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.

REGISTER ONLINE

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 & Sundays 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, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 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

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

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