The School of Imagine Ballet Theatre will hold an Open House August 4th, 2012, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, to register New and Returning Students. Please come and check out our studios in Downtown Ogden. Classes will begin August 20th.
The Company will resume rehearsals August 24, 2012, and we will be performing at the Ogden City Farmers Market on Saturday 25, 2012. We will be starting with new choreography for The Fairy Doll, Peter and The Wolf and rehearsing to dance with Laurie Sefton’s Clairobscur Dance Company from Los Angeles as part of The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival. Nutcracker Auditions will be September 8, 2012, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at the IBT Studios. The location is 2432 Washington Blvd. Ogden, Utah 84401.
Yi Qi Cheng with some crazy dancers!!!!!!!!!!!
Gary Flannery is here teaching the dancers some Fosse. This is Gary at the New York Public Library showing of the Great American Revue dancing Mr. Bo Jangles by Bob Fosse.
Also preparing for the show this Friday night at 7:00 pm at Peery’s Egyptain Theater. For tickets call 801-689-8700. $7.50 till Thursday tickets go up on August 10 to $10.00.
The week ends today. . . I had a wonderful time teaching the girls (and a boy here and there too!) at Imagine Ballet!! The work ethic here is phenomenal, and the girls are so open to receiving and APPLYING corrections! A sure sign of a great dancer indeed . . . It’s been such a fun experience for me, coming back to teach at IBT every summer. I have known some of these girls for years, and seeing them grow up in not only age but also ability has been a true joy! Well done ladies! And well done with a beautiful school Ray! xoxo~ Allynne Noelle
We begin week 4 of our Summer Intensive with Allynne Noelle; a Principal Dancer with Los Angeles Ballet, and Former Soloist of Miami City Ballet.
Allynne as “Odette” in Swan Lake at Los Angeles Ballet.
Week 3 Is coming to an end we have seen the first drafts of the dancers Choreography. There are several piece with power and emotion embodied in the work. Some that need work and some in the middle. Now two weeks to the show and things will shift and become. I hope that you will join us for an exciting evening of dance on August 10th, at 7:00 pm at Peery’s Egyptian Theater cost is only $7.50 before August 9th to help cover the theater costs. Day of Show the cost will be $10.00. So get in and get your tickets now.
Christie Freebairn Perry former Ballet West Dancer has been teaching this week along with Yi Qi Cheng a former dancer National Ballet of China and Former Ballet West Company teacher.
Christie as Lily in The Secret Garden
Dance is not a movement
Dance is not a thought
It’s more like an emotion
Something that is taught
Years and years of practice
Weeks and weeks of pain
But in the end it’s true
We all forget the strain
The stage is where is happens
It’s where we all belong
After so much practice
We are forever strong
We all know the truth
Of every little girl
They dream and wish upon a star
To let their hearts unfurl
To us it is amazing
That dance we seem to do
It is almost a religion
As we try our first pointe shoe
Down the supermart isle
And up the brightened street
Dance is in our bodies
Our hearts, they keep the beat
By Danielle Dreis
Laurie Sefton comes this week to work on a piece of Choreography. She is one of the winners of the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival and will be working with the dancers in the Summer intensive on a piece about “Bullying”.
By Abby Hardin
Jittery sweat fills the air,
and I’m greeted by the aroma,
the smell of work,
For years my body has suffered,
Broken body wrapped in a glittering costume.
Nervous face caked with a deceiving smile.
three steps out.
I am transformed.
Convincing even myself I am not what I was.
A creature glides across the stage,
filled with an unspeakable joy only then attained
yet never forgotten.
three steps back.
Broken body aches,
sweat steeped air is torn through the lungs,
but deceiving smiles now ring with truth,
for I am human again
but forever changed.
Week 2 comes to an end the dancers have focused, danced, ached and thought about dance on many levels. Now time to thank Laurie Sefton and have a donut.
Week 1 has begun, as always we all have a few sore muscles, which is pretty normal when you try new things. Ballet, Pointe, Pilates, Yoga, Modern and Choreography all flying around in our heads. Here are two poems written by Phoebe Rust:
Differences don’t matter
Upon the stage.
Our minds connect
Despite our age.
United, we dance.
Similarities bind us
Under the blinding lights.
We speak the same language,
We see the same sights.
United, we dance.
Now my heart is bewildered,
My mind a melted mess.
Now my body aches,
I welcome the feeling.
Now my eyes are alive,
Yet my soul is lost.
Now my ears are open,
But I hear nothing.
Now I am truly me.
I have asked the dancers participating in this years summer intensive to determine their top 5 choices for University programs that offer dance programs along with other fields of study that they are interested in. Here are their Top 5 Picks.
