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Ms. Browne was born in New York and raised in Phoenix where she received her early ballet training at the Phoenix School of Ballet. She continued her training at the School of American Ballet at the age of 16.
She first danced with New York City Ballet and then joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1976; she was appointed as principal dancer ten years later. While dancing for ABT she received critical acclaim for her performances in classical roles such as Gamzatti in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadere, as Juliet in the company premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet, as Kitri in Mikhail Baryshnikov's Don Quixote and as Clara in his production of The Nutcracker to name but a few. She also danced principal roles in contemporary works such as Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove, Anthony Tudor's Jardin aux Lilas and Pillar of Fire and George Balanchine's La Sonnambula, Who Cares and Stravinsky Violin Concerto.
Ms. Browne has had a successful film, TV and Broadway career appearing in Herbert Ross' The Turning Point with Mikhail Baryshnikov for which she won an Academy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and his film Nijinsky in which she played Romola Nijinsky. She guest-starred on the classic television series Happy Days and on Broadway as Irina in the musical Red Shoes. In 1997 Ms. Browne was the recipient of the New York City Dance Alliance's Distinguished Achievement Award.
Ms. Browne is on the faculty of Steps on Broadway in New York City, the ABT Summer Intensive Program and enjoys guest teaching master classes in New York and around the world.
© Joffrey Ballet SchoolA former soloist for the Joffrey Ballet, Zelma Bustillo, performed roles that ranged from the classical repertory to the more contemporary ballets such as Jerome Robbins' Moves and Gerald Arpino’s Clowns, Incubus, and Ropes. She was also soloist with the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet), the National Ballet of Washington, Ballet de Luis Fuente and Ballets Clasicos y Contemporaneos de Madrid. During her distinguished performing career, she worked with such renowned choreographers as Gerald Arpino, Frederick Franklin, Robert Joffrey, Jerome Robbins, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, and Hector Zaraspe.
Ms. Bustillo has organized and directed dance programs at the Nicolas Salmeron Cultural Center in Spain and the University of Dramatic Arts Dance Department in Madrid, Spain in affiliation with Kent University in Canterbury, England. She was Co-Director of the Luis Fuente Estudio de Danza in Madrid, Spain and has taught at numerous institutions in the U.S., including the Joffrey Ballet School, Adelphi University, Connecticut College, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Before returning to the Joffrey Ballet School as the Director of the Children’s Department, Ms. Bustillo spent many years as the Artistic Director of the School at Ballet Hispanico.
© American Ballet TheatreDeirdre Carberry rained on scholarship at The School of American Ballet, Harkness House Ballet and with David Howard. She also trained at American Ballet Theatre School and the Miami Conservatory. Ms. Carberry was coached by some the world’s most renowned dancers and choreographers, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Gregory, Twyla Tharp, Frederic Franklin and Mark Morris.
At age 13, Ms. Carberry was the youngest competitor at the first USA International Ballet Competition where she won a silver medal, the highest Junior Division medal awarded that year. Then at age 14, Ms. Carberry was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre (ABT) to become their youngest dancer. She continued to dance with ABT in soloist and principal roles for 12 years.
Ms. Carberry also danced as a soloist and principal with Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis and Miami City Ballet. She later held the position of Ballet Mistress for Columbia City Ballet. She was then invited to perform at the Spoleto Festival USA alongside Alicia Alonso, Sir Anthony Dowell and Merrill Ashley. Twyla Tharp cast Ms. Carberry to create the ballerina role in Tharp's new work, The Little Ballet, in which Carberry partnered with Baryshnikov. Ms. Carberry also created the leads in Burgoine’s Carmen, Poole’s The Elements, Pimble’s Common Ground and Memphis’ Taming of the Shrew. Her other stellar partners included Kevin Mc.Kenzie, Fernando Bujones, Patrick Bissell, and Wes Chapman. She performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, Israel, Canada, Central and South America, including three tours with Baryshnikov & Co., at Paris Opera House, Covent Gardens, Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater and the Kennedy Center.
