OFF TO COLUMBUS, OHIO
Spent a weekend last week creating 3 solos and an Ensemble work for Shir Lee Wu and the Columbus City Ballet School. The will perform these works at the regional Youth America Grand Prix. The kids were amazing. Shir Lee is very old school in her approach to training them and even the youngest 12 year olds were doing clean double pirouettes on pointe.
The work just flew by with these students. They were smart fast, hardworking and talented. All work should be this easy. The contemporary aspects of the work were a challenge for the students. But with Shir Lee’s background, I was confident that she would coach the contemporary aspects to the degree that they needed.
One note to self; try to avoid staying at a hotel near Ohio State during a Buckeye Home Game. Man those people like to party.
Below is some information from Columbus City Ballet’s Website.
Under the leadership and guidance of Shir Lee Wu, CCBS’s dance program is designed to ensure an environment to promote artistic excellence. Students will be taught by a professional faculty that understands the ability of each student so that throughout their training injuries can be prevented.
Her advanced pre-professional students, many on scholarship, have attended summer programs at some of the most prestigious ballet schools such as School of American Ballet in New York, Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific North West Ballet School, Chautauqua School of Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater-Dance Place, The Juilliard School in New York; ABT Summer Program, and Oleg Briansky’s Saratoga Summer Program.
During the past 10 years, Ms. Wu’s advanced ballet students have won gold medals at the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York, others have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the YAGP regional competitions; one of her students was a finalist at the 8th Concord De Dance de Paris.
Many of her former students have joined professional companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company, Sarasota Ballet of Florida and BalletMet Columbus. Another student performed in the Broadway production of “The King and I,” which toured England.
Some of her students have gone on to become arts administrators, choreographers, artistic directors of their own schools, or ballet teachers or have chosen to pursue a degree in dance at university.
Ms. Wu has received several awards for her accomplishments in the dance world. In 2002, she received the Outstanding Teacher at YAGP Chicago’s competition and in 2004, the Artist Teacher Award from the School of Dance of the Chautauqua Institute.
She is much in demand as a guest teacher both in the United States and abroad, and has taught students and professionals in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. In the U.S. she has taught at numerous summer programs, including Oleg Briansky, Saratoga, Southold Ballet Theater in Indiana, and Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s International Summer School and New American Youth Ballet.
The Traveling Ballet Master