Ogden, Utah, August 15, 2014: Imagine Ballet Theatre (IBT), an Ogden-based ballet company, will hold auditions on September 6 , 2014 for the upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Auditions will be held at their studios on 2432 Washington Blvd., Suites C & D, in Ogden from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Boys and girls ages 6-11 and 11:45-1:15 Boys and girls ages 12 and up are welcome to audition. Cost is $25.
Imagine Ballet Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Nutcracker,” with original choreography by Raymond Van Mason, will be performed in December at The Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. Opportunities within the ballet for those selected include Party Boys and Girls, Rats, Soldiers, Gingerettes, Angels, and more. Dancers en pointe may audition for roles such as Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, and divertissements.
The company is widely recognized in the region as providing quality and professional-level performances. IBT received a Utah Best of State Award in 2005, and Mason received a 2006 Utah Best of State Award for Best Choreographer as well as the Ogden Mayor‘s Award for the Arts. In November 2006, company members were invited to perform at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA at the Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival where they were awarded the Judy G. Mayer Small Group Award.
When: Saturday, September 6 , 2014
Registration 9:30-10:00 pm Ages 6-11; audition 10:00-11:30am
Registration 11:30-12:00pm Ages 12 and up; audition 11:45-1:15pm
Where: Imagine Ballet Theatre, 2432 Washington Blvd, Suites C & D, Ogden
Dress: Young Women: Black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, if dancer is en pointe bring pointe shoes, hair in a bun
Men: White shirt, black tights, ballet shoes
Registration Fee: $25.00, non-refundable
Other: Dancers must bring a photo
Please join us for the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater in the heart of downtown Ogden, the Christmas town.
The Music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be played live by the New American Philharmonic under the direction of David Van Alstyne. Choreography is by Raymond Van Mason, Artistic Director Imagine Ballet Theatre. Don’t miss the incredible artwork that local artist Sherry Ferrin has created for Imagine Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is a fairy tale-ballet in two acts, three scenes, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed in 1891-92. Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky (written by Marius Petipa and commissioned by the director of the Imperial Theatre’s Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1891). In Western countries, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular ballet performed, primarily around Christmas time. Come enjoy Imagine Ballet Theatre’s version of the holiday classic.
* Discount available to $25.00 and $18.00 tickets only.
July 14, 2014 through July 25, 2014 is open registration. Please stop by the studio between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to register your dancer. Class space is limited.
Class placement is at the Director’s discretion. The school of Imagine Ballet Theatre reserves the right to cancel any class if enrollment is insufficient. Any tuition paid will be refunded in full. Registration fee is $35.00/dancer, $50/multiple dancers within the same immediate family. Registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.
Tuition: 8/50 minute class, $10/hour class, $14.25/hour and half class, $18.00 two hour class, There will be $10.00/month studio fee in addition to monthly tuition. All tuition is due by the first day of each month. A late fee of $15.00 will be assessed after the first day of the month if payment is not received. Invoices will be billed monthly and sent via e-mail. A return check fee of $20.00 will be assessed for any check returned to the bank.
Annual finance charge of 18% will be added to the account each month at the rate of 1 ½ % on the unpaid principal. Should it be necessary to assign the account to a collection agency, the responsible party agrees to pay a collection fee of 40% of the total unpaid principal, and all legal fees of collection, without suit, including attorney fees, court costs and filing fees.
Credit or refunds cannot be extended for missed classes. However, a dancer may make up a missed class during the same month as missed. Open classes cannot be used as a make-up. We accept personal checks, money orders and a major credit cards.
It is more than walking
It is drifting with passion
It is moving art
Without dance we are un-human
Without dance there is nowhere to breathe
Without dance there is no freedom
Dance is giving up Friday nights
Dance is giving up your social life
Dance is numb toes at the end of the day
Dance is ugly feet
All of this is worth it in the end.
You may feel like giving up
You may cry
Somewhere inside you keep telling yourself its all worth it.
You may question this thought
But just remember all you gave up to live your dream
Remember the friends you lost when you couldn’t go to a birthday party
Remember the way you felt on stage
Remember the way you feel when you dance
Remember seeing pictures of your friends doing things without you
The way you feel when your toes leave the ground.
