June 8, 2105
FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Dear Students, Families, and Friends.
This past weekend's The Spring Performance was simply spectacular! The energy level was incredibly high with wonderful performances. I am beyond happy with the the performances this past weekend. It's hard to describe the joy and proud that I feel when I see my students perform the way they did! So thank you making me love dance even more.
A big thank you to all the parents and families for supporting their children. It takes a lot of commitment for dance families, as well.
Thank you to Logistic Manager and Backstage Coordinator: Karen Manucy, Jupiter High School Technical Director and Lighting Designer: Glenn Powell, Wardrobe Mistresses: Agnes Frank, Angela Guiterrez, Shelly Hedge, Missy Megginson, Emily Stewart, Headpieces: Sue DeMarco, Erika De Oreo, Karen Manucy, Ticketing Set-Up and Coordination, Program Book Design, Graphics, Posters, Rack Cards, Website Administrator: Joseph J. Bucheck III, Additional Ticketing: Karen Manucy, Program Printer: Great Impressions, Extra Publicity: Samantha Rose Migdholl, Program Advertisement Sales: Kristy Kreavey, Photography: Janine Harris, Joseph J. Bucheck III, Front of House Manager: Tangi Colombel, Concessions: Nobel Family.
Thank you to Jupiter High School Principal Daniel Frank
…And the students, the stage crew and staff at Jupiter High School.
Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and others who have generously given their time to help make productions possible including all volunteers: Dianne Cahill, Mercedes Childers, Cristina Ciolacu, Audra Cohen, Erika DeOreo, Sue De Marco, Cindy Doolittle, Shelly Hedge, Angela Guittierez, Stephanie Higginbotham, Angela Kates, Kristy Keavy, Patricia Lenihan, Jeanette Medina, Missy Meggison, Atlanta Visker, Sherri Youmans
Thank you to Sandra Baran of Jupiter Academy of Music, and their talented students.
Thank you to Barbara Castricone at Tulle for her generosity.
Thank you to Karina Felix Fedele of World of Dance Magazine.
Thank you to Lydia Oquendo Corrales and Rogelio Corrales Co-Directors of St. Lucie Ballet.
A special thank you to Karen Manucy for her extra time and devotion to Paris Ballet and Dance.
A very special “thank you” to Tangi Colombel for his continued support, positive attitude and eternal patience while always standing by my side!
And a BIG thank you to my incredible staff of extraordinary teachers including: Jennifer Cole, Ideal German, Kristen Lenihan, Yuan, Rapp, Janine Rivera, Martha Satinoff, Emily Schubert, along with Karen Manucy and Michaela Wilkinson in the office!
Everyone's dedication and involvement mean the world to me.
I am very touched and grateful,
May 8, 2015
REMINDER OF IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
June 6 & 7: Spring Performance 2015
June 10: Audition for Paris Ballet Conservatory AND Evaluation for Current Conservatory Students
June 13 to August 14: ALL Summer Classes
April 24, 2015
The much anticipated first day of ticket sales for Spring Performance 2015 has begun. At 9:00 AM, people began hitting the website to get the best seats. Luckily, there is a great view from just about every seat in the house!
April 18, 2015
Congratulations to eleven year old Gillian Yoder on a beautiful performance at the Youth America Grand Prix finals! Internationally, over 7,000 dancers try out. It was an honor to be one of the 300 finalists In New York City and to be included in that incredible and talented group. We are very proud of Ms. Yoder and her hard work, commitment and desire for dance.
Youth America Grand Prix's has a high level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad. Passing the preliminary round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant a very important distinction and a boost to their professional dance career.
April 7, 2015
The countdown begins as Mr. Feray helps prepare Gillian Yoder for her final competition in New York City on Friday for Youth American Grand Prix. As stressful as competition can all be, Gillian seems excited and of course, well-prepared. Everyone is really excited for her, as well! Working with Gillian on this has been wonderful because she is extremely talented, hard working, unassuming and has no sense of self-entitlement. She just loves to dance and it shows!
April 6, 2015
Congratulations to Crina Ciolacu, Kiersten Disque, Parker Gerahty,, Addison Joslin, Maggie Stewart, Riley Visker, Xander Visker, on your acceptance into BAK Middle School of the Arts, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and Zachary Putt who is wait listed for the seventh grade, meaning he has a qualifying score. That's 100% success! Mr. Feray and Paris Ballet and Dance are very proud of producing Dancers. ...See more Student Accomplishments
March 30, 2015
It is with great pleasure Paris Ballet and Dance is announcing the start of the daytime Paris Ballet Conservatory in the Fall of 2015. The Conservatory is for the absolutely serious student seeking a professional career who is home or virtual schooled. The Paris Ballet Conservatory will also have a performing and touring group. There will also be preparation for prestigious competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix. This is for selected students only.
Admission to The Conservatory is strictly by audition.
Audition for the Conservatory will be held on June 10th 2015.
March 14, 2015
SPRING BREAK March 16 - 22! CLASSES RESUME March 23. There will be rehearsals for Spring Performance rehearsals.
March 5, 2015
This weekend, rehearsals begin for the Spring Performance begin. The show is a two night "event" featuring TWO completely different and wonderful productions. The production this year will be especially exciting.