Number 1: University of Utah: For Many of the dancers it is because it is close to home, They offer both Ballet and Modern degrees, Emphasis on performing
Number 2: Julliard: Located in New York City the Heart of the Dance world, Excellent training
Number 3: Duke University: They offer programs that travel with the dance program, They also have a first class Science department.
Number 4: Florida State University: They offer a fall semester in New York City and travel abroad to Spain and France.
Number 5: Brigham Young University: They offer a wide variety of dance with a focus on Ballet, Close to home, and for Religious reasons.
Join the School of Imagine Ballet Theatre on May 25th for a performance from our littlest dancers. They will be joined by company members preparing for The American Ballet Competition in Austin Texas. This should be a wonderful evening of inspiration for all. The cost is $5.00 limited seating available.
Ballet taught by Eden Chase dancer in IBT and Faculty.
Art taught by Deanna Richardson our artist in residence.
Modern Dance taught by Carrie Miles our resident modern teacher.
Please call 801-393-5000 Between 2:00 and 4:00 M-F to reserve your spot. Register before May 1st and save $30.00.
Cost for the session is $210.00 includes art supplies. Dancers will put on a small lunchtime performance on June 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon.
Second Session of this class will start July 9, 2012 for 5 weeks on Monday and Wednesday’s from 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Cost is $220.00 for new students and $190.00 for current summer students.
Ogden, Utah, January 16, 2012: Imagine Ballet Theatre (IBT), an Ogden-based ballet company, will hold company auditions on January 28, 2012 at their studios on 2432 Washington Blvd., Suites C & D, in Ogden. Dancers will have the opportunity to audition for the upcoming 2012 performing season as well as the 2012 Summer Dance Intensive program.
Imagine Ballet Theatre’s 2012 performing season will include several performing opportunities for company members, who must be age nine or older. This spring, IBT will revisit their exciting production of Alice: Adventures in Wonderland with choreography by IBT Artistic Director Raymond Van Mason, a former Principal Dancer with Ballet West and international choreographer, and score by Joseph Horovitz. The company will continue its season with a new ballet Called “The Fairy Doll” , with music by Josef Bayer, originally this ballet debuted in 1888 in Russia. This ballet will be staged for the IBT Studio’s as a piece for young audiences. Then onto 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. 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. 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 is also gaining recognition. Dancers who are accepted into the program will have the opportunity to receive training from professional and former professional dancers from national companies such as 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. The program concludes with a performance at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater.
When: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ages 9-11, registration 9:30-10:00 am; audition 10:00-12:00 pm
Ages 12 and up, registration 11:30-12:00 pm; audition 12:00-2:00 pm
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, 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.
About Imagine Ballet Theatre
Imagine Ballet Theatre (IBT) is in residence at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah. Raymond Van Mason, Artistic Director, created the company in 2004, to offer the company of dancers an opportunity to work with professional artists and foster professional performing experiences. IBT encourages involvement in the arts through The School of Imagine Ballet Theatre and the performing company. Imagine Ballet Theatre has gained national and state recognition by receiving the 2005 Utah Best of State Award for Best Children’s Performing Group, as well as invitations in 2004 & 2006, to perform at “Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival” at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA. They returned from the 2006 competition with the Judy G. Mayer Award for Small Groups. In 2005, the company received a certificate of recognition from the Ogden City Council for their contribution to Ogden’s art community. Dancers within the company have received recognition and summer scholarships from prestigious ballet companies such as: American Ballet Theater (NYC), Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle), The Rock for Dance Education (PA), The Joffrey Ballet School (NY), and others.
About Van Mason
As well as being the Artistic Director and Founder of Imagine Ballet Theatre, Van Mason is an independent choreographer, guest artist and master ballet teacher. Ballet West, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet GranDiva, numerous regional ballet companies and universities have performed his choreographic works. His works have been performed in New York City at Ballet Builders’ New Choreographers on Pointe and filmed by the Lloyd Rigler Foundation for the Classic Arts Showcase. In 2006, he received a Utah Best of State Award for Choreography and the Ogden City Mayor’s Award for the Arts in Dance. While with Ballet West, as a principal artist, he danced many of the leading roles in such ballets as: Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Giselle, to name a few. He has performed as a guest artist with The Stars of the San Francisco Ballet in Marsielle, France. Mason holds a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah.
Nutcracker tickets went on Sale Oct 26th, 2011. We have promotional deals if you text the following to help you save money and enjoy a beautiful show.
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IBT’s Music, Art, and Dance summer program for six to ten-year-olds exposes young dancers to three vital components of the arts.
Dancers began their journey by creating art in art class taught by Deanna Richardson. Listening with a better ear in music class taught by IBT’s Company Pianist Greg Bench. Learning more ballet technique in dance class taught by IBT’s Jessica Barraza.