Dance is striving for perfection
Dance is a feeling like no other
Are words of dance
Passion is the mother of dance
Passion is the key to success
Passion is frustration
Passion is pain
Passion is love
Passion is dance
Striving to be that one Ballerina
By Sonya Kryzhanovsky (10 years old)
A life for a ballerina is when your dream came true,
Something your mind and body is ready and wants to do,
That you will try and NEVER give up,
Something that you will get good at,
And always love and appreciate what your, friends, family, and teachers do for you to be a good ballerina.
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti is the featured guest teacher this week at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. She is currently a Principal dancer at Idaho Ballet and the Artistic Director of the Boise Dance Co-op a contemporary dance company.
This is the beginning of our inspirational art work that each dancer is creating and then choreographing from. We have only laid down the backgrounds so far. Should be a very interesting process.
Poem by Aryana Imani
Dance is the lyrics to a song,
Dance is the trunk to a tree,
Dance is the core to the earth,
Dance is the motion to air,
Dance is the brain to a human,
Dance is the frame to a picture,
Dance is time to a clock,
Dance is the soul to a dancer,
Dance is what holds up a dancers passion.
Dancers will be performing solos from Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Don Q., Flower Festival, as well as contemporary works created for this competition that will take place in Boston. Please join us for a bit of dance along your stroll. Featured dancers are Danielle Dries, Catherine Aoki, Katerina Winkler, MaKayla Finlinson, Aleksandra Winkler and Sonya Krzhanovsky.
Christina began her training at the age of five in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 11 she was accepted to train at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet where she was able to perform at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with the Pennsylvania Ballet. In high school Ms. Stockdale also trained at the Academy of International Ballet and performed with International Ballet Classique.
After graduation high school in 2005, Christina Stockdale accepted a position at Manassas Ballet Theatre in Manassas Virginia. While she was there she performed as a soloist in many ballets including Mina in Dracula, The Butterfly in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Snow Queen and Flower Soloist in The Nutcracker and many others.
After two seasons with MBT, Ms. Stockdale decided to move cross country and dance for a ballet company in Washington state: Ballet Bellevue. Ms. Stockdale spent four years with the company as a principal dancer and teaching in the school. She also directed and choreographed several Ballet Bellevue School productions. Her featured roles while in the company were: Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Jack Frost in the Ballet Bellevue premiere of The Snowman, Sugar Plum and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and many others including contemporary choreography by Stacy Lowenberg, Kabby Mitchell III, Jennifer Porter, Keith Derrick Randolph and Angela Sterling.
In 2011, Ms. Stockdale auditioned and was accepted as a company member in Nevada Ballet Theatre. While she was with the company she worked with world famous ballerina Cynthia Gregory and Tara Keating on Georege Balanchine’s Serenade. She also performed with Cirque du Soleil in an NBT Cirque du Soleil collaboration.
At the end of the season in 2012, Ms. Stockdale left Nevada Ballet Theatre and decided to pursue other areas of dance in the fabulous Las Vegas and auditioned and got a job dancing ten shows per week in the now longest running show on the strip: Tournament of Kings at Excalibur.
This year Ms. Stockdale followed her husband to Ogden UT when he was transferred to the military base here. She continues to work at the show as a swing whenever she is in Las Vegas and also guest performs with several ballet companies including Las Vegas Ballet Company, and Kelly Roth Dancers.
We have the great opportunity this week to be a part of the Love Utah Give Utah campaign! What’s it all about? This Thursday, March 20th, 2014, you can make an impact by joining with other Utahns for 24 hours of unprecedented giving. It’s one day devoted completely to supporting the organizations, like Imagine Ballet Theatre, that make Utah special! IBT can also win great grants and prizes!
Once you’re on our page, you can choose to donate any amount over $10.
Thanks to an incredibly generous donor, this year we will receive a matching grant of $1,000 if we reach or exceed $1,000 by the end of the Love Utah Give Utah event! We would be grateful beyond words to our supporters for this funding if we reach our goal. We hope you’ll donate to Imagine Ballet Theatre this year on our state’s day of giving. Know that each dollar received here at IBT goes directly to improving our program and putting quality, beautiful, and inspiring art on the stage in Ogden.
We appreciate your continued patronage and contribution to our organization, and hope to see you as we present “An Evening of Folktales: Peter and the Wolf and Urashima Taro” on April 11th & 12th!
IBT Artistic Staff