Ms. Carberry appeared on T.V. in several PBS Great Performances specials partnered by Baryshnikov and in Dance in America. She taught for Wayne State, Emory and Alabama universities, Alabama Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, ASFA, Serba '09 and is on the faculty of the ABT Summer Intensives. She created numerous workshops, outreach programs and public school lectures and she staged, restaged and set student productions of Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and Swan Lake.
Born in France, Jean-Yves Esquerre first studied dance with Monique Malo and continued his training at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra school in Brussels. From 1974 to 1986, Mr. Esquerre danced with Les Ballets du XXème Siècle, Hamburg Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theater. He created and danced numerous leading roles and worked with a wide variety of choreographers, including Maurice Béjart, Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, and John Neumeier.
Mr. Esquerre began his teaching career at Brussels’ Conservatoire de Danse and Mudra School. In 1984, he also taught at Nederlands Dans Theater II, and the following year he collaborated with a number of European dance companies. In 1986, he was appointed ballet master of Le Ballet du Louvre, a 35-member company originally formed by Rudolf Nureyev and based in Paris. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Esquerre served as artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. During his five-year tenure, the breadth of the company’s repertory expanded significantly, and it garnered international acclaim through extensive touring.
Mr. Esquerre has worked internationally as a teacher and ballet master for a variety of companies, including English National Ballet and School, Le Centre International de Danse de Cannes, San Francisco Ballet and School, Boston Ballet and School, Steps on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, among others. He has also served as a juror or chairman in several international ballet competitions, including the Prix de Lausanne.
A native of Oakland, California, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts in San Diego. He joined the San Diego Ballet in 1978, and performed with the California, Arizona, Sacramento and New Jersey Ballets as well as Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. In 1981, Arturo joined modern dance company ODC/San Francisco, and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until spring 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet and LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work.
Since 1998 he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King's Professional Summer Intensive. In 2001 he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For more than a decade he has been an integral part of the faculty of the San Francisco Dance Center. He has set ballets by Alonzo King on companies and universities throughout the U.S. including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and the Florida State University, Most notably, in August of 2006 he set Handel, choreographed by Alonzo King, on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.
ABT's Susan Jaffe at Maple Youth Ballet's Diamonds & Dance Spring Fundraiser on March 31
We are honored to welcome our special guest, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Susan Jaffe! Recognized as one of the leading ballerinas of her time, Ms. Jaffe will appear at the dazzling & spectacular Black, Starr & Frost Jewelers in Newport Beach at our annual spring fundraiser. Learn more
Declared by the New York Times as "America's Quintessential American Ballerina" Susan Jaffe danced as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years, a career which began in 1980. Prominent in the international dance scene as well, her European engagements included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Munich State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, The Vienna State Opera Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Swedish Ballet, and The English National Ballet.
Ms. Jaffe's versatility as a dancer allowed her to tackle a large range of choreographic works, which include the classics like Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, as well as the dramatic works of John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, and Kenneth MacMillian. She also worked with and danced the works of many prominent choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato, Roland, Petit, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Ronald Hynd, Frederick Ashton, Ulysses Dove and Lynn Taylor Corbett.
In 2003, Ms. Jaffe co-founded the Princeton Dance & Theatre Studio in Princeton, New Jersey. As a result of owning a school, Ms. Jaffe expanded into choreography. Her original creations for the school include, The Nutcracker, Pop Sonata, Ballet Studies, Tarantella, Glass Cuts, Carnival of the Animals and Cancan. Since then, Ms. Jaffe has choreographed for Texas Christian University, Princeton University, and professional companies including, Lemon Spongecake Contemporary Ballet and Configurations Dance Company.
In December 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts Degree from Texas Christian University. Ms. Jaffe has taught corporate lectures on Excellence in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education for Lehman Brothers, and PriceWaterHouseCoopers.
Ms. Jaffe currently lives in New York City where she teaches, choreographs, and is a Ballet Master of American Ballet Theatre.
For more information on Ms. Jaffe visit her website at www.susanjaffedance.com.
© American Ballet TheatreSusan Jones was born in York, Pennsylvania and began her early dance training there. She continued her studies with Lucille Hood at the Rockville School of Ballet, Rockville, Maryland, and with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.
In 1969, she accepted an apprenticeship with the Joffrey Ballet, dancing with the original Joffrey II, and made her professional debut with the New York City Opera, Robert Joffrey, choreographic director.
Miss Jones joined American Ballet Theatre in 1971 and danced with the Company for eight successive seasons. Among her roles were the Cowgirl in Rodeo and Lizzie Bordon as a child in Fall River Legend. Her transition from dancing to staff began in 1976 when she assisted Twyla Tharp with Push Comes to Shove. She was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress in 1978. Retiring as a dancer at the close of the 1979/80 season, she was appointed Ballet Mistress in the Spring of 1980 and Regisseur in 1982.
Miss Jones has returned to ABT after a three-year absence during which she mounted Natalia Makarova's full-length La Bayadère for the Ballet del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Mikhail Barysnikov's production of Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding) for The Royal Ballet.
Alonzo King, Choreographer and Artistic Director of LINES Ballet, has works in the repertories of companies throughout the world including Frankfurt Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and The Washington Ballet. He has worked extensively in opera, television, and film and has choreographed works for prima ballerina Natalia Makarova and film star Patrick Swayze. Mr. King has also collaborated with artists such as actor Danny Glover, legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and tabla master Zakir Hussain. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, Mr. King has been the guest ballet master for National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Ballet West and others.
In 1982, Mr. King founded Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, which has developed into an international touring company. Seven years later, he inaugurated the San Francisco Dance Center, which has grown into one of the largest dance facilities on the West Coast. In 2001, Alonzo King started the LINES Ballet School and Pre-Professional Program to nurture and develop the talents of young dancers. Expanding the scope of his educational visions to the college level this year, Alonzo King and LINES Ballet have embarked on a partnership with the Dominican University of California, creating the West Coast’s first BFA program in Dance. It is the only joint BFA program in the country to be led by a living master choreographer.
In December 2006, Alonzo King was recognized as one of the fifty outstanding artists in America by the United States Artists organization. In the first year that these awards have been given, Alonzo King is one of only four Fellows in Dance, and the only Dance artist outside of New York to be honored by the USA Fellowship. The Fellowship is the second major national award Alonzo King has received in the past two years—in 2005, he won the Bessie Award for Choreographer/ Creator—and one of many such honors he has received over the course of his career. He is also the recipient of the NEA Choreographer's Fellowship, Irvine Fellowship in Dance, National Dance Project and the National Dance Residency Program, as well as five Isadora Duncan Awards. He has also received the Hero Award from Union Bank, the Lehman Award, and the Excellence Award from KGO in San Francisco.
Alonzo King has served on panels for the National Endowment of the Arts, California Arts Council, City of Columbus Arts Council and Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program. In 2005 he was named a Master of African-American Choreography by the Kennedy Center. He is a former commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco, and a writer and lecturer on the art of dance; his contributions appear in the books Masters of Movement: Portraits of American Choreographers and in Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dominican University of California, and the following year was given the Green Honors Chair Professorship from Texas Christian University. This spring, he received a second honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles. He was just awarded the 2007 Community Leadership Award from the San Francisco Foundation.
Sunday, November 8th
10:00 am-11:30 am
For advanced dancers ages 12 & older
Irina Kolpakova studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School, one of Vaganova's last students. Ms. Kolpakova graduated in 1951 into the Kirov Ballet, and with her exceptionally pure and lyrical style she excelled in the classical repertoire and was Kirov's leading ballerina.
