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Brooklyn Ballet Open House!

SAT SEPT 10
Brooklyn Ballet welcomes new students for a day of free classes at our Downtown Brooklyn dance school, plus a Capezio pop-up shop offering 15% off all dancewear and shoes from 9am-3pm. Join us!

Brooklyn Ballet Open House
Saturday, September 10
All Classes Free!

9:45-10:15
Pre-Ballet I/II (ages 3 and 4 by September)
with Wendy Clark

10:30-11:00
Pre-Ballet I/II (ages 3 and 4 by September)
with Christine Scheibl

11:00-11:30
Elmentary Ballet I/II (ages 5/6 by September)
with Elisabet Rubio

11:30-12:00
Boys Ballet (ages 8+ by September)
with David Fernandez

12:00-12:30
Broadway Jazz (ages 8+ by September)
with Nia Lancelin

12:30-1:30
*Ballet I/II (ages 8+ by September)
with Maria Piedad

1:30-2:30
*Ballet III/IV with Jillian Greis

2:30-3:00
*Modern (ages 10+)
with Brittany Engel-Adams

5:00-6:15
Adult Ballet Fundamentals
with Yana Volkova

*Denotes placement class

Schedule subject to change

REGISTER FOR FREE CLASSES HERE

Thank you to Capezio for giving a 15% discount to Brooklyn Ballet students! 

Visit the Capezio pop-up shop on Sat, Sept 10 from 9am-3pm. 

First Look 2016

Each year, Brooklyn Ballet supports emerging and established choreographers by providing an opportunity to showcase their work for free in our First Look program.

This year's First Look is curated by our very own Richard Glover and Remi Harris. Performances will take place June 24-25, 8pm at The Actors Fund Arts Center (160 Schermerhorn Street).

We are excited to announce two unique programs. Friday night's performance will feature work by Vanessa Long, Ezra Goh, Aaron Atkins, Caroline Brethenoux, Andrea Gise, Jillian Greis, Giorgia Bovo, Jenny Boissiere, Mari Meade Montoya, Gentry Isaiah George, Margarent Yuen, and Nikki Theroux. Saturday night's performance will include work by Eryn Renee Young, Ariel Grossman, Luisa Martinez, William Isaac, Andrea Gise, Bryanna Brock, Sarah Chien, Whitney Jacobs, Lynn Parkerson, Nellie Rainwater, and Marilyn Klaus. Check out the images below for a sneak peak at what these talented choreographers have to offer!

Both performances offer exciting new and in process works by a diverse array of choreographers. And if that's not enough to convince you, each ticket sold for Friday's show comes with a complimentary beer as part of our Free Beer Fridays.

General admission tickets are available for purchase online and will also be available at the door. We can't wait to see you there!

Photos © Mickey Hoelscher, David Gonsier, Richard Ong, Whitney Jacobs, Ezra Goh, & Samantha Siegal

Next Step Summer Intensive & Children's Ballet Camps

Join us for an unforgettable summer! Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step Summer Intensive (ages 8–18) is designed to give participants a solid technical foundation based in classical training. The intensive runs from August 8 to September 2, Monday through Friday. We also offer pre-ballet (ages 3-4) and elementary ballet (ages 5-7) camps each summer.

Next Step Summer Intensive (August 8-September 2, 2016)

August 8–August 19 

Monday–Friday     
Levels I, II, & III

August 22–September 2

Monday–Friday     
Levels II, III, & IV

Next Step prepares dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions and cultivates strong, well-trained, educated and independent dancers. The daily schedule includes:

- Ballet Technique
- Pointe/Pre-Pointe
- Choreography
- Modern
- Yoga/Stretch
- Character
 - Variations

Program Fees:

1 week: $500
2 weeks: $950
3 weeks: $1,100
 4 weeks: $1,250

About The Next Step Program:

Brooklyn Ballet’s Next Step program (Ages 8–18) is designed to give each participant a solid technical foundation, based in classical training, upon which to build his or her own creative power. We aim to prepare dancers for professional and high school performing arts auditions while cultivating increased technical ability. Students are also offered a performance opportunity where they will collaborate with Brooklyn Ballet’s Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson and Next Step Director, Richard Glover. A culminating performance will be held at The Actors Fund Arts Center, in the heart of downtown Brooklyn.

In addition to training for greater technical ability, students of Next Step summer dance intensive train for performance. On the Friday of each week, students will perform in a showing for friends and parents to demonstrate the choreography and class exercises they have worked on throughout the intensive.


