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Jerome Robbins Choreography Workshop with Robert La Fosse

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Intermediate-Advanced level students* have the opportunity to study with Robert La Fosse

Mr. La Fosse was invited by Jerome Robbins to join the New York City Ballet in 1986 as a principal dancer after a nine-year career with American Ballet Theatre where he danced leading roles in many of the full-length classics. During his career with NYCB, Mr. La Fosse originated the role of Tony in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite.

For the Broadway stage, Mr. La Fosse starred in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a 1989 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. La Fosse is also an established choreographer who has created over 75 works for ballet, opera, musical theater, film and television.

Dates:
Sunday, September 22: 12:00-2:00pm
Sunday, October 6: 12:00-2:00pm
Saturday, November 16: 12:00-2:00pm
Sunday, November 17: 12:00-2:00pm

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

Location: Open Jar Studios | 1601 Broadway | New York, NY 10019

Note: Students registered to attend Jerome Robbins Choreography Workshop #1, receive 20% off to book additional classes and are encouraged to participate in the entire program of four (4) standalone classes — reward code provided upon registration. 

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

Photo©Daniel Rader | West Side Story staged by Robert La Fosse | Barrington Stage Company

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!

Paid Internship with Art Without Borders New York

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

Seeking qualified candidates (from NY-NJ-PA-CT area 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 20hrs per month of in-person / on-location work. College credit, stipend and tickets to industry events and performances offered. 

Intern will work directly with AWB Management and Artists. To apply please email your cover letter and resume to education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org

No phone calls for this job please. Thank you!

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.

New Teaching Artist: Robert La Fosse

Portrait©Bobby Miller

We are excited to welcome Robert La Fosse to our roster of teaching artists.

Mr. La Fosse was invited by Jerome Robbins to join the New York City Ballet in 1986 as a principal dancer after a nine-year career with American Ballet Theatre where he danced leading roles in many of the full-length classics. During his career with NYCB, Mr. La Fosse originated the role of Tony in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite.

For the Broadway stage, Mr. La Fosse starred in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a 1989 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. La Fosse is also an established choreographer who has created over 75 works for ballet, opera, musical theater, film and television.

“Give me something to dance about and I’ll dance it.”
Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins Choreography Workshop with Robert La Fosse

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Portrait by Jeremy Westby | Group photo by Erin Baiano © Art Without Borders Inc.