Eglevsky Ballet Announces Student Workshop Performance 6/8

Executive Artistic Director Maurice Brandon Curry has announced details for the Eglevsky Ballet's Annual Student Workshop Performance to be held at The Olmstead Theater at Adelphi University on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. This year's Student Workshop will include world premiere works choreographed by Patrick Frenette, Christopher Huggins and Morgan McEwen. The event will also feature works choreographed by members of the Eglevsky Ballet Academy resident faculty.

Patrick Frenette's new ballet is entitled "Elysium" with music by Cesar Franck. Christopher Huggins dance is entitled "Chaos" with music by Karl Jenkins, and Morgan McEwen's work uses Aaron Copeland's score for "The Lincoln Portrait."

Additionally, a performance of the "Tarantella" from August Bournonville's ballet, Napoli will be showcased and there will be an appearance by the professional dancers of the Eglevsky Ballet.

Tickets for the Annual Student Workshop are $30 and may be purchased at the studio offices of the EGLEVSKY BALLET at 700 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, NY. For further details call (516) 746-1115.

"The Annual Student Workshop Performance was created for our students to showcase their year-long studies in both classical and contemporary repertoire," said Mr. Curry. "By working with established and emerging choreographers as well as our own celebrated faculty, the dancers not only reveal the mastery of their technique, but their technique of performance. All things considered, dance is a performing art. By allowing the students from the graded levels in the Academy to perform in a professional production, the focus of their aspirations to become professional dancers becomes all the more clear."

Patrick Frenette was born in Vancouver, Canada. He began his early training at the Goh Ballet Academy under the instruction of Ms. Fiona Smith. In 2008, his family relocated to California to further his professional ballet training with former ABT dancer Chris Martin and former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Dmitri Kulev. He was a two-time recipient of the Senior Grand Prix award at the Youth America Grand Prix's regional competitions. In 2011, he was also awarded the Mary Day Award for Outstanding Artistry.

Frenette began studying full time at SAB in 2012, and was awarded The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship while there. He studied with Jock Soto and Suki Schorer, and also performed in New York Choreographic Institute workshops. He performed a principal role in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 in his graduation performance.

Frenette joined ABT as an apprentice in 2013 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2014. His repertoire has included the Cockerel and Notary's Clerk in La Fille mal gardée, Wilfred in Giselle, the Recruit, Butler and Majordomo in Alexei Ratmansy's The Nutcracker, a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, a role in After You and roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.