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Master Class in Balanchine technique

Master Class in Theater and Jazz Dance

Master Class in Tap Dance

Students with prior dance experience have the opportunity to participate in series of Master Classes in Ballet, Theater, Jazz and Tap Dance. School groups (10+ students) please submit your request here.

All ages and dance levels welcome – please submit your inquiry including the desired class / guest-teacher, your name, school or program affiliation, age, dance level with two (2) optional dates of your choice via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

ASK LA COUR, guest-TEACHER BALANCHINE TECHNIQUe

Ask la Cour is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark he studied at The Royal Danish Ballet School for 8 years until he became a member of the company at age 16. While there he performed many featured roles in the Bournonville repertoire and became proficient in the Bournonville technique. Other accomplishments at The Royal Danish Ballet were his portrayal of Lenski in John Cranko’s Onegin.

Following his desire to expand his artistic horizon, Ask came to NYC in the Fall of 2002 after an invitation from New York City Ballet’s Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins. He enjoyed learning the depths of Balanchine’s repertoire, his most favorite being the Neoclassical ballets, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Monumentum and Movements to more classical pieces including, Diamonds from Jewels, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. He also had the pleasure to work with choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied and Lauren Lovette. His dance career has brought him around the globe where he has had the pleasure of performing in some of the biggest cultural institutions including, the Royal Opera House in London, Palais Garnier in Paris, and Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg to name a few.

When he is not working with the company, Ask enjoys pursuing choreographic projects, collaborating with various classical and contemporary artists and composers. Most recently he choreographed to Jane Antonia Cornish’s composition Into Silence. He has received several awards and grants, most recently in 2013 a grant from the Vibeke Roervig Foundation.
He feels driven to give back to artist and the community at large whenever possible, performing in numerous benefit events throughout his career and has co-produced a couple of them as well.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

90-min. session 
$30 per class / student 
Location: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center New York

Please pre-register by submitting two (2) preferred dates (suggested Saturday, Sunday or Monday) with your preferred time (ex. Morning, Afternoon or Evening) including student’s name, school or program affiliation, age and dance level via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

Portrait©Albert Ayzenberg | Photo©Henry Leutweler for NYCB | Website

Megan fairchild, GUEST-TEACHER BALANCHINE TECHNIQUE

Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah, and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City. She moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York  City Ballet, in 2000, and was hired as an apprentice with NYCB the following year. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2004, and to principal in 2005.

Ms. Fairchild’s expansive repertoire with New York City Ballet includes principal roles in classical full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide, as well as principal roles in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Alexei Ratmansky. She was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the 2011 telecast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker streamed in movie theaters worldwide.

In 2014 she made her Broadway debut as Miss Turnstiles in the revival of On the Town, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway debut.

In addition to performing full time with the New York City Ballet, Ms. Fairchild is currently a teaching fellow with the School of American Ballet.

Megan Fairchild, The Sleeping Beauty Act I
Photo©Paul Kolnik for NYCB

Portrait©Erin Baiano | Website

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN 
$30 per class / student 90-min. session
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Saturday, June 23rd at 2:00PM

Location: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
248 West 60th Street 
between Amsterdam & West End Avenues
New York, NY 10023

GARY FLANNERY, FOSSE TECHNIQUE

Gary Flannery, is a professional performer who toured the world as Shirley MacLaine’s partner; was a Principal Dancer on many TV Shows and Hollywood movies; and was Bob Fosse’s LEAD dancer on Broadway in “PIPPIN” and “DANCIN”, and was Fosse’s Principal Dancer in the movie “ALL THAT JAZZ!” Gary serves as a strong leader, teaching Master Classes, Lectures, and Seminars at Universities, Dance Schools and Colleges around the world!

Gary teaches ANY level of *FOSSE REP* and Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, some Hip-Hop, Music Theatre specialties, as well as Dance and Music Theatre History, directs and choreographs, writes plays, musicals and revues, and still performs. Flannery was Bob Fosse’s protégé, after receiving scholarships in ballet to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and the Juilliard School!

Presently Gary is working hard on finishing his 23 years of work on a multi-level project *The Great American Revue” with books, documentaries and revivals being planned. Bob Fosse called him the “Bull” for the shear non-stop, dance-till-you-drop attitude he took into rehearsals as well as performances, and Bob and Gwen both– commenting on seeing Gary in Dancin’ in 1979 said “It was one of the finest dance performances they had ever seen!”

Portrait©personal archive | Photo©Jack Mitchell

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN 

90-min. session $30 per class / student 

Location: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center New York 

Please pre-register by submitting two (2) preferred dates (suggested Saturday, Sunday or Monday) with your preferred time (ex. Morning, Afternoon or Evening) including student’s name, school or program affiliation, age and dance level via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

SCOTT THOMPSON, THEATER / JAZZ AND TAP DANCE

Scott Thompson has won numerous awards directing and choreographing some of Broadway’s brightest talents including Christine Ebersole, Audra McDonald, Carolee Carmello, Stephanie J. Block, Gavin Creel, Corbin Bleu, Jim Caruso, and Mary Testa, among others. He has directed and choreographed for both New York’s Town Hall and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Scott directed Tony Award winner Betty Buckley in her first GYPSY, country music legend Larry Gatlin in THE MUSIC MAN and Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in DAMN YANKEES.

For the Library of Congress, he choreographed an all-star Gershwin Gala starring five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, recording star Dawn Upshaw and Tony Award nominees Lara Teeter, David Garrison and Wanda Richert.

His productions of SWEET CHARITY won both the Connecticut Critics Circle Award and the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical. Both productions also garnered Scott awards for Best Direction and Choreographer. Scott won the Connecticut Critics Award again recently as Best Director of a Musical for his production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

Scott teaches key choreographies from the most emblematic Musicals including A CHORUS LINE, WEST SIDE STORY, ANNIE, GYPSY, 42ND STREET, ANYTHING GOES, SWEET CHARITY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, ON THE TOWN, MY FAIR LADY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, CINDERELLA, SHE LOVES ME, OKLAHOMA! and more.

Photo©Rick Stockwell | Website

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