Ballet Intensive Study
July 3 - August 5, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
BalletNova levels JD 4 -CD
Ages 12-18 (visitors by audition)
Tuition: $1,790 (or $400 per week**)
This rigorous program prepares intermediate and advanced aspirants for the ballet/dance environment of today. A premium is placed on exquisite--unencumbered-- classical training and artistic development along with authentic training in allied dance styles. The environment is one of high expectations and challenging curriculum in a nurturing atmosphere. Female students must be on pointe.
Daily Classical Ballet technique and Pointe/Men's classes are complimented by Modern Dance (Graham-based), Variations, Contemporary, Hip Hop, African and conditioning. Hands-on workshops/seminars on anatomy, injury prevention, nutrition, ballet history and career navigation round out the curriculum. Acclaimed international guest faculty are an integral part of this program. Students are encouraged to take as many weeks as possible to gain the most benefit - however weekly enrollment is permitted.
**Weekly tuition must be paid in full prior to the start date of the week attending. Registrations received at the beginning of a session after it starts will incur an additional $25 registration fee. No pro-rated or partial options are available except week of 7/5 for holiday closure.
Visiting students should contact the studio, for audition information.
Contemporary Ballet Studio Company
August 7-18, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
BalletNova levels JD 5-CD
Ages 13-18 (visitors by audition)
Designed for the serious intermediate and advanced ballet student, this program immerses students in the rigor and daily life of a 21st century professional dancer. From company class every morning to learning challenging classical and contemporary repertoire, to being part of the creation of an original ballet, this is a fast-paced and rewarding real-world experience for those seeking to push to the next level of artistry.
The program culminates with a full-scale public performance in BalletNova's state-of-the-art Fredgen Theater. Students have the opportunity to work with acclaimed international guest faculty and choreographers. Visiting students should contact the studio, for audition information.
Sign up for both Study and Performance and SAVE! Applicable to full programs only.
Malcolm Burn is a native New Zealander in his 28th year on the artistic staff of Richmond Ballet. During is 25-year dancing career, he performed leading roles in the standard classic repertory, numerous creations of contemporary ballet and partnered such noted ballerinas as Galina Samsova, Eva Evdokimova, Merle Park, Margaret Barbieri, and Patricia Ruanne. Prior to his coming to Richmond Ballet as principal dancer, Mr. Burn was the founding director of Ballet Arizona. He has performed with the London Festival Ballet, and was a principal dancer with The Royal New Zealand Ballet, The National Ballet of Zimbabwe, Ballet West and P.A.C.T. Ballet in South Africa, hwere he won the Ivan Soloman Award for Best Male Dancer in 1973, 1976 and 1980. Mr. Burn's choreographic works for Richmond Ballet include Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, A Tribute, Classical Symphony, Faces, Walpurgis Nacht, Pas Glazunov and Complete Trust.
Dionne D. Figgins began her career as a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, dancing lead roles in Serenade, Four Temperaments, Agon, and Concerto Baroccol, all by George Balanchine. She has also appeared as a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Broadway credits include Hot Feet, Memphis, Leap of Faith, and Motown The Musical. Regional credits include Sophisticated Ladies, The Wiz, Ray Charles Live, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Trip of Love, and Chicago. She is the co-founder of Broadway Serves, a non-profit organization whos mission is to connect theater professionals to community service opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. She can also be seen playing Yasmine on the Starz drama Flesh and Bone. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Elizabeth Gaither began her earlier ballet studies with her mother, Gloria Gaither in Miami, Florida. She then continued her ballet training at the Houston Ballet Academy, joining Houston Ballet Company at the age of 15. After dancing with Houston Ballet for 5 seasons Ms. Gaither joined American Ballet Theatre where she danced for eight years. She then joined The Washington Ballet as Principal Dancer. Ms. Gaither performed numerous leading roles in ballet such as: Giselle, Fancy Free, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadere; George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Symphony Concertante, Symphony in C and Serenade; Sir Frederick Ashton's The Dream, Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated; Jerome Robbins' In the Night; Nacho Duato's Na Floresta; Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses and Edwaard Liang's Wunderland to name a few. She has been in the PBS American Ballet Theatre filmings of Le Corsaire and Sir Frederick Aston's The Dream as well as appeared in the movie Center Stage. Since her retirement from the stage, Elizabeth has been teaching and coaching students as well as professional dancers. “There is no greater reward then to be able to give back to the world of ballet and it's striving artists and help them on their journey.”
Oscar Hawkins is a native of Brandywine, Maryland. He has danced with Kirov Ballet Company II, Ballet International, Tulsa Ballet, Deutsche Opera, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Spoleto Festival Ballet and performed leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Paquita, Esmerelda, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Veneian Carnival, Alberto Alonzo's Carmen, Jeffrey Holder's Douglas and Troy Games, George Balanchine's Four Temperments and Prodigal Son, Vladamir Anguelov's Forte, Alonso King's Signs and Wonders and Dennis Nahats's A Midsummer Night Dream and Go Daddy O. Mr. Hawkins has performed in Las Vegas with Cirque Du Soleil's Mystère, lead act with Belle Et Foux in Berlin, Germany and worked with Hinton Battle as a character dancer in the film The Great Oberver. Mr. Hawkins is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Arts Academy, Director of Dance for Kirov Academy of Ballet's Outreah program and Creator/Director of The Oscar Talentshowcase Competition.
Andrea Renee Long was born in Philadelphia and began her dance training at age seven at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. During her early training years Ms. Long also attend the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and American Ballet Theater School. At age fourteen, Ms. Long became an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet company and after working with the company for a year decided to pursue a dance career in New York. Ms. Long was accepted into the School of American Ballet on full scholarship and after two years was invited to join the New York City Ballet. During her eight years with the company, she performed much of the Balanchine repertoire including: Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Concerto Barocco and was part of the original cast of Peter Martins’ ballets Fearful Symmetries and Ash. While a member of NYCB, Ms. Long also toured internationally with Peter Boal and Dancers, appeared in the NYCB Nutcracker film and modeled for French Vogue. In 1998, Ms. Long joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a soloist and was promoted to Principal dancer a year later. During her tenure at DTH Ms. Long toured internationally with the company and performed principal roles in several ballets, among them: Firebird, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Manifestations, Twist and Viraa. Ms. Long has appeared as guest artist with Complexions, Washington Ballet and other dance companies. She retired from performing in 2008 and began her second career as a teacher. Ms. Long has served on the faculty of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sandonato School of Ballet and Collage Dance Collective. She is currently teaches at the School of American Ballet and is on faculty at City Dance in Bethesda, MD.