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Immediate Opening: Remote Internship with Art Without Borders New York

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. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm with occasional weekends. 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. Confidentiality agreement is required for this job. College Credit offered.

No phone calls please. To apply, kindly email your cover letter and resume to education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020.

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.

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Art Without Borders New York Mentorship Program

Ashley Laracey and Silas Farley in “Concerto Barocco” | Photo (c) Erin Baiano

AWB Mentorship Program

Art Without Borders New York is offering an exclusive Mentorship Program for students pursuing a career in the performing arts. The program provides a unique experience connecting students with world renowned industry professionals in the United States, including current and former company members from the New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway.

Students registered to attend five or more virtual classes* during Summer and Fall 2020 will have the opportunity to apply for the AWB Mentorship Program. As part of this rare opportunity, each teaching artist will select one student as a mentee based on their work during the virtual program. The mentees will be offered: private coaching, guidance on academic and career goals, tickets to selected performances with a personalized backstage tour, and access to all AWB classes and events in 2021.

AWB Virtual Program is currently open for registrations and offered at $25 for a single class, $112.50 package of five classes, $225 package of ten classes, and $350 subscription package of twenty classes at 60 and 90 minutes per session. There are flexible subscription packages available and valid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested individuals can book any subscription package mentioned above and combine any class until the end of 2020.

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Teaching Artists and Schedule

Mondays at 12:00pm EST: 17, 24, 31 August & Tuesdays at 1:30pm EST: 18, 25 August – Ballet class with Megan LeCrone, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet | All Dance Levels

Wednesdays at 4:00pm EST: The Bournonville method with Ask la Cour, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet: 12, 19, 26 August | All Dance Levels

Thursdays at 2:00pm EST: Ballet class with Unity Phelan, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: 13, 20, 27 August | All Dance Levels

Thursdays at 3:30pm EST: Ballet class with Olivia MacKinnon, Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: 3, 10, 17, 24 September, 1 October | All Dance Levels

Fridays at 1:00pm EST: Ballet class with Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet: 7, 14 August | Intermediate / Advance Dance Level

Fridays at 4:30pm EST: Ballet class with Indiana Woodward, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: 14, 21, 28 August | All Dance Levels

Saturdays at 11:00am EST: Ballet class with Antonio Carmena, former Soloist with the New York City Ballet current faculty professor at Barnard College’s Dance Department: 15, 22, 29 August | All Dance Levels

Sundays at 11:30am EST: Ballet class with Alec Knight, Dancer with the New York City Ballet: 23, 30 August | 6, 13, 20 September | All Dance Levels

Sundays at 10:30am EST: Ballet class with Ashley Laracey, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: 20, 27 September, 4, 11, 18 October | All Dance Levels

*Virtual class via Zoom: login information is provided upon registration.

What teachers and students are saying about Art Without Borders New York

“For me, teaching has given me so much joy and motivation. I get the motivation from passing down the knowledge and seeing my student get it, apply the correction and really understand. It makes me want to work even harder!” – Emilie Gerrity, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet and AWB Teaching Artist

“The amount that my daughter has been able to learn and improve in the past few weeks of online classes has been astounding. This “virtual” method has provided concrete advantages that will benefit my child far beyond this pandemic.” – Emily Burke, Parent

“I thank you and all the dancers who are working with you from the bottom of my heart. If ballet does not die, it will be because of such efforts.” – Kenneth Gordon, New York Based Attorney and AWB Adult Student

Official Press Release

Indiana Woodward | Photo © NYC Dance Project
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Introducing New Teaching Artist: Unity Phelan, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

Photo © NYC Dance Project

Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School, where her teachers included Douglas Martin, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Barton.

During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Ms. Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009.

She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013.

