ARB's Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive Program Begins This Week
On Monday, June 29, ballet students from around the world started their first day of training at Princeton Ballet School, the official school of NJ's premiere professional ballet company American Repertory Ballet, at the school's studios in the Princeton Shopping Center. This is Princeton Ballet School's 33rd year of offering their Summer Intensive course, making it one of the oldest programs in the United States.
The 2015 summer intensive welcomes over 100 students from all over the United States, including dancers from Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Utah. In addition, Princeton Ballet School also attracts many international students, including dancers from Australia, Columbia, Italy and Switzerland.
The dancers live on the Princeton University campus for five weeks, training every day at an advanced level at Princeton Ballet School. The intensive training will be predominantly made up of ballet class, but will be augmented with other classes, including partnering, variations, body mechanics, pointe, and men's class.
The Summer Intensive also includes an impressive list of full time faculty members. American Repertory Ballet's Artistic Director, Douglas Martin, is one of the main teachers. He and his wife, Mary Barton, came to ARB after many years as principal dancers in the Joffrey Ballet. Barton, now ARB's resident choreographer, will also teach extensively in the program, as will Kathleen Moore, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, and now ARB company teacher and PBS faculty member. The other integral faculty member is Maria Youskevitch, also formerly a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, an accomplished master teacher throughout the US, and the ballet master of ARB Workshop, the pre-professional wing of ARB. Mary Pat Robertson, Director of Princeton Ballet School, also teaches as part of this team, including a course called Body Mechanics, about best practices for maintaining a healthy dancer's body.
The program will feature guest teachers, including Kirk Peterson, American Repertory Ballet choreographer and former American Ballet Theatre dancer, and Trinette Singleton, American Repertory Ballet choreographer and former Joffrey Ballet dancer. In addition, three Princeton Ballet School alum, all 'rising stars' in their own right, will return to teach this summer: Unity Phelan, a dancer with New York City Ballet; Sarah Hay, a soloist with Semperoper Dresden Ballet; and Michael Mindlin, Dance Captain of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway.
Princeton Ballet School's Summer Intensive is an important formative experience for its many students. Students will not only be able to develop their ballet technique, but will also develop skills in injury prevention, as well as creativity, leadership, and discipline, through the expertise of the teachers and variety of classes offered, including a choreography workshop. Students will learn both original and classical choreography, and have the opportunity to see An American in Paris on Broadway. The program culminates with a performance on the Berlind stage of McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, July 31.