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 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, 22, 29 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 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

Introducing New Teaching Artist: Megan LeCrone, Soloist Ballerina with the New York City Ballet

Photo © Peter Lindbergh

Megan LeCrone was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began her dance training at the age of four at Greensboro Ballet with Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and Elissa Fuchs. At age 14, she began studying with Melissa Hayden and Duncan Noble at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winton-Salem. Ms. LeCrone entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full-time in the fall of 2001, and in November 2001 she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. Ms. LeCrone joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2002 and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.

Ms. LeCrone has significant experience teaching students of all ages and she has taught in Africa, China, and the United States. We are excited to welcome her to our Mentorship Program.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB

GEORGE BALANCHINE
  • Agon
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
  • Coppélia (Dawn)
  • Cortège Hongrois
  • “Emeralds” from Jewels
  • Episodes
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Flowers, Frau Stahlbaum)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • “Rubies” from Jewels
  • Serenade
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Swan Lake
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Waltz)
AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
  • Bournonville Divertissements (Pas de Six from Napoli and Abdallah)
  • La Sylphide (Effie)
WILLIAM FORSYTHE
  • Herman Schmerman
PETER MARTINS
  • Bal de Couture
  • The Chairman Dances
  • Hallelujah Junction
  • The Red Violin
  • Romeo + Juliet (Lady Capulet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Tenderness, Diamond)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Pas de Trois, Russian, Spanish, Princess)
ANGELIN PRELJOCAJ
  • Spectral Evidence
ALEXEI RATMANSKY
  • Voices
JEROME ROBBINS
  • The Four Seasons (Summer)

ORIGINATED A FEATURED ROLE IN

  • Christopher d’Amboise: Tribute(NYCB Premiere)
  • Peter Martins: Ocean’s Kingdom
  • Gianna Reisen: Judah
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust | Photo © Paul Kolnik

Note: Virtual Class Schedule to be announced soon – please subscribe for news. To request Ms. LeCrone on a specific day and time, please email Education@ArtWithoutBordersNYC.org

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