Peter and the Wolf at the Tarrytown Music Hall

Presented by The Music Hall & Ballet des Amériques

Ballet des Amériques – Westchester’s premier dance company – brings its acclaimed ballet Peter and the Wolf to the Tarrytown Music Hall. Choreographed by Carole Alexis to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf is sure to delight audiences young and old. The program also features the premiere of Boléro, a modern ballet by Carole Alexis on the music of Maurice Ravel, as well as other pieces from the repertoire.

Call the Box Office at (877) 840-0457 or purchase your tickets online at: https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=1967

Reviews of some recent performances:

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Summer Intensive Audition at Ballet des Amériques – Saturday, March 4, 2017

SI 2017 Banner March 4 AuditionAuditions for the 2017 Summer Intensive program at Ballet des Amériques will be held at 16 King Street in Port Chester on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10am to 12pm. Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to pre-register. A $25 audition fee is due at the time of the audition.

The 2017 Summer Intensive is a 4-week program from July 31 through August 25, 2017, Mondays through Fridays from 9am until 2:30pm. A concluding performance is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at the Tarrytown Music Hall – details to be announced.

Our comprehensive program includes classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be Master Classes taught by renowned guest teachers.

For applicants from foreign countries or from remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school at admin@balletdesameriques.com or 646-753-0457 for detailed instructions.2017 Summer Intensive Audition March 4 Isodale

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Carole Alexis – a key player in the arts

Carole Alexis, Choreographer and Artistic and Executive Director of Ballet des Amériques, was recently featured in The Journal News as a key player in the arts in the Lower Hudson Valley:

State of the arts: Key trends in 2017

by Karen Croke with photography and videography by Mark Vergari

8 dancers of the 10-dancer company posing with Director Carole Alexis following their Nutcracker Ball performance on December 17, 2016 (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

8 dancers of the 10-dancer company posing with Director Carole Alexis following a Nutcracker Ball performance on December 17, 2016
(Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

 

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Facing the Barre at Ballet des Amériques

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Summer Intensive 2016 Finale at Port Chester Day

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Summer Intensive students of Ballet des Amériques brought their final performance to Lyon Park in celebration of Port Chester Day. Here is a little excerpt featuring a character dance to Celtic music from Brittany and an article in this week’s issue of Westmore News. A big Thank You to Linda Turturino for arranging our participation in this celebration and to Director Carole Alexis for staging the performance. Thank you, of course, also to our Summer Intensive students for sharing your wonderful performance with the community. We are looking forward to receiving you again next year!

 

 

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Studio Anna Pavlova

Studio Anna Pavlova: Constructed July 2011 – Renovated July 2016

A newly renovated Studio Anna Pavlova welcomed students to our International Summer Intensive this 1st of August. A big Thank You to Jose and Ronaldo for their renovation work and to our volunteers who helped get things spic and span in time for the reopening! Thank you, once again, to Benjamin Wilhelm, who so generously helped us build the magnificent sprung floor five years ago in time for BdA’s first Summer Intensive in July 2011.

August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Sprung dance floor construction - July 2011

Sprung dance floor construction – July 2011

Sprung dance floor construction - July 2011

Sprung dance floor construction – July 2011

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Vinyl dance floor removed for studio renovation – July 2016

Ready for the first Summer Intensive - July 2011

Ready for the first Summer Intensive – July 2011

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Welcome!

 

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Introducing our Guest Teachers in August 2016

Throughout our 4-week Summer Intensive in August 2016, several classes will be taught by renowned guest faculty.  Ronald Alexander, Karin Averty and Kathryn Sullivan have taught Master Classes at Ballet des Amériques on previous occasions, and we are delighted that they have agreed to bring their wealth of knowledge and superb teaching skills to this year’s summer program.

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Karin Averty joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973 and became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979. She was quickly recognized internationally when she received the Varna Grand Prix (in the youth category) in 1980 at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. During the Paris Opera Ballet Competition, she was promoted Premiere Danseuse in 1983. In 1986, the AROP Paris Opera Ballet Association awarded her the Prix du Public.

From 1984 to 2005 she interpreted principal roles of the classical repertory (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Bayadère, Don Quixote, Coppelia, la Fille mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliette, Etudes…) and new works from guest choreographers invited to the Paris Opera Ballet (William Forsythe, Odile Duboc, John Neumeier…) but also choreographies from Lifar, Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, MacMillan, Graham, Taylor, Tharp, Kudelka …)
In 1987 she was invited to be a Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet during a leave of absence from the Paris Opera Ballet.
In 1988 she became Guest Principal Artist with the San Francisco Ballet and the following year was part of the San Francisco Ballet’s French tour at the Champs-Elysees Theater.
In 2003 she obtained her Diplôme d’Etat in Ballet (official French teaching diploma).
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister of France, honored her with the National Merit Order as a Chevalier in 2004.
As a final good-bye to the Paris Opera Ballet, and for the first time in her carreer, she interpreted the role of Juliet in Nureyev’s choreography Romeo and Juliet at the Bastille Opera on July 9, 2005.
Karin pursued her career as a guest artist.
In February 2009 she made her final appearance in Japan performing “Les Biches” Nijinska’s choreography with the NBA Ballet Company to celebrate Serge de Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes 100 years.

