At 16, Kali Oliver is a veteran of the Chautauqua Dance program. She began her dance training in the Workshop
George Balanchine once said “Dance is music made visible.” The two art forms go hand in hand, similar to the friendship that has developed between the schools of Dance and Music at Chautauqua.
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]
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.
Chelsea Dumas once dreamed of becoming a backup dancer for Beyonce Knowles. Although she will always hold on to that dream, Dumas’ aspirations have shifted slightly since discovering ballet.
Dumas joins students from the School of Music and the School of Dance in a showcase at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
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.
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.”
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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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.
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.