Educational Programs

Introducing New Teaching Artist: Olivia MacKinnon, Ballerina with NYCB

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

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.

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

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 IN
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

Photo © Gabriela Celeste

Note: Virtual Ballet Class Schedule to be announced soon – please subscribe for news. To request specific day and time for groups of 5+ students, please email Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

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.

    ‘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