Brandywine Ballet's 2016 Summer Intensive to be Held in July 2016; Faculty Announced
LISA CHALMERS-NAUMANN, KEITH LEE, and TERRY EDLEFSEN will be members of the faculty for the Brandywine Ballet's Summer Intensive in West Chester, Pennsylvania in July 2016.
The following are the dates when these distinguished teachers will be participating in the Summer Intensive:
July 5-8, 2016 - Lisa Chalmers-Naumann
July 11-15, 2016 - Keith Lee
July 25-28, 2016 - Terry Edlefsen
LISA CHALMERS-NAUMANN began her ballet studies in Houston, Texas where she studied under the guidance of Maxine Asbury, Robert Barnett, Lew Christiansen, James Clauser, Eugene Collins, James DeBolt, William Dollar, Frederic Franklin, Anna-Marie Holmes, Emmamae Horn, Rudy Jenkins, Robert Joffrey, Nathalie Krassovska, Michael Lland, Roni Mahler, Margo Marshall, Mary Margaret Niland, Nina Popova, Nicholas Polachencko, Ronald Sequoio, and Eugene Tanner.
Ms. Chalmers-Naumann continued her ballet studies at the School of American Ballet where she received further ballet training under the tutelage of Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Helene Dudin, Richard Rapp, Suki Schorer, Muriel Stuart, Antonina Tumkovsky, and Stanley Williams. Ms. Chalmers-Naumann also studied with the leading teachers based in New York including Diane Cartier, Leon Danielian, Robert Denvers, David Howard, Finis Jhung, Valentina Pereslavic, and Patricia Wilde.
Upon joining the Houston Ballet and being promoted to the rank of soloist, Ms. Chalmers-Naumann danced roles in Bournonville Divertissements, George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Pas de Dix, and Raymonda Variations, William Dollar's Constanzia, John Taras' Design With Strings and Water Music, Nina Popova's staging of Paquita, and in the roles of Dawn in Frederic Franklin's production of Coppelia, Clara, Dewdrop, and the Snow Queen in Franklin's production of The Nutcracker, and Taglioni and Cerrito in Franklin's Pas de Quatre.
From 1979-1987, Ms. Chalmers-Naumann was a member of the New York City Ballet. While a member of the New York City Ballet, she danced an extensive repertoire which included George Balanchine's Agon, Ballet Imperial, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Coppelia, Jewels, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Quixote, Swan Lake Act II, Episodes, Firebird, The Four Temperaments, Harlequinade, Le Tombeau de Couperin, La Valse, L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Orpheus, Scherzo à la Russe, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, and Western Symphony, Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces, The Goldberg Variations, Mother Goose Suite, and The Four Seasons, Peter Martins' Reliquary, Jacques d'Amboise's Tschaikovsky Suite No. 2, Perséphone, choreographed by George Balanchine, Vera Zorina, and John Taras, and Tricolore, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux .
Since leaving the New York City Ballet Ms. Chalmers-Naumann has pursued a successful career as a master teacher. She has taught for the Albany Dance Institute, Jackson Hole Arts Center, New York State Summer School of the Arts, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, School of the Arts at the Dance Museum in Saratoga Springs, and Vassar College.
Ms. Chalmers-Naumann is also the co-artistic director of the New Paltz School of Ballet in New Paltz, New York.
KEITH LEE was born in The Bronx, New York. He started his dance training with tap at the age of three, and made his acting debut five years later with George C. Scott in the television series, East Side, West Side.
With encouragement from Ben Vereen, Mr. Lee pursued his dance studies at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York where he studied modern dance under the guidance of Gertrude Shurr, May O'Donnell, David Wood, and Norman Walker, and ballet under the guidance of Belle Malinka, Betty Lores, Harry Asmus, and Barbara Cole. Upon graduation, he received two Capezio Awards for excellence in both ballet and modern dance technique. He continued his dance studies at the New Dance Group under the guidance of Dorene Richardson, Celene Keller, Muriel Manning, Stanley Burke, and Beatrice Seckler.