Since then Karin is a freelance Ballet instructor and coach for Ballet Companies and Schools throughout the world. She has been invited in France, Korea, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA …

Kathryn Sullivan has taught ballet in NYC for over 25 years; many of her students are in major dance companies, on Broadway, or are now teachers.

She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, performing with the Boston
Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Le Ballet de
Nancy. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, La
Guardia High School of Performing Arts, and New Jersey Ballet.

Ms. Sullivan collaborated with pianists on CDs for ballet class, made a DVD of ballet routines, “Ballet with Style,” has written articles for all major dance magazines and directed three documentaries on modern dance.

Kathryn Sullivan currently teaches ballet and pointe at STEPS on Broadway, and at Peridance, and is on faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University. She is also the creator of the popular “Ballet Glider” (www.balletglider.com).

ron-alexanderRonald Alexander is a free-lance professional consultant with experience as a ballet dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and an administrator in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. Born in Washington, DC, he started his formal training with Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper at the Workshop for Careers in the Arts at George Washington University and continued his training with David Shields at the David Shields School of Ballet in Boston, MA and Billy Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Roxbury, MA while attending Boston University on a full academic scholarship. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. He participated in the Carlisle Choreographers Project in Pittsburgh, PA and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Emerging Choreographers Series under Bessie Schonberg. He has taught dance and has been a guest teaching artist in the following organizations in NYC: the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Ruth Williams School of Dance, Henry Street Settlement, Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College, LaGuardia Community College, and Adelphi University, among others.

From 1994-2002, Ronald Alexander was a NYC certified dance instructor with the NYC Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY (1987-92) under Betty Allen, Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05) with the NYC Board of Education, and the School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens; the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White; and the New York City Ballet Workout as taught by New York City Ballet.

Mr. Alexander has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York, NY. From May, 2008 to December, 2011 he was the Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where he supervised the Classical Academic Program and was Dean of Admissions. He choreographed to favorable reviews: “A Chorus Line,” in 2009 and “Titanic,” in 2011 at the Warner Theatre, one of New England’s premiere community theatres. In February 2011, Mr. Alexander was the subject of an article in Dance Teacher Magazine, “Five Teachers, Five Venues.” In 2013, he returned to New York City, and founded RKA Consultants, and is presently working with the following arts organizations in New York City and nationally: the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, NY and New York Theatre Ballet, among others.

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Le Carnaval des animaux

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Le Carnaval des animaux – The Carnival of the Animals

On the heels of the second season of Evenings of Dance in Port Chester, the Company of Ballet des Amériques brings its acclaimed and evolving repertoire to the Emelin Theatre.

The matinée performances are introduced by Le Carnaval des animaux or “The Carnival of the Animals” – an original choreography by Carole Alexis to the musical suite by Camille Saint-Saëns, which is danced by the preprofessional students of the School of Ballet des Amériques.

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 3pm
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 3pm
Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY

The production of Le Carnaval des animaux honors the work of painter Ilya Zomb whose pieces are reproduced with the artist’s kind permission.


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Ballet des Amériques is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating a preprofessional ballet training program and a professional dance company in Port Chester, New York.

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Ballet des Amériques in Paris

Port Chester, New York, March 28, 2016

For the third year in a row, students of Ballet des Amériques in Port Chester, New York, succeeded in highly competitive auditions for participation in the Summer School of the Paris Opera Ballet School. Alexandria B. of Greenwich, Connecticut, will attend the program at the “Supérieur” level, while Marguerite G. of Rye Brook, New York, was admitted to the highest level: “Supérieur pro”.

Established in 1713 under King Louis XIV, the Ballet School of the Paris Opera – l’École de Danse de l’Opéra national de Paris – is the world’s oldest and most prestigious educational institution for classical dance, and Ballet des Amériques is honored to return to this original source of formal ballet training.

The results of the auditions reached the students in February, while Marguerite G. and company dancer Isodale Alexis were training and rehearsing in Paris with director Carole Alexis for the Grand Prix de Paris Let’sDANCE® competition. After weeks of preparation and eventual performances in classical and modern dance in front of an illustrious jury, our dancers received more good news: Both were awarded the title of laureate finalist and were invited to perform in the concluding performance of the event at the Carreau du Temple on February 14th. Marguerite performed a choreography in the modern dance category, while Isodale Alexis performed choreographies in both the classical and modern categories.

Isodale Alexis

Isodale Alexis

Alexandria B.

Alexandria B.

Marguerite G.

Marguerite G.

With Maître Frédéric Lazzarelli

With Maître Frédéric Lazzarelli

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Audition for Summer Intensive 2016

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Auditions for the August 2016 Summer Intensive program at Ballet des Amériques will be held at 16 King Street in Port Chester on Saturday February 27, 2016. Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to register. A $25 audition fee is due at the time of the audition.

