American Repertory Ballet announces “Dancing Your Way into College” On Pointe lecture and Waiting in the Wings DANCE POWER program performance

March 26, 2014

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American Repertory Ballet announces “Dancing Your Way into College” On Pointe lecture and Waiting in the Wings DANCE POWER program performance

Photograph Theresa Wood

Photograph Theresa Wood

NEW BRUNSWICK and PRINCETON, NJ – In April 2014, American Repertory Ballet’s Access & Enrichment department will present two events – one in each of the organization’s home communities of New Brunswick and Princeton. Both of these events are free and open to the public. On Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:15pm, ARB will host “Dancing Your Way into College,” an On Pointe enrichment series event, at Princeton Ballet School. On Monday, April 7, 2014, American Repertory Ballet’s acclaimed DANCE POWER educational residency in the New Brunswick Public School District will culminate with its Waiting in the Wings performance. This year, Waiting in the Wings will take place at State Theatre in New Brunswick.

ARB launched the On Pointe series in 2010 to help make ballet more accessible to the community. ARB has hosted a “Dancing Your Way into College” On Pointe in the past, featuring representatives from different universities and programs. At this year’s “Dancing Your Way into College” event, representatives from ARB and from Princeton University’s admissions and financial aid departments will advise high school dancers and their families on their college options and how to best navigate the admissions process. The event will be moderated by ARB’s Acting Executive Director and Director of Educational Programming, Lisa Beth Vettoso. Robin Moscato, Director of Financial Aid at Princeton University, Jordan Moses, Assistant Director of Admissions at Princeton University, and company dancers from American Repertory Ballet will serve as panelists. This event will cater to students both interested in pursuing a degree in dance or a degree in another subject area while continuing to dance extracurricularly. “Dancing Your Way into College” is recommended for high school students and their parents or guardians.

Established in 1984, DANCE POWER brings dance education into New Brunswick elementary schools and offers opportunities for select students to study at Princeton Ballet School on full scholarship. Waiting in the Wings is an annual performance marking the culmination of the 20-week DANCE POWER residency in the schools. At the Waiting in the Wings performance, new DANCE POWER Scholars are announced. The students selected to be DANCE POWER Scholars – two boys and two girls from each school – are given the opportunity to study dance through 12th grade at Princeton Ballet School, which has a location in downtown New Brunswick.

This year, Waiting in the Wings will feature over 400 third grade students from the New Brunswick Public School District who have participated in ARB’s DANCE POWER since the Fall of 2013. The show’s theme is “Carnival of the Animals.”

In addition to performances by this year’s DANCE POWER students, the evening will feature a special appearance by DANCE POWER Scholars who have been studying at Princeton Ballet School for one or two years since they were awarded the scholarship, as well as a special appearance by DANCE MIX students. DANCE MIX students are DANCE POWER Scholars ranging from 7th through 12th grade who have chosen to study a variety of dance forms at Princeton Ballet School, such as modern, jazz and clogging. Dancers from American Repertory Ballet’s Trainee Program will also perform at Waiting in the Wings, showing the audience and the students the type of high-level technique and artistry that can be achieved through continued, intensive study.

Since 1984, DANCE POWER has become a household name in New Brunswick. Waiting in the Wings is a highly-anticipated event for New Brunswick students and their families and neighbors.  Over 1,000 community members attended the culminating performance last year.  American Repertory Ballet is proud to have established this tradition in the community and to introduce hundreds of New Brunswick students and residents to dance each year.

For more information contact Lisa Beth Vettoso, Acting Executive Director and Director of Educational Programming: 732-249-1254, ext. 19;

“Dancing Your Way into College” On Pointe event

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:15pm

Princeton Ballet School

301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, NJ (above McCaffrey’s Supermarket)

Waiting in the Wings DANCE POWER performance

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00pm

State Theatre

15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ

About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs.  The organization comprises: American Repertory Ballet professional company, the preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program.  The company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today.  The performing company, founded in 1963, is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet.  The company’s rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields, Melissa Barak, Patrick Corbin, Trinette Singleton, and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig.  ARB has been designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council.  ARB was voted the Jersey Arts People’s Choice for “Favorite Dance Company” in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Under the direction of Mary Pat Robertson, Princeton Ballet School currently serves approximately 1,200 students, starting at age three, and includes a large open enrollment division for adults. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton and offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz,  hip-hop, cardioballet and Pilates.  Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and on Broadway.

The Access & Enrichment wing of American Repertory Ballet reaches out to the community not only through its DANCE POWER program and signature On Pointe series, but also with free programming, master classes, residencies, lecture demonstrations and School Time Matinees throughout the state.  In 1984, American Repertory Ballet partnered with the New Brunswick Board of Education to create DANCE POWER.  Today, it’s the longest-running uninterrupted arts/community partnership in New Jersey. The legendary Gregory Hines was DANCE POWER’s Honorary Chair for 18 years before his untimely passing in 2003. In 2001, Mr. Hines endowed a scholarship at Rutgers University that earmarks annual funds for a DANCE POWER student to attend the university.

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