Children Summer Camps

Pre-Ballet Camp 2016 (Ages 3-4)* | Monday–Thursday • June 27-30

Morning Session

10:00-11:00: Pre-Ballet
11:00-11:30: Dance Education or Arts & Crafts and Snack*
 11:30-12:00: Tumbling

Afternoon Session

12:30-1:30: Pre-Ballet
1:30-2:00: Dance Education or Arts & Crafts and Snack*
 2:00-2:30: Tumbling

Pre-Ballet camps will include an in-studio showing during the last half hour on Thursday.

Elementary Day Camp 2016 (Ages 5-7)* Monday–Friday • July 11-July 15 | July 18-July 22 | July 25-July 29

8:30: Early Drop Off (Additional $20 fee/week)
9:00-10:00: Dance Education and morning snack
10:00-10:45: Elementary Ballet
10:45-11:30: Broadway Jazz
11:30-12:15: Lunch* and Dance Video>
12:15-1:00: Choreography Workshop
1:00-2:00: Arts & Crafts and Snack*
2:00-3:00: Tumbling
3:00-6:00: After Camp Daycare (Additional $80 fee/week)

Elementary camps will include an in-studio showing at 2:30 on the last Friday. 

*Each Child must provide his/her own snack and lunch and must be indicated age by September of the current school year (2015-2016).


For more information about auditioning for the Next Step Summer Intensive or the Children's Summer Camps call us at 718-246-0146 or email us at info@brooklynballet.org.

Free Performance at St. Francis College!

Join us for a FREE Brooklyn Ballet performance! The program is entitled Collection: Old Favorites and New Expressions and will feature both old and new repertoire by Lynn Parkerson, a hip hop solo by Mike Fields, and collaborations with Sydnie Mosley and Sira Melikian. The performance will also feature live music by Malcolm Parson (cello) and Julius Abrahams (piano). This program is part of the widely acclaimed Concerts at Half Past Twelve series at St. Francis College.
 
When:
April 11, 2016 at 12:30pm
 
Where:
St. Francis College
Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 
Please also join us for a reception to follow. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call For Choreographers!

Applications are now open for Brooklyn Ballet's 2016 First Look program, taking place June 24-25 at The Actors Fund Arts Center.

First Look is an annual curated program of work by emerging and established dance artists presented by Brooklyn Ballet. Selected artists present a work up to 10 minutes-long with full stage lighting, a technical rehearsal, technical staff and marketing support, all free of charge. 

We welcome applications from emerging and established choreographers exploring new work. Works of any genre will be considered, and works in progress are welcome. Performances will take place at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

Previous First Look performances have included work by Amanda Hinchey, Boink! Dance, Caitlin Dutton, Crystal Bella, Kristin Draucker, Laura Hydak, Marika Brussel, Remi Harris, Shawn T. Bible, Shot of Scotch, Suzan Polat, The Lovelies, William Ervin, Gierre Godley, Nikki Hefko, Sarah Holmes, Kate Ladenheim, Mari Meade Montoya, Nellie Rainwater, Randy Burd, and Amy Miller. 

Application deadline is April 1, 2016.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

For questions or further information, please email info@brooklynballet.org

Limón Workshop with Belinda McGuire

Join us for three more chances to learn Limón technique with Belinda McGuire on February 13, February 27, and March 5!

The Actor’s Fund Theater

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm | January 30, February 13, February 27, and March 5

$25 for a single class | $85 for all 4 sessions

Free for Brooklyn Ballet Students at the Ballet II level and higher!

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BELINDA MCGUIRE (Dancer, Director, Choreographer), originally from Toronto, graduated from The Juilliard School (BFA 2006). Through Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, she performs primarily solo work, choreographs and engages in collaboration and production. McGuire was nominated for the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance (The Heist Project), was an Artiste en Passant at The International Choreographic Arts Centre Amsterdam in 2010, a recipient of the 2008 Bessie Schonberg Residency at the Yard, and was recognized by the 2007 Susan Braun Award of The Dance Films Association. Her choreography has been presented at the Festival de la Ciudad 2009 (Merida, Yucatan Mexico), the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), in Toronto and in New York City on the stages of the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall, Joyce Soho as well as in DUMBO, Brooklyn. She has danced with The Jose Limon Dance Company, Gallim Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Ofelia Lorette de Mola's DANSCORES, the DOORKNOB Company and The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. She teaches and choreographs as a guest artist in New York City for The Limon Institute, The Juilliard School, and Dance New Amsterdam, for the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, CCDT in Toronto and for various other schools and universities across North America.

