Art Without Borders Online Program

Master Class with the NYCB’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild. Photo © Erin Baiano

Dear AWB Family,

We hope that you are safe and healthy!

Although all of AWB group classes are postponed, our mission continues – to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. Our very first priority is to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

We are currently seeking Educators (certified teachers with work experience in the American education system) able to work from remote and join our free online program in Visual and Performing Arts. Our goal is to offer daily classes, both theory and practice in Music, Dance, Theater and Visual Arts. To apply please email your CV / BIO / Portfolio with your availability to teach at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

We also encourage our students and their parents to share feedback and suggest teachers and desired classes with preferred schedule (ex. morning, afternoon, evening.) Please email education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org and include “Feedback” in the subject line.

Thank you for supporting Art Without Borders New York.

Iskritsa Ognianova, Founder

When I’m creating educational programs for our students at Art Without Borders NY, my goal is to get them to learn from the best professionals, respect the others, and have a memorable experience. I always remind them to be prepared and be on time, because like George Balanchine said “There is only now. Right now.” Stay home, stay safe and God bless everyone! Love,— Iskritsa

      We are truly grateful to all of our loyal supporters. In the last three years, we offered complimentary classes to students of single parents and we also dedicated a scholarship for excellence in Dance education, and with your help we will be able to continue our mission.

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      Remote Internship with Art Without Borders New York

      Master Class with the NYCB’s Principal Dancer Megan Fairchild. Photo © Erin Baiano

      Seeking qualified candidates (U.S. based only) showing strong competency and proficiency of / for research methods and contact management systems for the purpose of Marketing, Education, Audience Development, PR and Media Relations, Fundraising, Sales and Special Events of Arts and Culture / Entertainment related clientele.

      Applicants from academic institutions in the U.S. should be willing to commit to at least 30 hrs per month of remote work. College Credit and Corporate phone line offered. Please note that this is a remote position and Intern will work directly with AWB Management and Artists. Only candidates with academic or work experience in the Performing Arts will be considered.

      No phone calls for this job please. To apply please email your cover letter and resume to education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

      Art Without Borders, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. AWB aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

      Free School Event: Paul Taylor’s Aureole with Taylor 2 Dance Company and Orchestra of St. Luke’s – Join AWB Group on Thursday, March 12

      Photo ©Taylor 2 Dance Company Aureole

      PerformersTaylor 2 Dance Company and Orchestra of St. Luke’s 

      Program: Paul Taylor’s Aureole with music by George Frideric Handel

      Date: Thursday, March 12 at 11:45am 

      Address: Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451 | Subway:  (2), (4) & (5) trains to 149th St-Grand Concourse Stop

      REGISTER BY MARCH 10: request your tickets via email at Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

      Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 Dance Company in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world regardless of economic considerations and the logistical limitations of non-traditional venues.  He worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests, teach classes, and provide community outreach.  With six dancers, Taylor 2 is the same size as Mr. Taylor’s original Company.  In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chose dances that reveal the broad spectrum of his work, sometimes reworking the original version to fit the smaller ensemble.  Taylor 2’s engagements are flexible and are customized to meet the needs of each community.  They often consist of master classes and lecture/demonstrations in addition to performances that often take place in non-traditional venues as well as in theaters.

      Orchestra of St. Luke’s was formed in 1979 when St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, founded in 1974, expanded to perform orchestral works at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where OSL remains as the center’s summer orchestra-in-residence today. Each season, the Orchestra performs at New York’s major concert venues, playing a wide range of musical styles and genres and collaborating with artists ranging from Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Bono and Metallica. The Orchestra has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards, has commissioned more than 50 new works, and has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres. In September 2018, the world-renowned conductor of Baroque and Classical repertoire Bernard Labadie joined OSL as Principal Conductor, continuing the Orchestra’s long tradition of working with champions of historical performance practice.

      Photo ©Orchestra of St. Luke’s
      Paul Taylor and members of his dance company in New York in 1972

      I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature. After all, we shouldn’t be here, with all the odds against us in nature. It’s kind of unusual and wonderful!

      Paul Taylor

        JOIN OUR GROUP AT NEW YORK CITY BALLET: PERFORMANCE AND MEET THE DANCER BACKSTAGE TOUR FOR AWB STUDENTS

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        Jenelle Manzi In G Major Choreography by Jerome Robbins, New York City Ballet
        Photo ©Paul Kolnik for NYCB

        Classic NYCB II

        Sunday March 1, 2020 3:00pm

        LOCATION
        New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
        Performance Running Time: 2 hrs

        SPECIAL GROUP RATE: $46.50 / ticket | Maximum of four (4) tickets per household.

        BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

        For his newest work, Resident Choreographer Justin Peck will create a dance to a commissioned score by acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly. Preceding Peck’s world premiere is Jerome Robbins’ buoyantly charming In G Major, featuring scenery and costumes by the Art Deco artist Erté. Completing the program is Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, a fleet and intricate dance for a cast of more than 25 performed to a minimalist score by Michael Nyman, composed in honor of a new addition to the high-speed French train service known as the TGV.

        DETAILED PROGRAM

        In G Major

        Music by: Maurice Ravel
        Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
        With the playful jazz accents of Ravel’s Concerto in G and fashionable scenery and costumes by Erté, this lighthearted ballet suggests a chic Riviera setting.

        New Peck (Muhly)

        Music by: Nico Muhly
        Choreography by: Justin Peck
        Uniting for the first time, Resident Choreographer Justin Peck will collaborate with contemporary composer Nico Muhly, who will contribute a commissioned score for Peck’s sole premiere in 19-20.

        DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse

        Music by: Michael Nyman
        Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon
        Set to a supercharged, minimalist score, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse propels 26 dancers in sleek costumes through surging, relentless movement in front of a structural metallic background.

        Meet the Dancer
        Experience ballet from the other side of the footlights. A NYCB dancer will immerse your group in the life of a Company member during this 45-minute discussion and backstage tour, sharing insights into the life of a dancer and providing background for the performance your group is attending. You’ll hear interesting moments from the history of both NYCB and our home, the David H. Koch Theater, and have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking view of the auditorium from onstage. Participants must be at least 10 years old.

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        NYCB’s Soloist Ashley Laracey during Meet The Dancer Group Adventure at New York City Ballet | Photo ©Erin Baiano

        New Year Full of ART!

        Wishing you a very successful year full of joy, love and ART!

        Sketches © Vanessa Meikle, Dancer / AWB Student 

        Register to attend our Special Event for Dance Schools at New York City Ballet on Sunday, March 1, 2020: Performance and Meet The Dancer Group Adventure – the deadline to book your tickets is December 29, 2019.

        Detailed Program: Classic NYCB II

        Art Without Borders, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. AWB aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

        Seeking Volunteers for AWB Educational Programs in New York

        Master Class in Ballet Photo©Erin Baiano

        Seeking Volunteers (from NY-NJ-PA-CT area only) showing strong competency, devotion and genuine care for the purpose of Arts and Culture, Education and Nonprofit Management. Qualified applicants should be willing to commit to at least 4hrs / month of in-person / on-location work in Manhattan. Two (2) Observer tickets offered per class / event.

        To apply please email your BIO / introduction with your availability for an interview in New York between November 25 and December 5. First commitment starts on December 8, 2019.

        Please email education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org and include “Volunteer” in the subject line. Thank you!

        Art Without Borders, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. AWB aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

        Master Class in Ballet Photo©Erin Baiano

        ‘An American in Paris’ Dance Workshop with the Broadway Lead Dancer Sara Esty

        Photo©Matthew Murphy | Sara Esty pictured with dance partner Garen Scribner, An American in Paris.

        Following a ten year career with the Miami City Ballet (soloist), Sara Esty moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue musical theater. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance. Select theater credits: An American in Paris (OBC, First National tour – Lise Dassin), Brigadoon (Jean, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Maggie, U/S Cassie, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Cassie, Cape Playhouse), Marie Dancing Still (Fifth Ave Theater, Seattle). TV/Film credits: Fosse/Verdon (FX), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime). Upcoming: West Side Story directed by Stephen Spielberg, in theaters December 2020.

        Intermediate-Advanced level students* will learn Christopher Wheeldon’s original choreography. Pre-registration is now open: all ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

        $55 per student | 120-minute session with piano accompaniment | Watch a video from our previous workshop here.

        Location: Open Jar Studios 1601 Broadway 11th Floor (Broadway & 48th Street – Enter on 48th) New York, NY 10019

        Photo©Jon Taylor Photography

        Broadway Classics with Sara Esty: workshop series including ‘An American in Paris’ and ‘A Chorus Line’

        Photo©Matthew Murphy: Sara Esty pictured with dance partner Garen Scribner
        An American in Paris.

        Following a ten year career with the Miami City Ballet (soloist), Sara Esty moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue musical theater. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship Award for excellence in dance. Select theater credits: An American in Paris (OBC, First National tour – Lise Dassin), Brigadoon (Jean, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Maggie, U/S Cassie, NYCC Encores), A Chorus Line (Cassie, Cape Playhouse), Marie Dancing Still (Fifth Ave Theater, Seattle). TV/Film credits: Fosse/Verdon (FX), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime). Upcoming: West Side Story directed by Stephen Spielberg, in theaters December 2020.