March 1, 2015
Yesterday's Open House was a huge success and quite frankly, a LOT of fun. It is always nice to see a student's parents and family. Also, introducing Paris Ballet and Dance to prospective new students is a wonderful experience.
Dancers Claire Boutte, Crina Ciolacu, Kiersten Disque, Parker Gerahty, Addison Joslin, Tigre MacPherson, Zachary Putt, Maggie Stewart, Riley Visker, Xander Visker and Gillian Yoder did an incredible job performing. They all danced with such joy.
• Barbara at Tulle and Sue at Danceworks Plus for supplying wonderful items, and a gift certificate for the day's prize raffles.
• Karen Manucy for her expert pre-planning while making sure everything was ready to go for the day's event.
• Barbra Kaplan and Joseph J. Bucheck III for setting everything up, running the event, breaking it all down AND resetting everything back to normal.
...Photos on Facebook
February 22, 2015
Paris Ballet and dance would like to welcome Kristen Lenihan to the staff. She was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She began her dance training at the age of three and once she started dancing, she never stopped. Her adolescent years were spent studying at the prestigious Long Island Academy of Dance. There she was under the careful direction of Sandra Jemal, formerly of Ballet Russes and a member of Dance Educators of America. She spent over a decade training at LIAD for ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop and modern with professionals such as Dexter Jones for tap and jazz (42nd Street and Riverdance) and Diana Schubert formerly of Paul Taylor for modern.
...Read More About Ms. Lenihan
February 21, 2015
Paris Ballet and Dance was at Downtown at the Gardens all day by the Carousel as part of the Grace Note Foundations Carousel Concert-Thon! Dancers were out and about throughout the crowds dancing and improvising with the music. Mr. Feray talked to dozens and dozens of people as they asked questions about Paris Ballet and Dance. It looks like there may be a few more students interested in attending classes!
February 19, 2015
Skylar Ladd and Nina Miller were accepted into The Rock School Summer Intensive. Madison Hedge and Skylar Ladd and Maggie Stewart were also accepted into The Gelsey Kirkland Summer Intensive!
Proud, as always!
February 12, 2015
Congratulations to MiaKara Belanger who was accepted into Alonzo King Lines Summer Intensive. Claire Boutte was accepted with a partial scholarship for the Summer at Orlando Ballet. Journey Kearney was accepted into Texas Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Riley Visker was awarded a 100% Scholarship for the Summer Intensive at Texas Ballet Theatre.
Director Mr. Feray and Paris Ballet and Dance are very proud these, and every student's various and wonderful accomplishments.
February 8, 2015
A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Florida Youth Dance Gala was outstanding last night! It was a great chance to watch other great schools throughout South Florida in truly good performances.
Our very own Gillian Yoder and Athena brought down the house with their performance of my specially choreographed creation Strauss Fantasy. It was clear they were an audience favorite! Needless to say, I am very proud of both of them.
It is important to remember superb performances like this don’t just “happen.” They are an absolute direct result of an individual student’s talent commitment, hard work, desire and dedication.
Thank you to all the Paris Ballet and Dance students who came out to watch and support their fellow schoolmates. This camaraderie and good friendship is wonderful. I was very happy to see them in the audience.
Seeing students from the schools of fellow and former Ballet Florida Company members and friends Rogelio and Lydia Corrales, Tina Martin and Heather Lescaille, and Deborah Marquez and Douglas Gawriljuk was extremely heartwarming! Congratulations to them for sharing their knowledge and experience of dance. Marie Hale and Ballet Florida has most certainly left a positive, long lasting and wonderful legacy.
Thank you Mauricio Cañete and congratulations to all the schools and dancers. It is a privilege to be part of such a great dance community and it is amazing to see that our common passion is beautifully shared.
Founder and Director
February 2, 2015 (Updated on February 8, 2015)
The audition is long over. The wait is over. Acceptances for The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives have been rolling in!
Congratulations to Gemma Adrianno, Isabella Adrianno, Crina Ciolacu, Jenna Cohen, Mia Damiano, Kiersten Disque, Kate Dolittle, Parker Geraghty, Natasha Helou, Faith Hunt, Emill Hurmemaa, Kari Hurmemaa, Rocky Hurmemaa, Addison JoslinMarch 14, 2015, Skyler Ladd, Andrea Medina, Nina Miller, Zachary Putt, Maggie Stewart, India Wilkinson, Gillian Yoder and Kaitlyn Youmans.
Gillian Yoder was awarded a Scholarship. The Hurmemaa brothers were awarded scholarships. Not only was Emill Hurmemaa awarded a 75% Scholarship but he was also accepted into the Trainee Division. Riley Visker was awarded a 100% Scholarship and accepted into the Trainee Division. Isabella Adrianno and Kaitlyn Youmans were offered positions in the Trainee Division.
Congratulation to Xander Visker. He has been offered 100% scholarship for the Summer Intensive at the prestigious Harid Conservatory!
Mr. Feray is very proud of them and ALL his wonderful, and talented students! It’s gratifying to see internationally known and established schools are aware of the great training at Paris Ballet and Dance.
