Orlando Ballet/Southern Ballet Theater
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They have a very international company. Their logo includes "Where the world comes to dance." They currently have no hierarchy--the company are all company members. There are no principals or soloists. There are certainly principal roles, and programs read of a dancer "having danced principals roles such as... or solos such as... "
My daughter went to summer intensive 2001 when it was Southern Ballet Theatre and summer 2002 when it had gone through the name change. I think the name change occured in part due to funding from the city of Orlando: in recognition of the support that Orlando Ballet receives from the city, and to help identify more with growing Orlando area.
We have nothing but praise also for the School. Peter Stark has a manner that is no nonsense, yet caring. He seems to be as good a teacher and administrator as he is a dancer. The staff--both administrative and teaching all seem professional, wise and also friendly and nurturing. Several of the company members both male and female are involved in the summer program doing choreography and rehearsals for the end of summer workshop performance and they really added to the program as well. We will now send my younger daughter this summer. My older daughter will go to Boston this summer. At the Orlando audition this year her previous teachers were full of smiles and hugs and first thing asked was "where are you going this year?" They knew she would get yes letters from the big programs. And while she wants to go away for a summer, she plans to return to Orlando in the future. I wishes we lived close enough for year round training and more opportunity to see the performances.
Mr Bujones is outgoing and so friendly to the students. He has the way of making the dancers all feel good about themselves. And he, too, is a marvelous teacher.
I think the secret is getting out. They soon will be competing in the bigger arena.
Posted 18 January 2009 - 02:37 PM
Kip Watson and his wife, Eliza Harwood, started their own studio off Corrine Drive called Harwood/Watson studios. My daughter and I took from her for several years and she is a wonderful teacher! We used to enjoy the SBT performances as well; but happy to hear that the Orlando Ballet is so sucesful!
Annette in Texas
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