Character Dance Ensemble Children’s Workshop
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2014 Teacher Training Intensive From ABT
American Ballet Theatre is bringing their Teacher Training Intensive coursework to the University of Utah from May 31 – June 8 2014. For further details, download this REGISTRATION FORM.
RECENT MASTER CLASSES
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Master Classes February 8, 2014
with Roni Mahler
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with Adam Sklute and Pamela Robinson-Harris
Coral Citron, Zarina Kobilova, and RJ Fox- November 18 2013
The Department of Ballet was honored to welcome dance masters Coral Citron and Zarina Kobilova, and accompanist RJ Fox who taught a special character dance workshop on Flamenco and Tadjiki dance, November 18, 2013.
Zarina Kobilova: Zarina is a professional dancer from Tajikistan, specializing in Folkloric dance of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. Not only are Zarina’s dances unique, graceful and wonderful, but they have been taught and handed down to her throughout centuries of tradition and culture. At the age of thirteen, Zarina began dancing with Ensemble Zebo in the capitol of Dushanbe. At the age of fourteen Zarina began to tour with Ensemble Zebo, founded by Aminzoda Zebo the winner of the Order of Lenin award 1970 for dance and the Lenin Komosomol Prize in 1982 for her contributions to Tajikistan culture. Zarina blossomed into a great dancer under the direction of Aminzoda Zebo and began to earn solo performance opportunities around her eighteen birthdays. Three years later in 1991 Zarina was named Honorable Dancer of Tajikistan by President Qahhor Mahkomov, this award is similar to our National Medal of Arts. In 2001 Zarina again received a great honor from her country” Woman of the Year 2001”. That same year the Aga Khan Trust for Culture chose Zarina to represent Tajikistan in the upcoming 2002 Silk Road Festival that traveled thru Asia, Europe and the United States. Upon completion of the Silk Road performance in Washington D.C, in the middle of the night, Zarina defected to the United States with the help of an Iranian expatriate.
Coral Citron: director and choreographer for Fiesta Flamenca in Las Vegas studied flamenco in Los Angeles with Luisa Triana, Teo Morca, Inesita, and Roberto Amaral. She performed at the famous El Cid Restaurant and with Roberto Amaral’s Ballet Español de Los Angeles before going to Spain to study at the famous Amor de Dios Studio in Madrid with Maria Magdalena, La Tati, La Truco, El Guito, and others. She was contracted to dance in Mallorca, Spain with the Ballet de Maria Velazquez y Paco Mundo. She also danced in many venues in Mallorca, including Es Foguero Palace and S’alqueria des Comtes. She moved to Las Vegas in 1992 where she formed Fiesta Flamenca. Fiesta Flamenca has performed in many venues in Las Vegas, most recently at the Summerlin Library Theater for the Performing Arts.
RJ Fox: Flamenco, classical & contemporary guitarist RJ Fox, is considered by many to be among the most talented & versatile performers residing in Las Vegas, NV. His development also includes studies in Spain & 6 years with the UNLV dance department to accompany the acclaimed Spanish dancer Luisa Triana. In addition to being a master guitar soloist, Mr. Fox also presents Classical ensembles, Flamenco troupes, Mid-Eastern fusion bands & Latin jazz combos. He currently performs extensively in the majority of local concert halls, venues & casino hotel resorts. He has also been featured in local news papers & appearances on many media networks. Mr. Fox is noted for his excellence of sound, professionalism & variety of music styles.
2013 CDE CHARACTER BALLET WORKSHOP -
March 2nd, 2013
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM / Marriott Center for Dance (University Campus) / 330 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT
ALL Proceeds benefit CDE’s 2013 trip to Korea
KELLY BOAL – February 9, 2013
Kelly Boal trained with Olga Kostritsky in her home town of Buffalo, New York and at the School of American Ballet under Suki Schorer, Alexandra Danilova and Stanley Williams among others. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1984 and received a promotion to the rank of soloist in 1989. During her career with NYCB she performed numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins and created original roles in works by Twyla Tharp. In 1991 she left NYCB to pursue freelance opportunities which included national and international touring with Heather Watts and Darci Kistler, guest appearances with the Dutch National Ballet and France’s Ballet du Nord, and regular appearances in the Montreal Gala des Etoiles.
Ms. Boal has served as a faculty member for the Stamford City Ballet school in Connecticut and for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, where she currently teaches advanced students technique and variations.
Ma started his career at the Beijing Dance Academy training as a Chinese Classical dancer before he joined the National Ballet of China in 1995, then Tulsa Ballet in 1999. He worked with directors and choreographers internationally and performed leading roles in works by Balanchine, Cranko, Robbins, Tharp, Duato, Kudelka, Kylian, Forsythe, MacMillan, Hans Van Manen and many others. Ma has also appeared as a Principal Guest Artist on international stages across the world. As a choreographer, Ma has created original works for Tulsa Ballet, Houston Ballet, BalletMet, Ballet Florida, Smuin Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Ballet Des Moines, among others. In 2006, Ma was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine for both his dancing and choreography as well as The Choo-San Goh award in 2007. In 2008, Ma was the winner of the 21st Century Choreographic competition and also received the “Audience Favorite” and received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Pointe Magazine. Most recently, Richmond Ballet performed Ma’s Ershter Vals at the Linbury Studios at the Royal Opera House to sold out audiences.
EDWARD ELLISON – November 10, 2012
Edward Ellison has traveled the world as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and ballet master. Companies he has taught for include American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Alvin Ailey and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He has been a guest teacher with The Juilliard School and Joffrey Ballet School, and continues to teach open classes at STEPS on Broadway. As a ballet master, he has worked for such companies as the Boston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and Alberta Ballet, as well as staging Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker for San Francisco Ballet’s annual tour. With love and devotion to his students guiding his work, his approach is infused by study and close association with renown ballet masters and directors, such as Larisa Sklyanskaya, Helgi Tomasson, Irina Jacobson and Marius Zirra.
CHARACTER DANCE ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP – April 7, 2012
RAYMOND LUKENS – April 20 & 21, 2012
Raymond Lukens, Artistic Associate of the ABT/NYU Masters program and a faculty member of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, has been named director of ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Lukens co-created the program with Franco De Vita. Its aim is to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to multiple styles and techniques of dance, while focusing on kinetics, coordination and proper body alignment.
Prior to becoming a faculty member of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2005, Lukens was the director of Boston Ballet II and Ballet Master at Boston Ballet. He has also served as Ballet Master at Hartford Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Alberta Ballet.
In New York City, he has taught for American Ballet Theatre, ABT II, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Peridance International, Marymount Manhattan College and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has served as a guest teacher in Latin America, Australia, Europe, Japan and South Africa. He obtained the highest qualifications as a pedagogue in London with the Cecchetti Society and is a certified ballet teacher for the Dance Educators of America (DEA) Teacher Training School. Lukens created the syllabi for the New York University Masters Degree program in ABT Ballet pedagogy.
LILIAN MANANSALA - March 10th, 2012
Lilian Manansala is the co-founder and co-director of abbybruce company of dance. She works both East and West Coast. She taught at the world-renowned studio, Steps on Broadway, and Dancespace in New York and also co-directed Southern California-based R & B Dance Company from 2002-2007. Lilian is on the board of directors for Artists Community for Change in Los Angeles (ACFCLA). She performed with Deborah Gibson in the award winning production of the King and I. Lilian choreographs for ABC and Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven, Cory in the House, Hannah Montana, Sonny with a Chance, Kickin’ It, So Random, Choo Choo Soul, Pretty Little Liars and Good Luck, Charlie.