January 28, 2015
Athena Garcia Bracone and Gillian Yoder are rehearsing at a feverishly high pace in preparation for their performance at The Florida Youth Dance Gala. Director Jean-Hugues Feray has choreographed a spirited and fun piece called Strauss Fantasy to music by Johann Strauss. The Gala is on February 7 at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida.
It's also that time of year. Many students have started the audition process for National summer intensives, and both Bak and DreJanuary 16, 2015yfoos Schools for the Arts. Mr. Feray has been working closely with each individual student. Paris Ballet and Dance wishes them the best!
January 17, 2015
Xander Visker, who auditioned for Next Generation Ballet, Patel Conservatory Summer Intensive today, was awarded a 100% scholarship!
In a somewhat unorthodox way, Xander was told of his award immediately following audition, before actually leaving the building. It usually takes days to several weeks before a student is notified. He was also told by a representative of Patel Conservatory that they knew he would be getting many more offers from other Intensives, so they wanted to be one of the first to make their offer. It doesn't get better than a 100% scholarship!
Like Gillian Yoder, Xander began his training with Jean-Hugues Feray at Paris Ballet and Dance. Director Mr. Feray is extremely proud and excited for Xander and his accomplishments. He is yet another example of how a student's talent, commitment, hard work and dedication deserve the best training! Read more about Gillian Yoder below - January 11 and 12.
Today was also the Master Classes/Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive Auditions with Jo Matos. Both classes were full of eager students who take their dance training very seriously. Ms. Matos was very impressed with the student's training and their vocabulary, while specially commenting on their willingness to try and work so incredibly hard. She even mentioned to Mr. Feray how extremely neat and well mannered everyone was.
Xander Visker along with his brother Riley Visker, also attended The Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive for the past two summers.
...See photos on Facebook
January 16, 2015
Master Classes with Jo Matos of the Joffrey Ballet School are tomorrow, January 17. ALL Paris Ballet and Dance students are STRONGLY encouraged to participate for several reasons which include:
• Master Classes are important for any dance student. They bring to students the incredible knowledge of other great teachers and dance educators. Master Classes reinforce the great training a student already receives while they have the opportunity to hear experiences from other professionals in the dance world!
• A student's technique and personal outlook grows.
• Master Classes are fun while being educational on many levels.
• Participation in such classes (and various/certain Summer Programs) can influence casting decisions for performances.
July 25, 2014
...See schedule for levels
January 13, 2015
Have you seen these pages on the website? Just in case you haven't, Paris Ballet and Dance's website offers pages filled with Quotes About Dance, Truths and Wisdom About Dance, written about dance from two great sources, and a page that includes links to regional, national and international Online Dance News Sources. Please, check them out.
January 12, 2015
And the good news keeps coming for Gillian Yoder! Besides being a top finalist at Youth America Grand Prix and her going on to the Finals, Gillian has been offered a 75% scholarship to the Summer Intensive Program at Next Generation Ballet, Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida.
This morning, an email letter was sent to Mr. Feray from Patel Conservatory. It explained the good news saying Gillian was chosen due to "...her technical level and her potential for Classical Ballet."
This is an example of the most important thing about Youth America Grand Prix. It offers students an incredible opportunity to be seen by the best schools in the world at one time. There is also a long list of students who have been directly picked from Grand Prix competition to join many national and internationally known dance companies. During her experiences at Youth America Grand Prix, Gillian had been asked several times where she receives her training.
Yes, Gillian is very talented. However, every dance student must be ingrained with real talent is just a portion of success. At eleven years old, Gillian has attributes that every student who wishes to dance while constantly improving -- must have. She has a strong work ethic along with an incredible sense of commitment and dedication. She listens to and applies all corrections. With her desire to dance, she attends all and extra classes. She tries hard to perform in every class as if they were actual performances. She is present at and "performs" in all rehearsals as if they were live shows. She has a great attitude and outlook, and is always pleasant to be around. Again, these are ALL attributes for any dance student who wishes to excel!
...Some Truth and Wisdom About Dance
January 11, 2015
Eleven year old Paris Ballet and Dance student Gillian Yoder has been awarded Second in her division at Youth America Grand Prix. She performed a variation from La Fille mal Gardee.
In addition, with this "win," she also has gained the privilege by invitation to participate in the FINALS in New Your City
Dance students from ages of nine to nineteen literally come from all over the world to participate in this, the largest and one of the most prestigious international dance competitions. In the ballet world, only the highest quality trained and talented dancers are fit to participate, yet alone win. This competition can be tough and grueling. So, needless to say, Gillian's award is such an incredible accomplishment and honor.
Congratulations also goes to Paris Ballet Founder and Director Jean-Hugues Feray. His experience, knowledge and hard work with Gillian (and all his students) has shown that a student's talent, commitment, hard work and dedication deserve the best training!
Mr. Feray and everyone at Paris Ballet and Dance are extremely overjoyed and excited with young Gillian's huge accomplishment today (and always). The future awaits with open arms!
...More about Youth America Grand Prix
January 8, 2015
On February 7, Paris Ballet and Dance will be participating in the Florida Youth Dance Gala at The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth Florida.
