FBP welcomes Youth America Grand Prix to Providence!

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.

ballet-YAGP

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.

Photo Feb 06, 8 26 20 PM
FBP Company Dancer and former YAGP finalist Kirsten Evans giving some last minute coaching to our participants.

The FBP School will be well represented this weekend, with more than two dozen students participating in the competition.

Solo participants:

  • Lucy Ehrlich
  • Olivia Kaczmarzyk
  • Olivia Lucianno
  • Isabella Maclea
  • Lan Pricolo
  • Jane Schiavone

Duet participants:

  • Sophia Ahn, Allyson Grant
  • Magnoly Batista, Hannah Yelnosky

Ensemble participants:

  • “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
  • “IF Parasols” choreography by Mary Ann Mayer.
    • Sophia Ahn, Magnoly Batista Tatis, Kyra Benedick, Tanith Benedick, Mikaela Dalton, Julia Feeley, Allyson Grant, Olivia Kaczmarzyk, Isabella Maclea, Audrey MCCarthy, Lan Pricolo, Jane Schiavone, Catherine Vandermillen, Kailey Williams, Hannah Yelnosky.

See the full schedule for this weekend’s competition here.

We wish all of our students and all of the participants the best of luck this weekend! Have fun!

Share

IonaFest rehearsal

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.

Share

It is called an intensive for a reason!

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!

FBP 2011 Summer Program students in an outdoor class in 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
  • WATER
  • 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!)
  • A tennis ball to relieve cramps and sore muscles
  • Jet glue for Pointe shoes
  • Band-aids are a MUST have for blisters

But most of all…HAVE FUN!

FBP 2011 Summer Program students in an outdoor class in Providence.

Share

Culmination 2013 wraps up another great year at FBP School

CULMINATION 2013 LOGO

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.

FBP School student Sara Emaus. Photo by Liza Voll.
FBP School student Sara Emaus. Photo by Liza Voll.

FBP School student Katherine Kelley. Photo by Liza Voll.
FBP School student Katherine Kelley. Photo by Liza Voll.

FBP School student Laura Michaud. Photo by Liza Voll.
FBP School student Laura Michaud. Photo by Liza Voll.

 

Share

FBP Students at Orchestra Moves

FBP School students performing the Can-Can in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concert.
FBP School students performing the Can-Can in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concert. Photo courtesy of Ray Larson and the RI Philharmonic

We are very proud of the FBP School for their participation in the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Moves concerts. The school shows started yesterday and conclude tomorrow at The Vets in Providence.

Share

February Vacation Events at FBP

Mary Ann Mayer
Mary Ann Mayer
School Director, Festival Ballet Providence

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.
  • To order tickets for Agon & Orchis click here.

Mary Ann Mayer is the director of the Festival Ballet Providence School.

Share