The audition times by age groups are as follows:

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – students age 4-8

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – students age 9-11

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – students age 12-15

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – students age 16 and up

Summer Intensive – 4-week program – August 1 – 26

Mondays through Fridays from 9am until 2:30pm

Classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be Master Classes taught by renowned guest teachers, and the program will culminate in a performance at the end of August.

Participation in our summer program is by audition only. Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to register. For applicants from foreign countries or from remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school at admin@balletdesameriques.com or 646-753-0457 for detailed instructions. Please consult the Summer Intensive page on our main website regularly for additional announcements and information regarding specific guest teachers, master classes, special workshops etc.: http://www.balletdesameriques.com/summer-intensives

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Director Carole Alexis

Meet Carole Alexis, Director of Ballet des Amériques. What Makes Her Tick?

An in-depth interview with Carole Alexis by Leslie Yager.

GreenwichFreePress.com

Carole Alexis

Photo Credit: Leslie Yager

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August 2015 Photos and Videos

Welcome to our International Summer Intensive

This August, we are welcoming students from across Westchester County, including the Hudson Valley, from Fairfield Country, from Illinois, Paris, France, and Bern, Switzerland, to our International Summer Intensive. Students come to Port Chester for the excellent ballet training under Director Carole Alexis and her faculty, including renowned guest teachers Kathryn Sullivan, Ronald K. Alexander and Karin Averty. Another draw of our Summer Intensive, of course, is our well-rounded performing arts program including classes such as Acting for Dancers, Costume Sewing, Acrobatics, Afro-Caribbean Dance, Flamenco, French for Dancers and Arts and Crafts. The intensive dance training and the education in the peripheral subjects will come together and culminate in a final performance to be held at the end of August in our Studio Anna Pavlova.

Below are some impressions of the first two weeks of our program in photography and video.

Our Guest Teachers
Kathryn Sullivan

Master Class with Kathryn Sullivan

Ronald Alexander

Master Class with Ronald K. Alexander

Master Class with Karin Averty

Master Class with Karin Averty

 

Ballet Class with Mme. Alexis


 

Acting for Dancers with Ms. Arielle Rosales

Acting Class with Ms. Rosales

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Costume Sewing with Costume Mistress Nicole Alcantara

Acrobatics with Ms. Celeste Landa

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Acrobatics with Ms. Landa

Afro-Caribbean Dance with Monsieur Franck Muhel

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Flamenco with Ms. Arielle Rosales

French for Dancers with Mme. Murielle Williams

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Ballet Auditions for Academic Year 2015-16

Ballet des Amériques is auditioning prospective students for its Pre-Professional Program and its Conservatory Program for the Academic Year 2015-16 (September – June).

Auditions will be held in our studios at 16 King Street in Port Chester on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.:

Age 4-8: 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
Age 9-11: 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
Age 12-14: 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Age 14-19: 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

Please contact Assistant to the Director, Shirley Rodriguez, at admin@balletdesameriques.com to register.

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Community Outreach

Our Visit to the Thomas A. Edison School
On May 29, 2015, our Director Carole Alexis and her Company of professional dancers visited the Thomas A. Edison School, a public elementary school in Port Chester, at the invitation of Community School Coordinator Maria Flores. Director Alexis spoke to the nearly 200 children gathered on the gymnasium floor about the origins of ballet, about how this form of dance actually developed among the aristocracy in 15th century Italy out of the martial art of fencing, and she demonstrated how the basic positions and moves of ballet derived from the respective positions and moves in traditional fencing. The Director also talked about the first national academy of dance founded in France in the 17th century by the “sun king” Louis XIV, who was himself the leading dancer. Finally, she spoke a bit about the pieces from the repertoire that the Company was about to present, including “Macouba,” explaining that this piece was inspired by an East Indian community living in the town of Macouba on the Island of Martinique, a community that has largely preserved its identity over centuries, while also in cultural exchange with the surrounding African-European community.
As the photos below attest, the children were very engaged, even mesmerized by the ensuing performance, and from time to time would voice their amazement when they saw a particularly beautiful costume or striking dance move. The teachers and support staff as well as Community School Coordinator, Maria Flores, were also very pleased, asking questions, thanking us for bringing this performance to the children, and stating that they had also learned a thing or two in addition to have enjoyed the show.
We were very inspired by this first visit to a local school and are looking forward to many more in the Fall. Thanks to an Arts Alive Community Project Grant from ArtsWestchester, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, we are able to bring, with the organizational help of Mrs. Flores, 15 children from Thomas Edison Elementary and 15 accompanying adults to our premiere of Peter and the Wolf at the Emelin Theatre on June 14th.
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Premiere: Jeux d’enfants

Press Release
Premiere: Jeux d’enfants (Children’s Games)

Port Chester, NY, May 17, 2015

The preprofessional students of Ballet des Amériques will dance the premiere of Jeux d’enfants or Childen’s Games – a set of twelve miniatures composed by Georges Bizet – in an original choreography by Carole Alexis.