In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to soloist.
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We are excited to welcome Unity Phelan to our Mentorship Program. Ms. Phelan will offer virtual classes in Balanchine technique, Variations and Pointe. Subscription Packages are available for the upcoming 60 and 90-minutes sessions with Ms. Phelan starting in August – please email: Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

Book any subscription package (5, 10 or 20 classes) and combine any class / teaching artist until the end of 2020. Take daily classes (part of your subscription) and join us even at the last minute with only one condition: email AWB no later than two (2) hours* prior to the class start time. *Valid only during the Covid19 pandemic.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Agon
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (War & Discord)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Haieff Divertimento
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • The Four Temperaments
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Flowers, Hot Chocolate)
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer
  • Orpheus (Bacchantes)
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3(Scherzo)
  • Union Jack
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?

ROBERT BINET

  • The Blue of Distance

WILLIAM FORSYTHE

  • Herman Schmerman

PETER MARTINS

  • Fearful Symmetries
  • The Infernal Machine
  • The Red Violin
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond, Courage, Emerald)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Russian, Princess)

JUSTIN PECK

  • Belles-Lettres
  • The Decalogue
  • Everywhere We Go
  • Pulcinella Variations

ALEXEI RATMANSKY

  • Odessa
  • Russian Seasons

JEROME ROBBINS

  • Antique Epigraphs
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Fall)
  • Glass Pieces
  • In G Major
  • Les Noces
  • Moves

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Polyphonia
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine ©
The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik
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AWB Virtual Program: Ballet Classes in Balanchine technique with Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet

Megan Fairchild The Sleeping Beauty Act I | New York City Ballet | Choreography by Peter Martins | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Intermediate-Advanced level students*

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Fridays at 1:00pm EST: 7, 14 August

$25 single class | $112.50 subscription package of five (5) classes | $225 package of ten (10) classes | $350 package of twenty (20) classes | 60-min. session via Zoom**

Note: Book any subscription package (5, 10 or 20 classes) and combine any class / teaching artist until the end of 2020. Please inform AWB with your specific preferences. Take daily classes (part of your subscription) and join us even last minute with only one condition: email AWB no later than 24 hours prior to the class start time. Students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program.

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.

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

Ballo della Regina | New York City Ballet | Photo © Paul Kolnik
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Introducing New Teaching Artist: Ashley Laracey, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Ashley Laracey was born in Sarasota, Florida. She began her dance training at the age of five with Cheryl Carty and Christine White at the Carty Academy of Theater Dance in Bradenton, Florida. At age 12, she began training with Pavel Fomin, Diane Partington, and Isabel and Javier Dubrocq at Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She continued her studies at age 15 with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.

Ms. Laracey entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002, Ms. Laracey became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.

Ms. Laracey has danced many featured roles in George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jeorme Robbins, Troy Schumacher, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon.

Ms. Laracey is on the board of Balletcollective, an arts collective, and also teaches movement therapy to children and young adults with disabilities, specifically Cerebral Palsy.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Agon
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Coppélia (Spinner)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana (Central Park in the Dark)
  • La Sonnambula (The Coquette)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Coffee, Flowers)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze”
  • Scotch Symphony
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy)
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in C (Fourth Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique)
  • Union Jack
  • La Valse

PETER MARTINS

  • Ash
  • Bal de Couture
  • The Infernal Machine
  • Mirage
  • Sinfonia
  • Songs of the Auvergne
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Tenderness, Generosity, Ruby)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Princess)

JEROME ROBBINS

  • 2 & 3 Part Inventions
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Concert
  • Fanfare (Harp)
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • Interplay
  • Moves
  • N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz

LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT

  • Chiaroscuro

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • Klavier

We are excited to welcome Ashley Laracey to our Mentorship Program. Pre-registration is now open. Please submit your request here.

Ashley Laracey and Silas Farley in “Concerto Barocco”. New York City Ballet, Black & White Balanchine Program, Sunday, June 4 2018, 3pm, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Photo © Erin Baiano
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Spotlight on Students and Families – American Girl Connects with the Big City through Virtual Dance Education: A perspective from a homeschooling Mom during Covid-19

Magnolia Burke, Age 9 | Photo © Todd Burke, July 2020

Interview by Rachel Brodine

Introduction: My name is Emily Burke, and my husband, Todd, and I, are parents of four children. We live just outside of a small town in Eastern Washington State, on two acres in the country. Though we homeschool our children, they are all involved in many activities. Magnolia, my youngest at age nine, is our dancer.

