Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, announced today the programming for its Spring Showcases 2010. For the first time, students at each of Boston Ballet School’s studios will be featured at a venue in their community. In addition, Boston Ballet School will present the first annual Next Generation performance on Wednesday, May 12, 7pm at The Boston Opera House.
“We’re so pleased to give our most advanced students the opportunity to perform in Next Generation. It will be an exciting evening, when the ‘minor leagues’ of the dance world take a ‘major league’ stage at The Boston Opera House,” said Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School. “Spring showcases are an annual milestone for our students and provide them with the opportunity to perform before an audience. It is also an opportunity for friends of Boston Ballet and the general public to experience the future of dance.”
Next Generation, the highlight of the School’s spring performances, will feature the Pre-Professional Program students, Boston Ballet II, and guests from Boston Ballet, with musical accompaniment from 70 students with New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. The performance at The Boston Opera House, Boston Ballet’s new home theatre, provides an exciting new performance space for Boston Ballet School’s next generation of dancers. The program will feature works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville, and a world premiere of One Concerto, a new work by Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo.
Throughout the spring, Boston Ballet School will present Spring Showcases in the communities surrounding each of the School’s studio locations. Friday, May 7 and Sunday May, 9, Boston Ballet School’s Newton students will perform Bruce Well’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College. Sunday, May 16, Boston Ballet School’s South Shore students will perform Carnival of the Animals, choreographed by Norwell Principal Jared Redick and faculty members at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center. Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead students will perform in a showcase of various dances on Saturday, June 12 at the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA location. That performance will feature choreography by Marblehead faculty member Christopher Anderson. Finally, on Sunday, June 13 Boston Ballet School’s Boston students will perform in a showcase at Boston Ballet’s company headquarters at 19 Clarendon Street in Boston’s South End. These performances will feature a one-act ballet inspired by Scottish folklore by faculty members Cynthia Drayer and Elizebeth Randall.
Boston Ballet School is the largest ballet school in North America with studios in Boston, Newton and Marblehead and additional programs throughout New England, in community centers and in the Boston Public Schools. Over 10,000 students participate in Boston Ballet School’s summer, adult, and outreach programs each year. Boston Ballet is also an international leader in dance education and access, operating unparalleled education and outreach programs including Citydance, Adaptive Dance, and Taking Steps.
Dance and music critics are encouraged to attend and review the May 12 performance of Next Generation at The Boston Opera House.
The complete Spring Showcases 2010 program schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 7th at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 9th at 1:30 and 6:30pm:
Newton Studio Spring Showcase featuring performances of Bruce Well’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Park Manor South, Babson Park, MA 02457
Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00pm:
Pre-Professional Program students, Boston Ballet II and guest artists from Boston Ballet, featuring musical accompaniment from New England Conservatory Youth Symphony
The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Sunday, May 16th at 2:00pm:
Norwell Studio Spring Showcase featuring Carnival of the Animals
Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02332
Saturday, June 12th at 2:30pm:
Marblehead Studio Spring Showcase
Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead Studio, Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Rd, Marblehead, MA 01945
Sunday, June 13th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm:
Boston Studio Spring Showcase
Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02114
For information about Boston Ballet School or to sign up for classes at Boston Ballet School, visit www.bostonballet.org/school or call 617.456.6263.
Student tickets from $10 at the box office only. For detailed ticket prices and to purchase tickets, call 617.456.6955 or visit www.bostonballet.org/school.
2009-2010 Season Tickets
Spring season tickets are on sale now. All 2009-2010 tickets may be purchased through Boston Ballet by phone at 617.695.6955 or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat, 11am-6pm (Sat hours Sept–May only), and performance days only on Sun, 11am – 4pm (or 6pm for Nutcracker) . Subscriptions and all tickets will be available for sales online 24 hours a day at www.bostonballet.org. Prices for season ballets start at $25. Discounted group tickets (10 or more for season ballets) are available by calling Boston Ballet’s Group Sales at 617.456.6343. Contact the Boston Ballet Box Office at 617.695.6955 or visit www.bostonballet.org for details.
About Boston Ballet
Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.
Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance programs are held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead with additional programs throughout New England, as well as community centers and in Boston Public Schools.
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker
Massachusetts Cultural Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Boston Organ & Piano, Official Piano Supplier of Boston Ballet