June 23-July 2: International Ballet Youth Festival USA at The Dance Company

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Teachers from St. Petersburg, Russia will be in St. Augustine June 23-July 2 to conduct the 2016 International Ballet Youth Festival USA. Classes will be held at The Dance Company for ballet students, teachers and choreographers.

These are some of the most highly qualified and gracious teachers in the world, says Nikki Angelo, director of Living Stones. “We are co-hosting and facilitating, and we invited all these artists here,” Angel explains.

“We at the Dance Company are very excited to be hosting this workshop with instructors from all over the world,” adds Stephanie Burkhardt, executive artistic director for The Dance Company. “Many of our students will be participating, and they’re excited to focus on their ballet training this summer.”

The festival will conclude with a performance at the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School. The grand performance begins at 7 p.m. July 2.

Oleg Vinogradov, former director of St. Petersburg’s Kirov Ballet with several highlights, is choreographing one act of Romeo and Juliet which will be performed by Russian professionals and young American dancers, and he’s also creating a special Fourth of July piece.

Interested persons may enroll in this International Ballet Youth Festival USA online at www.classicaldancealliance.org

All levels of dancers 10 years and older will be accepted, says Angelo. A placement class will be conducted June 23 to determine students’ abilities. Cost for the event is $375 for students.

Teachers are also welcomed to the participate in ballet pedagogy – the science of teaching children. Cost for teachers is $525, with discounts according to the number of students teachers bring with them.

Vaganova will teach the choreography course. Cost for that is $600. For more information, go to www.thedanceco.com or call 904-471-4946.


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