By: Bella McDonald By: Bella McDonald | June 23, 2022 | People Lifestyle culture Art
Taking professional ballet training to new heights, the City Ballet of San Diego’s 27th annual summer intensive program is bringing in three world-famous dancers from the New York City Ballet. The three highly-esteemed principal dancers will train rising ballet students during the three-week program from July 25 to August 12.
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The training program will allow intermediate to advanced ballet students to develop their skills with exceptional guest instructors from the East Coast, including Megan Fairchild, Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht. Fairchild and Bouder were named as principal dancers in 2005, Ulbricht in 2007.
“City Ballet of San Diego is proud to offer one of the finest training programs in the country through its summer intensive. Students selected from all over have the rare opportunity to study with seasoned professional ballet artists from New York City Ballet,” says artistic director Steven Wistrich, according to the program’s press release.
All three guest instructors from the New York City Ballet have extensive training in ballet, including stellar solo and company performances. Their professional knowledge of the art form as well as their leadership within the NYCB, one of the top professional ballet companies in the nation, make them exemplary choices for this summer intensive.
Fairchild, Bouder and Ulbricht will also be offering master classes on Wednesdays, July 27 to August 10, for any student at the intermediate level or higher.
In addition to the guest instructors, resident faculty members include Geoffrey Gonzales, Elizabeth Wistrich and artistic director Steven Wistrich, as well as principal dancer Ariana Gonazalez.
Over the course of the intensive, students will improve their technique, strength and flexibility, honing their craft as dancers. They will also learn a variety of classical choreography, leading up to a free public performance at Joan B Kroc Theater on Friday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Following summer intensive auditions, students will be assigned to a level, ranging from lower intermediate levels to advanced. The upcoming City Ballet of San Diego season’s trainees are chosen from the pool of talented dancers attending the summer intensive.
Established as a top tier professional ballet company, City Ballet is a nonprofit aimed at furthering the ballet art form. The company seeks to bring the world’s best artists to San Diego, as well as hosting inner-city youth outreach programs for the larger community.
For more information about City Ballet of San Diego, visit www.cityballet.org. Audition information can be found here. Master class registration can be found here.
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