        ‘An American in Paris’ Workshop $55 per student | 120-minute session with Piano accompaniment | Ballet Barre, Choreography and Q & A session. Note: Students will learn Christopher Wheeldon’s original choreography.

        ‘A Chorus Line’ Workshop
        $55 per student | 120-minute session with Piano accompaniment | Ballet Barre, Choreography and Q & A session.

        Pre-registration is now open: all ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

        Location: Open Jar Studios 1601 Broadway 11th Floor (Broadway & 48th Street – Enter on 48th) New York, NY 10019

        Photo©Jon Taylor Photography

        New Teaching Artist: Antonio Carmena, former Soloist with the New York City Ballet.

        Portrait©Gerardo Vizmanos

        We are excited to welcome Antonio Carmena to our roster of teaching artists. Mr. Carmena has taught dance in leading universities, ballet companies and schools thought the United States and Europe while appearing as Soloist for twelve of his nineteen years with New York City Ballet. 

        Mr. Carmena is a faculty professor teaching ballet for Barnard College’s Dance Department. He taught in New York City Ballet’s Outreach Program giving master classes in Australia, Ireland, France and throughout the United States. He has been a master teacher for institutions as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The School of Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet de Barcelona, the New York State Summer School, the University of Southern California’s Gloria Kaufman School of Dance, Temple University, BODYTRAFFIC, the Marin Ballet, the Laguna Ballet, the Real Conservatory in Madrid, the Royal Danish Ballet Summer Program, Art of. Summer intensive and Stage de Danse in Liege, Belgium.

        During his time at New York City Ballet, Mr. Carmena worked with the New York City Ballet Young Patrons committee for several years which is designed to bring young audiences to ballet and encourage their financial support of the organization. His enthusiasm and involvement helped the program double in size. He was immersed in fundraising goals, marketing and event planning, and the financial parameters associated with Young Patrons programs.In 2018, Mr. Carmena participated in shadowing Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and was essentially participating in an administrative intensive with PNB’s management team. Through these experiences he has gained valuable insights into the complexity and many moving parts of every ballet company

        He demonstrated ballet classes for a very popular series of instructional videos by the master teacher Finis Jhung. In addition, in 2017 The Columbia University Ballet Collaborative invited him to choreograph his first work, “Los Cuatro.” In 2019 he choreographed his second ballet for Ballet de Barcelona, “Together”, in collaboration with Marcus Salazar.

        Mr. Carmena received his training at the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance in Madrid, Spain. Awards include the Gold Medal in 1996 at the Third International Competition, Havana, Cuba; the 1997 Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne as well as the “Prix des Telespectateurs,” an honor voted on by television viewers of the Competition; the Grand Prix at the Seventh Eurovision Competition for Young Dancers and the “Most Outstanding Young Dancer” in the First International Dance Competition in Zaragoza, Spain. 

        After winning the Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, he was invited to study at the School of American Ballet, the official School of New York City Ballet. He was named an apprentice to the Company in 1998, joined the full Company the following year and was promoted to Soloist in 2006. He retired from the New York City Ballet in 2017.

        Mr. Carmena’s repertoire with the Company included leading roles in classical ballets and works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, August Bournonville and Peter Martins. He originated roles in creations by Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Mauro Bigonzetti, Liam Scarlett, Susan Stroman and Douglas Lee. 

        He appeared as a guest artist with numerous companies in the United States and Europe including the Laguna Ballet, The Hartford Ballet, the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno, the Festival di Spoleto, and the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. 

        In addition to his dance career, Mr. Carmena is an accomplished chef. With a scholarship from Career Transition for Dancers, he studied at the French Culinary Institute, taking the “La Technique” course under the direction of Chefs Ryan Orkus and Jessica Botta. He has several videos on YouTube demonstrating favorite recipes from “The Ballet Cookbook” by ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq. 

        Photo©Paul Kolnik for NYCB

        Seeking Volunteers for AWB Master Classes in New York

        Master Class in Ballet Photo©Erin Baiano

        Seeking Volunteers (from NY-NJ-PA-CT area only) showing strong competency, devotion and genuine care for the purpose of Nonprofit Management, Arts and Culture, Education and Fundraising. Qualified applicants should be willing to commit to at least 4hrs / month of in-person / on-location work.

        Art Without Borders, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire and expand students’ and educators’ imaginations through the arts and through cultural experiences. AWB aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the arts on multiple platforms to diverse audiences, both domestically and internationally.

        Two (2) Observer tickets offered per class / event.

        To apply please email your BIO / introduction with your availability via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

        No phone calls please. Thank you!