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The New Ballet School Opens in San Jose

Follows American Ballet Theatre Curriculum

With the goal of building upon the teaching tradition established at Silicon Valley Ballet, the New Ballet School has opened and is now accepting enrollment for current classes, summer classes, camps, and programs.

“We are harnessing the start-up entrepreneurial spirit to launch what we know will be a significant presence in the community and in ballet education,” said Dalia Rawson, Executive Director of the New Ballet School. “We have already received tremendous support from our student families and the community and we’re thankful for that. Together we’re establishing an inspiring and enriching classical ballet program that will flourish for many years to come.”

The School's inclusive policy supports diversity in ballet training and a robust outreach program, with a mission is to provide San Jose and Silicon Valley with the benefits of high quality arts education, training, and exposure.

Rawson taught and danced with Ballet San Jose since 1991. She was awarded a Fellowship from the New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute in addition to being an ABT Certified Teacher. The New School follows the American Ballet Theatre curriculum.

“I applaud the commitment of The New Ballet School to the community of San Jose,” said Raymond Lukens, Artistic Director of the ABT NTC. “The faculty’s passion for the art form of classical ballet is surpassed by the passion they have for the wellbeing of the student population, so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential.”

Franco De Vita, Director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, added: “It will be exciting to see what the future holds for The New Ballet School of San Jose. I have known their extraordinary faculty for many years and am confident that the work will be of the highest caliber, second to none.”

In addition to Rawson, the faculty includes Mads Eriksen, a former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and Ballet San Jose, and now School Principal. Le Mai Linh, a former dancer with Ballet San Jose and a coach, will serve as Master Teacher. Dr. Elizabeth Hutter, PsyD, who performed with Boston Ballet II, will be Primary Division Coordinator and leader of The New Ballet School’s Wellness Program.

The New School is located at 40 N. 1st Street, the previous location of Ballet San Jose. For information about the New School, visit their web site at http://www.newballetschool.org, email the school at school@newballetschool.org, or phone them at 408-352-5616.

Post:Ballet Announces New Music Director

Robert Dekkers, Artistic Director of Post:Ballet has announced the appointment of Andy Meyerson and the company's Music Director. Meyerson, a percussionist and co-founder and artistic director of The Living Earth Show, has collaborated with Post:Ballet since 2014. Meyerson will work with Artistic Director Robert Dekkers to curate the company’s new music commissions and integrate live music, dance, and other art forms. Meyerson's performances at Post"Ballet's recent P:B Jam fundraiser, in Pitch Pause Please and Flutter; and in Do Be. His solo debut album, “My Side Of The Story,” is expected to be released this year.

Program Announced for Farewell Performance

San Francisco Ballet has announced the program for the special one-night-only farewell performance to honor departing principal dancers Joan Boada, Pascal Molat, and Gennadi Nedvigin. The program includes Tomasson's Romeo & Juliet balcony pas de deux, Concerto Grosso, and Two Bits; the trio section from Possokhov's Magrittomania; a solo from McGregor's Borderlands; excerpts from Zanella's Alles Walzer, and Kobborg's Les Lutins. These excerpts were chosen specifically to showcase the talents of all three dancers.

The special farewell performance will be held on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 pm at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.

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