Limon Technique: During the course of his career, Jose Limon created what is now known as the “Limon technique”. According to the Limon Institute, the technique “emphasizes the natural rhythms of fall and recovery and the interplay between weight and weightlessness to provide dancers with an organic approach to movement that easily adapts to a range of choreographic styles.”

Discounted Rehearsal Space – Book Today!

Due to the generosity of New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Ballet is offering discounted space rentals to independent choreographers and non-profit dance companies in New York City.
We are excited to offer independent choreographers and non-profit dance companies a discounted rehearsal space rate of $10/hour. This offer is only valid for rehearsals, not for classes or workshops.
 
Located in Downtown Brooklyn, our state-of-the-art facility consists of a column-free 25 x 35 ft dance studio, lobby/waiting area, and two dressing rooms. The studio features a sprung dance floor, marley, portable mirrors, ballet barres, and stereo system. With floor-to-ceiling windows facing the street, the studio offers plenty of natural light. A CD player or iPod jack and speaker is also provided. 
 
Our studio is conveniently located nearby the A/C/G trains at Hoyt Schermerhorn, 2/3 Hoyt Street, and F/R at Jay Street/Metrotech. 
 
To inquire about availability and to reserve space, email info@brooklynballet.org or call 718-246-0146.
 

Master Class with Ruby Aver: Thursday, January 28, 4:30-7:00 PM

Brooklyn Ballet welcomes Ruby Aver to teach a ballet master class. The class is for students at the Ballet II level and higher. The last half hour will include pointe work.

$30 Master Class Rate
$20 Brooklyn Ballet Family Rate

To register click here!

Ruby Aver performed extensively since 1973 in North America, South America and Europe. Ruby’s first ballet instructor, Ed Parish was Bronislava Nijinkska trained. At the age of 14, Ruby was the youngest dancer ever to place in the Chicago Dance Competition, judged by renowned dance historian Ann Barzel. In 1971 Ruby was awarded a full talent scholarship to the Harkness School of Ballet in Manhattan by Master Teacher David Howard, where she went on to become an apprentice with the Harkness Ballet Company. She performed as a soloist with the Chicago Ballet Company and Ballet DeCaracas of Venezuela. She was principal dancer for Het Scapino Ballet of the Netherlands, where “Firebird” was set on her by choreographer Job Sanders, and where she performed annually for the Queen of Holland. During these years she taught and coached dancers in the above companies and school, as well as for the Hubbard Street Dance Company of Chicago. In addition to classical ballet, Ruby has performed contemporary ballet by Hans VanMannen and Nils Christie, Jazz choreography by Matt Mattox, and dance theater pieces by company members from Pina Bausch and Wuppertaal Tanzteatre. Other highlights of her performing career were working with the National Ballet of Canada for Rudolf Nureyev in his production of “Don Quixote. Ruby has been the Ballet Professor at Simon’s Rock College of Bard since 2004 and the Ballet Director and instructor for Berkshire Pulse, in Western Mass since 2005.

Today, Ruby passes on the high standards she gained as a performer and teacher enabling her students to be accepted into some of the best ballet schools for further study. I applaud her for her commitment to the art of ballet, giving young dancers a solid foundation for them to succeed.” -David Howard, Master Teacher

We Did It!

Thanks to you, The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! Kickstarter was a success!

We are thrilled to announce that The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! project on Kickstarter was 103% funded by 101 generous donors! We are over the moon excited by this milestone and we have YOU to thank. We are 110% grateful. 

As we begin the new year, we also want to thank you for being a part of the Brooklyn Ballet community. You've helped us become a mainstay of Brooklyn's cultural life. This was a year full of hard work, discovery, innovation, the joy of accomplishment, and growing excitement about even greater things to come in 2016. 
 
Thanks so much, and best wishes for your own New Year!
 
Photos ©Julie Lemberger
 
 

Spotlight on The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet Collaborators

Wow! We are thrilled to announce that we have raised 50% of our goal (plus some including our generous matching grant)!

With just 10 days left in our campaign, we can’t stop now. Keep the support for The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet coming! Share this one-of-a-kind production with your friends and family and encourage them to donate. Every dollar counts towards Brooklyn-nizing everyone’s favorite holiday classic! Donate today!

This week we wanted to introduce you to a few of our amazing collaborators that have been working on The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! production with us:

Meet Avram Finklestein, our incredible Art Director. Avram is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, which was recently included in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is also a founding member of the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Venice Biennale, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective had its first retrospective at 80 WSE in 2012, and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, The New Museum and The New York Public Library. www. avramfinkelstein.com

Meet Leila Ligougne, our amazing LED Tutu Designer. Leila is a New Yorker by adoption. She has lived in Quebec, Paris, London and New York getting inspired from the youngest of age. After studying in Paris, and having her clothing line in Canada, Leila spent most of her career getting a rich experience from collaborating with renowned architect Gaetano Pesce and working the two opposite ends of the fashion design and business spectrum alongside Catherine Malandrino and later as a Design Director at Victoria’s Secret. Most, recently, she started “Ligougne Studio” consulting in the fashion industry and started an eponymous collection of summer dresses and cover-ups. Ligougne is always dabbling with art and she is now also pursuing her interest in forward computational fashion. www. leilaligougne.com

Last but certainly not least, meet Sylvia Nolan, our wonderful costume designer. Sylvia is Resident Costume Designer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she has been working for over 14 years. She is at the head of the main costume shop: here, the staff makes or modifies costumes and accessories for 28 productions, put on during the 33 weeks of a theater season. She also has a passion for ballet: she permanently works for the New York Theatre Ballet and has been collaborating with internationally renowned choreographers, such as Martha Connerton, Matthew Neenan and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Learn more about Sylvia via her feature in Vogue Italia.

 

What We're Thankful For...

In the spirit of the holidays and the upcoming #GivingTuesday (December 1st–mark your calendars!) we’ve got a lot to be thankful for at Brooklyn Ballet...

For starters, we’re thankful for YOU! Without your support for the past 10 + years we wouldn’t be where we are today and for that we say THANK YOU! With your support Brooklyn Ballet can continue to create amazing dance productions for all ages, including our upcoming remake of a holiday classic, “The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!”

If you haven’t already, make a donation today! Plus, you could double or triple your donation by sharing our Kickstarter with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors!

An enormous thank you goes out to our incredible backers thus far:

Mary Abrams

Leila Ligougne

Jim McElroy

Kristin Ferris

Jason Andrew

Deborah Schneiderman

Laura Hershcopf

Nicole Orth

Mary Ellen Kramer

Janette Caines

Lynn Parkerson

Bay Pointe Ballet

Sean and Kevin

Deborah Borstein Gichan

Dr. Nina11

Matthew Netti

Seema Aghera

Olivia Hicks

Michaeil Hirschhorn

Shelley Parkerson

Simon Moore

Sheri Goldblum

Vera Titunik and Ken Birnbaum

Amy Jacobus

Remi Harris

Elizabeth Forster

Dominique Bravo

Geri Armine-Klein

David Garlan

Katherine Pan

Laurel

Britton Fisher

Liz Koch

Linda Rosenberg

Allen Kraus

Nellie Rainwater

Finally, we invite you take a peek at two behind-the-scenes interviews with our very own Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble dancers. Meet Josh Fletcher, Sacha Moskovic, Allison Goldblum, and Chloe Lizama. Catch Josh & Sacha in the March dance, and Allison & Chloe in the Angels dance December 9-13th in The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!

Spotlight on Our Sugar Plum Fairy: Ingrid Silva

When you think of the Nutcracker, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is the Sugar Plum Fairy–she is the quintessential Nutcracker role that every ballerina aspires to perform one day!

The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! will feature the incredibly talented Ingrid Silva from Dance Theatre of Harlem as our Sugar Plum Fairy! We are so thrilled to have her in the production this year, so we wanted to take a moment to officially introduce her on the blog.

Ingrid Silva is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began her formal ballet training at the age of 8 at Dancando Para Nao Dancar, the Deborah Colker school and Escola de Danca Maria Olenewa. She has also apprenticed with Company Grupo Corpo in Brazil. After entering the Univercidade da Cidade College, she decided to follow her passion and traveled to New York in 2007. That summer, she attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive Program, and afterwards joined the school’s Professional Training Program. She became a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2008. Ms. Silva has also performed with Armitage Gone! Dance performing GAGA-Gaku at the Joyce Theater in 2011 – Biography from The Dance Theatre of Harlem website

You can learn even more about Ingrid here!

 

Kickstarter Update

As of this Monday, The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! Kickstarter is officially LIVE! This production has been a long time in the making, and we are thrilled to finally give it the time, money, and creativity it deserves. But we can’t do it alone! As many of you know, putting any high caliber production on stage is an expensive endeavor, and this performance is no exception. Please take a look at our promo video and Kickstarter profile to see the magic of The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! for yourself.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!  will provide the boroughs’ youth with opportunities to perform, expand our annual performance season with superb talent, fuse contemporary dance forms with classical ballet, and bring a one-of-a-kind “Brooklyn-ized” Nutcracker to the place we call home. This production is truly the embodiment of what Brooklyn Ballet stands for: artistic excellence, collaboration, and diversity.  

So far we have raised $3,329 and we have 13 amazing backers we’d like to take a moment to thank:

Amy Jacobus
Remi Harris
Elizabeth Forster
Dominique Bravo
Geri Armine-Klein
David Garlan
Katherine Pan
Laurel Shoemaker
Britton Fisher
Liz Koch
Linda Rosenberg
Allen Kraus
Nellie Rainwater

Thank you for your continued support and generous pledges!

Visit Kickstarter if you'd like to help keep the momentum going! 

Announcing The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!

Almost everyone is familiar with the Nutcracker story–a young girl receives a Nutcracker from a mysterious man, the Nutcracker comes alive, a battle ensues, and then the Nutcracker prince and young girl are transported to the Kingdom of Sweets. This tried and true ballet is a holiday classic, but what happens when the Nutcracker is Brooklyn-ized?

Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson saw a unique opportunity to fuse a contemporary perspective with ballet technique by combining the magical Nutcracker tale with the celebrated diversity of Brooklyn. While her dream has been a long time in the making–Brooklyn Ballet has been showing Nutcracker excerpts since 2005–we are staging the pieces together in a single event for the very first time. By incorporating street and modern dance, infusing African dance styles, and placing the dancers in a multicultural, intergenerational setting on Flatbush Avenue, the Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet reflects the very heart and soul of Brooklyn.

Over thirty children from our school program will perform in the event, alongside our seasoned professional dancers and guest artists. The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet will also feature several incredible collaborations with local artists. In addition to the motion sensor tutus we created in 2014, we will showcase a brand new touch-sensor tutu designed by collaborator Leila Ligougne. The production will be further brought to life with the help of an updated set design created by acclaimed visual and conceptual artist Avram Finkelstein.

In our endeavor to produce this revitalized, one-of-a-kind production of the Nutcracker, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on November 9. Check back on the blog for updates on the Kickstarter, and please consider donating!

The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet will run from December 9-13 at The Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schermerhorn Street. You may purchase tickets here. Please keep in mind that space is limited and we are expecting tickets to sell out. We hope to see you there!

 

Brooklyn Ballet Heads into the Fall/Winter Season

It's going to be a busy season here at Brooklyn Ballet!

Two weekends ago we had a lively and well attended children's audition for our one-of-a-kind Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet. We will be starting rehearsals at the beginning of October and we can hardly wait to hear Nutcracker notes drifting out of our studio speakers! In October we will be launching our Kickstarter campaign for the Brooklyn Nutcracker, so be sure to stay stuned for a special promo video and updates. Most importantly, save the date for a week of Nutcracker performances December 9th-13th at the Actors Fund Theater-there's no better way to celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends!

In case you can't wait until December to see Brooklyn Ballet perform, we have several community performances coming up–including our rescheduled Take Ballet to the Streets program which will be this Thursday, September 24th at 5 PM in the Target Community Garden. Additionally, the Brooklyn Ballet Company and Youth Ensemble will perform at the annual Atlantic Antic festival this Sunday, September 27th at 2:30 PM. Finally, if you're in the Boston area we will perform at the MIT Hacking Arts conference this Saturday, September 26th. Our artistic director Lynn Parkerson will be part of a panel and the Brooklyn Ballet company will also showcase our infamous motion sensor costumes. If you're in the area we would love your support! 

Last but certainly not least, Brooklyn Ballet will perform alongside other guest artists LiteFeet Nation, Chrybaby Cozie, Cheryl McGinnis, and DJ Alberto Denis at the Dance Enthusiast Dance-Art-Fusion Party at Gibney Dance on Tuesday, October 13th from 6:15-9:15 PM. All ticket holders will enjoy food, drink, socializing, performance, and art making!

Please visit the Performance Calendar section of the site for more details about the above performances, and to stay updated about performances later in the season. 