R: How did Magnolia get started in dance?

E: Like many babies, Magnolia showed love for music and began creative movement as an infant. She continued to express herself through dance as she got older, and began asking to take classes when she was three years old. She was five before we were able to enroll her in dance classes at a local studio, beginning that year with a pre-ballet class. That first year she danced as an angel in the studio’s production of The Snow Queen, and seeing her beam on stage, I became fully committed to supporting her in any way that I could.

Magnolia Burke, Age 8, Little Red Riding Hood | Photo © Todd Burke, June 2019

R: What is it like to home-school your daughter and support her desire to become a Ballerina while living in the country, away from the big city?

E: Our oldest daughter, Izabelle, was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with Autism and Epilepsy and shortly after, we made the decision to homeschool her and have continued to do so with our other children. I could not have foreseen how helpful this would be for Magnolia, but it gives us flexibility that is invaluable for her training.

It can be a challenge to pursue the arts in a small town but we are grateful to have multiple dance studios and an amazing theater at our public high school. I really could not be more proud of the productions that have been put on, nor grateful for the opportunities Magnolia has had.

Last year, her desire to push harder towards her goals in ballet led us to seek out a private instructor in the city nearest us. That meant a significant cost in resources, both of finances and time, so we had not been able to get her there as often as we would have liked. We were just beginning to explore the possibility of supplementing her in-person lessons with some online, when the pandemic hit.

Magnolia Burke Family: Clockwise from upper left: Izabelle (18), Todd, Emily, Annika (15), Magnolia (9), and Oliver (13) | Photo © Todd Burke, July 2020

R: In what ways has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your family?

E: We have been incredibly lucky, relatively speaking, with the COVID-19 pandemic. My husband’s job is our sole income but he is a software engineer for a utility company and is able to do his work entirely from home. Having been homeschoolers already, we were not impacted when schools were closed, but we have missed our local library terribly. Magnolia has become quite proficient in digitally downloading books from various sources – a wonderful resource for a bibliophile like her!

In January, the entire family got terribly sick with some kind of non-flu virus. It may have been COVID-19, but tests for that were not being done in our County at that time. My husband developed pneumonia and was hospitalized in the Acute Care Unit of the hospital for several days, and months later now, is still experiencing a terrible cough and chest congestion. His doctor has advised that he take every precaution to not be infected with COVID-19 with his given symptoms and health issues. Magnolia’s siblings, as well as myself, all have autoimmune disease, so the need to do what we can to stay safe is taking priority over all else. The kids’ activities have all taken the biggest hit. Our 15 year old daughter, Annika, just returned to competitive swimming practice, with very strict precautions in place. Magnolia and her brother, 13 year old Oliver, have been able to continue their Taekwondo training online.

In the beginning, Magnolia would diligently go out to her studio and go through the exercises and barre work her private lesson instructor had given her. She was able to take some zoom and youtube classes with her local studio, as well. Eventually, the local studio decided to stop doing online classes, and her motivation began to waver. I began to look into other online class options and those have made all the difference for Magnolia to continue her training.

Magnolia Burke, Age 9 | Photo © Todd Burke, July 2020

R: What drew you to the Art Without Borders Virtual Program?

E: From the beginning, I was very impressed with the Art Without Borders New York organization. The idea of Magnolia being able to take classes with dancers of the New York City Ballet seemed too good to be true, and I was honestly quite intimidated. I was not sure if Magnolia had high enough skills to manage in a class of this caliber. I spoke with the Founder and CEO, Iskritsa Ognianova and she was so helpful and encouraging. We decided to try a class and it was the best decision I have made in a long time!