The premiere is part of the opening program for Peter and the Wolf, an event featuring the professional dance company of Ballet des Amériques on June 13th and 14th, 2015, at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 3pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3pm
Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY

Tickets: http://www.balletdesameriques.com/peter-and-the-wolf

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Ballet des Amériques is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating a preprofessional ballet training program and a professional dance company, and is based in Port Chester, New York.

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Press Release: Peter and the Wolf – Company Premiere

Press Release: Peter and the Wolf – Company Premiere

Following the successful first season of Evenings of Dance in Port Chester, the Company of Ballet des Amériques comes to the Emelin Theatre with the premiere of Peter and the Wolf, a ballet by Carole Alexis based on the well-known story and music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Preceding the Company performance will be an opening program danced by the preprofessional students including Boléro, music by Maurice Ravel, and Jeux d’enfants or Children’s Games, a set of twelve miniatures by Georges Bizet, all choreographed by Artistic Director Carole Alexis.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 3pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3pm
Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY

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The premiere of Peter and the Wolf is supported by a grant from Macy’s and by an Arts Alive Project Grant.

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.


Ballet des Amériques is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating a preprofessional ballet training program and a professional dance company, and is based in Port Chester, New York.

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Save the date

June 13th and 14th, 3 p.m., at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY

Online ticket purchase for our annual production will be available soon through our main website and the Emelin Theatre.Peter_and_the_Wolf_2015

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Auditions

Auditions

Although the official auditions for our 2015 Summer Intensive August 3 – 28 have now passed, there are still some spots available in this year’s 4-week program. Please write to admin@balletdesameriques.com or call us at 646-753-0457 to schedule an appointment.

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Port Chester Open Studios

Improvisational Performances at Port Chester Open Studios

Two dancers from Ballet des Amériques will be giving short improvisational performances in the afternoon on Saturday, April 25, as guests of Port Chester Open Studios, a weekend of exhibitions by visual artists in the historic Ernest Simons Building that is also part of ARTSEE, a festival showcasing new works of art throughout Westchester County in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. The dancers will make their guest appearances in the studios of Miranda Arts Project Space (404E), organizer of the Open Studios weekend.

The celebration will continue just a few blocks from the Ernest Simons Building with the season’s final Evening of Dance in Port Chester at 7 pm at Ballet des Amériques, 16 King Street, where dancers will perform pieces from the Company’s répertoire.

Evenings of Dance in Port Chester

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Support a Good Cause

Support the Mission of this Not-for-profit Organization with a Charitable Gift

Donate online: http://www.balletdesameriques.com/donate

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Audition April 11 2015

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Ballet des Amériques is holding a second round of auditions for its Summer Intensive 2015. The audition times on Saturday, April 11, 2015, are as follows:

9am-10am for students aged 4-8
10am-11am for students aged 9-12
11am-12:30pm for advanced students

Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to register. An audition fee of $25 is payable on the day of the audition.

Summer Intensive – 4-week program – August 3 – 28

Summer Registration Fee: $30
Arts & Crafts Materials: $50

Elementary – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (half-day): $1,250
Elementary – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650
Intermediate – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650
Intermediate/Advanced – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650

Classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup.

Each week in this year’s four-week summer program from August 3 until August 28, several classes will be taught by renowned guest faculty. Kathryn Sullivan and Ronald Alexander have taught Master Classes at Ballet des Amériques on previous occasions, and we are delighted that they have agreed to bring their wealth of knowledge and superb teaching skills to our 2015 Summer Intensive. Première Danseuse of the Paris Opera and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet Karin Averty will join our guest faculty for the first time, and we are truly honored to welcome her to Ballet des Amériques. Please read more in this announcement.

The 2015 program will culminate in a final performance at the end of August.

Participation in our summer program is by audition only. A first round of auditions took place on February 19 and 21, 2015. A second round of auditions is scheduled for April 11, 2015. Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to register.

For applicants from foreign countries or from remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school at admin@balletdesameriques.com or 646-753-0457 for detailed instructions.

Please consult the Summer Intensive page on our main website regularly for additional announcements and information regarding specific guest teachers, master classes, special workshops etc.April11Audition

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Arts Deals

In association with ArtsWestchester, Ballet des Amériques announce their first Arts Deal

For their new series Evenings of Dance in Port Chester, Carole Alexis and her Ballet des Amériques dance company invite you for an evening of art and cuisine in the village of Port Chester. Present your ticket to an Evening of Dance at the Euro Asian Bistro, located a mere two blocks from our venue, and enjoy a 15% discount on your restaurant bill. The discount is only applicable on the particular Evening of Dance indicated on the ticket. So come enjoy one of our upcoming dance performances on March 21 or April 25 and make an evening of it by including a reservation at the Euro Asian Bistro! Euro Asian Bistro is the first restaurant in the Waterfront District to join our program, and others are sure to follow. Posters for Evenings of Dance are appearing all over town. Evenings of Dance in Port Chester will be an annual series held in the months of winter. Arts Deals in Westchester are advertised through ArtsWestchester.


