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NBT is excited to announce that we will be presenting a Ballet Master Class Series once a month from April through August at the Dover studio! We will be bringing in 5 different professional teachers to teach two classes, one each month:

April 22 : Darren McIntyre - Company Dancer. Louisville Ballet, Louisville, KY
May 20 : Inessa Plekhanova - Associate Professor/Director of Ballet Program
Radford University, Virginia
June 24: William Starrett - Director, Columbia City Ballet, South Carolina
July 15: Tina Bohnstedt - Owner/Director TKB Center for Ballet and Dance, Houston, TX
August 6: Assaf Benchetrit - Assitant Professor of Theatre and Dance (Dance) University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Each day there will be two classes offered: 10:30 - noon (older adult dancers, 50 yrs+), 1:-00pm - 2:30pm (10 - 13 year olds), 2:30 - 4:00pm (14 and up). Registration is now open - if you are interested, please email northeasternballettheatre@gmail.com and ask for a registration form.   REGISTRATION IS EXTREMELY LIMITED so it is advisable to register as soon as possible. NBT is pleased to be bringing the world of ballet to New Hampshire!

Cost are as follows:

 
- $215 for all 5 classes 
- $50 per class 
 
Bios of each teacher:

Darren McIntyre, Louisville Ballet, Lousiville, KY: Originally from Australia, Darren is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School where he was the recipient of The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Award for Choreography, The Sir Robert Helpmann Bursary, and the Young Australian of The Year Arts Award. Mr. McIntyre has toured extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe and South America, performing a wide range of both classical and contemporary works as a freelance artist and with such companies as Ajkun Ballet Theatre, City Ballet of San Diego, Milwaukee Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The National Ballet of Ireland, and The Landestheater Detmold. This has expanded his repertory to include the title roles in all the traditional repertory ballets & has also seen him featured in works by Anthony Tudor, Chiara Ajkun, Christopher Fleming, David Dawson, Edwaard Liang, George Balanchine, Gregor Thieler, James Sutherland, Jessica Lang, Mark Godden, Michael Pink, Nacho Duato, Salvatore Aiello, Stanton Welch, Stephen Mills, Val Caniparoli, Wan Chin Choong, to name a few. As a Choreographer, he has created several original works including: Australia, Black River, Forlorn, Just make it go away, Liberty Bell, Lights will guide you home, Odyssey, Spartan, and What may come. He has also created original full-length ballet productions of The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. McIntyre has also held the positions of Artistic Director of Montgomery Ballet and Lake Erie Ballet, Columnist with DANCEtrain Magazine, and Casting Agent at DManagement International Dance Agency.

 

Inessa Plekhanova, Associate Professor/Director of Ballet Program Radford University, Virginia: Russian-born Inessa Plekhanova graduated from The State Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia receiving her Master of Fine Arts. She has danced with Estonian National Ballet, and Colorado Ballet companies. Ms. Plekhanova has performed principal and solo roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Raymonda, Giselle, La Bayadere, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Sleeping Beauty, Rubies, Configurations, and many others. Ms. Plekhanova taught at the Vaganova Ballet Academy for two years on an assistantship, the College of Dance and Choreography in Tallinn, Estonia for three years, and at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1991-2005 where she also served as an Artistic Director of the Academy and Colorado Ballet-II from 1999-2005. Ms. Plekhanova is often invited as a guest teacher and choreographer to numerous ballet events in Russia, United States, and Japan. Inessa Plekhanova has won the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in 2001, 2002, and 2003. In May of 2005 Ms. Plekhanova has accepted professorship in the Radford University’s Department of Dance as Director of the Ballet Program and Artistic Director of RU Ballet Theatre where since 2005 she has produced a numerous of full-length ballet productions including her original choreography of Nutcracker. In 2006 Ms. Plekhanova has established the Radford University Ballet Youth program known as RUBY. Since June of 2007 RUBY offers an International Summer Intensive Program for young dancers from United States and Japan. In 2014 the prestigious Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award was awarded to Ms. Plekhanova for her consistent record of creative contributions to her academic discipline.

 

William Starrett, Director, Columbia City Ballet, Columbia, SC: Dancer, teacher, choreographer, community leader. While all true, those descriptors don’t even begin to paint a complete picture of William Starrett.From his start at San Francisco’s Ballet Celeste and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, through appearances as a principal for the Joffrey Ballet and as a member of American Ballet Theatre under the direction of both Lucia Chase and Mikhail Baryshnikov, to guest appearances with more than 40 of the world’s most renowned ballet companies, Mr. Starrett’s talent as a dancer has earned rave reviews from coast to coast as well as a medal at the very first US International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.Today, though, Mr. Starrett’s formidable reputation revolves most often around his choreographic and directorial accomplishments. As director and primary choreographer for the past 28 years, he has created or staged more than fifty works—including 16 original, full-length ballets, 10 classical full-length ballets and 16 original narrated one-act ballets for children—in locations throughout the United States and Europe. Columbia City Ballet’s Educational Outreach Program, which Mr. Starrett implemented in 1989, has introduced ballet to more than half a million schoolchildren in the Southeast. He is the co-owner of Columbia Conservatory of Dance with Ballet Mistress Mariclare Miranda. In 2002, Mr. Starrett was honored by South Carolina’s governor with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for achievement in the arts. Mr. Starrett is the official arts correspondent for WACH Fox News and the host of the weekly Arts WACH with William, a segment of WACH Fox News Good Day that airs Thursday mornings and gives an in-depth look at unique visual and performing arts events in the Midlands.