R: Do you feel Magnolia is able to get the training she needs through online classes?

E: There are certainly challenges with online classes, but I’ve seen the teachers step up to the technical challenges, and Magnolia learn to take a deep breath while the connection glitches and then start in wherever the class is at, as soon as it recovers. There are inevitably interruptions and challenges in any format, and thus far, any downsides to the online classes are more than made up for by the prodigious opportunities. With tools like Zoom, she is able to hear and see her teachers demonstrate, just as she would see them in person. The instructors are then able to approach their own screen to get a good look at the students, give feedback, and then watch those students take corrections and improve. If needed, I adjust the camera to ensure they can see her at whatever angle is needed. The amount that Magnolia has been able to learn and improve in the past few weeks of online classes has been astounding. This “virtual” method has provided concrete advantages that will benefit Magnolia far beyond this pandemic.

R: What positive aspects do you think may come out of this overall experience?

E: I worry about the performing arts community and the challenge they are all facing, but I do think they are reaching people they may never have been able to reach before. As someone who has not been able to attend many live performances, or travel to an arts mecca like New York, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to enjoy the performing arts online during the pandemic. Programs like “The Shows Must Go On” via YouTube, The Seattle Symphony’s broadcasts of past performances, and these Ballet classes through Art Without Borders New York, have all brought the performance arts into our personal homes, and it has honestly been the most magnificent gift.

R: What is Magnolia’s current dance space like at home?

E: In the beginning, she would take her online classes in our living room – after some furniture shuffling and with many video-bombs by our cats and dogs! I even got rid of some furniture to make that transition easier!

Eventually, we got an Internet connection working in the shop we have on our property. The previous owner was a builder, and his business operated out of that shop, which also had a room dedicated to painting doors and trim. We have allocated that room and used some savings given to Magnolia by a very generous relative, to install plyometric rubber flooring over the concrete, with marley vinyl over that. My husband installed a couple of mirrors and we brought out a moveable barre that Magnolia had purchased with Birthday and Christmas money the year prior. Now we have a little studio that we’ve named, “The Yodajo” – for yoga, dance, and a martial arts dojo.

Realizing this method of learning was going to go on for the foreseeable future, we recently expanded the flooring area to 10 feet by 15 feet, purchased a higher quality webcam, and added a television so the view of her class is a bit bigger and clearer then the eight year old laptop we use for streaming provides. Our older two daughters both love to draw and paint so they are adding their personal artwork on the walls of the Yodajo over time, so it is a bit of an art studio, as well. There is one last surprise – a tiny, LED disco ball, for family dance parties!

Magnolia Burke, Age 9 | Photo © Todd Burke, July 2020

R: Has this experience brought you closer as a family?

E: While we are being cautious with our health, this experience has shown my family that we are tough and resourceful. The kids have all found creative ways to keep pursuing the things that are most important to them. Though it has been tough at times, we have settled into our extensive time at home and found creative ways to spend our time, and we are grateful to have each other and our home.

R: How do you think your family will move forward following the hopeful end of this pandemic?

E: It already feels as strange to think of life after this pandemic as it did to face the changes when we were first thrown in! I would imagine that the transition into a life a bit more like we had in the past, will be quite gradual. I hope that we will all be a bit stronger, more resilient, and appreciative of each other and the gifts that we have. Beyond that, I am hopeful that Magnolia will be able to continue to have the special opportunities to pursue her dreams like she has been given thanks to programs like Art Without Borders New York and their wonderful teachers.

R: Do you expect that Magnolia will continue training online? If so, what benefits do you think could come from that?

E: I certainly would like this pandemic to be over tomorrow, but do hope that she can continue training online. She would definitely want to see her dance friends in person, and be able to perform on stage, but we will absolutely prioritize her ability to continue taking classes this way as long as they are available to her.