March 17, 2015

Salsa Picante, an authentic Mexican restaurant located just around the corner from Ballet des Amériques at 110 Adee Street, is joining our program and offering a 15% discount on your restaurant bill upon presenting your ticket. The discount again is only applicable on the particular Evening of Dance indicated on the ticket. So make your reservation today.

Evenings of Dance in Port Chester


Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, a member of the Port Chester-Rye Brook-Rye Town Chamber of Commerce, a member of ArtsWestchester – Westchester County’s designated arts council – and of Dance/USA – the national service organization for professional dance.

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Introducing our Guest Teachers

Each week in this year’s four-week summer program from August 3 until August 28, several classes will be taught by renowned guest faculty. Kathryn Sullivan and Ronald Alexander have taught Master Classes at Ballet des Amériques on previous occasions, and we are delighted that they have agreed to bring their wealth of knowledge and superb teaching skills to our 2015 Summer Intensive. Première Danseuse of the Paris Opera and Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet Karin Averty will join our guest faculty for the first time, and we are truly honored to welcome her to Ballet des Amériques.

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Karin Averty joined the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1973 and became a member of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979. She was quickly recognized internationally when she received the Varna Grand Prix (in the youth category) in 1980 at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. During the Paris Opera Ballet Competition, she was promoted Premiere Danseuse in 1983. In 1986, the AROP Paris Opera Ballet Association awarded her the Prix du Public.

From 1984 to 2005 she interpreted principal roles of the classical repertory (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Bayadère, Don Quixote, Coppelia, la Fille mal Gardée, Romeo and Juliette, Etudes…) and new works from guest choreographers invited to the Paris Opera Ballet (William Forsythe, Odile Duboc, John Neumeier…) but also choreographies from Lifar, Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, MacMillan, Graham, Taylor, Tharp, Kudelka …)
In 1987 she was invited to be a Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet during a leave of absence from the Paris Opera Ballet.
In 1988 she became Guest Principal Artist with the San Francisco Ballet and the following year was part of the San Francisco Ballet’s French tour at the Champs-Elysees Theater.
In 2003 she obtained her Diplôme d’Etat in Ballet (official French teaching diploma).
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister of France, honored her with the National Merit Order as a Chevalier in 2004.
As a final good-bye to the Paris Opera Ballet, and for the first time in her carreer, she interpreted the role of Juliet in Nureyev’s choreography Romeo and Juliet at the Bastille Opera on July 9, 2005.
Karin pursued her career as a guest artist.
In February 2009 she made her final appearance in Japan performing “Les Biches” Nijinska’s choreography with the NBA Ballet Company to celebrate Serge de Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes 100 years.

Since then Karin is a freelance Ballet instructor and coach for Ballet Companies and Schools throughout the world. She has been invited in France, Korea, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA …

Kathryn Sullivan has taught ballet in NYC for over 25 years; many of her students are in major dance companies, on Broadway, or are now teachers.

She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, performing with the Boston
Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Le Ballet de
Nancy. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, La
Guardia High School of Performing Arts, and New Jersey Ballet.

Ms. Sullivan collaborated with pianists on CDs for ballet class, made a DVD of ballet routines, “Ballet with Style,” has written articles for all major dance magazines and directed three documentaries on modern dance.

Kathryn Sullivan currently teaches ballet and pointe at STEPS on Broadway, and at Peridance, and is on faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University. She is also the creator of the popular “Ballet Glider” (www.balletglider.com).

ron-alexanderRonald Alexander is a free-lance professional consultant with experience as a ballet dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and an administrator in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. Born in Washington, DC, he started his formal training with Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper at the Workshop for Careers in the Arts at George Washington University and continued his training with David Shields at the David Shields School of Ballet in Boston, MA and Billy Wilson at the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Roxbury, MA while attending Boston University on a full academic scholarship. He subsequently received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

He has performed with the following ballet companies: the National Ballet of Canada, the Iranian National Ballet, the Frankfurt and Hamburg Ballet Companies in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. He has choreographed numerous dances for schools, colleges and dance companies including the Hamburg Ballet, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and the Nanette Bearden Dance Company to name a few. He participated in the Carlisle Choreographers Project in Pittsburgh, PA and the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Emerging Choreographers Series under Bessie Schonberg. He has taught dance and has been a guest teaching artist in the following organizations in NYC: the Ailey School, the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Lincoln Center for the Arts in Education, Clark Center for the Performing Arts, Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory, Ruth Williams School of Dance, Henry Street Settlement, Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College, LaGuardia Community College, and Adelphi University, among others.

From 1994-2002, Ronald Alexander was a NYC certified dance instructor with the NYC Department of Education. He has held administrative and artistic positions in the following public, private and not-for-profit venues: Chairman of the Dance Department of the Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY (1987-92) under Betty Allen, Principal of the High School for Contemporary Arts, Bronx, NY (2003-05) with the NYC Board of Education, and the School Administrator at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York, NY (2005-07) under Arthur Mitchell. He has studied the American Ballet Theatre School Training Curriculum (Primary to Level Five) under Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens; the Vaganova Ballet Training Method (Primary to Level Three) under John White; and the New York City Ballet Workout as taught by New York City Ballet.

