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Kevin McKenzie teaching Extreme Ballet students.
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EXTREME BALLET 2015

AUDITION TOUR

Please note:

1 - The new address for the Denver audition.

2 - The CINCINNATI, OHIO audition is CANCELLED due to travel issues. Anyone planning to audition in Cincinnati should send Kaatsbaan a video audition. Information is available below.

(Don't forget that DVD's are a good alternative to live auditions.)

Date

Day

Time

City

Address

1/10/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Chicago, IL

Hubbard Street Dance
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.,
Chicago, IL  60607

1/10/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Philadelphia

The Rock School
1101 South Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

1/11/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

San Francisco, CA

City Ballet School of San Francisco
10 Colton St. (studio entrance)
San Francisco, CA 94103

1/11/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

James Sewell Ballet
528 Hennepin Avenue #215 Minneapolis,  MN 55403

1/17/15
 

Saturday

11 – 12:30 pm

Dallas, TX

Ballet Academy of Texas
145 Fitness Court
Coppell, TX 75019

1/17/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona 
School of Dance
     Ina Gittings Bldg.#121        
Tucson, AZ  85721

1/18/15

Sunday

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Ballet School
500 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO  64108

1/18/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Princeton, NJ

Princeton Ballet School
301 N. Harrison Street,
Princeton, NJ 08540

1/25/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Santa Fe, NM

Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet School
550 B. St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM  87905

1/25/15

Sunday

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH  45214

1/31/15

Saturday

2:30– 4 p.m.

Boston, MA

Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

2/1/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Denver, CO

Academy of the Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Drive,
Denver, CO 80204

2/1/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

NYC, NY

Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

2/7/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA  30318

2/8/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Hartford, CT

The Hartt Dance Division  University of Hartford 35Westbourne Parkway Hartford CT 06112

2/8/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Orlando, FL

Orlando Ballet School
2201 McRae Avenue
Orlando, FL  32803

2/8/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Mission Viejo, CA

Pacific Coast Academy of Dance
25732 Taladro Circle
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

2/14/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

2/14/15

Saturday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Washington, DC

Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC  20016

2/22/15

Sunday

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Tivoli, NY

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
120 Broadway,
Tivoli, NY 12583

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
• 13 years and older
• Minimum of 2 years of Pointe work: able to sustain 6 days of technique class per week, and 2-4 hours a day of Pointe class five days a week.
• Students are able to register for two sessions with the director’s approval.

AUDITION TOUR:  Pre-registration is not required.  Registration is 30 minutes prior to audition.  One photo in first arabesque and a headshot are required along with a $30.00 audition fee

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Due: February 21, 2015
Submit a VHS or DVD recorded no earlier than August 2011 along with one photo in first arabesque en pointe, one photo tendu à la seconde, a headshot and $35.00 Audition Processing Fee. Polaroids are acceptable. The audition should be no more than 15 minutes long -- keep it simple.
VIDEO/DVD CONTENT
Start the recording by stating your name and age. Create your own
combinations both at the barre and in the center. The audition should be
no more than 15 minutes long--keep it simple.
Barre:
* Grande plié in each position
* Tendu en croix with demi plié
* Tendu and dégagés en croix
* Rond de jambe en dehors and en dedans
* Developpé and fondu en croix, end with an arabesque
* Grand Battement en croix
Center Work:
* Adage, show écarté and attitude
* Pirouette en dehors and en dedans
* Petit allegro
* Grand Allegro
* Ladies - Pointe work combination
* Men - double tours and pirouettes à la seconde en l'air


Mail application form, $35.00 fee, video, and photographs to:
Prudence Garcia-Renart, Kaatsbaan
USPS - P.O. Box 482, Tivoli, NY 12583
UPS or FedEx: 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583


PREVIOUS EXTREME BALLET STUDENTS
Submit one photo in first arabesque en pointe AND a head shot taken after SEPTEMBER 2014, and $35.00 Audition Processing Fee, and Application Form - printed from web site. Polaroid's are acceptable.

BIOS:

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.



  

 

 

 

 

 

 


KAATSBAAN INTERNATIONAL DANCE CENTER

Gregory Cary, Kevin McKenzie, Bentley Roton, Martine van Hamel founders

EXTREME BALLET 2015

THE ULTIMATE
TRAINING, COACHING AND MENTORING
DANCE EXPERIENCE

Celebrating 16 years

Session I
June 14 - July 4, 2015

Intermediate – Pre-professional

Session II
July 5 - July 25, 2015

Intermediate – Pre-professional

Session III
July 26 – August 15, 2015

Advanced – Pre-professional


KAATSBAAN’S EXTREME BALLET 2015 is aimed at the young dancer who is capable of crossing the threshold from intermediate to advanced student and from advanced student to professional dancer. Today, the world of dance demands that performers not only exhibit beautiful and accomplished technique, but also a strong artistic identity. Extreme Ballet 2015 is a unique experience for dancers focusing on infusing artistic individuality with technical perfection. Enrollment is limited to 40 students per session thus allowing each dancer the daily individual attention needed to excel.
The summer intensive program develops, structures and builds the technique, musicality, creativity and artistry of young dancers allowing them to grow in ability and self-confidence. A close working partnership between student and teacher is, perhaps, the most important aspect of the program. As aspiring professionals, each dancer will receive intensive work to improve line and placement, technique and strength. In addition to classical ballet training and coaching in traditional repertoire, students gain experience in a number of diverse dance styles including contemporary ballet, modern, Flamenco and improvisation.
The faculty at Extreme Ballet offer students a vast range of professional experience coupled with in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance pedagogy. They are well versed in classical ballet technique as well as many of the more contemporary approaches to dance training. Their enthusiasm and skill as teachers/mentors combined with their love of dance offer students a rich and rewarding experience within a safe and nurturing environment. The faculty shares with students their knowledge of all aspects of the dance world.
Students return from the program with refined technique, audition and performance skills. Each student will study repertory suitable for performance and competition.


THE PROGRAM / CURRICULUM

TECHNIQUE CLASS
Dancers participate daily in a two-hour technique class designed to strengthen as well as refine and cultivate their quality of movement. A second technique class will be scheduled on selected days.
COACHING
Solos and variations from the classical and contemporary repertoire are taught and coached daily in small groups. Material is selected with particular attention to the needs of the individual dancer. We work to strengthen the student’s mastery of the classical style. At the same time focus is placed on the nuances of character interpretation that allow students to explore their own imagination and creativity. The total experience provides tools that will help young dancers compete on a professional level in today’s ballet world.
STYLE REFINING/POINTE
Two groups of eighteen to twenty students are assigned to classes on alignment and anatomical placement, port de bras, pirouettes, jumping, petite allegro and footwork. In addition mime is taught as part of the classical vocabulary.
MASTER CLASSES
Guest instructors include professionals and faculty from ABT, the Juilliard School, the Joffrey Ballet, and other acclaimed dance companies. Master class schedule coming soon.
LECTURES
Lectures and lecture demonstrations in critical areas related to dance are held after dinner. Nutrition, injury prevention, massage for dancers, music, and introductions to ballet and modern dance history are some of the topics presented.
COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION
Composition and Improvisation classes are designed to improve dancers’ ability to interact with choreographers and to increase their value to a dance company. Classes explore alternative and experimental movement, improvisation, and the creative process behind movement.
PILATES/YOGA
Pilates mat classes are uniquely suited to the training of dancers as a supplement to strengthen the muscles of the “powerhouse”—the abdomen, lower back, and buttocks.

FACILITY
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 and a sixteen-room motel style residence inn – The Dancers’ Inn. Set amongst historic buildings, the beautiful grounds offer a peaceful, healthy and safe environment complete with spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River.
PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE
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.
EXCURSIONS
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, Jacob ’s Pillow and the Bard College Summerscape Festival. For just plain fun, students attend local attractions such as the Dutchess County Fair, movies and local theater. Resident assistants supervise all activities.
MEALS
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
Transportation to and from Kaatsbaan is the responsibility of the
student. A transportation fee of approximately $60 each way will be additional if requiring transportation from the Albany Airport or $30 each way from the Rhinecliff Amtrak station. The Transportation Form will be included in the Registration Packet.


FEES/ DEADLINE DATES

Tuition: $4195.00
Fee per Session: Includes all instruction, room and board at
Kaatsbaan in the Dancers' Inn, double or triple occupancy rooms, liability insurance, activities, and full-time Resident Assistants (counselors).
EXTREME BALLET Due Dates: 
February 21, 2015       $35 VHS or DVD Auditions, Application fee, Video Registration Form, & Photos.

March 15, 2015   Tuition deposit ($1495.00) due for Sessions I, II & III - Non-refundable deposit on tuition, room & board.

May 2, 2015        Tuition balance ($2700.00) due for Session I & II & III– Balance due on non-refundable tuition, room & board and all forms completed and signed.


There will be no adjustment in tuition or fees for late arrival or early departure.
All fees are non-refundable.




Extreme Ballet Audition Form 2015

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FACULTY and MASTER TEACHERS for Extreme Ballet 2015 (tentative list)

Session I
Bonnie Mathis (Ballet), Lisa Lockwood (Ballet)
Session II
Bonnie Mathis (Ballet), Martine van Hamel (Ballet)
Session III
Martine van Hamel

All sessions:
Sarite Sanders (Pilates)Kati Garcia Renart (Flamenco)
Oliver Tobin (Modern Dance, Composition and Improvisation)

Guest teachers:
To Be Announced