Her particular lightness and elegance made her outstanding in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Raymonda and The Nutcracker. But she also performed in several modern ballets, creating roles in, among others, Grigorovich's The Stone Flower (1957) and Legend of Love (1961), Belsky's Coast of Hope (1959), Kasatkina and Vasiliov's Creation of the World (1971), and Vinogradov's The Fairy of the Rond Mountains (1980).
Ms. Kolpakova retired in 1987 and became teacher and repetiteur with the Kirov company. Later, she joined American Ballet Theatre as guest teacher and coach and was appointed Ballet Mistress in 1990.
Ms. Kolpakova continues to carry the Vaganova tradition to coming generations of dancers teaching and coaching around the world.
Nancy Raffa, Ballet Mistress of American Ballet Theatre and former director of American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensives, was the youngest and first American female to win the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland in 1980. She joined the corps de ballet of ABT in 1981 and danced with the Company for four years.
Ms. Raffa joined Ballet de Santiago in 1985 as a principal dancer and was also a principal dancer at Ballet National Française de Nancy. In 1992, she became a principal dancer with Miami City Ballet.
Ms. Raffa began her teaching career in Miami and, in 1994, joined the staff of the Miami City Ballet School, becoming the coordinator for the school's summer intensive program and Ballet for Young People program. She was twice awarded a special teacher's recognition from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and won a grant from the United States Information Services to act as a cultural ambassador and teacher for the company and school in Honduras.
Ms. Raffa holds an Ace certification in exercise physiology and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University.
Ms. Raffa was appointed Ballet Mistress of American Ballet Theatre in June 2007.
Tuesday, January 18, 2010
4:00 pm-6:30 pm
For advanced dancers ages 15-20
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Throughout a professional dance career which spanned more than twenty years, Summer Lee Rhatigan took advantage of every opportunity to develop and refine her teaching skills. She has taught virtually every level of student in settings as diverse as dance schools, universities, and professional dance companies.
Before launching the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Ms. Rhatigan founded and spent three years developing the LINES Ballet School & Pre-Professional Program, which became nationally recognized, attracting highly talented young dancers from around the United States.
During her dance career, Ms. Rhatigan was a soloist and principal dancer with London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), Oakland Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and LINES Ballet, as well as a guest artist with other dance and opera companies internationally.
She received her early training at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was the recipient of the Kenneth MacMillan Award for Choreography and was the youngest winner of the Adeline Genée Gold Medal.
While she was dancing, Ms. Rhatigan had the privilege of working with many choreographers of distinction on the creation of new and existing works. Among these were Rudolf Nureyev, Agnes de Mille, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Léonide Massine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Robert North, Nicholas (Papa) Beriosov, Ruthanna Boris, John Butler, Mary Skeaping, Anna Sokolow, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, Anthony Tudor, Tandy Beal, Ronald Hynd, Bronislava Nijinska, Michael Clark, John Hart, Matthew Hawkins, Barry Moreland, Dame Marie Rambert, Beryl Grey, John Field, Eugene Loring, Michael Corder and David Allan, as well as Bay Area choreographers Alonzo King, Michael Smuin, Ronn Guidi, Val Caniparoli, Carlos Carvajal, Betsy Erickson, Julia Adam, Lawrence Pech, Robert Moses, John Pasqualetti, Ron Thiele, Kirk Peterson, Tomi Paasonen, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Arturo Fernandez and Stephen Pelton.
Her classical repertoire included principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, The Sleeping Beauty, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
John Selya is a professional dancer on Broadway where he stars in The Times They Are A-Changin' (2006). He played the character Eddie in the show Movin' Out for which he received the 2003 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Male Dancer and a lead actor in a musical and won the 2003 TDF/Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer in a Musical, and the Theater World Award for his performance in Movin' Out.
Born in New York City to parents who supported his yen to dance, Selya was accepted, at age ten, into the School of American Ballet. When he was 14, his family relocated to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he took up with a rough crowd and learned a new bag of tricks — break dancing — that were later tapped by Twyla Tharp for Movin' Out. Two years later the family returned to Manhattan, and Selya picked up his ballet training at SAB with Richard Rapp, Andre Kramarevsky, and Stanley Williams.