January 5, 2015
CLASSES RESUME TODAY!
Paris Ballet and Dance hopes everyone had a great and invigorating Winter Holiday and is ready for the New Year of dance! Mr. Feray and the entire staff is very excited to welcome everyone back AND to welcome new students!
January 2, 2015
Paris Ballet and Dance is very happy to announce to be accepting new students for the Winter and Spring Sessions. There is also a great opportunity for students who have never taken class at the studio to take advantage of a FREE "Try Out" Class.
A brief reminder that classes begin this Monday, January 5. It is also a good idea to become reacquainted with ALL the Policies concerning both the School and Conservatory. Please note: In the New Year, Mr. Feray will be more strict about certain policies ESPECIALLY punctuality!
Master Class with Jo Matos of The Joffrey Ballet School on January 17. Paris Ballet and Dance strongly suggests that ALL students take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
December 29, 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015 is going to be a great year. There is so many wonderful and exciting special classes, events, and performances which are being planned and in the works. for the upcoming year.
Planned for 2015:
• Master Classes by some of the most renowned dance educators on the globe, as part of the Joffrey Ballet School Outreach and Education Program
• Special Guest Teachers, the best of the dance world
• Annual Open House
• Conservatory Performances
• Spring Performance with some really incredible AND “extra-surprise” guest artists
• End-of-Year Cast Party
• Summer Intensive and other incredible Summer Classes
• Annual Performances of “The Nutcracker”
...And of course, the phenomenal training Paris Ballet and Dance has to offer on a daily basis.
Yes, it's going to be a GREAT year! Director Jean-Hugues Feray and the entire Staff of Paris Ballet and Dance are so very happy and thankful everyone will be here to experience and share it all.
December 29, 2014
Performance photos of The Nutcracker are ready for viewing.
Cast A Cast B Password for both is: Feray
December 28 2014
Open Ballet Classes are available with Mr. Feray this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM for Levels 7 and up. Stay in shape and have some fun at the same time! There is a $10 drop-in fee.
December 24 2014
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
December 16, 2014
December 12, 2014
The Nutcracker is not over for Mr. Feray and Xander Visker. They will be performing this weekend in St. Lucie Ballet's Production at the Sunrise Theatre in downtown Ft. Pierce, and at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart on December 26.
Mr. Feray is very proud the Xander was selected to go to Ft. Pierce and StuaSeptember 17, 2014 rt to perform!
Today, they have already performed Act One for hundreds of Treasure Coast school children.
December 8, 2014
Another great production of The Nutcracker has closed for the Season. It was a beautiful show, as well. All the dancers did a great job and performed incredibly. Mr. Feray is full of pride and joy.
Thank you to all the people who help make a show like this possible:
Jupiter High School Technical Director and Lighting Designer: Glenn Powell, Technical and Special Effects Advisor: Sideshow Buck, Backstage Coordinator and Logistic Manager: Karen Manucy, Wardrobe Mistresses: Agnes Frank, Angela Guiterrez, Shelly Hedge, Missy Megginson, Emily Stewart, Wigs and Hair: Angela Gutierrez, Jane Pasley (Eight O Eight Hair Salon), Ticketing Set-Up and Coordination: Joseph J. Bucheck III, Additional Ticketing: Karen Manucy, Program Guide Design, Graphics, Posters, Rack Cards: Joseph J. Bucheck III: Additional Program Guide: Maria Adriano, Program Advertisement Sales: Jeanette Medina, Kristy Kreavey, Monica Mery, Program Cover: Maddison Hedge by Janine Harris, Photography: Janine Harris, Joseph J. Bucheck III, Front of House Manager: Tangi Colombel, and Ushers: Tangi Colmbel, Adriano Family
Thank you to Jupiter High School Principal Daniel Frank and the wonderful students, the stage crew and staff at Jupiter High School.
Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and others who have generously given their time to help make productions possible including all volunteers:
Maria Adriano, Diane Cahill, Audra Cohen, Mercedes Childers, Audra Cohen, Erika De Oreo, Sue DeMarco, Sherry Deltergo, Cindy Dolittle, Heidi Garlo, Angela Gutierrez, Shelly Hedge, Barbra Kaplan, Kristy Keavy, Missy Megginson, Monica Mery, Jeanette Medina, Peggy Stevenson, Emily Stewart, Anna Valler, Sherri Youmans.
Thank you to Barbara Castricone at Tulle for her generosity.
Thank you to Karina Felix Fedele of World of Dance Magazine.
Thank you to Lydia Oquendo Corrales and Rogelio Corrales Co-Directors of St. Lucie Ballet.
A special thank you to Karen Manucy for her extra time and devotion to Paris Ballet and Dance.
A very special “thank you” to Tangi Colombel for his continued support, positive attitude and eternal patience.
...See Rehearsal and Backstage photos on Facebook
December 5, 2014
The first dress/tech rehearsal for The Nutcracker went very smoothly. All the cast was excited and ready to work. Guest Artists Annie Riuiz Diaz and Kelvin Rabines were stunning. Watching professiSeptember 17, 2014 onals work like they did during a grueling theatre rehearsal that is a wonderful learning experience for the students!
December 2, 2014
Due to an injury, Monica Gomez Bolanos will not be able to dance the role of Sugarplum Fairy in this weekend's performances of The Nutcracker. Best wishes to her for a speedy recovery!
Paris Ballet and Dance welcomes Annie Ruiz Diaz (left) in the roll!
Annie Ruiz Diaz was born in Matanzas, Cuba. She studied at the National Ballet School of Havana from 2002 to 2006 where she graduated with honors. She became a member of the National Ballet of Cuba and danced the company's repertoire including leading roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and many more. In 2013 she left Cuba and became a member of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico. There, she was as a principal dancer. She is currently a member of Brandon Tampa Ballet as a principal dancer and also a teacher in the school.
November 29, 2014
Xander Visker will be performing the role of the Nutcracker Prince in St. Lucie Ballet's production of The Nutcracker in mid December. Paris Ballet Director Jean-Hugues Feray will be performing the role of Clara's father. It will be a lot of fun for the two of them to be sharing the same stage!
I'm so very impressed with your hard work and your progress! Keep it up, you are on the right track!
A proud Mr. Feray
November 28, 2014
Claire Boutte has been accepted into Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a Ballet major. She also receives the highest artistic scholarship award of $13,000 per year, totaling $52,000 for 4 years!
With true moments for them to shine, Mr. Feray always makes sure his seniors will keep their last performances in their hearts forever! Claire is going to have a memorable final year with Paris Ballet and Dance.
Look for Claire as the breathtaking Dew Drop and gorgeous Bon Bon Soloist in our upcoming performance of The Nutcracker this upcoming weekend. She will also be performing leading roles in our 2015 Spring Performance!
You're director is very proud of you and has no doubt about your bright future. You will always be a part of the Paris Ballet Family!
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2014
Two very special Master Classes with Jo Matos are on January 17, 2015.
Ms. Matos, Director and Comprehensive Instructor of the Children and Young Dancer Program at Joffrey Ballet School trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and performed with Dance Now! In 1996, she received a BFA in Dance for Children from the University of Hartford. Ms. Matos has over 30 years experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator at many prestigious institutions, including Ballet Hispanico and the University of Hartford. She is also the co-founder of "Dancing Day," a school that brings dance to disabled children and adults. Her work with autism and dance was featured in PBS documentaries in 1999 and 2004.
Ms. Matos is also the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet School Miami Program and will also be, auditioning Paris Ballet and Dance students who will be taking the classes. As part of the Collaboration Program's Master Class Series, Paris Ballet and Dance students are prioritized for potential Scholarships for all their Summer Programs!
November 25, 2014
Thanksgiving Week and Weekend schedule:
Wednesday, November 26: Studio Closed.
Thursday, November 27: Thanksgiving Day (Studio Closed).
Friday, November 28: Studio Closed.
Saturday, November 29: Rehearsals for The Nutcracker (Everyone).
Sunday, November 30: Rest for rehearsals and upcoming performances.
November 17, 2014
THIS FRIDAY, November 21 at 7:00 pm, Paris Ballet and Dance will be performing The Nutcracker (A Sweet) as part of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum's Festival of Trees which is geared for families and to be held at the Jupiter Community Center at 200 Military in Jupiter, Florida.
November 6, 2014
Yesterday was a very big day for Ballet Level 7. It was the day their very first pair of pointe shoes were checked and Mr. Feray approved.
This is one of the most important and magical days in a young dancer's life. Since they started out as “baby ballerinas,” they have watched professionals and idolized all the older students. Now, it's their turn to begin.
...See photos on Facebook
October 31, 2014
No classes! Enjoy the day/evening off. Have a safe time.
See everyone tomorrow (November 1) for regularly scheduled classes and rehearsals.
October 24, 2014
Rehearsals for The Nutcracker are going very well. From the tiny Angles, Mice and Rats, Toy Soldiers
...To Snowflakes and Flowers the days can feel extremely long. However, all the dancers are really dedicated while working hard to keep of with the demanding pace of the schedules.
Many dancers perform in several roles in a single show. It is mind boggling how everyone keeps it all in order within their memory.
...See rehearsal pictures on Facebook
October 23, 2014
Paris Ballet and Dance announces Monica Gomez Bolanos will be performing the role of Sugarplum Fairy in this year's production of The Nutcracker.
Monica Gomez Bolaños, born in Cuba, began her ballet studies in Alejo Carpentier Elementary Ballet of Havana, then continued her studies at the National Ballet School of Cuba with teachers Fernando Alonso, Rramona de Saa and Marta Iris Fernandez. There she won multiple Awards, Mention in International Ballet Competition Havana 2008, Gold Medal the 2nd Competition for students of Ballet Havana 2009, Gold Medal and Grand Prix, First Female Pas de Deux for students in Havana 2010, Mention in the International Competition in South Africa, and Italy Dance in the Mediterranean.
She began her professional career in the National Ballet of Cuba, which has performed in Canada, Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. She performed in various galas and festivals in South Africa and Italy and performs with some of the best ballet schools in the world.
