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"Ballet lessons in the storied Vaganova tradition, imported to Brooklyn, along with most of the teachers, from Russia."
                                                                                                                                                  - The New York Times

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QUALITY RUSSIAN BALLET TRAINING IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Experience serious study in a warm and friendly atmosphere on the beautiful shore of Manhattan Beach

BBT’s Summer Intensive Program of Russian Ballet (Vaganova Method)
Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 25, 2017


Intermediate, Advanced and Pre-Professional classes for children with lessons scheduled Monday to Friday 10:
15am-3:30pm
This intensive program of classical ballet in the Russian (Vaganova Method) tradition is open to serious dancers from
6-16 years-old.

In this special two-week intensive, BBT offers its signature small-group instruction led by master pedagogues, including guest faculty such as the renowned choreographer and teacher, and a graduate of The Vaganova Ballet Academy Liudmila Polonskaya, in a warm and friendly environment. The program is designed for young dancers who seek individualized attention and wish to advance both their technical and artistic skills. Each week includes 20 hours of classes such as Classical Ballet (Vaganova Method, Pointe, Character Dance, Modern Dance, and more. By developing a more harmonious system of movement and broadening their expressive range, students will end the summer more confident and prepared to tackle complex repertoire.

Liudmila Polonskaya graduated from the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia under the orientation of the maitre Natalia Dudinskaya in 1974. Ms. Polonskaya also graduated in Ballet Pedagogy at the Vaganova Academy Ballet in St. Petersburg with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance.

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). The technique fuses elements of traditional French technique from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian technique. The training system is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. Vaganova believed that this approach increases consciousness of the body, thus creating a harmony of movement and greater expressive range.

The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet is a school of classical ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Vaganova Ballet Academy which some consider the source of modern classical dance (Russian Ballet technique) is now over 275 years old.

All students must audition for initial placement, which may be adjusted after 2-3 days of class. Pre-registration is required. Please complete the application form and submit to registration@brightonballet.org . Need and merit-based full and partial scholarships may be available. Location: Campus of Kingsborough Community College


BBT's Summer Intensive Program of Russian Ballet at Kingsborough  

For young dancers, summer is the time for intensive training, a season in which a few short weeks can bring year's worth of progress. Consistent with its goal of providing enhanced training opportunities for young people who are serious about dance, Brighton Ballet Theater / School of Russian American Ballet presents: BBT's Summer Intensive Program of Russian Ballet at Kingsborough.

Our program offers a full range of demanding and exciting courses, graded developmental dance classes and performance opportunities for students ages 6-18 at an Intermediate, Advanced or Pre-Professional level. BBT's Summer Intensive Program provides serious study in a warm and friendly atmosphere on the beautiful shore of Manhattan Beach (Brooklyn, NY), located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York.

 

 

 

Faculty

Qualified students have the opportunity for intensive study with an exceptional faculty consisting of world-class teachers and dancers from Russia, Ukraine, U.S.A., and other countries. During this two-week period, students are also offered the rare opportunity to benefit from the guidance and expertise of internationally known guest teachers as well as BBT's resident choreographers and faculty.

BBT's Summer Intensive students will be exposed to some of the finest instructors who have performed with the most prestigious ballet companies all over the world.

BBT's Guest Teacher Liudmila Polonskaya
Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance.

Liudmila Polonskaya was born in Russia in the region of Crimeia. In 1967, at the age of ten, she joined the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. She graduated there under the orientation of the maitre Natalia Dudinskaya in 1974. Ms. Polonskaya then became first ballerina of the Maly Opera Theater in St. Petersburg, where she interpreted the leading roles of the classic repertoire such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. During this period she had the opportunity to travel with the company to France, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Holland. In 1995, Ms. Polonskaya graduated in Ballet Pedagogy at the Vaganova Academy Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance.

Ms. Polonskaya was then hired by the Vaganova Academy of Ballet where she taught classical ballet from 1995-2000. During this time she was invited to teach at ballet schools in Australia, Japan, Korea and Brazil. In 2000, Ms. Polonskaya was invited to give classical ballet lessons and choreograph for the Maria Olenewa Dance School of Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

BBT's Guest Teacher Sofia Ioffe 
Choreographer and Teacher of Character Dance

In 1984 Sofia Ioffe graduated from St. Petersburg State University and since 1986 has been an artistic director of the ensemble "Young Leningrader" (St. Petersburg, Russia) www.junlen.ru. Sofia teaches classical and character dance. She is included in the list of the "Who is who in Russia" encyclopedia of 2009 and "The Golden Fund of St. Petersburg's Professionals" in 2011. Recently she attended "The Methods of teaching character dance" Seminar at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg (November, 2014)

 


Edouard Kouchnarev
Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer and Teacher
Edouard Kouchnarev began his dancing career upon acceptance to the Kiev Institute of Choreography in 1976. After graduation, as a soloist with the Ukrainian State Theatre of Classical Ballet, he danced in Firebird, Swan Lake, Giselle, Carmen, Petrushka, The Flame of Paris, and Coppelia. Seeking further exposure to other dance forms, Mr. Kouchnarev left Ukraine to study contemporary dance in Spain, where he also danced as a soloist at Ballet Ciudad of Barcelona. He joined BBT/School of Russian Ballet as a teacher and main choreographer in 1995. Edouard brings the joy of dancing to children through a teaching method appropriate for intermediate and advanced students of all ages. His original and creative ideas expand students' knowledge of the art form and lead to outstanding performance opportunities. Edouard  has staged numerous ballets for BBT, such as Aria, Orchestra, Sunrise, The Ugly Duckling, The Nanny's Story, The Radish, Four Seasons, and is the choreographer of the annual production of A Winter Fairy Tale.

Larisa Akinicheva (Smirnova)
Classical Ballet, Points Technique & Variations Instructor,
Larisa Akinicheva (Smirnova) graduated from Perm Academic State School of Choreography in Russia, and joined State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Perm, Russia as a soloist. During her career, she performed in numerous ballets and toured extensively throughout major European cities in Austria, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, and Baltic States, as well as Japan, and Australia.

Irina Lapteva
Classical Ballet, Points Technique & Variations Instructor,
Irina Lapteva finished “A.V. Poselskoy” Republican Ballet School in Russia, specialty: Ballet of Arts (Hons). Irina was an artist of Ballet in “DK Sivcev Suorun Omollon” State Theater of Opera and Ballet, Yakutsk. As part of a select dance troupe, Irina has toured to China and all over Russia. As a choreography, Irina has organized and supervised three performances of “D.K. Sivcev Suorun Omollon” State Theater of Opera and Ballet at the Bolshoi Theater. Irina is also a winner and participant of International Ballet Competition in Ukraine and Russia. She has experience in Flash Dancing Dance School and Natalie's Children's Theatre of Historical Costume and Dance in Moscow. She consults for Brighton Ballet Theater as a choreographer and consulting dance teacher.

 


Curriculum
Our program has been developed through years of experience in training talented, young students. The curriculum for BBT's Summer Intensive Program of Russian Ballet has been designed to provide a rich, intensive training experience for all levels of students.

The curriculum includes: Ballet Technique (Russian Vaganova Method), Pointe, Variations, Acting & Stage Presence, Ballet Gymnastics (Stretching), and Character Dance. Extra-curricular classes are offered in: Modern & Popular Dance (Jazz Dance), Latin Dance, Ballroom Dance, Flamenco and Middle Eastern Dance.

Ballet Technique - The Vaganova Technique allows students to learn difficult technical elements with little risk of injury. Used by Baryshnikov, Nureyev and many other stars of Russian classical ballet, this technique develops concentration, confidence, coordination and imagination and leaves the dancer full of energy, flexible, elastic and light.

Pointe Technique - BBT's Pointe technique class puts emphasis on perfecting technique, building strength and understanding of the art of pointe work. Each student will receive personal attention to ensure that they are learning and executing the technique properly to prevent injury.

Variations - This class will include a history of variations based on the old technique such as Vaganova Method to help students become more advanced and diversified in their dance. Students will learn to dance and interpret excerpts from romantic, classical and neo-classical ballet masterworks.

Acting & Stage Presence - This class will pay special attention to teaching students how to develop their stage presence by incorporating acting methods into the dance, turning them into excellent performers.

Ballet Gymnastics - Our ballet gymnastics classes are geared toward skill development and gymnastics fitness for girls and boys. Especially designed for ballet students, this class helps students develop a better stretch, achieve greater flexibility and attain a more defined arch.

Character Dance - Character dance is a sub-division of classical dance based on national and folkloric traditions that have been stylized and included in classical ballet productions. BBT | The School of Russian American Ballet is an expert in this area. All BBT teachers have trained in character and folk dance. Students will learn character dances from Swan Lake, the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle and other ballets. Character dance is integral to much of classical ballet repertoire. Character shoes (low heel) & Character skirts are suggested for the Character Dance class.


