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    Student Summer Showcase, July 28

    Free Outdoor Presentation
    Friday, July 28
    Noon
    Duluth Public Library Plaza

    Across from The Depot

    The School of the Minnesota Ballet showcases its upper-level students as they demonstrate ballet, modern, jazz, tap, character (European folk dance), musical theater dance, and their own works in progress created during the choreography class. Highlighting the presentation will be special works by two guest teacher/choreographers.

    Guest Choreographers

    Special Works by Guest Teachers/Choreographers
    Igor Burlak
    , who studied at the School of American Ballet, is a faculty member at the Boston Ballet School and former member of such companies as the Minnesota Ballet. His visit is funded in part by the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

    Marco Carreon, dance faculty member at California State University Dominguez Hills, directs its resident dance company MOSAIC. In March he taught in the North-Central Region American Dance Association Conference, held at UMD.

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  • The Minnesota Ballet’s outreach goal is to educate students, teachers and community members about dance through a broad range of affordable programs that can be tailored to particular needs. For more than four decades the Minnesota Ballet has been bringing the joy and challenge of dance to people where they live, work, and go to school.

    To reserve a program or for more information,

    Contact: Outreach Programs
    Phone: 218-529-3742
    E-Mail: balletmaster@minnesotaballet.org

    Introduction to Ballet & Jazz

    Students discover what it feels like to move beyond the norm as they learn leaps, jumps, and turns. They will also be introduced to ballet history and basic French terms used in ballet. Jazz dance instruction completes the program, offering a more “show biz” approach to dance theater arts.

    Length: 60 minutes
    Group size: Up to 50 K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym

    How You Move Is How You Dance

    In this class, students learn how dance steps build on ordinary movements to express how we feel, such as reaching, bending, walking done different ways. Students are then put into groups with a choreographer designated in each group, who will create steps and movements to music, then teach them to the eager dancers in their group. At the end of the class they will present the piece to their fellow classmates. This process always ends up being a big lesson in leading, following, and cooperating.

    Length: 60 minutes
    Group size: Up to 50 K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym

    A Day in the Life of a Dancer

    Students learn about the life of the professional dancer in exchanges with the Minnesota Ballet dancers. Volunteers are chosen to participate on stage during the introduction.

    Students then are treated to excerpts from the Ballet’s diverse repertoire, from classical ballet to jazz pieces. After the mini performance, students have the chance to ask dancers questions.

    Length: 50–60 minutes
    Group size: No limit of K – 12th-grade students
    Place: Gym or stage with NO concrete or hard base

    One-Week Residency for Your Entire School

    In this longer program, the entire school experiences an introduction to ballet, character (European folk dance), jazz dance, capped by a lecture-demonstration of dance technique and a spectacular mini performance by the whole Minnesota Ballet company. Scheduling will permit every child in your school to experience the freedom of dance movement and an introduction to dance. This week will uplift every student.

    Length: Up to four 45-60-minute classes daily week ending with 60-minute Lecture-Demonstration & Mini Performance
    Group size: K – 5th-grade students
    Place: Gym or stage with NO concrete or hard base

    Fees are for within the Ballet’s home range. Beyond 30 miles from downtown Duluth there will be additional travel-related charges.