Move-in day for the School of American Ballet Summer Course 2013

Move-in day for the School of American Ballet Summer Course 2013 was Sunday, and 2everything went smoothly. Somehow SAB makes moving 200 kids into one dorm seem easy! I was a little nervous, but I felt better after I got settled into my dorm room and met my roommate, a girl from Atlanta. Our room is great, and we can see the Lincoln Center fountain from our dorm room window! Sunday evening, we got to eat in the cafeteria for the first time. Then we had a floor meeting and an ice cream social for everyone to meet each other. The SAB Summer Course staff goes above and beyond to make sure that everyone feels comfortable as they settle in.

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Monday we all had our placement classes. This year there are 7 levels for girls, and I was so excited to find out I will be a level 7! Our regular class schedule started Tuesday. My very first class was a 2 hour ballet class on pointe with Kay Mazzo. Ms. Mazzo is an amazing teacher, and I quickly realized how much I will learn and how hard I will have to work in my classes. The class was very challenging, with a focus on quick footwork and precise musicality. My second class was pointe/variations with Darci Kistler. I have taken master classes in Indianapolis with Ms. Kistler for the last three years, and I absolutely love her classes! We did an hour of technique on pointe, then we worked on a variation from Raymonda. At the end of class, Ms. Kistler told me she remembered me from Indianapolis. I was so happy to hear that!

New Image 7Wednesday I had a two hour ballet class on pointe with Jock Soto, an hour of Pilates with Phoebe Higgins, and an hour and a half pointe class with Darci Kistler again. I am so excited to be taking classes from such amazing teachers, and I am looking forward to working hard and learning so much from them over the next 5 weeks.

5SAB offers a variety of activities you can sign up for so you get to experience the best of New York City outside of the studios. Wednesday evening I went on my first outside activity. It was a double decker bus tour of New York City, and we all got to sit on the top deck of the bus. We saw lots of famous New York sites, such as the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, the Flatiron Building, Times Square, and more. It was a really fun way to see New York City!

My five weeks at SAB are going to be challenging, rewarding, and fun. I am meeting lots of new people and experiencing lots of new things. I hope the five weeks doesn’t go too fast because I am planning to enjoy every minute!

Olivia Behrmann, a 15 year old, aspiring ballerina from Indianapolis.

Behrmann will be writing about her experiences as she attends the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC this summer.

YAGP 2012 NYC FinalsOlivia Behrmann attended public school in Washington Township through the first quarter of her 8th grade year, when she began her schooling online to accommodate her increasing number of hours spent training to become a professional ballerina.

When she was younger, Behrmann participated in soccer, gymnastics, and cheerleading. She tried her first dance class at Dance Creations in Fishers, Indiana at the age of 7 and was immediately hooked. She went on to do competitive dance for four years: three years with Dreamworks Dance Productions and one year with Dance Legacy.

Olivia Behrmann experienced much success in competition dance, but at the age of 12, she decided to leave the competition dance world behind to pursue classical ballet. She joined Central Indiana Academy of Dance (CIAD) in Carmel, Indiana, as well as Central Indiana Dance Ensemble (the pre-professional ballet company associated with CIAD).

For the past three years, has gained acceptance, often with scholarships, into a number of summer intensive programs, including Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Nashville Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Nutmeg Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Ellison Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. In Summer of 2012, she attended Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York on full scholarship. Behrmann is excited to attend the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC June 24th through July 26th.

Olivia Behrmann will be writing about her experiences as she attends the School of American Ballet summer course in NYC this summer.

Motionwear Awards Dancer Scholarship

Motionwear awards Jorge Rullan with a $250 scholarship to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive.

Jorge Rullan began dancing at the age of sixteen with the Philadelphia Dance Theatre under the direction of Joy Delaney Capponi. Rullan has been featured as the Nutcracker Prince, and the Soldier Doll in “The Nutcracker.” He has created roles in choreographer Ruka White’s “Psalms” and Melissa Chisena’s “Masquerade.” A high-school junior, Jorge hopes to attend a university as a dance major. Motionwear awarded Jorge Rullan a $250 scholarship to attend the RDA National Choreography Intensive to help him expand his choreographic skills.

The RDA National Choreography Intensive is a program that provides dancers, emerging choreographers, and seasoned choreographers the opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance.