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Nutcracker Perspectives! Thoughts from first-time dancers and seasoned professionals. Part 1

 Week four was a difficult weekend, I had two young dancers have to pull out of the Nutcracker due to some problems at school so they could concentrate on their studies.  I have always maintained that a dancers education is very important and must be a high priority,  however this has left me a bit short in a couple of numbers so I have to rework or find some replacements for these parts.  Never is an easy task getting this large show onstage.  We will make it because the show must go on! Right! Right!discovering tree

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                My favorite memory of performing the Nutcracker ballet with IBT is the very first year Ray choreographed it. Can you imagine being the first one to dance a part? To be the first one in a brand new costume designed to fit you? Of course, every corps member had one just like mine. But it wasn’t the same one. And all of us together, we were dancing brand new choreography in our brand new costumes. It was magnificent. Never had I felt so beautiful in my life. My part is special. I performed Clara’s friend as a Party Girl, a Snowflake, a Flower, and Spanish. And I am very protective of those parts. I strive to help the people in them because I want them to look good, doing my part. I, myself, work very hard at the new parts I’m given, because those parts had an original person to them too. They even had multiple people before me. My mother role that I have now was even played by a dancer who danced with Ray at Ballet West. Nobody can tell me that isn’t intimidating.

The best part about dancing with IBT is I’m lucky enough to not get 1 part, but more than one. And some schools, you get one, and you even share that part with another person. But I will never complain if it gets cut down because we have more people. Why shouldn’t other people get the opportunity to dance with us? Can you imagine watching a little girl take your spot that you had originally, and dancing it the best she can? I remember the joy I had when I performed Spanish and I love seeing other people get the opportunity to do it.  Written by Tessa Parkinson

Third week of Nutcracker rehearsals, took back seat to a show by the Choreographer Carrie Lee Miles “Gatherings” which took place Saturday night at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater.  However, we did do a bit with our Angels and I might say they are retaining and remembering rather well.  I worked with Tessa Parkinson on her new role as Snow Queen.  I have had Tessa as part of the company since 2003 which was the first year we IBT.  She is a very conscientious dancer and thinks about everything, it is finally her turn to shine in this new role. Tessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine Ballet Theatre is now into it’s second week of Nutcracker ballet rehearsal and already the magic has begun.  I would guess I might be considered the seasoned professional around here, as this will be the 42nd year I have been involved with Nutcracker. First I danced as a child with Ballet West and then I danced with the company for 17 years, moving from the corps to Principal dancer, and later as a guest artist for Clytie Adams School of Ballet (Utah), Ballet Etudes (Phoenix), West Virginia Ballet, Ballet Pacifica (California), Dance West Ballet (Chicago), Grandiva Ballet (Japan), Tyler Texas Ballet. Eight years ago I created my own Nutcracker ballet for IBT in Ogden, Utah.

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It’s hard to believe we are two weeks into Nutcracker rehearsals! This past Saturday we had our second angel rehearsal. These are some of our youngest and newest dancers. In this number, at the opening of Act II, the dancers hold candles. During rehearsal we have the dancers practice by holding a water bottle to get used to the weight. A couple of dancers were holding magic wands. Suddenly, one of the youngest dancers — I believe she is 4 — tapped me with her wand and informed me that I was now a frog. So I obliged her and got down on all fours and started jumping.  I asked for a kiss on the cheek so I could become a prince and she said no. Finally, after a lot of laughter she tapped me and made me a prince.  Back to rehearsal we went.

Imagine Ballet Theatre to Hold “The Nutcracker” Auditions Sept 6, 2014

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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

Nutcracker Tickets go on Sale August 15th!!! Save 25% on your tickets through August 22, 2014*.

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. Nutcracker snow

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.

Registration for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015!

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.

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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.

2014 Summer Intensive!!!!

DSC_0370Gary Flannery is here teaching the Fosse style of jazz this makes Gary’s 10th year coming to teach at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives.  He will also grace the stage Friday Night at 7:00 with Mr. Bojangles a role the Bob Fosse originally choreographed for him on Broadway.  He is also, staging his choreography that he had done for Shirley McClain’s show “If my Friends could see me now”.
Gary is teaching, Bob Fosse’s Original choreography from Damn Yankees “Who’s Got the Pain” and here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIiZuAVZH4w
Boys who dance
by Luke Amsden
Some men say it is foolish to dance
I say it is foolish not to
I think it is fun to Waltz and Prance
It is great to express yourself in dance
Especially in the 15th century classic known as ballet
You get stronger day by day
Express yourself-work hard too
And see just what you can do
Gina Artese
Gina Artese, former dancer Pennsylvania Ballet and Susan Farrell Ballet.  Actress in Black Swan and 30 Rock TV show. New York City Aides Activist.