Mr. Alexander has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a certificate in School Supervision and Administration from the City College of New York, NY. From May, 2008 to December, 2011 he was the Principal of the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts where he supervised the Classical Academic Program and was Dean of Admissions. He choreographed to favorable reviews: “A Chorus Line,” in 2009 and “Titanic,” in 2011 at the Warner Theatre, one of New England’s premiere community theatres. In February 2011, Mr. Alexander was the subject of an article in Dance Teacher Magazine, “Five Teachers, Five Venues.” In 2013, he returned to New York City, and founded RKA Consultants, and is presently working with the following arts organizations in New York City and nationally: the Ailey School, the Harlem School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, NY and New York Theatre Ballet, among others.

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Press Article about Ballet des Amériques

Please enjoy this article about us in the Greenwich Free Press:

An Evening of Dance at Ballet des Amériques Injects Flavor and Creativity
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Carole Alexis, director at Ballet des Amériques with company after the Feb. 28 “Evening of Dance” in Port Chester. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Student Accepted at the Paris Opera Ballet School

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Louise in Boléro – Music: Maurice Ravel, Choreography: Carole Alexis, Photography: Shamsher Dhanoa

Press Release: Ballet des Amériques Student Accepted at the Paris Opera Ballet School

Ballet des Amériques is pleased to announce that another student has been accepted by the Opéra National de Paris as a boarder trainee to the Paris Opera’s Summer School at the niveau supérieur or superior level.

Marguerite-Louise G., a resident of Rye Brook in Westchester County, is the third student from Ballet des Amériques to be admitted to the prestigious school’s summer program. Her classmates Alexandria O. and Isabel W. were admitted to and attended the Paris Opera’s Summer School in 2014, while fellow student Emanuel L. went to the Summer School of the Royal Ballet School in London.

The Board of Directors of Ballet des Amériques congratulates Marguerite-Louise and wishes her a productive and inspiring summer training session in Paris.

The Board also wishes to give special recognition to the work and achievement of Director Carole Alexis who is Marguerite-Louise’s teacher and mentor. This success was made possible by the countless hours of dedicated training with Marguerite-Louise and the video audition, carefully prepared by Director Carole Alexis.

Ballet des Amériques is proud to see that in the fourth year of our existence, we are sending our third student to the Opéra National de Paris, which represents a 100% success rate for these auditions. This clearly demonstrates that Director Carole Alexis and her staff are achieving the school’s stated mission of providing the highest level of ballet training in Westchester County in a pre-professional curriculum-based program.

The present result is remarkable in that Marguerite-Louise joined Ballet des Amériques relatively late in her dance education as a transfer student in the summer of 2013 and had to adjust to the demands of the curriculum-based training in a very short time. She enrolled as one of the first students in the Conservatory program at Ballet des Amériques, established in 2014 as Westchester County’s first daytime training program specifically designed for home and cyber schoolers.

Forming an excellent relationship with her student and being able to count on Marguerite-Louise’s undivided attention and commitment to hard work, Madame Alexis performed what has proven to be one of her signature feats, which is the mise à niveau or raising a student’s various abilities to the standard expected by the world’s premier institutions such as the Opéra National de Paris.

Congratulations!

The Board of Directors


Based in Port Chester, New York, Ballet des Amériques is an international performing arts and dance center for students and professionals in the greater New York City area.

Under the direction of Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques School & Company combines ballet training, dance education and performance. Students of the School receive intensive training in classical ballet, in modern and in contemporary dance as well as a well-rounded dance education (with classes in music, dance history, anatomy) in a comprehensive and integrated curriculum-based pre-professional program. The professional dancers of the Company of Ballet des Amériques perform original choreographies throughout the greater New York City area and increasingly throughout the world.

Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, a member of the Port Chester-Rye Brook-Rye Town Chamber of Commerce, a member of ArtsWestchester – Westchester County’s designated arts council – and of Dance/USA – the national service organization for professional dance.

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Visit Ballet des Amériques School & Company’s profile on Pinterest.

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Tradition into the 21st Century

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Evenings of Dance in Port Chester

What audiences are saying about this series:

On Facebook:

Fran Dell The company has improved every time we have seen you. Each time it is more exhilarating, the moments are more indelible – is it possible to be more indelible? We think you are accomplishing the impossible and we are, in our own little circle, spreading the word. In the last several weeks we have seen two all-Balanchine programs at NYCB. They were superb as usual. To us, he was the pinnacle. You deserve to be seen, talked about and compared with the best ever, Madame. Please keep on creating. F & R
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Mark your calendar for this night of the most unique and creative ballet, just over the line in Port Chester. I highly recommend it. – Leslie


Enjoy an evening of art and cuisine in the Village of Port Chester…

Evenings of Dance in Port Chester

Carole Alexis and her Ballet des Amériques dance company invite you to

Evenings of Dance in Port Chester

January 31, 7PMFebruary 28, 7PMMarch 21, 7PMApril 25, 7PM

Enjoy an evening of art and cuisine in the Village of Port Chester by joining us for a performance at Ballet des Amériques and making reservations for dinner after the show at one of the many restaurants in the Waterfront district.