Sample of Typical Schedule (Differ according to Level, Age Group and Program Option)*

Pre-Professional Division Group Schedule | Age: 13-18 years old

Time


10:15am


11:00am


12:00pm


1:00pm


1:30pm


2:30pm

Monday - Wednesday


Conditioning


Ballet technique


Ballet Pointe technique & Variations


 Lunch


Character Dance


Repertory Workshop

Tuesday - Thursday


Conditioning


Ballet technique


Ballet Pointe technique & Variations


Lunch


Contemporary Dance


Repertory Workshop

Friday


Conditioning


Ballet technique


Ballet Pointe technique & Variations


Lunch


Character Dance


Repertory Workshop

 

Pre-Professional Division Group Schedule | Age: 8-12 years old

Time

10:15am


11:00am


12:00pm


12:30pm


1:30pm


2:30pm

Monday - Wednesday

Conditioning


Ballet technique


Lunch


 Contemporary Dance


Repertory Workshop


Semi - Private classes available

Tuesday - Thursday

Conditioning


Ballet technique


Lunch


Character Dance


Repertory Workshop


Semi - Private classes available

Friday

Conditioning


Ballet technique


Lunch


Contemporary Dance


Repertory Workshop


Semi - Private classes available

 

Advanced Division Group Schedule | Age: 6-8 years old

Time

10:00am


11:00am


12:00pm


1:30pm


2:30pm


3:30pm

Monday - Wednesday

Ballet technique


Conditioning


Lunch


 Repertory Workshop


Creative Workshops


Semi - Private classes available

Tuesday - Thursday

Ballet technique


Conditioning 


Lunch


Repertory Workshop


Acting Class


Semi - Private classes available

Friday

Ballet technique


Conditioning


Lunch


Repertory Workshop


Creative Workshops


Semi - Private classes available

* Please note that all classes are subject to change without notice.




Auditions & Placement
Admission is by audition only. Auditions are open to female and male students ages 6-16 who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Students must complete an application form for the program, take an audition and/or take a placement trial class. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.

Brighton Ballet School strongly encourages all students to audition in person. However, we do accept videos if circumstances prevent you from attending a live audition.

Call 718.769.9161 or email at info@brightonballet.org to schedule an appointment.
Students will be divided into levels according to age, experience and ability. Placement classes will be conducted on the first day of the program.

Send your applications & audition request to:
Brighton Ballet Theater
c/o Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Blvd., Build.T7, 2nd fl.
Room: 7211, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Advanced Division (ages 6-9)
Intermediate and Advanced level classes will take place four to six days a week.
This program is designed especially for the younger dancers who are interested in performing professionally but are not ready to go on pointe.
Level 1: Ages 6-7
Level 2: Ages 7-9

Pre-Professional Division (ages 8-21)
Advanced and Pre-Professional level classes will take place five days a week.
BBT's Advanced Division provides an opportunity for dancers to further develop their skills in a more challenging and professional environment.
Level 3: Ages 8-11
Level 4: Ages 12-14
Level 5: Ages 15-21
 


About BBT/The School of Russian American Ballet:
Established in 1987, Brighton Ballet Theater / School of Russian American Ballet is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing the Russian classical and folk dance traditions in New York City. BBT is situated in the heart of the Russian cultural district of New York, in the Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach area, on the campus of Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York.

More that 400 students attending BBT each year learn the art of dance from renowned dancers, teachers an choreographers who have graduated from the best Russian Ballet Schools and Colleges and performed at the most prestigious ballet companies of Russia, Ukraine and USA. BBT's well-rounded curriculum includes ballet using the Vaganova (Russian) Method as a base, character dance, modern & popular dance, Latin & Ballroom dance, international folk dance, jazz dance, and hip-hop. Unlike other dance schools in New York, BBT provides all children with a unique opportunity to perform full-scale ballets, with dazzling costumes and scenery.

About Kingsborough Community College Campus: Kingsborough Community College is a 70-acre campus located on Manhattan Beach in Southern Brooklyn. The College's campus is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Jamaica Bay and Sheepshead Bay. The KCC campus is a modern and beautiful one, overlooking the three bodies of water. It has its own beach, Performing Arts Center and a bandshell at which thousands of people attend concerts under the stars during the summer months.

For more information, please contact:
BBT/School of Russian American Ballet at Kingsborough
2001 Oriental Blvd, Building: T7,
2nd floor, Room 7211, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718-769-9161; Fax: 866-812-7646
E-Mail: info@brightonballet.org
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ALL LEVELS ACCEPTED: Classes are graded on age, natural abilities and experience.
PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS & NURTURING STAFF
LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT IN THE CLASSES
PREPARATION FOR COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS
PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE CLASSES AVAILABLE
AIR-CONDITIONED AND PROFESSIONALLY EQUIPPED STUDIOS
EASY ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
ON-CAMPUS PARKING IS AVAILABLE


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