2013 Summer Intensive Ballet Program
FOR STUDENTS 8–18 YEARS OLD (4 WEEKS)
Mondays through Fridays, July 15th–August 9th, 2013
If your child is serious about ballet, you need an intensive program with a strong faculty, extraordinary attention to detail and a rigorous focus on the development of your child. The Bayer Ballet Academy's (BBA) summer intensive is the right option for you. Our highly qualified instructors will be joined again this summer by Margarita Yussim, an internationally renowned teacher whose experience includes 22 years at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and other international guest instructors. This exclusive summer program is designed for students aged 8 to 18 who successfully complete an audition.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
How do dancers prepare their bodies so that their arms seem to float and the music seem to be drawn through their movement? How is a group of dancers transformed into a "corps" that seems to transmit story and sound as if by drawing a breath? What magic creates a gossamer curve of the arms and transforms complex physical movement into expressions of sheer grace and nobility? BBA's summer program will immerse the student in the magic of classical dance in the renowned Russian style, sharing secrets, telling stories, attending to the almost imperceptible details that lend grace, nobility and artistry to the athleticism of dance. Rigorous focus on posture and balance development, stretching, strength, movement coordination, stable turns and high jumps and musicality are ingredients in the transforming elixir. Immersion in the attention of instructors seasoned in the Vaganova traditions begins to reveal the secrets. Along with the classical repertoire, we will feature character dance, and pilates for ballet. Three levels will be offered and all students must attend the full 4 week program (see fees and schedule below). Classes will be accompanied by a professional ballet pianist.
Our faculty is again honored to be joined this summer by Margarita Yussim. Her career spans many decades and includes 22 years teaching at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She has taught throughout the world, including Poland, Argentina, and Israel and is the author of numerous publications on ballet education. The overall pedagogy is supervised by Dean of the Academy, Inna Bayer—a seasoned professional ballet mistress whose extensive teaching experience is also international, including Russia, Ukraine, Israel, and the USA. In addition, the courses will be conducted by other faculty of BBA and guest instructors.
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FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5–10
Bayer Ballet Academy would like to invite you to join us this summer by attending our Summer Dance Camp program. This program has been specifically designed for our younger students. We will have both indoor and outdoor activities created to stimulate both the body and mind. This camp is intended to give children the chance to experience a variety of dance disciplines.
Our program will provide multicultural enrichment as the children learn about the various cultures through dance. A typical full day camp will include instruction in Pre-Ballet/Ballet, Character Dance, Hula, Tahitian, Gymnastics, Rhythm and Movement and crafts.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer and hope you will be
a part of it.
Lessons that are fun and help to develop rhythm (musicality), coordination, attention, flexibility, agility and posture. Pre-ballet also helps develop the habits of learning and repeating movements with increasing complexity.
Promoting coordination and rhythm, this lively traditional folk dance provides an introduction to the movements and rhythm of folkloric dances.
Helps strengthen and improve joint flexibility. Children will be given instruction in basic tumbling, cartwheels, bridges, and splits.
While wearing the authentic Hula Pa’u skirt, the children will be taught the basics of Hula, the graceful movements and beautiful songs of Hawaii.
Also known as Ori, an energetic fast paced dance style to the beat of drums, which incorporates fast sharp hips while keeping full control of the upper body.
RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT
Scarves will be used to accentuate movements as children are encouraged to move to the music creating their own movements and mimicking movements of others. Also incorporated in this segment of time are musical instruments (drums, tambourines, bells…) and a parachute!
The students will learn choreography for a dance to be performed during the last class of the program (Performances only for those students attending all 3 weeks).
The teachers of this program, Ms. Christie and Ms. Christina, are current Bayer Ballet Academy staff members, teaching the pre-ballet program. Both have extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hula, and Tahitian. Ms. Christina has danced with the professional Tahitian Group, Manava, and has taught Tahitian dance at Nemenzo. She is studying Early Childhood Development as she continues to teach dance at BBA. Ms. Christie is currently attending San Jose State University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance. She is a member of their contemporary company UDT. Her choreography has been featured in performances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and San Jose State University SPX Theater. Christie's teaching experience includes pre-ballet and tap, ballet, gymnastics, character, contemporary and Tahitian Cardio at San Jose State University. Please see our website for teachers’ full biographies.