Ballet des Amériques, 16 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573

RSVP: admin@balletdesameriques.com

Suggested donation at the door: $20

www.balletdesameriques.company

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Summer Intensive 2015 Auditions

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Ballet des Amériques is pleased to announce its 2015 Summer Intensive program:

Summer Intensive – 4-week program – August 3 – 28

Summer Registration Fee: $30
Arts & Crafts Materials: $50

Elementary – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (half-day): $1,250
Elementary – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650
Intermediate – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650
Intermediate/Advanced – Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: $1,650

Classes and workshops in: ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, répertoire, partnering, modern dance, modern jazz, barre au sol, music and voice, ballet terminology (French), dance history, acting, arts and crafts, folkloric dance, stage makeup. Each week there will be Master Classes taught by renowned guest teachers, and this year’s program will culminate in a performance at the end of August.

Participation in our summer program is by audition only. Auditions will be held on February 19 and 21, 2015. Please call 646-753-0457 or e-mail admin@balletdesameriques.com to register.

For applicants from foreign countries or from remote states, there is a video audition option. Please contact the school at admin@balletdesameriques.com or 646-753-0457 for detailed instructions.

Please consult the Summer Intensive page on our main website regularly for additional announcements and information regarding specific guest teachers, master classes, special workshops etc.summer2015HorizontalAd2

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Impressions: Nutcracker Ball 2014

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The Nutcracker Ball

You are cordially invited to our fourth annual Nutcracker Ball – performances, reception and fundraiser for Ballet des Amériques. Students of our School will present excerpts from the Nutcracker, while our professional dancers will perform original pieces from the repertoire of the Company
Performances on Saturday, December 13th, at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm, are followed by a reception. A third performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 14th, at 3 pm. Suggested donation at the door is $20.
Seating is limited; RSVP by December 6th: admin@balletdesameriques.com.Nutcracker Ball 2014_web

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Makeup Workshop with Nicky Posley

The Art of Makeup

Renowned makeup artist Nicky Posley joined us on Saturday, November 8, for a master class on stage makeup for dancers. Parents and other adult guests in attendance found Mr. Posley’s presentation and conversation with his audience quite instructive, genuinely free and delightfully engaging, while students listened attentively, except for occasional burst of laughter at humorous remarks from the presenter. Thank you, Mr. Posley, for this wonderful session!Nicky Posley

Nicky Posley Master Class

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Ballet Conservatory

Below is a short video of daytime Conservatory students at the barre – at Ballet des Amériques

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Training at Ballet des Amériques – Junior Division

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Preventing Dance Injuries

Physical therapists Elisa LaBelle from the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and Todd Wilkowski from Performance Physical Therapy will speak to students, faculty and parents about dance injury prevention.

Time: Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Place: Ballet des Amériques, 16 King St., Port Chester, NY 10573

Topics covered:

  • Causes of dance injuries
  • Nutrition for dancers
  • Common dance injuries
  • Training methods
  • Injury Prevention

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The Waterfront in Port Chester

Photo Shoot at Port Chester’s Waterfront

On a beautiful day in early fall, Director Carole Alexis took the female dancers of the Company and two students of the Conservatory across the street to Port Chester’s Waterfront for a photo shoot. Here are some pictures:

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Ballet School offers Program aimed at Home-schooled Students

An Article about our daytime Conservatory Program in WestchesterParent

From the Article:

Ballet des Amériques School and Company in Port Chester now offers a program for home- and cyber-schooled students. The new program at the dance school in Westchester County is a full-day dance class with breaks for school work.

http://www.nymetroparents.com/westchester/article/port-chester-ballet-school-offers-program-for-homeschoolers

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Sansha Photo Shoot with Ballet des Amériques

Dance fashion photo shoot at Ballet des Amériques for Sansha New York

January 19, 2014

Director: Carole Alexis
Photographer: Shamsher Dhanoa
Make-up artist: Nicky Posley
Models: Students and dancers of Ballet des Amériques

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Peter and the Wolf – Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal for “Peter and the Wolf” at the Emelin Theatre, June 13, 2014

Photography: Shamsher Dhanoa, EstaVida Photography
Choreography: Carole Alexis, Director, Ballet des Amériques
Technical Director: Paul Uhry Newman
Music: “Peter and the Wolf” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel

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Music Class at Ballet des Amériques

Music Class at Ballet des Amériques with Ariel de la Portilla

Summer Intensive students are learning about variations in note types of mensural notation during a solfège class with teacher Ariel de la Portilla on double bass:

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Afro-Caribbean Class at Ballet des Amériques

Afro-Caribbean Class at Ballet des Amériques with Franck Muhel

In this first video clip, students of our 2014 Summer Intensive 2 are dancing Beguine:

Then it’s time for Salsa:

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Open Class Program for Adults

