Day of Master Classes
with a world-class faculty
Ballet Teachers' Seminar
A Ballet Training Syllabus: law or guide?
October 12, 2014
at the Peabody Dance studios in downtown Baltimore
Join us for the inspirational Master Class program (10:00 am-1:00 pm) taught by a distinguished guest faculty, and the provocative and timely Ballet Teachers' Seminar (10:00 am-5:30 pm) exploring a few of our country's most familiar and broadly used courses of study.
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Rafael Grigorian, now a greatly respected master teacher in this country, trained at Russia's famed Kirov Ballet School under the instruction of A. I. Pushkin, and at the Baku Choreographic Institute. For twenty years he was the principal dancer with the Baku Theater of Opera and Ballet, dancing lead roles in such ballets as Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and more. Several ballets were created expressly for Mr. Grigorian. As a performer, he toured extensively in Europe and Asia with the Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet Companies. In 1980, Mr. Grigorian was awarded Laureate of the state of the USSR and received the title of The People's Artist of Azerbaijan, SSR in 1982.
Mr. Grigorian arrived in the United States as choreographer of the Russian Stars Ensemble. In 1991 he opened the Rafael Grigorian School of Classical Ballet in the Elmira and Corning areas of New York, and added a branch of his school in Binghamton, New York in 1998. Mr. Grigorian is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater. Originally established in 1994 as the Rainbow Dance Arts Company, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater was renamed in 2000 to reflect its founder and choreographer. He currently teaches master classes at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East (New York City), Ithaca Ballet, Alfred Ballet Academy, New York Ballet Academy, SUNY Binghamton and other schools and companies in the mid-Atlantic states, including Peabody Dance.
Rhodie Jorgenson, ballet luminary and senior faculty member of the famed Maryland Youth Ballet, received her training in New York at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School. She danced professionally with ABT, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, performing on stage, TV, and in movies throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. She has worked with choreographers Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, Ailey, de Mille, Smuin, and Feld, among many others.
Ms. Jorgenson has rehearsed many children's roles for ballet productions at the Kennedy Center, including setting the children's roles for American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet's production of the The Nutcracker. She is a frequent master teacher, including for Maryland Council for Dance, Dance Masters of America, Towson University, and many local studios. She has also been on the faculty at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, in 2002, 2006, and 2010.
Arantxa Ochoa, the radiant principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet for 11 years, was born in Spain and took her first artistic steps as a rhythmic gymnast. At age 12, she moved to Madrid to study at Centro de Danza with Victor Ullate, she continued her studies at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, and three years later she was accepted in the prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York. Her renowned teachers at SAB included Stanley Williams, Truman Finney, Suky Schorer, and Marika Besobrasova.
Ms. Ochoa spent three years at Hartford Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet in 1996 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in 1999 and to Principal in 2001. Her versatility as a performer and her great interpretive maturity has gained her recognition from critics and audiences and has allowed her to dance every major role, from the greatest works of classical tradition, to modern and neoclassical choreography. John Rockwell of The New York Times wrote about her, “... Ms. Ochoa beamed like Audrey Hepburn. When a ballet is in the hands of performers this good, you can sit back,relax and bask in its beauties."
In October 2012 she retired from the stage to take on a new role as the Principal Teacher of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Ochoa has being a guest teacher in numerous colleges and schools. She has been invited to give dance conferences, master classes and summer courses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Spain.
Marcia Dale Weary, a revered teacher and legend in the ballet world, founded the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Anthony Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Her unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors for nearly 60 years, along with her unique teaching style, have brought the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated in 1989 that Ms. Weary is “considered one of the country’s foremost ballet teachers.” She and her personally trained CPYB faculty have produced an incredible number of professional dancers who are currently performing or have danced with many of the top companies of the world. In August 2001, The New York Times dance critic Joseph Carman said "London, Paris, St. Petersburg and New York are well known for their first-rate ballet academies, training many of the best dancers in the classical form. Add to that list Carlisle, Pa., a town with fewer than 20,000 people and a modest economy driven by state government jobs and the defense industry. Marcia Dale Weary and her Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have produced dancers well known in the ballet world".
Ms. Weary is the 2007 recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for her Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth. She is also the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania. In February 2000, Ms. Weary became the first recipient of the Carlisle Regional Arts Award. And in 2010, Ms. Weary received an honorary degree in performing arts from Dickinson College, and was named as one of Central Pennsylvania’s 25 Women of Influence, for which she received a Pennsylvania Senate citation, sponsored by Senator Patricia H. Vance. She and the CPYB have been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, television news and features, on the cover of the 2004 issue of Dance Teacher, and in the award-winning documentary film presented on national public television, Children with a Dream.
Ballet Teachers' Seminar Facilitators
Ms. Weary will lead her amazing Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet students in the afternoon demonstration, and Barbara Weisberger, Peabody Dance Artistic Advisor and Pennsylvania Ballet's visionary founder, will help keep the discussion on track. They will be joined by CPYB faculty member Re Rabassi-Davis, our distinguished Master Class faculty, and other guests.
Barbara Weisberger, visionary leader, inspiring teacher and artistic director, founded the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1962 and led the nationally renowned company for twenty years. She culminated her distinguished career with the conception in 1984 of the Carlisle Project, the distinctive program for the professional development of choreographers and dancers, and since Spring 2001, she has been Artistic Advisor of Peabody Dance.
A protégé and long-time colleague of George Balanchine, Ms. Weisberger is internationally recognized for her major contributions to the development of American classical ballet and for her pre-eminent leadership role in the performing arts in the United States.
Re Rabassi-Davis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Education, trained as an apprentice teacher with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and completed the teacher’s training course with Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute.
Formerly the founder and director of the Gettysburg School of Ballet, she also served on the faculty of Mt. St. Mary’s College and the Harrisburg Arts Magnet School. She created and implemented the Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet curriculum used at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet from 1985 to 1995 and developed the foundation for the current CPYB Arts in Education and Outreach programs. She also created the dance curriculum for the Capital Area School of the Arts and the Milton Hershey School.
Ms. Rabassi-Davis currently teaches Drama and Dance at Milton Hershey School while serving as part-time faculty at CPYB since 1984. She received the 2012 Joseph F. and Sarah McDonald '55 Award, an honor bestowed on teachers that have truly made a difference in the lives of Milton Hershey School students, and is a member of the Dearden Leadership Academy. Ms. Rabassi-Davis is also the artistic coordinator for CPYB’s DiscoverDance program.