October 22, 2014
It was such an honor to have Paris Ballet and Dance's Conservatory to perform in Jupiter Academy of Music's Bach Rock and Broadway last night at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in West Palm Beach at CityPlace. Dancers performed two new works specially created for them. Dancing to live music was such an exciting and extraordinary experience. Everyone was so excited to be on stage with the musicians!
Athena Garcia Bracone and Riley Visker danced All that Jazz choreographed by Janine Rivera. Gillian Yoder and Xander Visker (pictured on the left) performed On my Own choreographed by Jean-Hugues Feray.
Thank you to Sandra Baran and the Jupiter Academy of Music for giving The Conservatory this wonderful opportunity.
...See video of performances on Facebook
October 20, 2014
Paris Ballet Conservatory performs tomorrow at the Jupiter Academy of Music's Back, Rock and Broadway at the Harriet Himmel Theatre. The performance is at 7:00 pm and will also showcase known names in areas music world, as well.
October 19, 2014
Paris Ballet and Dance has been invited (again) to participate in next year's Florida Youth Dance Gala. Performing in the event is reserved for the best dance schools in South Florida.
October 18, 2014
Tickets for The Nutcracker go On Sale -- today.
October 14, 2014
Paris Ballet and Dance is proud to announce Kelvin Rabines will be this year's Sugar Plum Cavalier.
Kelvin Rabines was born in Trujillo, Perú. He trained at the "Centro de Arte y Ballet Visión de la Danza" in Perú. He has been awarded the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Lima in 2006, a full scholarship to the Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet in 2008 and a full scholarship to the "The Rock School For Dance Education" in the United States in 2011. Mr. Rabines has been a soloist dancer for the official ballet company of the Ministry of Culture, Ballet Municipal de Lima - Perú, and for Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. From thereon, he has been a guest dancer for Magda School of Dance, School of Ballet Arts, Brandon Ballet, Naomy Funatsuki Ballet Studio in Japan, Cuban classic of ballet and The Latin Choreographers Festival in New York.
Look for the information about the Sugarplum Fairy Guest Artist -- soon!
September 30, 2014
Congratulations to Claire Boutte who has just been accepted into the great dance program at the University of Utah. Claire is extremely talented and an exemplary student. She knows hard work, commitment and complete dedication are the most important things for a student who truly wishes to seek a professional career in the dance world. She is a pleasure to have in class and always a joy to watch as she performs!
September 24, 2014
ROSH HASHANAH: L'Shana Tova
September 17, 2014
Yesterday evening, Level 5 had the extreme privilege of being taught by Markus Shaffer. Originally from Germany and was mentored by the late great David Howard in New York. After joining Ballet Florida, Mr. Shaffer quickly became well known for dancing leading roles created by such choreographers as George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Lar Lubovitch, Trey McIntyre, Vicente Nebrada, David Parsons, Jerome Robbins, Ben Stevenson, Mauricio Wainrot and many, many more!
Before he retiring at the peak of his long career, Mr. Shaffer was a phenomenal dancer and performer. From the studio to the stage, everyone loved watching him work. He an audience favorite, as well! ...Class photos on Facebook
September 9, 2014
Paris Ballet and Dance Conservatory is very pleased to announce the invitation from Jupiter Academy of Music to dance in their October production of Bach, Rock and Broadway at the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. The Conservatory will be dancing new works specially created for them and this wonderful event, and preformed to LIVE music!
September 8, 2014
It was a jammed-packed weekend of dance.
On Saturday, it was inspiring to see every single person who auditioned for The Nutcracker. They danced their hearts out. The director and all the judges were happy watching all of them. It made their jobs difficult.
These auditions are a very important part of the learning process in dance. Luckily, Paris Ballet and Dance auditions their own students for various roles in shows. It allows students within the school to show the director and judges how hard they want something. It also pulls from their inner-selves some things even they might know that had “hidden.”
These intra-school auditions can be mentally and emotionally hard because it also teaches students AND their parents even though they may want a role, they may not be ready or necessarily suited for it. They also prepare students for how to audition for National summer intensives and later on, for companies.
It's almost ashamed there can't be 20 shows with 20 casts. They were all winners!
The cast list went out today. Rehearsals start next Saturday on September 13. The Nutcracker It's going to be better than ever, this year!
...See audition photos on Facebook
The Sunday Master Class with Matthew Prescott from the Joffrey Ballet School was awesome! It was a two hour class packed fierce movement, and incredible theory, as well. It was nice to see the students do so well while getting out of their comfort zone. There was a great energy in the room. It was also great to see how strong based ballet training is the main tool for both contemporary dance and jazz.
Some students tend to get a little confused as to what they need. Television panders to what their viewers want to see. Students also begin to think there is “instant” success without the really hard work, dedication, and going through all the processes which goes into being a good and well-rounded dancer. Again, Mr. Prescott's class was great, for it stressed using your ballet training while expanding your mind for contemporary works.
As Mr Prescott said, "success is in the effort!"
...See Master Class photos on Facebook
September 6, 2014
TODAY: Auditions for The Nutcracker are today.
TOMORROW: Master Class with Matthew Prescott from the Joffrey Ballet School. Students taking this class should look forward to a great experience and a chance to widen their horizons.
September 5, 2014
Auditions for The Nutcracker are tomorrow. This past few weeks, with all the excitement in the lobby, dressing rooms and classrooms, the buzz has been very high -- to say the least! Paris Ballet and Dance will welcome a great panel of judges for this event.
September 3, 2014
Paris Ballet and Dance welcomes Kyra Jean Green to the staff. Ms. Green will also be teaching Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. Highly recommended, along with a BFA from Julliard, Ms. Green has an incredible resume with lots of teaching, performing and choreographic experience.
She is a great addition. We are very excited to have her teaching at the studio!
...See her bio on Faculty & Staff Page
September 1, 2014
Now that the Labor Day "rest" is over, it is time to get down to the season at hand. With classes, master classes and performances, the days seem to be filled until Winter Break.
Here are some important dates in the immediate future of which to be aware.
• Auditions for The Nutcracker is September 6.
• Master Class with Matthew Prescott is September 7.
• Rehearsals for The Nutcracker begin September 13.
Other important dates are listed on the Dates and Holidays page. ALL days off, performances, etc. are listed there.
August 26, 2014
Students in the Advanced Level at Paris Ballet and Dance had the privilege to have been taught by Tracy Mozingo. Mr. Mozingo is a very well-know and respected teacher in South Florida.
Mr. Mozingo graduated from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and trained at Pacific North West Ballet and Houston Ballet before joining Houston Ballet Company, where he performed a diverse repertoire for four years.
He then joined Ballet Florida where he was a principal dancer for seventeen years. He loved the innovative new work, wide range of choreographers, and the extraordinary group of dancers that he has performed with throughout his career. He has particularly enjoyed performing principal works by: Vicente Nebrada, Peter Martins, Sean Lavery, Mauricio Wainrot, Danny Ezralow, Mark Godden, William Soleau, Norbert Vesak, Lar Lubovitch, Val Caniparoli, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Kenneth McMillan, Glen Tetley, Thierry Mandalain, Michael Smuim, John Butler, Lou Conte, Daniel Pelzig, Trey McIntyre, Jimmy Gaminet, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Ben Stevenson. among others.
It was really great to have him in the studio before he joins his family in Spain in a few weeks!
August 19, 2014
As we start the new school year, there are many new and wonderful things to announce and things to talk about.
Since there are so many boys who are now in the school, Paris Ballet and Dance is very pleased to announce the new Boys/Mens Class. The boys class will be on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM for levels 7, 8 , 9 and Conservatory. Please note, this doesn't change the regular Saturday schedule for any classes.
We are pleased to announce that Miss Risselle Portuondo has joined the staff of Paris Ballet Dance. Miss Portuondo was trained at the Academy of Ballet Florida. While at the Academy, Mr. Feray was actually one of her teachers. She also received training from Joan Miller's Palm Beach Ballet Center with Lorena Jimenez and Tracy Mozingo, and received special private classes and coaching from Kurt Putzig (Former Principal Dancer with Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and Houston Ballet), and Yuemelia Garcia (Formerly with the National Ballet of Caracas, Ohio Ballet, and danced principal roles with Ballet Florida before becoming a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet).
Ms. Portuondo is a graduate, with honors, from the prestigious Boston Conservatory. Her abilities to teach Contemporary, Tap and Jazz for all levels are inspiring. She has a high and unique energy, talent and kindness. She also has very innovative choreographic ideas and skills. Since she was a little girl, she has always had a mad-passion for self-improvement! Miss Portuondo's professionalism will be a huge asset to Paris Ballet & Dance.
Welcome to Jennifer Cole, former dancer with Ballet Florida. During her long career as a professional, Ms. Cole danced many works by leading choreographers. She has also performed principal roles such as Titania in, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanilda in Coppelia, and Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and even Clara in The Nutcracker. Ms. Cole has taught at Ballet Florida and at Joan Miller's Palm Beach Ballet Center. At Paris Ballet and Dance, she will be teaching many levels including adults. Here's an interesting fact. While dancing with Ballet Florida, Ms. Cole never missed a day of work!
Remember the first Master Class as part of our affiliation with The Joffrey Ballet School Outreach and Collaboration Program is Master Class September 7. The teacher is the incredible jazz/contemporary class will be taught by Matthew Prescott.
Paris Ballet and Dance bids au revoir to long-time teacher Toni MacPherson. Ms. McPherson has been with the school since the beginning. Everyone truly has loved working with and being taught by her. Ms. Toni has decided to change her career pattern at this time with a new opportunity. Though this is bittersweet, Paris Ballet and Dance will miss her and wishes her good luck on your new endeavors.
Mr. Feray has been involved in the dance world since a young child. As a renowned former professional dancer, and as a teacher, his reach extends globally. Thanks to Mr. Feray's relations in the dance world, Paris Ballet and Dance is pleased to announce the school will be having guest teachers from both Bak and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. The school will also be hosting other amazing artists. Mr. Feray and his incredible staff are looking forward to enhancing students education in the art of dance.
The year keeps getting better!
August 17, 2014
Today was the last day of the Official Registration period. It was insane with people calling and stopping in. Thank you to Karen Manucy, Maria Adrianno, and the entire staff of Paris Ballet and Dance for helping make these several weeks of registration run smoothly.
