chorus Line. Amy continued work on an original modern work for the Advanced dancers while Wayne continued his work on an original ballet for all levels to music by Chad Lawson.

EXCURSIONS

Everyone was pumped for the first Pool & Pizza party on Friday, July 6, but unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate: Storms hit the area and we had to cancel! The dancers are now really looking forward to next week's Pool & Pizza party at the Asheville JCC!

NEXT WEEK

Amanda Edge (New York City Ballet) and Billy Ward (New York City Opera Ballet) return for their THIRD season with BCA! We can't wait! Amanda and Billy are always a fabulous delight to have in the studio: Great teachers, keen insights into dancers, and super good eyes for evaluating work.

CALENDAR

July 10 (Tue) 7-10pm: Bolshoi Ballet's Raymonda at Carmike Cinema (behind Target on Tunnel Rd.)  Meet there. Tickets $17-students under 13 / $20-general.

July 11 (Wed) 6-9pm: Ballet Bros Night @ Wayne's. Boy's Only. No Charge.

July 12 (Thu) 5-7pm: Swimming at Asheville JCC (Charlotte St.). Meet there.  $5 for Pizza.

July 20 (Fri) 2-3pm: Summer Showcase @ DWT. Tickets $10 at the Front Desk.

July 21 (Sat) 12:30-2:30pm: Cookout at Woodfin River Park (Riverside Drive) -- directions will be sent later.  Meet there. $5 for food.

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2012 WEEK 1 HIGHLIGHTS!

7-1-12

GUEST FACULTY

Nick Kepley, Broadway dancer; choreographer; MOTION Dance+Theatre artistic director.  Taught ballet technique and held Q & A session.  Nick will continue to teach Mondays. Amy Dowling, choreographer, Dance Instructor at Western Carolina University. Amy will continue to teach through week 3. All told, 9 different faculty members taught the first week!

STUDENTS

Congratulations to Sophie Walker on a great week of dancing, and improving her technical and presentation skills. We'll miss you.

CLASSES

Dance classes included Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Modern and Jazz. The dancers enjoyed classes in Ballet History, Pilates, Injury Prevention, and Acting.

VARIATIONS / CHOREOGRAPHY

Dancers began learning variations and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Stars & Stripes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Chorus Line. Amy began working on an original modern work for the Advanced dancers while Wayne began an original work for all levels to music by Chad Lawson. Wayne has been in touch with Chad and they are trying to work it so perhaps he can come and play for the Showcase.

EXCURSIONS

We kicked off this summer intensive's excursions with a Friday night under the stars with the Montford Park Players. They presented a wonderful production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Attendance was excellent and everyone enjoyed snacks, dinner, and a wonderful night under the dreamy North Carolina skies.

NEXT WEEK

BCA faculty pianist Steven Noll returns for the final three weeks of the intensive to accompany select classes. Nick Kepley and Amy Dowling continue.

CALENDAR

July 4 (Wed) 12:30pm: Early Release.

July 6 (Fri) 6-8pm: Swimming at Weaverville pool (by N. Buncombe High School) -- directions will be sent later.  Meet there.  $12 for Swim and Pizza.

July 10 (Tue) 7-10pm: Bolshoi Ballet's Raymonda at Carmike Cinema (behind Target on Tunnel Rd.)  Meet there. Tickets $17-students under 13 / $20-general.

July 11 (Wed) 6-9pm: Ballet Bros Night @ Wayne's. Boy's Only. No Charge.

July 12 (Thu) 5-7pm: Swimming at Asheville JCC (Charlotte St.). Meet there.  $5 for Pizza.

July 20 (Fri) 2-3pm: Summer Showcase @ DWT. Tickets $10 at the Front Desk.

July 21 (Sat) 12:30-2:30pm: Cookout at Woodfin River Park (Riverside Drive) -- directions will be sent later.  Meet there. $5 for food.

