Introducing New Teaching Artist: Unity Phelan, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

Photo © NYC Dance Project

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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We are excited to welcome Unity Phelan to our Mentorship Program. Ms. Phelan will offer virtual classes in Balanchine technique, Variations and Pointe. Subscription Packages are available for the upcoming 60 and 90-minutes sessions with Ms. Phelan starting in August – please email: Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

Book any subscription package (5, 10 or 20 classes) and combine any class / teaching artist until the end of 2020. Take daily classes (part of your subscription) and join us even at the last minute with only one condition: email AWB no later than two (2) hours* prior to the class start time. *Valid only during the Covid19 pandemic.

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE

  • Agon
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (War & Discord)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • Haieff Divertimento
  • Kammermusik No. 2
  • Liebeslieder Walzer
  • The Four Temperaments
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Flowers, Hot Chocolate)
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer
  • Orpheus (Bacchantes)
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3(Scherzo)
  • Union Jack
  • Western Symphony
  • Who Cares?

ROBERT BINET

  • The Blue of Distance

WILLIAM FORSYTHE

  • Herman Schmerman

PETER MARTINS

  • Fearful Symmetries
  • The Infernal Machine
  • The Red Violin
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond, Courage, Emerald)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Russian, Princess)

JUSTIN PECK

  • Belles-Lettres
  • The Decalogue
  • Everywhere We Go
  • Pulcinella Variations

ALEXEI RATMANSKY

  • Odessa
  • Russian Seasons

JEROME ROBBINS

  • Antique Epigraphs
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Four Seasons (Fall)
  • Glass Pieces
  • In G Major
  • Les Noces
  • Moves

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

  • DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse
  • Polyphonia
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine ©
The George Balanchine Trust | 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

AWB Virtual Program: Series of classes in Balanchine technique with Indiana Woodward, Soloist with the New York City Ballet

Photo © NYC Dance Project

TUNE-IN on Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00pm EST for Instagram Live Ballet Class with Indiana Woodward, introducing AWB Virtual program.

Follow @indiana_woodward | @ArtWithoutBordersNYC 

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00pm EST Instagram Live (free-event) Fridays at 11:30am EST: 10, 17, 24, 31 July | more dates to be announced soon | 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 Live**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.

BIO

Born in Paris France, Indiana Woodward’s earliest memories are of watching ballet class and being backstage in the theater. After moving to Los Angeles, Indiana began training with Yuri Grigoriev and it was from that moment that she knew that this was going to be her lifelong passion and career.

Indiana began studying at the School of American Ballet in the summer of 2010 and joined the school as a full time student in the fall of 2010. In August 2012 Ms. Woodward became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and a full member of the company in December of the same year. Indiana was promoted to soloist in February 2017.

Ms. Woodward is a recipient of the 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and 2016 Clive Barnes Foundation Award. In 2010, she won first place in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in New York City and was invited to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy gala in Moscow.

FEATURED BALANCHINE ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

  • Apollo (Calliope)
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Second Movement)
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (Waltz of the Golden Hours)
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Butterfly)
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement)
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Dolls)
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Western Symphony

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

**Zoom link and password provided upon registration

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

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

Seeking Volunteers for AWB Educational Programs 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 Arts and Culture, Education and Nonprofit Management. Qualified applicants should be willing to commit to at least 4hrs / month of in-person / on-location work in Manhattan. Two (2) Observer tickets offered per class / event.

To apply please email your BIO / introduction with your availability for an interview in New York between November 25 and December 5. First commitment starts on December 8, 2019.

Please email education@artwithoutbordersnyc.org and include “Volunteer” in the subject line. Thank you!

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.

Master Class in Ballet 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

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