 

Tina Bohnstedt, Owner/Director TKB Center for Ballet and Dance, Houston, TX: Tina was introduced to ballet as a 9 year old while growing up in the circus in her hometown of Munich, Germany. Her mother decided to have one of the circus dancers, a professional ballet dancer from Poland, give Tina private lessons so Tina would look more graceful on the trapeze. Tina began her intense dance training at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich in 1981, and received her diploma in 1989. During this time, she was awarded the Junior Gold Medal at the German Ballet Competition (1986) as well as fourth place finalist in the Moscow International Ballet Competition (1989). From 1989 to 1998 she was a principal dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. In 1992 her artistry was recognized with the Bavarian Cultural Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. She performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles, including Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Ray Barra’s Don Quixote, Aurora in Peter Wright’s Sleeping Beauty, Mary in John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Olga in Cranko’s Oniegin and Bianca in Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew. She performed several lead roles in Balanchine pieces (Serenade, Symphony in C, Four Temperaments, Apollo, Who Cares) as well as works by Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Angelin Preliojai, Ulysses Dove, Gerhard Bohner and many others.Tina toured internationally in China, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Colombia, Peru, Poland, Belarus, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. After moving to San Francisco in September of 1998 Tina became a guest dancer with the Lawrence Pech Dance Company. She joined Bay area professional company Diablo Ballet as a principal in September of 1999 and was featured in many works created for her by the company and guest choreographers such as KT Nelson, Val Caniparoli, Julia Adam, Nikolai Kabaniaev and Viktor Kabaniaev. In 2007 Tina choreographed her first piece for Diablo Ballet, the critically acclaimed The Mirror. She created several other works for the company including A Tribute to Lena Horne, a piece choreographed in honor of her late mother. She has also choreographed pieces for Kirov Ballet Academy, Northern California Dance Conservatory, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Contra Costa Ballet, Houston Ballet II, Houston Ballet, Uptown Dance Company and Space Coast Ballet Academy. She has also choreographed a number of solos for YAGP competitors and Orlando World Competition. In 2005 Tina became Director of the Diablo Ballet Apprentice Program and in 2007 also began serving as a Ballet mistress for the company. During this time she served as guest artist and guest teacher for several companies in the San Francisco Bay Area including Smuin Ballet Company, Berkeley Ballet and Contra Costa Ballet. In January of 2011 Tina became faculty member at City Ballet San Francisco. In September 2011 she assumed the position of Ballet Master at Houston Ballet for two seasons. Tina has taught for many other ballet schools and companies including Kirov Ballet Academy, Bavarian State Ballet, Houston Ballet’s Academy, Space Coast Ballet Academy, Northern California Dance Conservatory, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Panama Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre and Colorado Conservatory of Dance. 

 

Assaf Benchetrit, Assitant Professor of Theatre and Dance (Dance) University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH: Assaf Benchetrit began his dance and music studies at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon graduation, he danced with the Jerusalem Dance Theater, the Panov Ballet, and later with The Israeli National Ballet Company. During his military service, Assaf received the “Remarkable Dancer” prize from the Israeli government which allowed him to continue dancing while serving. After completing his military service, he arrived to United States to dance with companies such as The Joffrey, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. Throughout his career, Assaf toured through England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and numerous other countries. He performed lead roles in the majority of renowned ballet productions such as Swan Lake as Siegfried, Don Quixote as Basilio, La Corsaire as Ali, La Bayadere as Solar, Coppelia as Franz, Sleeping Beauty as the Prince, the title-role in Petrushka, and a number of George Balanchine works including Apolloin the title-role, Donizetti Variations and the Nutcracker as Cavalier. Assaf holds a joint B.S in computer science and B.F.A in dance degrees with academic honors from Montclair State University, and an M.F.A degree with academic honors in dance from Hollins/ADF/Frankfurt. He was a faculty member at Yale University, Columbia University (Barnard College), Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Raritan Valley Community College, where he taught ballet, mens' class, pas de deux, variations, and modern dance.



NBT Summer Intensive 

There is still time to sign up for NBT's Summer Intensive taking place from July 5 - September 1, 2017! Study classical ballet with Northeastern Ballet Theatre and its staff of professional ballet teachers this summer and improve your overall ballet technique and become a stronger dancer. Northeastern Ballet Theatre offers ballet training equal to what you would receive at larger, urban ballet companies, but is convenient for New Hampshire residents. NBT’s Summer Intensive is flexible and affordable and runs from July 5 - September 1, 2017. Full days are offered for advanced dancers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and half days for intermediate dancers on Tuesday and Thursday in both studios - Wolfeboro and Dover, NH. Attend once a week, three times a week, one week or 8, or any number in between: whatever fits your schedule. Several master classes will also be offered throughout the summer with nationally-known guest teachers.  Call us at (603) 834-8834 or email us at northeasternballettheatre@gmail.com for more information.  Come dance with NBT this summer!


 


Birthday Parties at NBT!

 

NBT wants to host a birthday party for your ballerina! Choose from either studio - Wolfeboro or Dover - we supply a ballerina who will perform and your guests will attend a mini ballet class! All you have to do is bring the cake and any other activities you want to do. All guests receive a coupon for a free class at NBT! For more information please email us at northeasternballettheatre@gmail.com