Passion

By:Katerina Winkler

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

Struggle,pain,freedom,laughter,sorrow,peace,serenity,frustration.

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

oswaldoOswaldo Muniz,  from New York City, has been teach technique, variations, and a new ballet he has created for the dancers while here at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive 2015.
Ashley Beckwith

Striving to be that one Ballerina

Striving to be that one ballerina
The one who’s ready to show what she can do on stage
The one who dances with passion and draws the audience up to the stage
The one who keeps on trying and pushing herself forward
She dances with her heart to show her love towards dance
She dances with her eyes to show how much confidence she can have
When she’s performing, she always makes her part come to life
And that’s what inspires others to want to become a dancer too

PhyllissA Life for a 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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Ogden Art Stroll watch dancers perform solos for the American Ballet Competition in Boston.

YAGP 2014 SEATTLE SEMI-FINALS 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 Stockdale joins the faculty at Imagine Ballet Theatre.

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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. 

Imagine Ballet Theatre to Hold Auditions Saturday Jan. 18, 2014

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Ogden, Utah, January 7, 2014: Imagine Ballet Theatre (IBT), an Ogden-based ballet company, will hold company auditions on January 18, 2014 at their studios on 2432 Washington Blvd., Suites C & D, in Ogden. Dancers will have the opportunity to audition for the upcoming 2014 performing season as well as the 2014 Summer Dance Intensive program.

Imagine Ballet Theatre’s 2014 performing season will include several performing opportunities for company members, who must be age nine or older. This spring, IBT will prepare and perform a World Premiere new work along with a second presentation of Peter and the Wolf with choreographer by IBT Artistic Director Raymond Van Mason, a former Principal at Ballet West. In February, the company hosts and participates in The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, with entries from artists around the nation. IBT will continue its season into December with performances of its acclaimed The Nutcracker, also with choreography by Van Mason. Other performances may be added to the company’s season as opportunities are presented. IBT 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. Dancers within the company have received recognition and summer scholarships from prestigious ballet companies and organizations such as: The Youth American Grand Prix, American Ballet Theater (NYC), Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle), The Rock for Dance Education (PA), The Joffrey Ballet School (NY), Ballet West (UT), and others.

Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Dance Intensive also receives national recognition. Dancers who are accepted into the program will have the opportunity to train under professional and former professional dancers from national companies such as Los Angeles Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet West, and Repertory Dance Theater, as well as a former star of Broadway who will teach jazz in the Fosse style. The summer program will offer training in ballet technique, pointe, partnering, modern dance, character development, jazz, choreography and more. Ages for the program are six and up, with an audition required for dancers ages eight and up.

When:                          Saturday, January 18, 2014

                                    Ages 9 and up, registration 9:30-10:00 am; audition 10:00-12:00 pm

                                    For Company members and Junior Company members.

Note:                            IBT Company members are ages 9 and up; Summer Program 8 and up

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 or shorts, ballet shoes

Registration Fee:         $25.00, non-refundable

Other:                          Dancers must bring a dance resume and photo

For more information about Imagine Ballet Theatre and its upcoming performances and other dance opportunities, please visit www.imagineballet.org.

Announcing the Rocky Mountain Choreographers for 2014

I would like to announce the Choreographers participating in this years Festival.  Congratulations to them all.  Looking forward to seeing all their work live on stage at the Peery’s Egyptain Theatre, Feb 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm.  Peoples choice voting will take place on Feb 21st show and Awards will take place on the Feb 22, 2014

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Carrie Lee Miles "Delirium" People's Choice Winner Imagine Ballet Theatre
Carrie Lee Miles “Delirium” People’s Choice Winner 2013 Imagine Ballet Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tawna Halbert, Satellite,  Junction Dance, Ogden, Utah

Summer Robertson,Keeping up with Joneses, St. George Dance Company, St. George, Utah

Rodolfo Rafael, Case #07051990, Rafael Contemporary Dance, Clearfield, Utah

Jessica Skagen, Struggle:verb:to contend with an adversary or opposing force, Weber State Dance, Farmington Utah

Sarah Longoria, Adrift, Municipal Ballet Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

Denise Purvis, To the End, Shifting Velocity Dance, Cedar City, Utah

Carrie Miles, The Bench, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada

Jessica Haslip, G.F.R., Weber State Dance, Ogden, Utah

Erin McMahon, Somewhere in the Middle, University of Utah Dance Dept, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rodolfo Rafael, Press Play, Rafael Contemporary Dance, Clearfield, Utah

Ellie Hanagarne, Inverted Out, Municipal Ballet Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

Junior Division

Abigail Hardin, Uplifted, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Nixa, Mousouri

Sierra Miles, Finding Family, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada