Greenwich Ballet Academy holding spring auditions

Students of all ages can get a chance to be part of the Greenwich Ballet Academy when it holds its auditions starting this week.

Students of all ages can get a chance to be part of the Greenwich Ballet Academy when it holds its auditions starting this week.

Students of all ages who want  a chance to participate in fun and exciting pre-professional classical ballet training will be able to try out for the Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA).

The GBA, which has a long history of exciting and award-winning performances, internationally acclaimed guest artists, and an extremely high quality of pre-professional dance instruction, will hold auditions for the spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The spring semester will culminate with the Spring Gala performance in the Massey Theatre at Greenwich Academy on Saturday, June 14. The auditions are open to young students with an interest in ballet.

“In addition to the opportunity to audition for a limited number of opens positions in the full-time program, students also have the opportunity to train at GBA in the summer,” GBA Chairman Jeanne Hendrickson said. “We will conduct a full summer program this year and expect to attract budding talent from the tri-state area. Dancers will be afforded the opportunity to build and further develop the foundation developed over the course of the year.”

Auditions for the GBA Summer Intensive are on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3:30 p.m.

Interested people should e-mail Brooke Donatelli at [email protected] if they have interest in either the full-time or the summer intensive program. All auditions will be held at 181 Westchester Avenue, Third Floor, in Port Chester, N.Y.

“We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s new talent,” said Yuri Vodolaga the GBA’s artistic director. “Every year we are thrilled to find exceptional new local talent to join our outstanding program.”

Greenwich Ballet Academy offers pre-professional training in classical ballet. All students are given an opportunity to participate in two performances annually, and work alongside more experienced students as well as national and international guest dancers.

“Many of our students have gone on to become professional dancers,” said Ms. Hendrickson. “When a child has a passion for ballet, the small and vigorous classes GBA offers enables every student the opportunity to reach their potential and achieve success in the very competitive world of ballet.”

GBA offers a Pre-Academy program for children ages five and six. In addition to weekly instruction, a special dance piece is choreographed for these young children that they will perform at the Spring Gala on June 14.

Unlike the academy program, no audition is required for the Pre-Academy program. Pre-Academy registration for the spring and summer sessions is ongoing.

New for the spring session is an Early Prep Program for pre-school aged children three to five years old. This program will provide a fun introduction to the foundations of ballet Ms. Hendrickson said.

“It is a creative movement class for the child who loves to dance,” she added. “The opportunity to have younger students exposed to ballet at an early age through our program means the “funness” of dance and specifically the art of ballet can be experienced at an earlier age.”

According to the school, one of the great advantages students of GBA have is the ability to perform alongside recognized professionals, such as Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. Ms. Dvorovenko and Mr. Beloserkovsky have performed as guest artists in GBA’s highly popular seasonal performances of the classic Nutcracker and in Spring Galas that included La Bayadere and Le Corsaire.

The academy also features master classes, with prominent professional dancers who teach a class or series of classes to more advanced students. Last year GBA students were given the opportunity to learn from two world-renowned principals from the American Ballet Theatre — Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev.

Greenwich Ballet Academy students regularly compete and distinguish themselves in the Youth America Grand Prix classical ballet competition. Last year three students advanced to the New York City finals and one received the regional Grand Prix, awarded to the student who achieves first place in both classical and modern divisions.

Several of the students will compete again this year.

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