Greenwich Ballet Academy performs Paquita, hosts silent auction

Lauren Mondschein, Marta Gershanok, Yvette O’Brien, Amelia Lewis, Carolina Rivera, Caroline Hendrickson, Victoria Rivera, Isabella Long, Alexandra Geller, John Orlowski all rehearse for the production. Lauren, Yvette, Amelia, Carolina, Victoria and Isabella are all Greenwich residents.

Lauren Mondschein, Marta Gershanok, Yvette O’Brien, Amelia Lewis, Carolina Rivera, Caroline Hendrickson, Victoria Rivera, Isabella Long, Alexandra Geller, John Orlowski all rehearse for the production. Lauren, Yvette, Amelia, Carolina, Victoria and Isabella are all Greenwich residents.

The Greenwich Ballet Academy is extending an invitation to its June Gala featuring a pair of performances by the academy’s students.

Stamford resident Maria Jose Esquivel will lead both the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances at the Massey Theater in the Wallace Performing Arts Center at Greenwich Academy on June 14. A silent auction will take place during the intermissions and between performances, allowing guests an opportunity to bid on choice items.

Utilizing the Russian Vaganova method of instruction, the Greenwich Ballet Academy has been recognized for its succesful training program, earning Serendipity Magazine’s title for best ballet program in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The academy works to pair students with accomplished professionals for classical ballet study, and has produced a number of career dancers.

“Our talented students have achieved the pinnacle of grace and beauty with their hard work preparing for this incredible performance,” GBA artistic director Yuri Vodolaga said.

“Working alongside professional performers, our students have quickly learned the joy of ballet, learned the discipline necessary for a successful performance and are prepared to transform the audience’s imagination for a fascinating look into the Napoleonic occupation of Spain and the romantic life of the young Gypsy girl, Paquita.”

Ms. Esquivel will lead the performance of Paquita after dancing the Snow Queen pas de deux in the academy’s December 2013 performance of The Nutcracker. First performed by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1846, Paquita is a classic work, chosen to showcase training students received during the season before they advance to the academy’s next level. All academy and pre-academy students will perform, with older early prep students being included in the 2 p.m. show.

Tickets are available at greenwichballetacademy.org. Early patron tickets for donors may be obtained by calling the office at 914-305-4377.

The Massey Theater is located on the Greenwich Academy campus at 200 N Maple Avenue.

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