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September 28, 2012 Sign up to perform. Complete performance agreement form and return to SPCB by October 8, 2012 if you would like to be in The Enchanted Toy Shop December 13-16, 2012.

 

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September, 2012 Fall Classes begin September 10.  Open House September 8 for registration. Try a 15-minute ballet class: Live the dream for 15-minutes in a mini-class at 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 or 2:45pm. Young and young at heart welcome! Also:
• Reconnect with friends and parents from last school year from 1-2pm
• Register for classes
• Meet teachers, staff and board members
• Attend parent orientation at 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 or 2:45pm
Our new School Director, Kim Norberg will be on hand to welcome you from 1-3pm. Teachers, staff and board members will also be in attendance to kick-off the new school year.

 

New this year:
Boys’ Club (Ages 7-11) FREE!
Adult Conditioning (Saturday mornings)
Mommy and Me (Take your own class while your young child is in class)
Mens’ Class (Ages 12+)

 

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August 24, 2012 New School Director. The Board of Directors of Saint Paul City Ballet (SPCB), today announced the appointment of Kimberly Norberg, a highly qualified instructor of ballet technique, as the new School Director of Saint Paul City Ballet School. LEARN MORE>

DANCE | Saint Paul City Ballet’s enchanted “Toy Shop”

December 29, 2010

From December 17-19, The Enchanted Toy Shop was performed by the Saint Paul City Ballet at the E.M. Pearson Theatre on the campus of St. Paul’s Concordia College. The story was new to me, but is based on La Boutique Fantasque as performed by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1919). The setting is Europe during the Victorian era. The music of four composers (Waldteufel, Respighi, Rossini, Tchaikovsky) comes together to create vignettes that illustrate a fairytale story about a toymaker, his earnest employees, his willful clients, and an enchanting troupe of toys.

Act One opens at the center of town, just outside the (not yet enchanted) Toy Shop, on an ice rink full of Sprites and the Snowflake Fairy (Jennifer Mack), who are spreading their holiday magic. Mack’s strong performance, and the Sprites’ clever and sweet choreography, provide a glimpse into the evening of dance ahead. Eventually, townspeople arrive to glide over the ice gracefully in fancy winter-wear. We also meet a Coachwoman with her cast of half a dozen tiny reindeer who are, quite simply, adorable in dance, tumble, and dress. Throughout the performance the costume design is astounding; kudos to SPCB’s wardrobe mistress Paula Christensen, seamstresses Leslie Harter Larson and Ingrid Marteniz, and a quartet of alterers and headpieces creators. Also, special props to Ann Marie Ethen, Ted Sothern, and Tammy Winden, who are called out in the program for their work on this production.

The skaters are numerous (ten or so), and do a good job blending ballet with playful jabs and animated “spills” on the ice. We’re introduced to the Toy Store’s clerk Noelle (Joanna Lowry) and her apprentice Nicolas (Ross Edwards) as they stop for only a moment, lest they be late for the cantakerous Toy Maker, Cornelius (Ted Sothern). Once in the shop, we’re introduced to a cast of dozens of toys including porcelain dolls, Venetian dolls, pink and purple rag dolls, fairies, ballerina dolls, a handful of cards, a soldier and the soon-to-be-infamous cancan and sailor dolls. There’s a lot of playing going on, and the dance numbers are usually short and well directed for the skill of the dancers, leaving the audience with only a few awkward moments. Thank you for that!

When we’re in the Shop, we’re treated to two strong dramatic performances (not so much dance) by a Russian family and an American family, both trios of well-heeled, strongly opinionated mothers and their children. I couldn’t quite figure out which family was Russian and which was American, but it didn’t matter. It was clear both were vying for the Toy Maker’s attention and his “best” toys. The Toy Maker himself takes the stage in full command and performs strongly in both dance and drama. It’s clear early on that he’s a character himself, and shows the mothers his ranks of toys group by group, trying to catch their full attention (and full wallets), with at least one toy he’s crafted. He finally brings out his “rarest treasures”: the CanCan Ballerina (Jennifer Rockwell) and the Sailor Doll (Andrew Lester). Thank goodness, the families are impressed and toss gold his way.

But here’s the thing: Miss CanCan and Mr. Sailor are in l-o-v-e and don’t want to be separated. Sensing their imminent purchase, they continue to dance their hearts out ’til they break themselves, and gain one more night in the Toy Shop together.

Noelle stays behind to close up the shop, but not before we’re treated to her well-danced solo routines and another peek into her crush on the apprentice. After working, she stops to rest, and falls asleep (sound familiar?), dreaming of the Sprites and the Snowflake Fairy, who help her dance with Nicolas in the wintery land of dancing snowflakes (ten-plus tutus). Lowry and Edwards danced sweetly together, although Lowry is the stronger of the two performers; her comfort level with the role and routine was clear. Meanwhile, in the Toy Shop, the CanCan Doll and the Sailor Doll dance what they think will be their last dance together and we’re treated to a fine performance of matched skill. They are elegant yet fun, boisterous yet graceful. We understand, at dance’s end, why they’re “just right” for each other.

Act Two opens with morning light and a brief overview of the evening portrayed by Noelle who explains all to Nicolas as he arrives for work. Understanding from her dream that the CanCan Doll and the Sailor Doll are in love, she convinces Nicolas to help her hide them so the returning families won’t separate them. But like magic, the Snowflake Fairy returns, and with her magic dust turns both of the dolls into people who escape, quite glamorously, right through the front door past the entering Toy Maker!

When Cornelius realizes the dolls are missing, he is furious. But then the families arrive and chaos soon breaks out as Noelle and Nicolas bring out all the dolls again in hopes of forcing a substitution. In the craziness, everyone except Noelle and Nicolas end up following each other into a big toy box and the lid is shut behind them. Just as that happens, the Snowflake Fairy reappears and with another flourish of magic dust, opens the box to reveal a transformed, in spirit, now joyous Toy Maker and well-behaved children with gracious, patient, mothers. A big celebration of dance takes them all on a journey to be reunited with the CanCan and Sailor Dolls who declare their love in a Grand Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker, and create a universe where all dolls, children, and Toy Makers live happily ever after.

The performance’s choreography flowed effortlessly. Overall, the company performed to professional and artistic standards that are quite high here in the Twin Cities. The venue is family-friendly and comfortable; attendees were even treated to carolers and candy canes upon exiting.

Although most children in the audience stayed awake, my young companions fell asleep, and it may have been the fairly long second act that did it. The story is sweet, but abbreviated solos would have been welcome. Overall, the dancing is talented and graceful, with the ballerinas being particularly lovely. The children and young adult dancers do amazingly well in the choreographed sychronization and group dances. As mentioned previously, the costumes are outstanding and add to the story’s delight. The backdrop, attributed to Ann Marie Ethen, is spectacular for a performance of this duration and size. These elements all come together to enhance the dancing and create a fairly well-enchanted evening. BETSY GABLER

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Kansas City Ballet Summer Program Auditions

Peter Pawlyshyn, School Director, will give the audition class.

Following the audition he will teach a Character class at 4:00pm which is open to dance students in the Twin Cities area. He will also offer another Character class on Sunday at 4:00pm to upper level ballet students, teachers and professionals.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
1:30pm registration, 2:00-3:30 audition class

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Ballet Tuesdays are back!

From the Pioneer Press 8/17/2010

Does your work week get too, too mundane? Maybe you need to add some tutu. On Tuesdays.

“Ballet Tuesday” is coming back to Landmark Center. The free ballet program , which started last year, brings tights and toe shoes to the Cortile on the second Tuesday of the month, starting Sept. 14.

Presented by Landmark Center and St. Paul City Ballet, the performances will take place over the lunch hour. You can bring a bag lunch (perhaps some tofu with your tutus?) or buy lunch at Anita’s Café in Landmark Center. The performances are free.

Throughout the nine-month series, St. Paul City Ballet dancers will perform excerpts from their holiday show, “The Enchanted Toy Shop,” as well as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” The first performance has an educational emphasis and will showcase choreographed barre, center and pointe work.

Also see a video promo at kare11.com
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=867635

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SPCB Celebrates National Dance Day July 31, 2010

SPCB is joining the grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move!

On Saturday, July 31, 1:00-2:00pm at our 1680 Grand Avenue studio we will host a family-friendly in-studio performance. Students of our month-long ballet intensive will perform excerpts from the Company’s repertoire and Swan Lake, including the famous “dance of the little swans.”

Join us right after the performance for the Hokey Pokey to get us all moving. Then stay for refreshments and conversation.

National Dance Day, on Saturday, July 31 is being recognized with an official act of Congress. Created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, the aim of National Dance Day is to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, will introduce a National Dance Day resolution at a press conference on Saturday, July 31 in Washington, D.C., to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S. http://dance.blogs.fox.com/tag/national-dance-day/

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SPCB Alumni return this summer

Alumni Claire Westby is currently traveling in Salzburg, Austria with fellow students from New York University. She will be in residence at SPCB during August to restage choreography which was set on her by Gabriela Komleva.

Claire Laine is home from Louisville and will be attending Macalaster College in the fall. She will continue to pursue her ballet career in the Twin Cities.


Claire Laine and Claire Westby with SPCB


Claire Westby in NYC


Claire Laine (center) in Louisville Ballet’s
Nutcracker

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SPCB Executive Director and owner of Grand Jeté attend the Architecture of Dance NYCB Spring Festival May 5-8, 2010.

Georgia Finnegan Amdahl and Ruthena Fink of Grand Jeté have been invited to New York City for backstage tours, school tours and meetings with directors of the NYCB and the School of American Ballet.

Itinerary is as follows:

WEDNESDAY 5/5
Back stage NYCB Theater tour led by Faith Petrides
Reception on Theater Promenade
Ratmansky Premier Ballet  Performance (previous Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet)

THURSDAY 5/6

School of American Ballet tour with Natasha followed by watching a ballet class
Robin Pogrebin interview with Peter Martins (Director of NYCB) and Santiago Calatrava (choreographer and stage architect for the Spring Festival.)
NYCB Balanchine ballet performances

FRIDAY 5/7

NYCB Theater tour with Diane Nixa
Tour of Costume Shop
Tea break at Alice Tully Hall
Stage Rehearsal
Meet with Peter Martins
Performance of Jerome Robbins balletsa level dubai escortsкупить чехлы для iphone 5аквалоо цены