Educational Programs

Master Class in Balanchine technique with the NYCB's Principal dancer Megan Fairchild | Photo©Erin Baiano

‘ARTS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES’ STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAM IN FRANCE AND SPAIN: SUMMER 2019. School groups (10+ students) please submit your request here.

Jacqueline BolognA – BALLET MASTER CLASS

Jacqueline Bologna is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began her dance training at the age of three at Ballet Workshop of New England under the direction of Jacqueline Cronsberg. At 9, she began studying with Tamara King and Margaret Tracey at Boston Ballet School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2010 and 2011, enrolling as a full-time student during the 2011 winter term. Ms. Bologna became an apprentice with NYCB in November 2013 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2014. She has been performed in new works by Alexei Ratmansky, Gianna Reisen, and Warren Carlyle, as well as featured roles in Jerome Robbins West Side Story (Maria), Peter Martins Swan Lake (Four Swans, Spanish), and originated featured roles in Nicolas Blanc’s “Mothership” and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Unframed”.


Please submit your inquiry including your name, school or program affiliation, age, dance level with two (2) optional dates of your choice via email at:

Photo©Rachel Neville


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.

'The Nutcracker' Performance Workshop

Intermediate - Advanced students* will learn a choreography 

Sunday, December 16th at 1:00PM 
$55 per student | 120-minute session

Location: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center New York


*All ages and dance levels welcome, please contact AWB via email at:

Portrait©Albert Ayzenberg | Photo©Henry Leutweler | Website

SARA ESTY – ‘An American in Paris’ Dance Workshop

A former soloist with the Miami City Ballet, Sara Esty has performed many works by the coveted choreographers of today and yesterday. Sara made her Broadway debut in Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris (Lise Dassin alternate), prior to being in the original company of its world premiere at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. She went on to lead the first national tour of An American In Paris, bringing it to over 50 cities nationwide. Other theater credits include Brigadoon (NYCC Encores, Directed by Christopher Wheeldon), Grand Hotel (NYCC Encores, Directed by Josh Rhodes), The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theater, Directed by Susan Stroman), and Perfect Picture (Southern VT Arts Center, Directed by Randy Skinner). Sara is also the recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship award for excellence in dance. She could not be happier to join forces with Art Without Borders, and hopes to inspire the next generations dancers to reach for the stars!


Intermediate - Advanced level students* will learn Christopher Wheeldon’s original choreography.  

Please submit your inquiry including your name, school or program affiliation, age, dance level with two (2) optional dates of your choice via email at: 
Photo©Matthew Murphy | Sara Esty pictured with dance partner Garen Scribner, An American in Paris.

Portrait©Evan Zimmerman for Murphy Made

Megan fairchild – BALLET MASTER CLASS

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 BaianoWebsite


Robert Fairchild made his Broadway debut in 2015 with his breakout role as “Jerry Mulligan” in the Tony Award-winning musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, which he reprised in London in 2017. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Performance, and won the 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the 2015 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer, the 2015 Theatre World Award, and the National Dance Award UK. He was also nominated for the 2015 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

As one of the world’s preeminent dancers, Robert Fairchild began dancing at the age of four in Salt Lake City. He began his balletic training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 15 and shortly after rose through the ranks of the prestigious New York City Ballet. He became an apprentice with NYCB in June 2005. The following June, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in May 2007 and to Principal Dancer in October 2009. He recently performed his farewell performance with the company last October.

Theater: Monster in “Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein” at Signature Theater (Chita Rivera Award); Harry Beaton in “Brigadoon” at New York City Center; Jerry Mulligan in “An American in Paris” on Broadway and the West End; Will Parker in “Oklahoma” at the Royal Albert Hall for the “BBC Proms”; Mike Costa in “A Chorus Line” at the Hollywood Bowl; Bill Calhoun in “Kiss Me Kate” for Roundabout Theater Company’s 2017 Gala. TV: “Mixtape” FOX Pilot; “Julie’s Greenroom” on Netflix; BBC Proms “Oklahoma”; Romeo in NYCB’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Carousel Boy in NY Philharmonic’s “Carousel,” both for PBS “Live From Lincoln Center”; “Dancing With The Stars”; “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”; “Live with Kelly and Michael”; “CBS Sunday Morning”; “60 Minutes.” Film: “An American in Paris” Live West End Production; “The Chaperone”; “NY Export: Opus Jazz.”

Portrait©Daniel D’Ottavio

Intermediate - Advanced level students

Please submit your inquiry including your name, school or program affiliation, age, dance level with two (2) optional dates of your choice via email at: 


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

Intermediate - Advanced level students

Please submit your inquiry including your name, school or program affiliation, age, dance level with two (2) optional dates of your choice via email at: 


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.


Photo©Rick StockwellWebsite


Master Class in Ballet with the NYCB’s Principal dancer Megan Fairchild | Photo©Erin Baiano