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Boston Ballet School spring showcase performances

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A company release:


BOSTON, MA – May 21, 2008 – Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, today announced the repertory of its 2008 spring showcase. More than 675 students from Boston Ballet School will be featured in five performances on May 30, 31 and June 1. The evening performance on May 31 is a special fundraising performance for the School’s scholarship program.

“The annual spring showcase is an important component of our students’ dance education, as it provides an opportunity to students of all levels to perform before an audience,” said Margaret Tracey, Associate Director of Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. “On May 31 audiences will have the unique opportunity to see Boston Ballet School’s most senior students perform exciting works by choreographers George Balanchine, August Bournonville and Jorma Elo offering a glimpse of the next generation of dancers.”

The 7:00pm performance on Saturday, May 31 will feature the Intensive Program and Boston Ballet II dancers from Boston Ballet School’s Boston studio. A two-act performance, the first act will showcase the curriculum progression through the levels, danced to music by Giuseppe Verdi which will be performed live by pianist Tatyana Foaksman. Demonstrating the students’ wide range of ability, the second act will feature the Advanced Intensive and Boston Ballet II students performing in genres ranging from classical to contemporary. Students will perform selections from August Bournonville’s classwork and his William Tell pas de deux performed live by pianist Ha Kyoung Lee. Additionally, the company’s resident choreographer Jorma Elo will be represented through the performance of his piece Pointe Off, and the performance will close with George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht. Dance critics are encouraged to attend and review the May 31 evening performance of Boston Ballet School’s most senior students.

The program schedule is as follows:

· Friday, May 30, 7:30pm – Boston Ballet School, Boston Studio’s Elementary and Classical Ballet Program students (Elementary 1 – Advanced 1)

· Saturday, May 31, 2:00pm – Boston Ballet School, Norwell Studio’s Elementary, Classical Ballet and Intensive Program students (Elementary 1 – Advanced 1)

· Saturday, May 31, 7:00pm – Boston Ballet School, Boston Studio’s Intensive Program students and Boston Ballet II dancers (Intermediate 1i – Trainee)

· Sunday, June 1, 12:30pm – Boston Ballet School, Newton Studio’s Elementary and Intensive Program students (Elementary 1 – Elementary 3 and all Intensive levels)

· Sunday, June 1, 6:30pm – Boston Ballet School, Newton studio’s Classical Ballet and Intensive Program students (Intermediate 1 – Advanced 1i)

Boston Ballet School is the largest ballet school in North America with studios in Boston, Newton, and Norwell. A North Shore studio is being built in partnership with the YMCA on Leggs Hill Road in Salem and is currently scheduled to open for business in January of 2009. Over 5,000 students participate in Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education’s summer, adult, and outreach programs each year.

For information about Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education and how to sign up for classes at Boston Ballet School, visit www.bostonballet.org/school <http://www.bostonballet.org/school> or call 617.456.6260.

Tickets for all shows start at $20. For detailed ticket prices and to purchase tickets, call 617.456.6228 or visit www.bostonballet.org/school <http://www.bostonballet.org/school> .

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