Guestings, Showcases, & Rehearsals … oh my!

March 1, 2015

As February comes to a close we are counting down the days until spring!! (just 19 days!) Looking back over the past few months, the dancers at BalletFleming have been very busy.

GUESTINGS

Many Company Members and Apprentices had guesting jobs during the holiday season at companies and schools in the area. Dancers of BalletFleming performed with: Budzynski Ballet Theater, Dance DelBello, Tricia Sloan Dance Center, Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy, Ballet 180, Artisan Dance Company, and Connect the Dots Dance Company.

Amanda as Spanish

Company Member: Amanda Hill as Spanish Lead in Artisan Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker” in Sugar Loaf, NY

 

Tricia and Bethany

Apprentice: Bethany Schwartz (left) and Company Member: Tricia Koch (right) backstage in their Snow Costumes in Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy’s “The Nutcracker”

 

 

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Company Members: Blair D’Amico and Martin Skocelas-Hunter as Arabian in Budzynski Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker”

 

Will and Fallon

Company Members: Fallon Gannon and William MacNeil as Belle and Young Scrooge in Dance Del Bello’s “A Christmas Carol” | Photo by: Cora Lee’s Photography

 

Jessie

Company Member: Jessica Frazier as Lucy in Ballet 180’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

 

Rachael as Clara

Apprentice: Rachael Gnatowski (middle) as Clara in Connect the Dots Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker”

 

Blair as Dew Drop

Company Member: Blair D’Amico as Dew Drop in Tricia Sloan Dance Center’s “The Nutcracker”

 

Will as a Rat

Company Member: WIlliam MacNeil as a Rat in Tricia Sloan Dance Center’s “The Nutcracker” | Photo by: Carley Schaffer

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Apprentices: Gabriella Proffitt as Sally and Matt Soojian as Linus and Company Member: Jessica Frazier as Lucy in Ballet 180’s production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

 

CABERNET & CHOREOGRAPHY FUNDRAISER

The Cabernet & Choreographer Fundraiser showcase was a success! Many company members showed new choreography and talked to the audience afterward about their process with creating work. Many audience members chose to fund pieces so they will be able to add onto their work. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the choreographers!

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Choreographers talking to the audience

 

REHEARSALS

The company is preparing for an upcoming showcase, “Evening of Innovations” that will be held at the BalletFleming studio on March 19th. All choreographers from the “Cabernet & Choreography” showcase will be adding onto their pieces. These choreographers include: Jessica Frazier, Rachael Gnatowski, William MacNeil, Martin Skocelas-Hunter, and Matthew Soojian. There will also be two new pieces by company members, Amanda Hill and Tricia Koch as well as work shown by Director, Christopher Fleming. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

March 2015 flyer


Cabernet & Choreography promo

February 10, 2015

Check out the promo video for our upcoming Cabernet & Choreography fundraiser! The evening will include innovative choreography by Christopher Fleming, Jessica Frazier, Rachael Gnatowski, William MacNeil, Martin Skocelas-Hunter, and Matthew Soojian. Come out this Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 6:30pm at the BalletFleming studios in Philadelphia. $15 per person and $25 per couple.

 


Cabernet & Choreography!

February 5, 2015

Come to BalletFleming’s fundraiser, “Cabernet & Choreography” on Thurs, Feb 12th at 6:30! Check out the event on our facebook page.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/992822234080105/


Behind the Scenes at BalletFleming

January 23, 2015

The holiday season was a very busy time for the dancers at BalletFleming. We all kicked off the holiday season with BalletFleming’s holiday show: “Dancing in a Winter Wonderland” the weekend of Thanksgiving. After that many dancers in the company had guestings with other schools and companies throughout December.

“Dancing in a Winter Wonderland” took place at the Shiloh Baptist Church, courtesy of Brian Sanders. Brian Sanders is the director of his company, JUNK. He allowed us to use their space for our performance. This space was very unique. We were able to build our own stage complete with lighting. This was all possible thanks to BalletFleming’s Assistant Director, Thomas Gant Jr. as well as Christopher Fleming, Brian Sanders, and the men in both BalletFleming and JUNK. They spent many hours putting the stage together and it’s pretty amazing how it all came together. Below are some pictures of the process:

 

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building the frame

 

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laying down the floor

 

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taping down the marley & working on lighting

 

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Thomas Gant Jr. working on the lights

 

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final taping of the marley

 

 

 

 

 


Meet the Choreographers: Thomas Gant Jr.

November 22, 2014

Meet the Choreographers: Thomas Gant Jr.

TommyWhere are you from?
South Jersey

How long have you lived in Philly?
11years

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
Anywhere really

What is your dance background?
I went to a performing arts high school in Jersey and studied in NYC. But, my roots are here in Philly and the majority of my training, performing, and teaching stems from Philadelphia.

Where do you get your inspiration for choreographing pieces?
It depends. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s the dancers, sometimes an idea. But mostly it’s my mentors and what I’ve learned from them and want to pass along.

How would you describe your style of movement?
Just dance! There’s so much crap about defining what type of dancer you are. You take technique classes everyday so your instrument is conditioned and it’s second nature; it supports your ability to move freely and dance, that’s what I want to see.