We had spoken to her private lesson teacher of the possibility of her auditioning for the summer program at the School of American Ballet next year when she will be old enough for their Young Dancer Series in New York City, but if she were accepted, the challenge of funding the travel and tuition may be more than we can manage for many years. Being able to take classes of that caliber online, is truly invaluable for her.

R: What are Magnolia’s future aspirations?

E: I am laughing as I compose this answer with her strutting into the room in some high heels, five sizes too big, with giant sunglasses, and more sass than can be contained in this small town!

Ballet is her foremost passion, and I believe she will always dance. The opportunity to perform is her drive, and she shows interest and promise in other forms of dance, as well as acting and singing. I have been fascinated to see these incredible dancers also show wonderful teaching skills. Magnolia recently made some videos posted on YouTube teaching a beginning ballet class for her young cousin in Germany who wants to learn ballet like her, so teaching is a definite possibility as well.

R: Do you see Magnolia on the big stage one day?

E: I know that it is an incredibly challenging and lofty goal for her to perform on the big stage one day, but I absolutely believe that she has the drive and talent to make it happen. I have always believed it takes an additional thing to make it in the performing arts: the right opportunities. The past month of her taking classes through Art Without Borders New York has felt like the type of opportunities she will need. While I would never have wished for a pandemic, the silver lining may be the gift of these opportunities for her.

Magnolia Burke, Age 7, Black Sheep/Marzipan, The Nutcracker, Ballet Academy of Moses Lake | Photo © Todd Burke, December 2018

Art Without Borders New York is offering a Mentorship Program for students pursuing a career in the performing arts. The program is allowing a unique experience connecting students with world renowned industry professionals in the United States, including current and former company members from the New York City Ballet / Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway. Learn more about our educational programs.

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.

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AWB Virtual Program: Series of Ballet classes inspired by the Balanchine aesthetic with Megan LeCrone, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

REGISTER ONLINE
Saturday, July 11 at 11:00am EST 
Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00am EST 
Tuesday, July 21 at 11:00am EST 
Sunday, July 26 at 11:00am EST
Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00am EST 


$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | 60-min. session | virtual class via Zoom** includes classic barre and technique with individual corrections.

Megan LeCrone was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began her dance training at the age of four at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and Elissa Fuchs. At age 14, she began studying with Melissa Hayden and Duncan Noble at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winton-Salem. Ms. LeCrone entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full-time in the fall of 2001, and in November 2001 she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. Ms. LeCrone joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2002 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020.

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org


**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

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AWB Virtual Program: Series of classes in Balanchine technique with Indiana Woodward, Soloist with the New York City Ballet

Photo © NYC Dance Project

TUNE-IN on Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00pm EST for Instagram Live Ballet Class with Indiana Woodward, introducing AWB Virtual program.

Follow @indiana_woodward | @ArtWithoutBordersNYC 

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00pm EST Instagram Live (free-event) Fridays at 11:30am EST: 10, 17, 24, 31 July | more dates to be announced soon | Intermediate-Advanced level students*

REGISTER ONLINE

$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | 60-min. session | virtual class via Zoom Live**includes classic barre and technique with individual corrections.

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020.

BIO

Born in Paris France, Indiana Woodward’s earliest memories are of watching ballet class and being backstage in the theater. After moving to Los Angeles, Indiana began training with Yuri Grigoriev and it was from that moment that she knew that this was going to be her lifelong passion and career.

Indiana began studying at the School of American Ballet in the summer of 2010 and joined the school as a full time student in the fall of 2010. In August 2012 Ms. Woodward became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and a full member of the company in December of the same year. Indiana was promoted to soloist in February 2017.

Ms. Woodward is a recipient of the 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and 2016 Clive Barnes Foundation Award. In 2010, she won first place in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in New York City and was invited to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy gala in Moscow.

