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British Royal Ballet to Offer Community Classes in Southern Utah

Published: December 19, 2008 | Category: Arts

In conjunction with Cedar City and Cedar City Music Arts, Southern Utah University will host some of the world's top ballet talent when the Royal Ballet visits February 2-4, 2009. Though the troupe is coming for a performance, they will also be offering an opportunity for local residents to attend an instructional class from the Ballet's master teachers and faculty who have graced some of the world's most renowned stages.

In addition to a shared concert performance that will include local high school and dance companies, instructors of the ballet will conduct two master classes open to community residents of all ages.

One class will be geared to those with intermediate to advanced dance experience and the other will address skills intended for late beginner to early-intermediate dancers.

According to SUU’s Director of Development Michael Anderson, who is coordinating the project locally, "The purpose of this visit is to provide a cultural exchange for local dance students and teachers with students and teachers from the Royal Ballet School. This unique visit will also provide school children and citizens of southern Utah an opportunity to witness some of the rising stars in the world of ballet."

In addition to the master classes, the ballet will conduct a lecture demonstration for Iron County school children, special teacher training and instruction for elementary teachers and a special master class for SUU dance students.

While additional information about the Ballet’s planned performances is forthcoming, the region's dance enthusiasts who are interested in attending one of the Ballet’s open master classes are encouraged to apply early on, as registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis until each class is filled.

Additional information and master class registration forms can be accessed online through SUU's College of Performing and Visual Arts.

Registration for each master class is just $25. The instructional class for elementary teachers is just $15 per participant. All class registrations include one ticket to the Royal Ballet's February performance in southern Utah.

The Royal Ballet School will be traveling to SUU with a troupe of 27 artists, two dance education specialists, three ballet masters/teachers, two technical staff members and a company manager.

The Royal Ballet has been at the cornerstone of classical British ballet for over eighty years. Its legacy has been to provide the world with generations of renowned dancers and choreographers. The School continues to aspire to train young people with a gift and desire to dance, nurturing and refining them into talented and inspirational performers who will follow in the footsteps of the other Royal Ballet School students.

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