JUNE SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS at Ballet Conservatory

MOTION Dance+Theatre created world-premiere choreography with world-class dancers and choreographer at BCA's 5 Points Studios, they performed pieces at Tryon performance center, and Diana Wortham Theatre and held open rehearsal for BCA students.

BCA SUMMER Workshops and Classes have welcomed over 75 young dancers in June, studying Ballet, Modern, Broadway Jazz, Tap, and Acting.

MASTER CLASSES by world-class instructors/dancers Addul Manzano, Brian Carey Chung, and Nick Kepley.

Summer Intensive 2011

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its Summer Intensive 2011 June 27 to July 23, 2011 in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. The intensive included an Advanced program for ages 13 and up and an Intermediate program for ages 10 to 12. Both programs were geared toward talented dancers with a serious interest in ballet. Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes included acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. The intensive concluded with a Showcase at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, July, 22, 2011.

Week 1 Highlights

GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

Ballet & Modern with Nick Kepley, who just finished a stint in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.  His Motion Dance company of professional dancers from New York, rehearsed their current choreography development project at Ballet Conservatory’s 5 Points Studios this week.  They will showcase their work at Flat Rock and Tryon, NC, in two weeks.  We may arrange more time with company members and Nick next week.

Pilates with Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates. We learned key stretch and strength methods for the body’s core torso.

Injury Prevention with Cat Matlock of West Asheville Yoga. We learned below the knee massage technique for the calf and Achilles muscles and to relax fascia, tense tissue.

NOTICES:

Caryn Camacho missed Thursday and Friday due to appendicitis, requiring surgery Friday evening. All went well and we look forward to seeing her dancing again soon. Get Well!!

We celebrated Mr. Wayne’s birthday with a healthy fruit cake, and Blue Bell ice cream.

We worked off some dance energy with an active swim outing.

We danced till our muscles and feet were done each day, learning technique and exciting choreography, a brand new original piece from Sarah L. (contemporary) and Mr. Wayne (Maurice Ravel piano waltzes) and beautiful variations from classic ballets with Ms. Angie (La Fille Mal Gardee and Sleeping Beauty).

Way to go Erin Ikelheimer on a wonderful week.

WEEK 2 PREVIEW

Welcome to student dancers Lauren Tooley and Rebecca Wilcox, who will join us in week two.

More Pilates and Injury Prevention.

WEEK 3 PREVIEW

Amanda Edge and Billy Ward, our featured guest instructors, are very excited to join us all week. Amanda, previously with NY City Ballet, has just finished runs in “Phantom of the Opera” and “Come Fly Away”. Billy is with NY City Opera ballet corps and is masseuse for Broadway’s “Billy Elliot” cast.

Welcome to Shelby Ward who will join us week three.

WEEK 4 PREVIEW

We will be preparing for our showcase Friday, July 22nd at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2pm.

Week 2 Highlights

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville's Summer Intensive 2011 was held June 27 to July 23, 2011. The intensive includes an Advanced program for ages 13 and up and an Intermediate program for ages 10 to 12. Both programs are geared toward talented dancers with a serious interest in ballet.

GUESTS/ INSTRUCTORS:

More Ballet class with Nick Kepley, budding choreographer/artistic director of MOTION dance+theatre, recently in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.

Nick K’s MOTION dance+theatre company:

Motion previewed their new (days-old) choreography Saturday, exclusively for Ballet Conservatory Summer Intensive students.

Motion rehearsed & developed new choreography projects at BCA’s 5 Point Studios.

Motion viewed BCA Summer Intensive students dancing newly learned choreography and gave specific, technical feedback. (Smiles + tight sous-sus!)

Motion engaged in dance career Question & Answer session with BCA Summer Intensive student’s.  Christopher commented: Class is the place you can do things over and over.  If you fall in performance, you better “Get up girl!”, but in class…  See More Q&A and Videos below.

Motion will showcase their work at Tryon, NC on Thursday, July, 14 and at Flat Rock on Sunday, July 17 and Monday, July 18.  We are planning a BCA student outing on Monday. (Please sign-up on sheet at BCA Studio.)

Pilates with Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates’ staff.  More key stretch and strength methods for the body’s core torso.

Injury Prevention with Cat Matlock of West Asheville Yoga.  Above knee stretch & massage techniques for key thigh muscles, tense tissue.

NOTICES:

Caryn Camacho returned after appendix surgery last week, wisely easing back into class.

Ballet history in weeks 1 and 2 included viewing and discussion of choreographer Marius Petipa ballets, including and Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”.  Plus viewing and reviewing Ballet Conservatory’s newest production of Coppelia.

Our athletic stamina is building, dancing like it’s our full-time job.  We continued with daily ballet technique and choreography: Sarah L. (contemporary/hip-hop), Wayne (Maurice Ravel piano waltzes and La Vivandiere, a new boys variation), plus variations from classic ballets with Ms. Angie (“Sylvia”,  “La fille mal Gardee”, “Sleeping Beauty”).

WEEK 3 PREVIEW

Amanda Edge and Billy Ward (and their little dog, too) featured guest instructors, join us from New York City. Both will teach ballet technique sessions and more...

==>Amanda will choreograph a piece for our Summer Intensive showcase July 22.

==>Amanda will lead a special master class for BCA Pre-Professional Beginner level dancers (raspberry/burgundy leotard).

==>Billy will lead a special master class for BCA boys.

==>Billy will join in a partnering session for BCA Summer Intensive dancers.

Amanda, who was previously with NY City Ballet, just ended Broadway runs in “Phantom of the Opera” and “Come Fly Away.” Billy dances with NY City Opera ballet and is masseuse for Broadway’s “Billy Elliot” cast.

Tina Mueller leads Bob Fosse choreography sessions for BCA Summer Intensive advanced students.  Tina teaches theatre dance styles (jazz, tap, etc.) at Mars Hill College and Ballet Conservatory, drawing from her extensive dance and choreography career with broadway’s classics.

Outings for BCA Summer Intensive:

Thursday, July 14

Diana Wortham Theatre - Technically speaking”.  Erik McDaniel, technical director of Asheville’s own theatre gem, guides us through the backstage labyrinth and design techniques which magically bring dance performance to life.  1pm

Wednesday, July 13

Swimming Pool Cookout hosted by the Silverman family, in Mills River area of South Asheville.  5:30-7:30pm. Please see the sign up sheet at the studio.

Welcome to student dancer Shelby Ward from her home country of Canada, who joins us in Week 3.

WEEK 4 PREVIEW

Outing for BCA Summer Intensive:

Monday, July 18

MOTION dance+theatre company performance at Flat Rock. Please sign-up on sheet at BCA Studio.

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SPECIAL FEATURE:

CAREER QUESTION & ANSWER Session With MOTION dance+theatre company members:

(ALSO SEE YouTube footage and interviews from MOTION’s rehearsals via links below.)

Q’s:

What’s the hardest part about a dance career?  What’s your favorite?  Most important advice?  Do you Hip Hop?  Other styles?

A’s:

Angie, Kansas City Ballet: Dance is a tough career, strong ballet is central, but choreographers want to see what strengths in other styles you bring to their work.

Nick K., Ballet Austin, Kansas City Ballet: The “mental” aspect is most challenging part of a dance career.  Find what you do well, what you can improve, realistically what you bring to dance.

Breanne, Arizona Ballet, Kansas City Ballet: Point shoes and class are hardest.  I love the performance feeling, the sounds of an audience.

Russell, Arizona Ballet, Royal Ballet School-London: Modern dance stretches your skills and expands ways you express yourself, lets you get hired.