Mr. Lee pursued his studies at the Harkness School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet under full scholarship. He began his professional career with the Norman Walker Dance Company and the Harkness Youth Ballet.
Mr. Lee joined American Ballet Theatre in 1969 and was promoted to the rank of soloist the following year. His repertoire included The Blackmoor in Petrouchka, Othello in Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane, Alias in Eugene Loring's Billy The Kid, the Matchmaker in Jerome Robbins' Les Noces, Von Rothbart in David Blair's Swan Lake, and principal and soloist roles in Alvin Ailey's The River, Lar Lubovitch's Scherzo For Massa Jack, Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Harald Lander's Etudes, and William Dollar's The Combat.
In 1968, Kathy Greene sponsored his first choreographic concert at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts and has since created ballets for American Ballet Theatre, the Washington Ballet, the Geneva Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Garden State Ballet, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the Capitol Ballet of Washington, D.C., Ballet Memphis, Lexington Ballet, and for his own company, Ballet of Contemporary Arts. He has also choreographed for television, films, and videos.
Mr. Lee has also been a balletmaster for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Capitol Ballet. Mr. Lee has also been on the faculty of the Dance Department of Shenandoah University and from 1994-96 he was artistic director of Syncopated Inc. Dance Company in Lexington, Kentucky. As artistic director Syncopated Inc. Dance Company Mr. Lee staged many of his dances including The Ellington Project which won Best Dance Theatre Award in 1996. Mr. Lee has also started an outreach program, NeWorlDance, in Kentucky, and he continues his outreach work in Virginia. From 1996-98 Mr. Lee was on the faculty of the Virginia School of the Arts. From 1998-99 Mr. Lee was named co-artistic director of Neworldance in Toronto, Canada. In 1999 Mr. Lee established his own ballet school in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In 2000 Mr. Lee was a guest choreographer at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach Florida where he created a new work and also restaged excerpts from his ballet, Image d'un Reve.
He is also pursuing a successful career as a freelance choreographer and master teacher.
TERRY EDLEFSEN was born in Bell, California and grew up with a history of dance in his family. His parents were former adagio and ballroom dancers performing in vaudeville.
Mr. Edlefsen began studying ballet at a privately owned school under the guidance of Donald Hewitt and Joey Harris in Santa Monica, California. He was awarded Ford Foundation scholarships, Distinction of Honors from the Cecchetti Society-Imperial School of Teachers of Dance, and scholarships to the American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet summer school programs in New York. He also studied at the Ballet International School de Danse in Cannes, France, under the direction of Rosella Hightower.
Mr. Edlefsen's performing career included associations with ballet companies in Europe, the United States and Australia in principal dancer positions with the Stuttgart Ballet, the Basel Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Frankfurt, and as a guest principal dancer with the Australian Ballet.
Mr. Edlefsen danced principal roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Firebird, and Napoli, and roles in George Balanchine's Serenade, Margo Sappington's Under The Sun, Norbert Vesak's Belong Pas de Deux and The Rite of Spring, Heinz Spoerli's Transfigured Night, Robert de Warren's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Laszlo Seregi's Spartacus Pas de Deux, John Cranko's Holberg Pas de Deux, Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden, Peter Darrell's The Tales of Hoffman, Glen Tetley's Arena, William Forsythe's Chinese Poems and Orpheus, and Jean-Paul Comelin's Daughters of Mourning, and Daphnis and Chloe.
Mr. Edlefsen also expanded his career to include the theater and acting, and appeared in the co-starring role of Constantine Morrosine in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes.
Mr. Edlefsen also appeared in gala performances in Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
Mr. Edlefsen has also been a balletmaster for Ballet Memphis, Co-Director of The School at Steps NYC, and on the teaching staff of the New Jersey Ballet, and the Ballet West Conservatory.
From 2015-16, Mr. Edlefsen was Director of the Reif Dance Academy in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Mr. Edlefsen is a popular guest teacher and coach, and has taught at major universities and colleges in the United States and for ballet companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe.