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2016 Summer Dance Programs Announced at Eastern Connecticut Ballet


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Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance program will help all young dancers to grow and improve. The school for classical ballet training is offering many different workshops at its East Lyme studio in July and August with options of taking a single or multi-week program.

The youngest dancers (ages 3 ˝ - 6) may enroll in a Storybook Magic Adventure featuring ballet, jazz and special crafts. The Petite Dancer Workshop (ages 6-8) is designed to bridge the gap between our young children’s program and our graded classical ballet program. Older children (ages 8-12) will build their skills and have fun in the Young Professional Summer Workshop.

More experienced students will benefit from both the Intermediate/Advanced Workshop and/or the Summer Intensive, “In Balanchine’s Footsteps.” Headlining the guest faculty for the Intensive is New York City Ballet’s extraordinary principal dancer Sara Mearns, whom Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times has called “the great American ballerina of our era”. “In Balanchine’s Footsteps” will also be taught by the dynamic and expressive Pennsylvania Ballet principal Amy Aldridge, and ECB Artistic Director, master teacher, and former New York City Ballet soloist Gloria Govrin. These distinguished artists were either students of Balanchine, or members of companies in the Balanchine tradition. To round out the program, students will enjoy jazz with Broadway veteran Mary Ann Lamb and modern dance with Paul Taylor Company member Eran Bugge.

“There’s no better way for a young dancer to learn than from master teachers who were either students of Balanchine or members of companies that embrace his style and choreography,” says ECB executive director Lise Reardon.

In addition, teens and adults may take classes in ballet and jazz on summer evenings. A full schedule, costs, and registration form are available at easternctballet.com. Register by April 8 and receive a $15 discount. For inquiries, call 860-739-7899 or visit ECB at 435 Boston Post Road in East Lyme.

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