Posts Tagged 'School of Dance'

Full house: Bellinger Hall allows arts schools students to live, eat, grow together

Full house: Bellinger Hall allows arts schools students to live, eat, grow together

For 300 artists who have been accepted into Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts, Bellinger Hall has been a home away from home this summer.

Students in Chautauqua’s School of Art, School of Music, the Chautauqua Theater Company conservatory and the School of Dance arrive on the grounds from arts programs around the world. The best of the best are selected from hundreds of applicants, invited to spend their summer on the grounds attending classes, receiving one-on-one training with renowned artists and performing for the broader Chautauqua community. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

Slideshow: Their Monday best

Slideshow: Their Monday best

Students from the Music School Festival Orchestra and School of Dance came together to showcase their hard work and talent Monday night in the Amphitheater. The festival dancers performed with an orchestra for the first time this season, mastering difficult steps with the grace and poise of seasoned performers.

Dance students take stage for first gala of season

Dance students take stage for first gala of season

In the dancer’s lounge at the Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio, photographs of legendary dancers and faculty members of Chautauqua Dance’s past and present line the walls. Maris Battaglia couldn’t help gravitating toward these pictures in a room filled with not only some of her idols, but also some of her greatest friends.

Photos: Blossoming bunheads

Photos: Blossoming bunheads

For 10 days, Daily photographer Lauren Rock followed Chautauqua School of Dance Workshop II students, ages 13-15, through their classes and final Amphitheater performance to document the commitment and discipline required of a young ballerina.

“These girls are very young, but they are serious about dance,” Rock said. “Attending the School of Dance is one small step on their journey to becoming professional ballerinas. They learn to become adaptable — those who can pick up choreography quickly and adapt to different instructors and their styles are more likely to be successful. The dancers learn discipline and the importance of taking care of themselves and working hard to maintain the best physical form possible.”

Photos: School of Dance Choreographic Workshop

Photos: School of Dance Choreographic Workshop

Students in the Chautauqua School of Dance were given a chance to choreograph pieces of their own for the annual Choreographic Workshop Performance Friday August 10, 2012 in the Carnahan-Jackson dance studios. All photos by Rabab Al-Sharif.

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Dance students showcase season’s worth of progress in Sunday gala

Dance students showcase season’s worth of progress in Sunday gala

Chautauqua School of Dance students will show that they can do more than ballet at the season’s final Student Gala.

The performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater will be a culmination of the students’ summer work.

Apprentice, Festival and Workshop II dancers will show their versatility, performing everything from a George Balanchine work to hip-hop.

Dance students create new works for choreographic workshop

Dance students create new works for choreographic workshop

Dancers in the Chautauqua School of Dance get the opportunity to take a leap in choreographers’ ballet slippers.

Apprentice and festival dancers are accustomed to dancing in others’ pieces, but the Choreographic Workshop gives the students an opportunity to create their own works.

Students interested in creating a piece for the workshop went through a selection process with dance faculty. The faculty chose 12 pieces to be shown at the free public 4 p.m. Choreographic Performance today in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio.

Festival students perform Balanchine’s Serenade tonight in the Amphitheater

Festival students perform Balanchine’s Serenade tonight in the Amphitheater

Together, festival students from the School of Music and the School of Dance will “Serenade” audiences at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

Dancers will perform George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” restaged by répétiteur Patricia McBride, North Carolina Dance Theatre associate artistic director.

Musicians will accompany the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, lead by guest conductor Stilian Kirov.

Sunday’s School of Dance Student Gala provides hopeful glimpse into future

Sunday’s School of Dance Student Gala provides hopeful glimpse into future

The audience in the Amphitheater enjoyed a look into the future Sunday afternoon and saw that it is full of excellence and adventure — and that there is hope. The future, we saw, loves beauty and doesn’t shirk from difficulty or from ideas thought impossible.

There is a strong sense of community in this future, foretold by the young dancers gathered to present the Chautauqua Dance Student Gala, a presentation by Chautauqua Festival and Workshop Dancers, under the direction for the past 30 years, of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

A banner on stage, in fact, announced this year of celebration, a legacy looking back upon a “Rich Tradition” and forward to an “Exciting Future,” and Bonnefoux and his Associate Director Maris Battaglia also took opportunity to memorialize contributions of the late Ed Anderson and Margery Gootnik, volunteers with the School of Dance, who were like family.