EAST LYME, CT - Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) will offer dance students from all over the country an opportunity to enhance their training with master teachers from New York City Ballet (NYCB) this summer during an intensive program, “In Balanchine’s Footsteps.” NYCB’s Associate Artistic Director, Wendy Whelan and Principal Dancer, Adrian Danchig-Waring are among the guest faculty for the two week program offered at ECB’s studio July 29th - August 2nd and August 5th - 9th. Whelan and Danchig-Waring will teach alongside preeminent ECB resident faculty members offering classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, and special topics including a discussion on pointe shoes. Other highlights will include jazz and musical theater with Broadway professionals, Mary Ann Lamb and Jessica Walker.
“There’s no better way for a young dancer to learn than from master teachers who were either students of George Balanchine, or members of companies that embrace his style and choreography,” shares ECB Executive Director Lise Reardon.
ECB Artistic Director, Gloria Govrin, provides the creative vision for “In Balanchine’s Footsteps” together with ECB Director of Curriculum and Programming, Damara Bennett. Many of today’s best ballet dancers are following in the footsteps of the legendary NYCB co-founder, George Balanchine. In the mid-20th century, he revolutionized classical ballet, and his legacy lives on through the major dance companies heavily influenced by his artistry. Working as a team, ECB’s expert faculty members are dedicated to preparing students for the rigorous demands of today’s choreography. Implementing Balanchine’s exquisite style, Govrin and Bennett’s intensive program is designed to serve as a springboard for students who want to grow as artists and individuals by providing the tools necessary to build upon expression, strength, stamina and control.
Articulating the importance of summer dance training and the enhancement of skill during this part of the season, Wendy Whelan reflects “Attending summer dance programs and intensives are part of the necessary building blocks to finding a career in dance. Having that extra time to immerse oneself deeper into training with other teachers, other ideas, other dancers and dance forms provides the opportunity to explore and take inventory of your own artistry and take it to a new level.”
If you would like more information on “In Balanchine’s Footsteps:”
Please contact Eastern Connecticut Ballet at 860-739-7899 or visit Easternctballet.org