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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ballo della Regina
Divertimento No. 15
“Emeralds” from Jewels
The Four Temperaments
Ivesiana (Central Park in the Dark)
La Sonnambula (The Coquette)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Coffee, Flowers)
Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze”
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Symphony in C (Fourth Movement)
Symphony in Three Movements
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique)
Bal de Couture
The Infernal Machine
Songs of the Auvergne
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Tenderness, Generosity, Ruby)
Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Princess)
2 & 3 Part Inventions
The Four Seasons (Summer)
The Goldberg Variations
N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
We are excited to welcome Ashley Laracey to our Mentorship Program. Pre-registration is now open. Please submit your request 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.
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.
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: email@example.com
$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