Christopher, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Los Angeles Ballet: I really look forward to barre and class, but often avoid the mirror. Class is the place you can do things over and over.  If you fall in performance, you better “Get up girl!”, but in class you can work a jump or turn to really get it.

Adam, Colorado Ballet: Work the simple things, slowly, very well, so you have a very strong technique.  It’s fun to do lots of fun turns and big jumps, but the basics, simple and slow are most important.  Find what things you need to learn -- class is ongoing for life. Explore styles: we do traditional ballet performance and contemporary rep concerts right in a row.

Mahalia, Free-lance NYC dancer: You get hired for your combination of skills, as a theatre dancer who’s strong in ballet.  Individual style is important, and good choreographers. “Nick is great” -- he gives you the basic shape and you can adapt and fill in the detail.

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MOTION 2011 Videos

--Adam and Chris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_n5-KmClk&NR=1

--Breanne and Russell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV9U4hOr22E&feature=related

--Nick Kepley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3Edkc2PIw&feature=related

Week 3 Highlights

GUESTS/INSTRUCTORS:
Amanda Edge and Billy Ward taught ballet technique sessions and coached showcase pieces. Amanda choreographed Gershwin piece for Summer Intensive showcase.  Billy led a special master class for BCA boys.
Tina Mueller, led Bob Fosse choreography sessions teaching students “the Aloof” section of “The Rick Man’s Frug” from the musical and movie “Sweet Charity.”

Outings this week:

Wednesday, July 13

Swimming Pool Cookout, snuck in the water just before a super rain storm. Thanks Silverman family!

Thursday, July 14

Diana Wortham Theatre - Technically speaking”.  Erik McDaniel, technical director of Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre, sampled lighting and snow effects for dancers.
More Pilates with Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates’ staff.
More Injury Prevention with Cat Matlock of West Asheville Yoga.

NOTICES:
Ballet history in week 3 included an in-depth look at George Balanchine and NYCB.

Week 4 Highlights

Outings this week:

Monday, July 18

Students enjoyed MOTION dance+theatre company performance and picnicked at Carl Sandburg’s home Connemara in Flat Rock.  This up-close studio performance by impressive company members was followed by an enlightened Q&A.

Friday, July 22

Diana Wortham Theatre for spacing, rehearsals, and performance.  Valuable experience of the performance preparation process.

Saturday, July 23

Riverside Park cookout.  Thanks to chefs Wayne and Debi Burritt!

Tina Mueller: more Bob Fosse choreography teaching “the Aloof” section of “The Rich Man’s Frug” from“Sweet Charity.”

Pilates with Jennifer Gianni’s Fusion Pilates’ staff.  More stretch and strength.

Summer Intensive Final Showcase.  Friday, July 22. An appreciative audience of 100+ enjoyed a beautifully danced, diverse program.  Congratulations dancers on the performance and your obvious improvement.  Dancer Bailey Butters commented: that this was the best summer program she’s been to so far, commenting that so much individual attention helped her really improve.

NOTICES:
Ballet history in week 4 included more on George Balanchine and a look at BCA’s 2011 production of “Coppelia”.

Congratulations for Perfect Attendance for the entire four weeks of Summer Intensive: Sayres Alspaugh, Emma Cory, Shannon Grady, Ciera Barrow, Alexandra Best, Bailey Butters, Cassie Woods.  Undoubtedly, you learned the most!

Summer Intensive 2010

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville held its first summer ballet intensive June 28 to July 23, 2010. The intensive included an Advanced program for ages 13 and up and an Intermediate program for ages 10 to 12. Both programs were geared toward talented dancers with a serious interest in ballet.

Daily classes included intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes included acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Admission was by audition or videotape. Because each program was limited to 16 places, dancers received an extremely high level of individualized attention and coaching. Teaching in the program was BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt. Headlining the roster of guest teachers was former New York City Ballet dancer Amanda Edge and New York City Opera dancer Billy Ward. Classes met Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. On Sundays, students enjoyed special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.