FEATURED BALANCHINE ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

  • Apollo (Calliope)
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Second Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (Waltz of the Golden Hours)
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Butterfly)
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Dolls)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Western Symphony

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

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Introducing New Teaching Artist: Megan LeCrone, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

Photo © Peter Lindbergh

Megan LeCrone was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began her dance training at the age of four at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and Elissa Fuchs. At age 14, she began studying with Melissa Hayden and Duncan Noble at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winton-Salem. Ms. LeCrone entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full-time in the fall of 2001, and in November 2001 she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. Ms. LeCrone joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2002 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.

Ms. LeCrone has significant experience teaching students of all ages and she has taught in Africa, China, and the United States. We are excited to welcome her to our Mentorship Program.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE
  • Agon
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Flowers, Frau Stahlbaum)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • “Rubies” from Jewels
  • Serenade
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Waltz)
AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Six from Napoli and Abdallah)
  • La Sylphide (Effie)
WILLIAM FORSYTHE
  • Herman Schmerman
PETER MARTINS
  • Bal de Couture
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Hallelujah Junction
  • The Red Violin
  • Romeo + Juliet (Lady Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Tenderness, Diamond)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Pas de Trois, Russian, Spanish, Princess)
ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ
  • Spectral Evidence
ALEXEI RATMANSKY
  • Voices
JEROME ROBBINS
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)

ORIGINATED A FEATURED ROLE IN

  • Christopher d’Amboise: Tribute(NYCB Premiere)
  • Peter Martins: Ocean’s Kingdom
  • Gianna Reisen: Judah
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Note: Virtual Class Schedule to be announced soon – please subscribe for news. To request Ms. LeCrone on a specific day and time, please email Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

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AWB Virtual Program: Series of classes in Ballet and Bournonville method with Ask la Cour, Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet

Ask la Cour in Bournonville Divertissements | New York City Ballet | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Intermediate-Advanced level students*
Friday 3 July at 12:00pm EST | 90-min. session 
Wednesdays at 12:00pm EST: 8, 15, 22, 29 July  | 90-min. session 

$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | virtual class via Zoom** includes classic barre and technique with individual corrections.

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020.

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.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Second Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • “Diamonds” from Jewels
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments
  • Ivesiana (In the Inn)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cavalier, Demetrius, Theseus)
  • Monumentum pro Gesualdo
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Hot Chocolate, Dr. Stahlbaum)
  • Orpheus
  • Prodigal Son
  • Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze”
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C (Second Movement)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Élégie)
  • Union Jack
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?
ROBERT BINET
  • The Blue of Distance
AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
  • Bournonville Divertissements
BORIS EIFMAN
  • Musagète
JORMA ELO
  • Slice to Sharp
PETER MARTINS
  • Barber Violin Concerto
  • Concerto for Two Solo Pianos
  • A Fool for You
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • Morgen
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Friar Lawrence, Lord Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Gold)
  • Swan Lake (Von Rotbart, Hungarian, Russian)
  • Thou Swell
  • Todo Buenos Aires
ALEXEI RATMANSKY
  • Russian Seasons
JEROME ROBBINS
  • Circus Polka
  • Concertino
  • Fanfare (Double Bass)
  • The Four Seasons (Janus, Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • In Memory Of …
  • In The Night
  • Piano Pieces
  • Les Noces
RICHARD TANNER
  • Episodes & Sarcasms
CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
  • After the Rain Pas de Deux
  • Carnival of the Animals
  • Polyphonia
  • This Bitter Earth

ORIGINATED FEATURED ROLES IN

  • Lauren Lovette: Not Our Fate
  • Peter Martins: Bal de Couture
  • Benjamin Millepied: Double Aria
  • Justin Peck: The Most Incredible Thing(The King)
  • Alexei Ratmansky: Voices
  • Christopher Wheeldon: After the RainShambards

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org
**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

“It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with they are done, that progresses and skill depend.” 

August Bournonville

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AWB Virtual Program: Series of classes in Balanchine technique with Emilie Gerrity, Soloist with the New York City Ballet

Emilie Gerrity as The Sugarplum Fairy George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Act 2 Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust New York City Ballet Credit Photo: ©Paul Kolnik

Mondays at 12:00pm EST: 29 June | 6, 13, 20, 27 July

Intermediate – Advanced level students*

REGISTER ONLINE

$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | 60-min. session | virtual class via Zoom** includes classic barre and technique with individual corrections

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020. 

