Following a successful and safe in-person nine-week summer festival and in consultation with a medical advisor, Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive is now looking forward to welcoming our wonderful students back this summer, as we move forward with the intention of offering an exclusive on-site day program with classes taking place on a beautiful outdoor studio located in the magnificent Hudson Valley in Upstate New York. Access to outdoor studio space this summer allows Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive to provide safety measures that go above and beyond recommendations made by New York State. This unique program will be for a select group of motivated young dancers who will benefit from small-scale classes. Faculty will include Kaatsbaan's Artistic Director, Stella Abrera, Kaatsbaan's Principal Ballet Teacher, Martine van Hamel (former prima ballerina with American Ballet Theatre), Kaatsbaan Advisory Board member & Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Christine Shevchenko, and more. To help keep everyone safe, we have decided to make the audition process for Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive 2021 entirely virtual. We will be offering live audition classes via Zoom in December and January, with classes capped at 20 students per class, this will ensure that each student is seen fully by faculty. Video auditions will also be accepted during this time. Livestreamed, pre-recorded, and private digital options will also be available, details forthcoming!
*Please note while we currently expect this program to go ahead in person, it is subject to change based on the prevailing New York State Covid-19 guidance. For more information, visit https://kaatsbaan.org/kaatsbaan-ballet-intensive.
About Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
The mission of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park is to provide an extraordinary environment for cultural innovation and excellence. As both an incubator for creativity and presenter for world-class artists in dance, theater, music, film, poetry and visual art, Kaatsbaan provides artists with state-of-the-art dance studios, accommodations, an indoor theater, and an outdoor stage. Sitting on 153 Hudson River-adjacent acres, Kaatsbaan is free of urban facilities' space and time constraints, allowing for exciting levels of artistic exploration, creative action, and achievement - just two hours north of New York City. Kaatsbaan Cultural Park is committed to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts as we aim to present, promote, and embrace programming that accurately reflects our society. We encourage a broadly diverse group of individuals to participate in our programs and join our Board and Staff, and insist on being inclusive of all peoples regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, physical or mental ability.
About Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive
Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive is a unique training program designed for dancers to develop exceptional technical skills, artistic refinement and a sophisticated approach to repertoire, with the ultimate goal of preparing attendees for a career in the arts.
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