Paris Ballet and Dance ALWAYS welcomes new students - at any time.
The After School Conservatory Program will begin, as with Regular Classes on August 18.
August 14, 2014
As the End-of-Summer Shape Up Camp comes to a close tomorrow (Friday),registration continues until Saturday. It's been INCREDIBLE!
Just today, we had four very talented boys from ages seven to fifteen audition and register for regular classes, and for the Conservatory. This is very exciting. We now have nine boys attending the School
...With a boy's/men's class to be added to the upcoming 2014-2015 Curriculum.
We will also be adding to the schedule, Contemporary classes on both flat AND pointe!
August 13, 2014
The other day, Director Jean-Hugues Feray had the honor of having lunch with his former and legendary boss, Marie Hale. Ms. Hale was the director of Ballet Florida which, during it's time, was one of the most innovative companies in the country, and most certainly Florida! During its years, the Company toured to over half the United States. It was also invited TWICE to perform at the International Dance Festival in Biarritz, France! Marie Hale's The Nutcracker was the benchmark of productions its kind.
Ballet Florida dancers including Mr. Feray, performed works by some of the world's most respected and leading choreographers including: George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Sean Lavery, Lar Lubovitch, Thierry Malandain, Trey McIntyre, Peter Martins, Vicente Nebrada, David Parsons, Jerome Robbins, Ben Stevenson and Mauricio Wainrot -- just to name a few!
Though Mr. Feray has danced with truly incredible European companies all over the world, it is believed he holds working with Ms. Hale closest to his heart!
August 11, 2014
Fall Registration has now been extended August 16. So far, it has been exciting talking with students and parents who are returning. It has been extremely wonderful to talk to new students who will be attending Paris Ballet and Dance this coming year!
Regular classes and Level 1 Conservatory starts on August 18. Level 2 day time Conservatory begins on September 8. ...More important dates
August 6, 2014
As the Ballet Repertory Summer Repertory Summer Camp is over and the End-of-Summer Shape Up Dance Camp has begun. This great camp gets dance students ready to go for the onslaught of what the regular school year has to offer. It starts in the morning and students are finished at 2:30 to enjoy the rest of the day.
Registration for the 2014/2015 School year began with a huge bang on Monday. The phones were "ringing off the wall" and people are stopping in to place their children in classes!
July 25, 2014
The Ballet Repertory Summer Camp is in full swing. The first week has been incredible. Everyone has been attentive and working very hard.
Pictured is Gillian Yoder and Xander Visker being coached while learning the pas de deux for The Nutcracker. Both these students are right back in the studio after summer intensives where they attended in other parts of the country.
This is exactly the kind of commitment and dedication which definitely helps get a dancer headed in the right direction to success.
July 19, 2014
The Ballet Repertory Summer Camp starts this Monday. This is an excellent opportunity to learn some of the greatest variations and solos in the ballet world. Students will also receive valuable coaching during this time!
July 15, 2014
It's the middle of Summer. It has been wonderful to hear from students who have been attending the many renowned summer courses throughout the country. As they share their experiences, it is nice to be affirmed of the great training they received at Paris Ballet and Dance.
While on his vacation to visit some good friends in Chicago, Mr. Feray just happened to be there at the same time as The Joffrey Summer Intensive show. He was able to see Zander Visker perform and meet with his family.
The Summer is not over yet. There are still Classes and Camps right up the the Paris Ballet and Dance 2014/2015 School Session.
Top Photo: Maggie Stewart in class at the Nutmeg Conservatory
Bottom Photo : Mr. Feray with Mrs. and Mr. Visker, and Xander Visker at Joffrey
July 13, 2013
The Ballet Repertory Camp begins on July 21. This is a great opportunity for students to learn solos and pas de deuxs from the world's best ballets. ...Download registration form.
July 5, 2014
A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Thank you for an incredible three week Summer Intensive with all the fantastic students and staff working wonders together!
The Ballet Repertory Camp will start on July 21. This will be a 2 week awesome camp working on partnering (pas de deux) and solos from the best ballets of the classical repertory! Remember, classes for Creative Movement, Pre Ballet, Ballet levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 are going all Summer long! The The End- of-Summer Shape Dance Camp will be in August.
Also a warm "thank you" to our students who are off to Summer programs throughout the country for sending us news on a regular basis, it means a lot, we are extremely proud. Let's keep making a difference!
July 4, 2014
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
July 3, 2014
NEW NEWS STARTS TODAY! Past News has been archived.
June 16, 2014
The Summer Intensive and other classes started today. It was very exciting to see all the students arrive with excitement and smiles, as they looked ready to go and work. As the week continues, more children are expected which is even more exciting!
June 15, 2015
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Paris Ballet and Dance one of just three schools in the entire State of Florida to have been selected to be part of the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School Outreach and Collaboration Program. ...Read More
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ARCHIVED NEWS FROM 2014 / 2015
ARCHIVED NEWS FROM
2014 / 2015
So many wonderful things happen
at Paris Ballet and Dance.
On this page you can see what was going on in 2014 and 2015.