Emilie Gerrity was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and began her dance training at the age of five at Betty Jean’s Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls, New York before studying at the New Paltz School of Ballet. Ms. Gerrity attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006, before enrolling as a full-time student in winter 2006. While at SAB, she performed George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as part of Protégés II at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in June 2008.

Ms. Gerrity was named as an apprentice in 2009 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. In February 2017, Ms. Gerrity was promoted to soloist.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE
  • Agon
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Coppélia (Prayer)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Emeralds
  • Firebird
  • The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic)
  • Harlequinade (La Bonne Fée)
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Dewdrop, Sugarplum Fairy, Flowers, Coffee)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • Serenade
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • La Valse
AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Six from Napoli and Abdallah)
WARREN CARLYLE
  • SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet
MERCE CUNNINGHAM
  • Summerspace
EDWAARD LIANG
  • Lineage
PETER MARTINS
  • Fearful Symmetries
  • The Red Violin
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Emerald, Tenderness)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Russian)
JUSTIN PECK
  • Pulcinella Variations
  • The Times Are Racing
ALEXEI RATMANSKY
  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement
  • Russian Seasons
JEROME ROBBINS
  • Antique Epigraphs
  • The Concert
  • Concertino
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)
  • Glass Pieces
  • Something to Dance About
  • The Goldberg Variations
  • I’m Old Fashioned
  • In the Night
  • Moves
  • N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Polyphonia
  • Soirée Musicale

ORIGINATED FEATURED ROLES IN

  • Lauren Lovette: For Clara
  • Benjamin Millepied: Neverwhere
  • Matthew Neenan: The Exchange
  • Justin Peck: BrightIn Creases
  • Myles Thatcher: Polaris
Photo © Erin Baiano


*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org


**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

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AWB Virtual Program: Series of Ballet and Conditioning classes with Olivia MacKinnon

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Erin Baiano

20 June at 12:00pm EST  | 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July at 2:30pm EST
Intermediate-Advanced level students*

REGISTER ONLINE

$15 single class | $68 package of five (5) classes | $140 package of ten (10) classes | 60-min. session | virtual class via Zoom** includes classic barre, ballet inspired fitness and technique with individual corrections. 

Note: students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship program. Package of ten (10) classes allows combination of two (2) different teachers with five (5) classes each, part of AWB Virtual Program Summer – Fall 2020. 

Olivia MacKinnon was born in Mobile Alabama and is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). At the age of 17, she joined NYCB and has toured around the world including Denmark, France, Japan, China, Greece, West Indies, and various cities in the United States. As a professional ballerina and choreographer, she has created works for New York City Fashion Week and the House of Doyenne. 

Olivia is the founder of Ballet Inspired Fitness, she teaches both ballet and fitness classes for students all over the world. Olivia was featured in John Wick Parabellum film, and has had appearances in several documentaries. She has worked with numerous well known companies and artists such as Elle Decor, Museum of Modern Art, Puma, Rebecca Minkoff, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tiffany and Co.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE
Divertimento from ‘Le Baiser de la Fée’
Emeralds from Jewels
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Coffee, Marzipan, Flowers, Dolls, Dewdrop)
Raymonda Variations
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2

PETER MARTINS
Eight Easy Pieces
The Sleeping Beauty (Vivacity)
Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Princess)

JEROME ROBBINS
Fanfare (Cellos)

ORIGINATED CORPS ROLES I
Warren Carlyle: SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT Jerome Robbins, Broadway to Ballet
JR: Les Bosquets
Lauren Lovette: For Clara
Justin Peck: The Most Incredible Thing, Principia
Gianna Reisen: Composer’s Holiday 

*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at: education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

**Zoom link and password provided upon registration.
Photo © Gabriela Celeste

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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