American Ballet Theatre Master Classes presented by Ballet San Jose, May 30 – June 4

May 16, 2012

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American Ballet Theatre Master Classes presented by Ballet San Jose, May 30 – June 4

Ballet San Jose will present Master Classes from American Ballet Theatre, May 30 through June 4, with Co-Authors of the ABT National Training Curriculum, Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens.  Mr. De Vita (Principal, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT) will present classes for ages 8-10 on Wednesday, May 30 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, and for ages 10-12 on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00pm to 6:30 and again on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 7:30pm for ages 12 to 14.  A final class with Mr. De Vita for ages 14 to 16 will be presented on Monday, June 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Class for ages 16+ will be presented Monday, June 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm by Raymond Lukens (Artistic Associate, ABT/NYU Masters Program).  Mr. Lukens will also teach Company Class (open to all professional dancers) on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

All classes will take place at the Ballet San Jose studios, 40 North First Street in downtown San Jose. Class size is limited. Students and dancers should call 408.288.2820 x223 or email registrar@balletsj.org to pre-enroll, or enroll on the day of class as space allows. Class fee is $15, payable by cash, check or credit card.

THE SCHEDULE

Wed, May 30, 5:30-7:00pm
Ages 8-10 with Franco De Vita

Thurs, May 31, 5:00-6:30pm
Ages 10-12 with Franco De Vita & Company Class with Raymond Lukens (open to all professional dancers)

Fri, June 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Ages 12-14 with Franco De Vita

Mon, June 4, 5:00-7:00pm
Ages 14-16 with Franco De Vita
& Ages 16+ with Raymond Lukens

THE INSTRUCTORS

Franco De Vita
Upon graduation from the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Charleroi, Belgium, Mr. De Vita was awarded the “Premier Prix” and Gold Medal. His principal teacher was Hannah Voos. Mr. De Vita made his professional stage debut at age 9 and began his career as a professional ballet dancer at the age of 15. He danced, with several European Companies, in ballets of the classical repertoire, and by choreographers such as Peter Van Dyk, George Skibine, Antony Tudor and George Balanchine. Also, in Europe, he performed in musical comedies and operettas such as Hello Dolly, Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady.

When he retired from performing, Mr. De Vita earned teaching qualifications acquiring the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education through the “Accademia Nazionale di Danza,” Rome. He is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London. In 1983, together with Raymond Lukens, he directed the Scuola di danza classica Hamlyn in Florence, Italy. He was President and co-founder of the Associazione Nazione Coreutica Enrico Cecchetti (the Italian Cecchetti Society). In New York City, Mr. De Vita was faculty member at The Ailey School, The Ailey/Fordham BFA program and guest company teacher for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II. He was company teacher for Hartford Ballet and principal faculty member of the School of Hartford Ballet and the BFA dance program of the University of Hartford; and was part of the task force that revised Hartford Ballet School’s curriculum.

Before joining American Ballet Theatre, Franco De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum of the Boston Ballet School and company teacher for Boston Ballet. Mr. De Vita has been guest teacher for Virginia School of the Arts, Peridance International, Dance Connecticut, Dance Educators of America, Youth America Grand Prix and for Alberta Ballet Company and School. Mr. De Vita’s students have won prestigious international dance competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and have danced in many of the world’s major companies such as London’s Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Boston Ballet. Most of the teachers qualified in the Cecchetti Method in Italy were trained by Mr. De Vita. He is regularly invited to teach at international seminars. Together with Raymond Lukens, Mr. De Vita, authored the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Raymond Lukens has been a faculty member of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School since 2005. He was director of Boston Ballet II and Ballet Master for Boston Ballet. In New York City, he has also taught for American Ballet Theatre, the ABT Studio Company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Peridance International, Marymount Manhattan
College and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Lukens has taught in North and Latin America, Australia, Europe, Japan and South Africa. He was Ballet Master for Hartford Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Alberta Ballet. As a dancer Mr. Lukens toured extensively, and performed the works of Van Dyk, Balanchine, Petipa, Bournonville, Lifar, Nijinska and Skibine among others. He obtained the highest qualifications as a pedagogue in London with the Cecchetti Society. Mr. Lukens is ballet teacher for the Dance Educators of America (DEA) Teacher Training School and choreographed the set exercises and variations for DEA’s Ballet Competition. Mr. Lukens together ABT JKO School Principal, Franco De Vita, directed the Hamlyn School of Dance in Florence, Italy; and authored the ABT National Training Curriculum. Mr. Lukens created the syllabi for the New York University Masters Degree program in ABT Ballet pedagogy.


ABOUT BALLET SAN JOSE SCHOOL
Established in 1996, Ballet San Jose School is the official school of Ballet San Jose. Starting in June 2012, Ballet SJ School will become the only certified institution on the west coast to provide the complete American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough program that combines
high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and levels.

Ballet SJ School offers year-round primary and pre-professional training for students age 3 to 18, summer intensives and performance workshops, and open classes for adults. Led by Dalia Rawson, Principal, the faculty of Ballet SJ School includes members of the Ballet SJ artistic staff, Ballet SJ alumni, and other prominent teachers. Class sizes are limited, and upper level classes are accompanied by live music. The artistic leadership of Ballet SJ is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to perform with the professional company at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. Ballet SJ School has also established a Trainee Program, providing the opportunity for advanced students to gain experience working with Ballet SJ’s professional company while continuing training with Ballet SJ School.

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