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Application Deadline for Three-Week Intensive Ballet Course: Monday, December 15, 2003.

Auditions to be held in New York City, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco,

Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Dallas and Miami

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for the twelfth annual national summer ballet-training program, “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell,” taught by the legendary muse herself. The three-week intensive ballet course will be held July 26-August 14, 2004, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Male and female dancers ages 14 to 18 with at least five years of ballet training, four years on pointe for females, are invited to apply.

The program accepts students from across the country to participate in 12 classes a week taught by Farrell. To further enhance and extend the experience, the students will visit museums and attend dance performances.

Auditions for “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell” will be held by Farrell and a Kennedy Center representative at eight sites across the country in January 2004:

• New York City, New York, Saturday, January 10, 4-6:00 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

at the Ailey Studios, 4th Floor 211 W. 61 Street

(between Amsterdam and West End Ave.)

• Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, January 12, 4-6:00 p.m.

at the Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon Street

• Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, January 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, 301 Mercer Street

• San Francisco, California, Friday, January 16, 6-8:00 p.m.

at the San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street

• Washington, D.C., Saturday, January 24, 4-6:00 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

at the Kennedy Center, Opera House Stage Door

• Minneapolis, Minnesota, Monday, January 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

at the Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue

• Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, January 28, 6-8:00 p.m.

at Texas Christian University/Ballet and Modern Dance Building, 3000 South University

• Miami, Florida, Saturday, January 31, 5-7:00 p.m.

Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Avenue

Interested students must complete the audition application, which is available through the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811 or online at http://kennedy-center.org/education/farrell . Completed application forms must be postmarked by December 15, 2003 to “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell,” P.O. Box 10808, Arlington, VA 22210 or fax to (202) 416-8853.

Students will receive confirmation notification of their audition site before the audition class. Students need to arrive 45 minutes prior to the audition dressed for the class. A completed application packet must be submitted at the audition that includes:

• a copy of the dancer’s birth certificate or other official documentation of age

• current photos (snapshots accepted): a headshot and a full-length shot in arabesque wearing practice clothes and on pointe (for females)

• $25 application fee; check payable to the Kennedy Center.

Students living more than 150 miles from any audition site can submit a videotape for consideration. Tapes must have been recorded within the last six months and will be considered if the student is the only featured dancer and is dressed in practice clothes. The student should include a wide range of dancing through a condensed ballet class and an optional brief variation. Female dancers must wear pointe shoes in the videotape. Tapes must be 20-30 minutes in length. The video, along with the completed audition application packet, must be postmarked by December 15.

Following auditions at all eight locations, students selected to participate in the program will be notified by February 23, 2004. Selected students must commit to participating in the entire three-week program.

The tuition fee, including 12 classes a week and daily selected activities, is $1000. An additional fee of $1,400 is required for nonresident students needing housing, food, supervision and activities. Supervised accommodations are provided at a resident hotel located five blocks (10 minute walk) from the Kennedy Center.

Limited need-based financial aid will also be available. Students selected will receive a financial aid form with their acceptance information. The amount of financial aid will be determined by the form.

One of George Balanchine’s most celebrated muses, Farrell danced with the New York City Ballet from 1965-1969 and 1975-1989. Over the years, she originated 23 roles in Balanchine ballets, including Dulcinea in his full-length Don Quixote. Her repertory includes some 110 ballets. She has received numerous awards, including the 1976 Dance Magazine award, a 1985 Emmy for her performance in “Eight by Adler,” the 1988 New York State Governor’s Arts Award, and a 1997 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse. Most recently, Farrell was awarded the 2003 National Medal of Arts, presented by President George W. Bush on November 12, 2003, in an Oval Office ceremony. In October 1999 the Kennedy Center produced Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet, featuring a company of 16 dancers hand-picked by Farrell herself. The program made its world premiere at the Kennedy Center and continued on a critically acclaimed five-week East Coast tour. In September 2000 Farrell once again collected her dancers to form the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, also produced by the Kennedy Center Education Department. The company premiered at the Kennedy Center’s Balanchine Celebration.

The “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell” program is an initiative of the Kennedy Center Education Department and is made possible in part by the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund, the U.S. Department of Education, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and other generous funders.

For further information, contact the Kennedy Center’s Education Department at (202) 416-8811.

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