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Interviews of Guest teachers for IBT’s Summer Intensive 2015

By Chaundra Wilson,

Gina Artese, of Kansas City, Missouri, is the guest instructor for week two of Imagine Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive. As a Balanchine-trained dancer, she describes her teaching style with one word—energy.

I am very different from the Danish style, which was the focus of the Bournonville Workshop with the Masters, which took place in Ogden the last week in June. “I am kind of old school style,” Artese smiles, “Black leotards, pink tights. Balanchine is very different. “

Artese, who began her professional dancing career at around 16 years old, set pieces from Balanchine’s repertoire last year for IBT’s summer intensive. This year, she brought her “energy” to the IBT studio with a rendition of Stars and Stripes. “This version is more theatrical and the counts are very important.”

Artese’s week of intense instruction comes on the heels of Oswaldo Muniz, who opened IBT’s month-long intensive. Artese was began guest teaching at IBT last summer when Muniz recommended her as a candidate to Artistic Director Raymond Van Mason.

Artese says her favorite part of her time at IBT is the specialized attention with each child. She enjoys the group “pointe shoe talks,” where she discusses the woes, triumphs, tips, and tricks of ballet’s most iconic equipment. “I enjoy getting to know each child and having a moment with them. I like helping them fix something when they were struggling.”

As well as being a member of many dance companies, Artese has been seen on the movie screen as a company member in the Academy Award-Winning production, Black Swan. “I didn’t know what was going on,” she recalls of filming the suspense-thriller. “My family saw it before I did. “ Artese remembers meeting and talking with some of the ballerinas whose stories peppered the plot of the movie. Artese speculates that the draw of the movie, which surprises viewers with a troubling and dark conclusion. “I think it is about the rebellion, because ballet is all about perfection.”Gina Artese

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.