April 25, 2011

Ballet, Press Releases

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Featuring Boston Ballet School Pre-Professional Students and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

BOSTON, MA – April 25, 2011 – Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced today the programming for Next Generation and Spring Showcase 2011.  Students at each of Boston Ballet School’s studios will be featured at a venue in their community. In addition, Boston Ballet will present the second annual Next Generation performance on Wednesday, May 18, 7pm at The Boston Opera House with The New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I encourage the community to join Boston Ballet and The New England Conservatory for Next Generation,” said Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “This is a rare chance to see the next generation of talent that is being cultivated in Boston. The progression from Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional program, to Boston Ballet II, to the main Company is thrilling. Boston Ballet II alumni make up nearly 40% of Boston Ballet’s company ranks and Boston Ballet School alumni have gone on to perform with companies around the world. Next Generation is a great bridge between these dancers’ and musicians’ training and the exciting professional journeys that await them.”

“Boston Ballet’s Next Generation and Spring Showcases are an exciting opportunity for our students to perform in front of an audience and an opportunity for friends, families, and the public to experience the future of dance,” said Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School. “We welcome the greater Boston communities to see one of our many spring showcase performances and to enjoy a night at Boston Ballet’s home, The Boston Opera House, where many young students will take the theatre’s grand stage for the first time.”

Next Generation, the highlight of the School’s spring performances, will feature the Pre-Professional Program students and Boston Ballet II with musical accompaniment from 53 students with New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance at The Boston Opera House, Boston Ballet’s home theatre, provides an exciting performance space for Boston Ballet School’s next generation of dancers. This year’s program will include George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie staged by Margret Tracey, August Bournonville’s Konservatoriet, as well as a piece by Boston Ballet second soloist Jeffrey Cirio. The evening will also feature an original composition by NEC student Jeremiah Klarman.

Throughout the spring, Boston Ballet School will present Spring Showcases in the communities surrounding each of the School’s studio locations. Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, Boston Ballet School’s Newton students will perform Alice in Wonderland featuring newly created sets, costumes, and choreography. Under the artistic direction of Tamara King, with music by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, students have the unique opportunity to participate in the creative process of a brand new production. The performances of Alice in Wonderland will take place at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College in Wellesley.

Sunday, June 5, students of Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead studio will perform Miss Rumphius based on Miss Rumphius, a book by Barbara Cooney, with permission of The Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust. This one act ballet has been adapted by Boston Ballet School faculty member Alicia Macdonald to the music of The Fairy Doll, composed by Josef Bayer.

Finally, Friday, June 10 & Sunday, June 12, Boston Ballet School’s Boston studio student will perform in The Golden Feather. This magical story of princesses, monsters and firebirds has original choreography by Boston Ballet School’s Classical Ballet Program Head Cynthia Drayer and faculty members Elizebeth Randall and Andre Reyes after Michel Fokine. The work features music from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Boston Ballet School is an international leader in dance education, and the largest ballet school in North America. Boston Ballet School provides year-round instruction for students age two through adult at its studios in Boston, Newton and Marblehead.  Reaching over 10,000 students annually, Boston Ballet is committed to  providing access to exceptional dance experiences through its School, and unparalleled community outreach programs, such as Citydance, Adaptive Dance, and Taking Steps, which operate throughout New England, at theaters, community centers and in Boston Public Schools.

Dance and music critics are encouraged to attend and review the May 18 performance of Next Generation at The Boston Opera House.

The complete Spring Showcases 2011 program schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm, Saturday, May 7 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, May 8 at 12:00pm and 4:00pm:
    Newton Studio Spring Showcase presenting Alice in Wonderland
    Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Park Manor South, Babson Park, MA 02457
  • Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm:
    Next Generation
    Pre-Professional Program students featuring musical accompaniment from New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • Sunday, June 5 at 12:00pm and 4:00pm:
    Marblehead Studio Spring Showcase presenting Miss Rumphius
    Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead Studio, Lynch/ van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Rd, Marblehead, MA 01945
  • Friday, June 10 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 12 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm:
    Boston Studio Spring Showcase presenting The Golden Feather
    Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116

For information about Boston Ballet School or to sign up for classes at Boston Ballet School, visit or call 617.456.6263.

2010-2011 Season Tickets

Subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now. Subscriptions and all tickets will be available for sales online 24 hours a day or by phone at 617.695.6955 or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9:30am-5pm and on performance days on Sat and Sun, 11am – 4pm.  Prices for season ballets start at $25.  Tickets to The Nutcracker start at $35.  Discounted group tickets (10 or more for season ballets and 20 or more for The Nutcracker) are available by calling the box office at 617.695.6955.

About Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today’s finest choreographers. Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. 

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance.  The wide array of dance programs are held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead with additional programs throughout New England, as well as community centers and in Boston Public Schools.

Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:

State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker, The Boston Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts.

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