Bringing Ballet Greats to the Midwest

You don't have to be on the East or West Coast to take ballet class from legendary teachers; you just have to know where to look!

 

As part of its outreach and education program, the Indianapolis City Ballet has recently launched its 2012 master class series, bringing reknowned performers and directors from companies like American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and more to teach at studios in the Indianapolis area. Gracing this year's September to June roster are allstars like Wendy Whelan, Daniel Ulbricht, Darci Kistler, John Meehan, Franco De Vita, Alexei Kremnev.... The list goes on. Classes are open to the public, but with limited space. Interested dancers and observers can purchase tickets and see the full list of this year's teachers here.

 

In addition to leading class, each of the teachers gives a 30-minute question and answer session with session with Jolinda Menendez, director of ICB's master classes program. Videos of the sessions are posted here and offer young students a rare and detailed look at each guest's dance background and career.

 

 

News
Rachel Neville, courtesy DTH

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Kicking off the partnership in June, DTH focused on the development of The Hazel Scott Project, a new work by choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Scott was a Black piano virtuoso and Hollywood trailblazer who risked her life and career through outspoken civil rights activism. In the spirit of her example, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater, and John Heginbotham, director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, co-taught a summer theater course that challenged students to create dance as a tool for social change.

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If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

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Courtesy Jill Randall

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