Master Class Series with Luciana Paris, Soloist Ballerina with the American Ballet Theater: Saturdays at 10:30am ET

Saturdays at 10:30am EST: April 17, 24 | Additional Dates TBA

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This class is part of AWB newest project ‘Arts & Foreign Languages’ and will be offered in #Spanish and English. Live-streamed on Zoom: class includes classic barre, technique with Individual corrections and Q & A.

$20 / class | 60-min. sessions | All Dance Levels

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BIO: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez. Ms. Paris has been dancing with the American Ballet Theater (ABT) since 2001, and has been performing as a guest artist throughout the world. Paris’s most recent guest appearances include the Ballet Now Gala 2015 in Los Angeles, dancing The Talisman Pas de Deux with Kleber Rebello, the 5th Buenos Aires International Ballet Gala, dancing Nutcracker pas de deux and Liam Scarlett’s With a Chance of Rain, and the Fire Island Dance Festival 20th Anniversary dancing Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene Pas de Deux with Marcelo Gomes. 

She was guest artist, partnered by Herman Cornejo, at the Dance Open Ballet Festival 2013 (Saint Petersburg) in Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas”, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur 2013 (Montreal) performing The Black Swan Pas de Deux, and at the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the New York City Center in September 2013 dancing Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite “. 

Ms. Paris portrayed the principal role of Nikiya in a full-length production of La Bayadèrein Argentina in August 2013, with Herman Cornejo as Solor, and, partnered by Cory Stearns, she danced Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene Pas de Deux at the Brandon Ballet Gala in November 16, 2013.

Ms. Paris Paris was given the dance artistic Achievement Award in 2018 by FINI Dance Festival in New York. In 2012 American Ballet Theatre designated Paris as a Certified Teacher. Since then she was invited to teach in many International schools.

During the winter of 2020 Ms. Paris was ballet mistress guest for the ABT STUDIO COMPANY. In February 2021 Ms. Paris created her first choreography for the American Ballet Theatre Incubator.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

$110 for five (5) Master classes + one (1) reward class* from AWB Virtual program. 

Interested individuals can book any subscription package and combine any class / teaching artist. 

Students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship Program. Book a subscription package and email: Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org with your class / artist selection. 

*valid for any 60-min Virtual class, any teaching artist.

Master Class Series with Unity Phelan, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: Wednesdays at 5:00pm ET

Wednesdays at 5:00pm EST: April 14, 21, 28 | Additional Dates TBA

$20 / class | 60-min. sessions | All Dance Levels

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Live-streamed on Zoom: class includes classic barre, technique with Individual corrections and Q & A.

BIO: 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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SUBSCRIPTIONS

$110 for five (5) Master classes + one (1) reward class* from AWB Virtual program. 

Interested individuals can book any subscription package and combine any class / teaching artist. 

Students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship Program. Book a subscription package and email: Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org with your class / artist selection. 

*valid for any 60-min Virtual class, any teaching artist.

Photo © NYC Dance Project

Master Class Series with Olivia Boisson, Ballerina with the New York City Ballet: Sundays at 2:00pm ET

Portrait © Paul Kolnik

Sundays at 2:00pm EST: April 18, 25 | May 2 | Additional Dates TBA

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$20 / class | 60-min. sessions | All Dance Levels

Live-streamed on Zoom: class includes classic barre, technique with Individual corrections and Q & A.

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BIOOlivia Boisson is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Queens, New York, and began her dance training at the age of six at The Ballet Arts School of Forest Hills. She later studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 before enrolling as a full time student at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the fall of 2004. 

In August 2012, Ms. Boisson became an apprentice with NYCB, and the following December, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

HONORS: Ms. Boisson was the recipient of the 2012 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.

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Subscription Rewards*

$110 for five (5) Master classes + one (1) reward class** from AWB Virtual program. 

Interested individuals can book any subscription package mentioned above and combine any class / teaching artist. 

*Students registered to attend 5+ virtual classes are able to apply to AWB Mentorship Program. Book a subscription package and email: Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org with your class / artist selection. 

**valid for any 60-min Virtual class, any teaching artist.

Seeking U.S. based Volunteers for AWB Educational Programs

Seeking tech-savvy Volunteers based in the United States of America 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 10hrs of remote work monthly.

Please note that this is a remote position and Volunteers will work directly with AWB Management and Teaching Artists. Confidentiality agreement is required for this job.

To apply please email your BIO / introduction outlining your computer skills and your current availability. Please email Contact@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org and include “Volunteer” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020. Note: Immediate Opening.

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.

Series of Workshops with Iconic American Dancers: Wendy Whelan, former Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet

Wendy Whelan in George Balanchine’s Agon | Photo © Paul Kolnik for New York City Ballet

Thursday, October 8 at 4:00pm EST 

60-min. sessions for Intermediate / Advanced Students*

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Live-streamed on Zoom: includes classic barre, three (3) combinations with Individual corrections and Q & A. 

$25 per student / workshop

Wendy Whelan, widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers of her generation, began dance lessons at the age of three in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Whelan began intense professional training at the Louisville Ballet Academy. She was accepted to the summer program of the School of American Ballet at age 14; a year later, she moved to New York to continue her studies there full-time. In 1984, she was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the corps de ballet a year later.

Wendy Whelan went on to spend 30 years at New York City Ballet, dancing virtually all the major roles. She was promoted to Soloist in 1989 and to Principal dancer in 1991. 

Ms. Whelan has been a guest artist all over the world. She received the Dance Magazine Award in 2007, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she received both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance.Since 2013, she has been developing and touring her own independent projects. Her inaugural project, Restless Creature broke down boundaries between interdisciplinary dance forms. She remains committed in her work to opening up creative conversations and developing unexpected collaborations through dance.

In February 2019, Ms. Whelan marked a return to New York City Ballet when she was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Company. 

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

AWB Virtual Program: Master class series 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

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

‘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