In 1988 Mikhail Baryshnikov, then artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, hired Selya, and it was there that Tharp began casting him in her ballets. He says he feels fortunate to have been exposed to ABT's diverse repertory; he learned acting skills in character roles such as Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, Gamache in Don Quixote, and the Head Fakir in La Bayadere. He was also given the opportunity to choreograph, and produced two works that premiered during ABT's season at City Center.
For the 2000 American Dance Festival held in Durham, North Carolina, Tharp choreographed one of her most successful and devilishly demanding ballets, Surfer At the River Styx. In the dual leads she cast Keith Roberts and Selya, an avid surfer whose sport inspired some of Tharp's moves. Touring Surfer for more than a year built up Selya's stamina, and conditioned him for what was to come.
In a recent phone interview, she effused about Selya. "John is one of the most talented dancers of his generation," says Tharp. She saw Selya's potential in Surfer, and lit a fire under him when she created Eddie. She says, "I could not have done Eddie without Surfer. John's physicality inspired the moves. He has a great sense of metaphor in what he does and who he is, and he makes these connections as Eddie."
Tong Wang is assistant professor at UC Irvine Dept. of Dance. For the last twenty years, Mr. Wang has enjoyed a successful international dance career as a principal dancer.
He has performed almost every leading role in the classical ballet repertoire and also danced a full range of contemporary ballets created by world-renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, Glen Tetley, Birgit Culberg, Choo-san Goh, William Forsythe, Ben Stevenson, and Hans Van Manen.
While dancing professionally, he completed his B.F.A and M.F.A degrees with the University of Utah Ballet Department and also worked as a guest faculty member. In addition, he has enjoyed a choreographic relationship with Ballet West, the University of Utah Ballet Department, Wright State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, DanceOhio and Ballet West Conservatory.
Mr. Wang has served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Wright State University and at Butler University. Internationally, Tong taught and set his work in varies schools and companies.
Ms. Zide-Booth began her performing career in 1954 as a soloist with the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo and continued as Principal Dancer of The Joffrey Ballet and Prima Ballerina of the New York City Opera Ballet. In 1965, she began her teaching career as Ballet Mistress of the Joffrey Ballet and, in 1973, she accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Netherlands Dance Theater. She has also served as head of the ballet program at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Director of the Dance Program at Adelphi University.
Ms. Zide-Booth is a nine-time adjudicator for the National Association of Regional Ballet, including the first National Festival at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, and is a certified re-constructor for the Dance Notation Bureau. In these capacities, Ms. Zide-Booth has worked with choreographers such as Arpino, Balanchine, Joffrey, Kylian, van Manen, Robbins, Tetley, Tudor, and Walker.
While simultaneously a full professor at Adelphi University and a faculty member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Ms. Zide-Booth continued choreographing and staging ballets for professional and regional dance companies throughout the world, as well as doing teaching residencies in pedagogy, choreography, technique, and repertory in such places as South Korea, Israel, the Philippines, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway. In the fall of 1991, Ms. Zide-Booth was a Fulbright Lecturer, the first American pedagogue invited to teach classical ballet at the Prague Conservatory of Dance and the Ballet of the National Theatre. Ms. Zide-Booth remained in the Czech Republic conducting master classes at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague, the Brno Ballet, and the Brno Dance Conservatory. She was also Artist in Residence at the Ballet of The National Theater in Prague, where she staged her ballet A Family Affair.
In August of 1993, Ms. Zide-Booth was chosen from an international search to be director of the New Zealand School of Dance, and, in 1997, joined the faculty of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts dance department as Associate Professor.
Ms. Zide-Booth is listed in 2,000 Notable American Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Entertainment, The International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, Personalities of America, and Who’s Who in the East, and has received citations for her work in South Korea and the Czech Republic.