2017 Vail Dance Festival Master Class Series
Event on 2017-07-29 10:00:00
Welcome to the 2017 Vail Dance Festival Master Class Series Each summer the Vail Dance Festival hosts a Master Class Series giving dance students from the Vail Valley and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn and gain invaluable dance experience from world-class dancers and instructors. **Please understand that ALL classes will be taught at an advanced level and are intended for pre-professional students** ATTIRE: Proper dance shoes are required for each class. No rings, dangling earrings, or necklaces. Hair should be neatly pulled back into a bun or pony tail. Ballet Attire Requirements: Women: Solid colored leotard, pink or white tights and ballet shoes; demi skirt optional. Men: Solid colored t-shirt, dance pants or tights, and ballet shoes. ALL PURCHASES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. **All PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN OR HAVE A GUARDIAN SIGN A WAIVER PRIOR TO JOINING CLASS** If your guardian is unable to attend the class and sign your waiver, please email the organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a waiver emailed to you prior to the event. To date this summer's instructors and classes will include: L.A. Dance Project, Ballet July 29th, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm Vail welcomes L.A. Dance Project in its Festival company debut. L.A. Dance Project was founded in 2012 by former New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer, Benjamin Millepied. Over the past 5 years, this cutting-edge company has gained renown for creating new work and reviving seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Patricia Delgado, Ballet July 31st, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Patricia Delgado is a former principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet. She is currently a freelance artist living in NYC. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. With the Miami City Ballet, she performed many ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, Trey Mcyntire, Richard Alston, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, Justin Peck and John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. Her classical repertoire includes Swanhilda in Coppelia, and featured roles in Giselle and Don Quixote. She has danced at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and at Le Chatelet in Paris, France as well as all over the U.S, most recently at the Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City. Michelle Dorrance, Tap August 1st, 10:00 am – 11:30 am 2017 Artist-In-Residence, Michelle Dorrance is a New York based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. A 2015 MacArthur Fellow, 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, and both a 2015 and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. She is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). Lil’ Buck, Jookin’ August 2nd, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Leader of the dance style known as Jookin, which originated in Memphis, TN, Lil Buck gained mass acclaim for his YouTube collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in The Swan directed by Damian Woetzel. Lil Buck appeared with Madonna in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and now performs with Madonna regularly. He has made guest appearances on The Colbert Report, and in 2017 was featured in two nationally-televised commercials, one for Lexus (during Super Bowl LI) and the acclaimed Apple AirPods spot, which has since received millions of views on YouTube. Daniel Ulbricht, Ballet August 3rd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Daniel Ulbricht is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the founder and director of Stars of the American Ballet, a company that tours nationally and internationally and is devoted to presenting high caliber dance performances and offering educational and outreach programs. Ulbricht is also the Artistic Advisor to Manhattan Youth Ballet and the Associate Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. A guest teacher at the School of American Ballet and Ballet Academy East in New York City, he also teaches at many well-known dance schools, private schools and universities throughout the United States. Tiler Peck, Ballet August 3rd, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Tiler Peck began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili. At the age of 12, she entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009. She is currently the spokesperson for Body Wrappers and was named to the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30. Rebecca King & Michael Breeden, Ballet 2 part Class on August 5th and 6th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am each day. Dancers have the option to purchase one or both days of classes offered by Rebecca and Michael. If you would like attend both days, you need to purchase two tickets, one to each day. (Both classes are recommended, but not required). Rebecca King Ferraro was born and raised in Northern California. Ms. King received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson, and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, CA. Ms. King spent two summers studying at The San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of former Balanchine ballerina, Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, Ms. King moved to Miami to train at the Miami City Ballet School. Ms. King joined Miami City Ballet under Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella in 2007 as a Company Apprentice and was promoted to Corps De Ballet in 2008. Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, KY, where he began training at the Lexington Ballet at the age of 7. He began attending the School of American Ballet on scholarship in 2002, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrikov's Academy of Dance. Mr. Breeden joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2008. Since joining the company, he has performed in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. Mr. Breeden has joined Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris. Barton Cowperthwaite, Jazz August 8th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Barton was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Denver School of the Arts and The Academy of Colorado Ballet. After graduating from high school he transitioned to the dance department at The University of Arizona. He graduated a year early, cum laude, with a BFA in Dance. He then joined the Bad Boys of Ballet to tour Europe as Romeo in their new contemporary dance production of Romeo and Juliet. He currently resides in New York City as a freelance dancer, actor, and model. Barton has had the pleasure of working for Lar Lubovitch, Pontus Lidberg, Lindsay Nelko, Emily Schoen, The Muses of Motion and many more artists. He recently starred in the third installment of the Center Stage movie series Center Stage: Dance Camp. Matthew Neenan, Ballet August 8th, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School and with noted teachers Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he danced numerous principal roles in works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, Lila York, Meredith Rainey, Christopher Wheeldon and Jerome Robbins. In October 2007, Matthew was named Choreographer in Residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2005, Matthew co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox. BalletX had its world premiere at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September 2005 and is now the resident dance company at the prestigious Wilma Theatre. BalletX has toured and performed Neenan’s choreography in New York City at The Joyce Theater, The Skirball Center, Symphony Space and Central Park Summerstage, Vail Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Cerritos Center, Laguna Dance Festival, Spring to Dance Festival in St.Louis, and internationally in Cali, Colombia and Seoul, Korea. In 2010, Matthew became a trustee member for DanceUSA. His ballet The Last Glass was praised in the New York Times as the “The Top 10” of 2013. Dawn Fay, Wonderbound, Ballet August 9th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Dawn Fay was named Producing Director of Wonderbound in 2007, prior to which her professional career spanned more than twenty years, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Dawn is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and received her professional training at North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her career at Ballet Oklahoma and went on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Memphis. Dawn has performed classical works including Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Fleming Flindt’s La Sylphide, as well as Giselle, Cinderella and Coppelia. She has danced contemporary works by Garrett Ammon, Trey McIntyre, Jiri Kylian, Choo San Goh, and Lila York among others. In 2005, Dawn became a founding member of Trey McIntyre Project, dancing at festivals around the country including The Vail Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Dawn has also staged Mr. McIntyre’s work for Trey McIntyre Project, The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Augsburg and Smuin Ballet. Carla Körbes, Ballet August 9th, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Carla Körbes was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and began her ballet training at age five. In 1996 Körbes moved to New York to study at the School of American Ballet and in 1999, was the Mae. L. Wien Award recipient and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and later that year joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist. Körbes was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2006, dancing with the company until her retirement on June 7, 2015. Körbes continues to dance, including with Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project, and in the fall will join the faculty of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Martha Graham Dance Company, Modern August 10th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. It all began in 1926 when Martha Graham started teaching a group of dancers who had been drawn to her creative work. Thus began the Martha Graham Studio, to remain under her personal guidance for the next 66 years. When official accreditation came to dance in 1980 with the formation of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), it adopted Martha Graham’s term, “Professional Studio School” to denote independent dance studios that teach to professional standards. Students who have studied at the Martha Graham School have moved on to professional dance companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, José Limón Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theater, Rioult Dance Theater, The Battery Dance Company, Noemi Lafrance Dance Company, as well as other companies throughout the world and on Broadway.
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