  

Brooklyn Ballet Open House: Saturday, September 12th

Brooklyn Ballet opens its doors for children & adults to participate in free dance classes

As a new season begins at Brooklyn Ballet, we would like to invite you to participate in free sample classes at our Open House on Saturday, September 12th from 9:45 AM-6:15 PM. All ages welcome! See below for the detailed Open House schedule.

9:45-10:15 - Pre-Ballet I/II (ages 3 and 4 by September) with Jillian Greis

10:30-11:00 - Elementary Ballet I/II (ages 5 and 6 by September) with Elisabet Pereira

11:00-11:30 - Boys Ballet (ages 8+ by September) with David Fernandez

11:30-12:00 - Broadway Jazz (ages 8+ by September) with Oshi Wanigasekera

12:00-1:00 - *Ballet I/II (ages 8+ by September) with David Fernandez

1:00-2:00 - *Modern (ages 10+) with Djassi Johnson

2:00-3:00 - *Ballet III/IV with Yana Volkova

5:00-6:15 - Adult Ballet Fundamentals with Yana Volkova

*Denotes placement class

As an added bonus, Capezio dancewear will be having a popup shop in the Brooklyn Ballet studios from 9 AM-3 PM if you are interested in buying any dance apparel.

If you would like to register for children's classes and haven't done so yet, you may enroll by clicking here. Adults may register here. Staff will be on hand at the open house to take in-person registrations. 
 
We can't wait to see you at the Open House!
 
 

The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! Youth Audition

Join us for the chance to perform in a one-of-a-kind holiday production!

It's beginning to feel a lot like fall, and that means Nutcracker is right around the corner!

We are excited to be presenting a new holiday production, The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! - an excerpt of Nutcracker dances this December 9-13 at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

We're holding an audition for young dancers ages 9-15 on Sunday, September 13th at Brooklyn Ballet:

Ages 9-12 – 1:30-2:30

Ages 12-15 – 2:30-3:30

You may register for the audition by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Brooklyn Ballet to perform at Kings Theatre

"Return of the Kings: A Celebration"

Join us for a celebratory performance at King's Theatre on Monday April 27 at 8pm to re-introduce this historic landmark to Brooklyn. Brooklyn Ballet will peform excerpts from “The Brooklyn Nutcracker” as well as a short preview of pieces from our latest season “Roots & New Ground”. Other groups set to perform include Brooklyn Youth Chorus, TriBeCaStan, and Casym Steel Orchestra. This performance is FREE but you must RSVP through ticketmaster to claim your seat. Details for this performance are below. We hope to see you there! 

Monday, April 27th at 8pm

Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11226

 

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On Set of ABC's "Forever"

Brooklyn Ballet Company Dancers First National Network TV Appearance!

We love a good TV drama so when we got the call and were asked to participate in the taping of ABC's tv series, “Forever”, we were extremely excited for the opportunity! Brooklyn Ballet company dancers taped a ballet scene with esteemed ballerina, Irina Dvorovenko, for the series two weeks ago. Forever is a series about Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City's star medical examiner who studies the dead to solve criminal cases to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. The episode we're featured in was directed by John Kretchmer and is produced by Warner Bros. Television with executive producers, Matt Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars, Cupid,  Party Down). Forever stars Ioan Gruffurd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz, Lorraine Toussaint and Judd Hirsch. This episode will air on Tuesday, April 7th 10pm EST but for now enjoy our behind the scene footage on set. 

From top of photos: BB Dancers with Forever's star Ioan Gruffurd, BB Dancers with highly respected ballerina, Irina Dvorovenko.

Spring Forward with "Roots & New Ground"

Brooklyn Ballet Spring Season

It's almost the end of our winter blues in Brooklyn as the sun begins to melt the snow and spring slowly thrives forward, giving us a new season. It's also the best part of year for us because it's the most creative time to collaborate with different artists and prepare for our spring production, “Roots & New Ground”. We're very excited to showcase new works by David Fernandez, Michael “Big Mike” Fields, Emily Oleson, Matthew Powell, and a revival by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson. We are also collaborating with composer and cellist Malcolm Parson on a few pieces he's written for the season.

Rehearsal began in the middle of February, so we're working out each piece and expanding more ideas as the production progresses. We look forward to presenting “Roots & New Ground” to our audience and can't wait to meet you all April 16-19 at The Actor's Fund Arts Center. To purchase tickets, click here.  

Check out some rehearsal photos below: 

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