Celebrating 18 years as the ultimate training, coaching and mentoring dance experience.
Extreme Ballet 2017
June 18 - July 8, 2017
Intermediate to pre-professional
July 9 - July 29, 2017
Intermediate to pre-professional
July 30 - August 19, 2017
Intermediate to pre-professional
Extreme Ballet 2017 is a unique training program designed for the serious young dancer who wants to develop exceptional technical skills, artistic refinement and a sophisticated approach to repertoire. Students receive superior ballet training with an emphasis on individual corrections.
Small groups are a specialty of the Extreme Ballet program and offer students the daily personal attention needed to sharpen and refine their skills. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per session. Students are assembled in small groups of approximately 20 dancers for technique classes and pointe classes and into groups of approximately 10 for coaching.
Daily technique class is aimed to improve technical skills, line, movement vocabulary, physical strength and musicality. Coaching of the classical repertoire refines the subtle understanding of movements and musicality and prepares the dancer for a sophisticated artistic performance.
Contemporary ballet techniques, modern dance and improvisation are also an important part of the Extreme Ballet curriculum, as versatility is essential in today’s contemporary choreography and productions. Flamenco is a required class to assist in character dance preparation, and yoga and Pilates are required to improve the student’s core strength, placement and flexibility.
The faculty at Extreme Ballet offers a vast range of professional experience coupled with in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance pedagogy. They are well versed in traditional ballet teaching techniques as well as contemporary approaches to dance anatomy and kinesiology.
Kaatsbaan is situated on 153 rural acres in the Village of Tivoli, New York, two hours north of New York City. The state of the art facilities include three premier dance studios, a sixteen-room motel style residence inn: The Dancers’ Inn. Extreme Ballet offers a peaceful, healthy and safe environment that encourages cooperation, support and long-term personal friendship.
The Extreme Ballet program includes daily technique class, pointe class, refining class, repertoire and new work classes, as well as coaching. Men’s class and partnering are taught in appropriate sessions. 2 modern dance classes, 2 Flamenco classes, an improvisation class, a yoga and Pilates class are required each week.
Dancers participate daily in a two-hour morning technique class designed to strengthen as well as refine and develop their classical technique and their quality of movement. Four days a week dancers are split into two groups for technique class. One day a week all dancers come together for class. Occasionally, a second afternoon technique class or ballet Master Class is scheduled.
Coaching is one of the most important aspects of the Extreme Ballet program. Solos and variations from the classical and contemporary repertoire are taught by premiere dancers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Coaches refine all aspects of the variations - movements, musicality and interpretations - in small groups of students. Material is selected with particular attention to the needs of the dancers in each session.
Guest instructors include dancers and faculty from American Ballet Theatre, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, the Juilliard School, the Joffrey Ballet, and other acclaimed dance companies.
On the last Saturday of each session at 12 Noon, families of all students are invited to a Showcase Performance in which dancers present the repertory pieces they have learned and developed during the session. While Extreme Ballet is primarily a training program, the performance process solidifies and internalizes all that students have learned during the session.
Field trips are scheduled for each session to professional dance performances (as available) such as ABT at Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. For fun, students spend an afternoon in the historic village of Woodstock, New York. Resident assistants supervise all activities.
Three meals per day are included in the tuition. Kaatsbaan is happy to accommodate special diets.
ACCOMODATIONS /THE DANCERS’ INN
Dancers are housed in motel style double and triple rooms in the Dancers’ Inn. Kaatsbaan will provide linens and towels.
Transportation to and from Kaatsbaan is the responsibility of the student. For students arriving at Albany Airport, Kaatsbaan will arrange limo service. All fees are the responsibility of the student. Cab service is available from Rhinecliff Amtrak Station. Transportation Form will be included in the Registration Packet.
Because of the small selective size of the Extreme Ballet program, Kaatsbaan cannot offer scholarships. However, students may set up their own scholarship funds. Friends, relatives (not parents), and small local businesses may send donations to Kaatsbaan earmarked for a student. 100% of the contribution will be placed in a particular student's scholarship fund. All monies received offset tuition for that student. Donations are tax deductible for the contributor to the extent allowed by law. In addition many communities offer arts scholarships for summer study.
Martine Van Hamel - Program Director
Martine van Hamel was born in Brussels. She studied dance in Denmark, Holland, and Venezuela before settling down at the National Ballet School of Canada. In l966, van Hamel was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition held in Varna, Bulgaria and simultaneously won the seldom-awarded Prix de Varna for best artistic interpretation in all categories. She was a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada. She became a member of the City Center Joffrey Ballet before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1970. In 1973, van Hamel became a Principal Dancer after a highly-acclaimed New York debut as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. In June 1990, van Hamel celebrated 20 years with ABT, dancing the leading role in Swan Lake. From 1992 until 1998, she danced with Jiri Kylian's Netherlands Dans Theater III. Van Hamel was the recipient of the Cue Magazine Award for outstanding dancer in 1976, the 1983 Dance Magazine Award, honoring her dedication to, and enrichment of, the art of dance, the Dance Education of America's Award in July 1989, and the 1992 Award for Excellence from Washington College. She is Co-Founder of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
Faculty and Master Teachers for Extreme Ballet 2017
Session I - TBA
Session II - TBA
Session III - TBA
Sarite Sanders (Pilates),
Kati Garcia-Renart (Flamenco),
Oliver Tobin (Modern Dance, Improvisation)
Guest Teachers (dates TBA)
Kevin McKenzie, Craig Salstein, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Nancy Raffa, Carlos Lopez