How long have you been working/involved with BalletFleming?
I’m a founding member in 2010.

What kind of holiday music did you pick to choreograph to for the Holiday Show and why?
Gary Hoey. It’s instrumental Christmas tunes played on an electric guitar. I wanted to do something inspired by the BalletFleming rock ballets.

Who else/what other companies have you set work on in the past?
Dance Del Bello, Saltarium, Tainan city ballet (Taiwan), Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts, as well as a few other art schools in Taiwan (whose names don’t translate in English).

Fun fact about you/anything else you would like to share?
Well, I’m currently a union electrician (traded in my tights for a tool belt). My wife of 11 years is a dancer for Koresh Dance Company here in Philly. We have a soon to be 3 year old son (Thomas 3rd or T3). And, I’m the oldest of 4 boys and at one point we all danced. In one production of Nutcracker we actually had us 4 plus my wife!


Meet the Company: Matt Soojian

November 19, 2014

Meet Company Member: Matt Soojian

mattsWhere are you from?
I’m originally from a small planet 2 million light years away in the Andromeda Galaxy. I crash landed on a farm behind my Earth Parent’s house in West Chester, PA as an infant. They found me there and continued to raise me in the same town.

How many seasons have you been with BalletFleming?
I’ve been with the company for about a month of Autumn, so I’d say about 1/3 of a season.

Where were you dancing before?
I was dancing in my shower and in my living room earlier today, but before that I was dancing at University of the Arts and with a tap company I currently dance with named Footwerx.

Favorite place to hangout in Philly?
Besides my apartment where I watch TV like an enormous couch potato, I love to hangout at Chipotle. I’m addicted to their burrito bowls and I get one at least once a week. If we go to Chipotle together, you know our friendship is solid.

Favorite food?
The meatballs that my grandmother used to make before she died a little over four years ago. My Mom and Aunt Barbara make meatballs using her recipe, however my Aunt’s come the closest to how they used to taste. Please don’t tell my Mom I said that. I’m kidding! I’ve told my Mom multiple times that my Aunt Barbara’s meatballs are better than hers.

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Photo by: Brian Mengini

Favorite quote?
“Damn it man, I’m a doctor not a physicist!” -Leonard McCoy, Star Trek (2009)

Favorite choreographer?
The Resident Choreographer of Pennsylvania Ballet and Founder of BalletX: Matthew Neenan. He showed me that ballet is not just classical steps and technique, that it’s a feeling and presence. A favorite pas de deux of mine that he’s choreographed has “The Worm” in it. Yes, it’s the typical “The Worm” you’re thinking of, where someone body rolls on the floor to imitate a worm inching on the ground. However, in this pas it doesn’t feel like a cheesy dance move from the 80s. It feels like an emotional ballet move. This is extremely inspirational to me and one of his many talents I wish to posses as a choreographer. He also says “Hi” to me every once in a while and he’s such a nice guy. #nevermeetyourheros #ohwaitialreadydid #andihavenoregretsbecauseheisgreat

Most embarassing dance moment?
I have so many embarrassing stage moments that they all kind of blur together. Although, I guess one that really stands out is when I danced a romantic pas de deux to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” with a broom. A couple of mops messaged me the day after the show saying they were interested.

Fun fact about you?
I’m a very silly human being who whole hardheartedly believes that any sized pizza can be a personal pizza if you try hard enough. Also, if you don’t like hashtags or don’t know what they are, ignore the # signs in my answer to the seventh question.


It’s the Holiday Season

November 18, 2014

BalletFleming is back in full swing and ready to jingle all the way through the holiday season.

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Photo by: Philadelphia Dance Photo Project

Yesterday, the company performed at a Nutcracker Tea hosted by The Daughters of Penelope at the Saint Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. The tea was to benefit several causes including, The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). We performed excerpts from “The Nutcracker”, including: Snow, the Sugar Plum Fairy variation, Chinese Tea, Arabian, and Flowers. The place was decorated so beautifully. There were Nutcrackers, snowflakes, and twinkling lights everywhere. Everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the performance. All of this was made possible by Isa Velez, one of BalletFleming’s greatest supporters. (She is like our fairy godmother!) Also, a huge thank you to Juan Irizarry for coming out to take photos of our performance. He is the man behind Philadelphia Dance Photo Project. Included in this post are just a few of the photos that he took during the performance. Also, check out his Facebook and Instagram!

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Photo by: Philadelphia Dance Photo Project Dancer: Alexandra Malleval

 

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Photo by: Philadelphia Dance Photo Project | Dancers: Fallon Gannon and Martin Skocelas

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Photo by: Philadelphia Dance Photo Project | Dancer: Jessie Frazier

 

Today, we started back up with rehearsals for “Dancing in a Winter Wonderland” – a Holiday Show by BalletFleming. Come out Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 29th to see a show that is sure to make your spirits bright! The performance will be held at the Shiloh Baptist Church on 20th and Christian Streets at 2pm and again at 7pm. The 2pm show will feature the Philadelphia Ballet School’s Tiny Toes class, which I’m very exited about! (They have been working very hard!)

11 days until the Holiday Show!!!

-Fallon :)


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