April 29 will be no ordinary Monday for members of the Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA), who will get the opportunity to take a special master class taught by two world class ballet artists.
Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will teach the class to levels four to eight students and coach a rehearsal of excerpts from La Bayadere, the production at the core of the school’s repertoire for its June Graduation Gala performance to be held on June 15.
A master class is when a prominent professional dance artist visits for a class or series of classes to teach advanced students. Such opportunities are rare and special for students. Ms. Osipova and Mr. Vasiliev are two of the top principals at the ABT and are presently at the height of their careers, frequently selling out their performances.
“We are thrilled for our students,” said GBA instructor Yuri Vodolaga, “since such exceptional performers are infrequently available to teach. Such opportunities are one way that we try to prepare our students to perform ballet at the highest levels.”
The GBA, which nurtures talented young students toward careers in professional ballet, has a history of bringing in legendary dancers, such as Allegra Kent, Leslie Browne and Irina Dvorovenko, to teach master classes at the academy. Now included on that list will be Ms. Osipova and Mr. Vasiliev who are among the world’s foremost artists in classical ballet today. In addition to ABT, they are presently principal dancers for the Royal Ballet and the Michailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.
~ Read more atGreenwich Post on April 29, 2013