New York’s leading center for comprehensive ballet education, Ballet Academy East (BAE), today announced its 20th annual Spring Performance Series to be held at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse, May 31-June 2, 2019 About 135 students from BAE’s pre-professional division will perform during the series. The program includes Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s Wedding directed by Maina Gielgud and includes world premieres by Charles Askegard, Amanda Edge and Alan Hineline. Works by Darla Hoover, Jenna Lavin and Marcia Dale Weary round out the program.
“Working with the legendary Maina Gielgud on her cover of Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s Wedding as well as being part of the creation of new works gives our dancers exactly the kind of comprehensive education that is central to BAE’s mission,” says Darla Hoover, artistic director of BAE’s pre-professional division. I can’t wait to share this beautiful program with our audience.”
The program includes three world premieres: Romanza by Alan Hineline, Director of Artistic Programming at CPYB and visiting faculty member at BAE, and two former New York City Ballet dancers: Hungarian Serenade by Amanda Edge and The Lesson by Charles Askegard (BAE faculty member). Hineline’s Romanza is a neoclassical ballet in four movements inspired by the musical landscape of Ernö Dohnányi’s Serenade. “Dohnányi’s serenade has long been a favorite of mine, and BAE’s exceptional dancers bring the contrasting sections of the music to life beautifully,” says Hineline. “Their blend of solid technique and lust for movement always makes creating on them a thrill.”
The final piece of the show is “Aurora’s Wedding” from the 19th century ballet Sleeping Beauty. Based on original choreography by Marius Petipa, BAE’s version is covered by Maina Gielgud who has staged productions for Australian Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, to name a few. The final act features the festivities of Princess Aurora’s wedding to Prince Désiré, including the dances of their fairytale guests and the joyful couple’s climactic pas de deux.
Praised for their “expressive dancing, dramatic and nuanced touches, and well-timed body work (Ballet Focus)”, the BAE students captivate audiences and critics alike in their annual showcase. According to Art Times Journal, it is “an evening of ballet superior to the work of many professional companies”. The New York Times quoted: “The upper body is beautifully open; the legwork is firm and clear; the beating steps are quick…I was thoroughly interested in the intricate detail shown and the individual skills of each dancer… Above all, everything here found life in the acuteness with which all these dancers devoted themselves to their music.”
About Ballet Academy East Pre-Professional Division
BAE’s pre-professional division is renowned for producing technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who are sought after for their professionalism and ability to adapt to a wide range of styles demanded of today’s dance professionals. Alumni include Ariel Rose and Petra Love (Miami City Ballet), Siobhan Howley (Pennsylvania Ballet), Hannah Marshall (American Ballet Theatre), and Erica Pereira (New York City Ballet), to name a few. Comprehensive ballet training is combined with professional-caliber performance opportunities. The year-round program includes Technique, Pointe, Partnership, Variations, Stretch, Men’s Classes, Modern and Character. Students range in age from seven to 19 and are accepted through an audition process.
With a vision to inspire dancers of all ages and skill levels to realize their greatest potential, Director Julia Dubno founded Ballet Academy East (BAE) in 1979. Today, BAE is the leading center for New York for comprehensive ballet education, internationally recognized for its exceptional training. The school’s Young Dancer, Pre-Professional, and Adult divisions promote students’ physical and emotional well-being, develop technical skills, and develop artistry. Under the direction of Artistic Director Darla Hoover, BAE’s Pre-Professional Division offers comprehensive ballet training with professional-caliber performance opportunities to prepare students for success in the world of dance. BAE’s proven program creates technically strong and artistically expressive dancers who easily adapt to the wide range of styles required of today’s professionals. balletacademyeast.com