Something that may be of interest to parents of our students: Ballet des Amériques is now offering a program of open classes for adults of all levels from beginners to dancers who wish to build on prior experience: Ballet, Flamenco, Zumba Fitness, Barre au Sol (Floor Barre), World Dance Fitness. Please visit our main website for schedule and contact information.Adult Ballet Poster ARIELLE POSTER 2 Bilma Diaz Adult Zumba Class

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Master Class with Kathryn Sullivan

On Thursday, August 14, Kathryn Sullivan returns to Ballet des Amériques to teach a Master Class to our Summer Intensive students. We look forward to welcoming Madame Sullivan back to our studios.Kathryn Sullivan Master Class

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Studio Maurice Béjart – maintenant tout en blanc

We finished installing new white vinyl dance flooring in Studio Maurice Béjart. The black floor moved to Studio Jean-Baptiste Lully, our multi-purpose studio for Flamenco, Music, Arts and Crafts, Acting for Dancers …

Happy Monday to our August Summer Intensive students – Week 2! P1040367P1040370P1040372P1040371P1040366Maurice Béjart

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Giving Life to Dead Pointe Shoes

With the August Summer Intensive about to begin, here’s a look at what students did in this past July’s session. First up, an Arts and Crafts project:photo 5photo 710351837_10152598826914600_6646513317863850753_n10544774_10152598860734600_2652975772162497629_nphoto 2photo 4photo 6photo 1

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Press Release: Ballet des Amériques Student Accepted at the Royal Ballet School

A student at Ballet des Amériques has been accepted by the Royal Ballet School in the United Kingdom as a boarder trainee to its White Lodge Summer School 2014 program. Emanuel L, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, is trained by Ballet des Amériques’ Director Carole Alexis and teachers Celeste Landa and Isodale Alexis. Director Carole Alexis prepared the remote audition.

This news follows on the heels of an earlier announcement that two students at Ballet des Amériques were admitted to the summer program at the Opéra de Paris.

Based in Port Chester, New York, Ballet des Amériques is an international performing arts and dance center for students and professionals in the greater New York City area.

Under the direction of Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques School & Company combines ballet training, dance education and performance. Students of the School receive intensive training in classical ballet, in modern and in contemporary dance as well as a well-rounded dance education (with classes in music, dance history, anatomy) in a comprehensive and integrated curriculum-based pre-professional program. The professional dancers of the Company of Ballet des Amériques perform original choreographies throughout the greater New York City area and increasingly throughout the world. Please visit our website at http://www.balletdesameriques.com for information on our philosophy, curriculum and policies and http://www.summerintensive.com for additional material on our summer intensive program.

Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the ArtsWestchester council.

Emanuel L

Photo: Shamsher Dhanoa © Ballet des Amériques. All rights reserved.

 

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Press Release: Ballet des Amériques announces first daytime Conservatory Ballet Program in Westchester County, New York

Ballet des Amériques is pleased to announce three programs for the serious dance student and an open class program for adults:

Conservatory Program
Daytime schedule for home and cyber schoolers

Pre-Professional Program
Afternoon and evening schedule

Post-Graduate Program
Daytime schedule for students age 18 and up who have completed high school and are beginning professional careers in dance

Open Class Adult Program
Classes for adults of all levels from beginners to dancers who wish to build on prior experience

The newly announced Conservatory Program, Post-Graduate Program and Open Class Adult Program are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The ongoing Pre-Professional Program at Ballet des Amériques will start its fourth year at the same time, after the usual summer break. Further information on any of these programs may be obtained by writing to info@balletdesameriques.com.

Under the direction of Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques School & Company combines ballet training, dance education and performance. Students of the School receive intensive training in classical ballet, in modern and in contemporary dance as well as a well-rounded dance education (with classes in music, dance history, anatomy) in a comprehensive and integrated curriculum-based pre-professional program. The professional dancers of the Company of Ballet des Amériques perform original choreographies throughout the greater New York City area and increasingly throughout the world. Please visit our website at http://www.balletdesameriques.com for information on our philosophy, curriculum and policies and http://www.summerintensive.com for additional material on our summer intensive program.

Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the ArtsWestchester council.

Contact
Hans-Jakob Wilhelm
info@balletdesameriques.com

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Tickets

Three weeks till showtime, and hundreds of tickets sold. Get yours today!

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Peter and the Wolf

Ballet des Amériques presents “Peter and the Wolf” and Divertissements

Back by popular demand: Ballet des Amériques returns to the Emelin Theatre with two performances of its original production of “Peter and the Wolf” – choreographed with a new ‘twist’ by Carole Alexis. The shows also feature a newly choreographed set of divertissements, performed by students of the school, and selections from the repertoire of the Company of Ballet des Amériques, performed by its professional dancers. – See more at: http://www.emelin.org/peterandthewolf#sthash.45pR6RAt.dpufbdaspringperformanceposter2014

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A Dance from Martinique

Students of last year’s Summer Intensive are practicing a dance from Martinique taught by Franck Muhel in an Afro-Caribbean class at Ballet des Amériques:

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