FBP is proud to welcome Youth America Grand Prix to Providence this weekend for their regional semi-final competition! YAGP is America’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, bringing together young talent from around the world in their annual competition.
The competition will be held at The Vets beginning tomorrow (2/7) and concluding Saturday (2/8). The awards ceremony at the theater will be on Sunday (2/9) from 3:00-4:30.
We are also excited to host workshops and master classes at the FBP studios on Saturday evening and all day Sunday. The halls will be filled with talented young dancers eager to learn from each other and the many renowned dance professionals that YAGP has tapped to lead these classes.
The FBP School will be well represented this weekend, with more than two dozen students participating in the competition.
Sophia Ahn, Allyson Grant
Magnoly Batista, Hannah Yelnosky
“Brass on Brass” choreography by Shura Baryshnikov.
Tanith Benedick, Mikaela Dalton, Lucy Ehrlich, Julia Feeley, Symone Gilbert, Olivia Kaczmarzyk, Sophia Kaczmarzyk, Joseph Lynch, Isabella Maclea, Brandon McGuirk, Alexandra Morris, Suzanne Paolucci, Lan Pricolo, Jane Schiavone, Alexandra Tabachnikov, Emma Zubiago
The first annual IonaFest, celebrating the life and legacy of Iona Dobbins, is around the corner.
This evening, we spotted a select group of FBP School students in rehearsal with Mary Ann Mayer preparing for their part in the festivities. It’s going to be an excellent event and they will be in great company with arts organizations from across Rhode Island. For more info on IonaFest, check out their website here.
The first of two summer intensives begins today with the Junior Intensive! The students arrived this morning for their first full day of intense 9-5 classes. Our intensive programs are designed to enhance a student’s development during the summer, where they can fully focus on their classes and progress. These students not only work on their dance technique, they also have conditioning classes and lectures about dance history and other topics . It’s no surprise that these long days can be difficult to get through, so here are a few tips, courtesy of Friends of Festival Ballet Providence!
Make new friends! There are students here from many cities and towns. Making new friends can be one of the best things about Intensive.
Take Care of Your Body. No sense working all day in class and not eating right or not hydrating during the day or staying up late at night. You won’t perform well the next day.
Pack that dance bag well:
Toe tape (for lots of intense Pointe work)
Bobby pins, brush, hairspray
An extra pair of tights, ballets shoes, jazz shoes, ballet skirt and warm-ups
A note book and pen to record the corrections from teachers or difficult combinations
Snacks like a granola bar or banana (bananas are great for cramps!)
Culmination 2013 – the end-of-year performance involving nearly every level of the FBP School – is just around the corner! On Sunday, June 9 at 1:30pm and 6:30pm at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College, the students of the FBP School take the stage for an exciting program showcasing the immense and diverse talent we have in our school.
The program features performances from each class concluding with the “Adam Suite” set to the music of composer Adolphe Adam and involving all students and levels in an grand finale.
Tickets in advance are $25 (ages 7+) and $20 (ages 3-7). All tickets at the door are $30. For tickets, call 401-353-1129.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors (pictured below): Sara Emaus, Katherine Kelley, and Laura Michaud.
We hope you will join us next week as we open our doors for some very special events during the February vacation week.
Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years of age come join us for some fun … and bring an adult!
For just $10, we are inviting you to join us on Tuesday, February 19th and Thursday, February 21st from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm in a Music and Movement class while adults visit the Grand Studio for a look inside our professional company rehearsals.
For the first time this year I have been teaching this very new Music and Movement class. It is truly one of the highlights of my week when Richard Derry and I come together to sing, dance and make music. We are excited to share this opportunity with your children since we strive to bring the joy of music and dance to the lives of everyone.
Adults and children will leave the studio inspired and ready for a treat. You will receive a coupon for a free coffee courtesy of Seven Stars Bakery which is directly across the street from our studios.
Check out this video of my Music and Movement class:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7UGpYTT9G8]
Intermediate and Advanced Level Students prepare to sweat…
On Wednesday, February 20th, Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd from 9:30 am to 11:00 am FBP’s artistic staff will be teaching ballet classes for any interested student at the intermediate to advanced level. It will be fun and inspiring, not to mention, a great way to stay in shape during the vacation week. Following class you are invited to observe company rehearsal from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. All of this for just $10. These classes are being offered to the community as well as FBP students…. come join us!
As you leave the studio inspired, be prepared for a special treat …. You will receive a coupon for a free coffee courtesy of Seven Stars Bakery which is directly across the street from our studios.
A peek inside company rehearsal…
As the company prepares for the upcoming production of Agon & Orchis, you will be impressed to see the choreographic process and the intensity with which these professionals work. Don’t miss this opportunity to see dancers in an informal and inspiring environment.