As I wrote about before my focus will now be on writing about my experiences of starting a new ballet Company ( BalletFleming ).
To this end I thought I would introduce you to my new dancers for the 2011/2012 season. It should be very exciting.
BalletFleming Dancers for the 2011/2012 Season
Ms. Barczak, an upstate New York native, received the majority of her dance training at Myers Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School and New York State Summer School for the Arts. She has performed as a Guest Artist with various companies in the United States such as The Pennsylvania Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Northeast Ballet Company, as well as being a Principle Dancer and Outreach Coordinator for the Rebecca Davis Dance Company. Under the direction of Christopher Fleming she has previously performed principle roles with Contrast Dance Theatre, Long Island Ballet Theatre and Circus Nexus, as well as being featured dancing on the FX series Rescue Me, which aired August 3rd, 2010. As well, she has served as Ballet Mistress and Repetiteur for Mr. Fleming’s ballet in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. As a founding member with BalletFleming in it’s inaugural year, some of her favorite roles include Ms. Walker in The Who’s “Tommy: A Rock Ballet” and Christina in “Gaspar: A Pirate Fantasy”. While Ms. Barczak will be joining the The Pennsylvania Ballet in the upcoming season, she is excited to continue as a Guest Artist with BalletFleming. After guest teaching and privately coaching throughout her career, Ms. Barczak had the opportunity to be part in opening the Philadelphia Ballet School (The official school of BalletFleming) in 2010, where she continues to serve as Associate Director.
Holly is from Lambertville, New Jersey and began her training Princeton Ballet with Susan Jaffe. In addition she attended North Carolina School of the Arts and later the Rock School where she studied extensively with Christopher Fleming. Holly has been a member of ballet Austin II, where she performed works by Steven Mills and Thang Dao. In New York City she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and Terra Firma Dance Theatre. She also attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a Presidential Scholar. Holly is a founding member and current dancer with BalletFleming. She has originated the roles in many of Christopher Fleming’s Ballets including “Anna” in Gaspar, “Elizabeth Poe” in The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allan Poe” and Mantodea Pas de Deux to critical acclaim. She would like to thank her family for all their support in her artistic endeavors.
Maya grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she began dancing at the Northeast American School of Dance at the age of four. Her training continued at Pioneer Valley Ballet and East Street Ballet, supplemented by summer programs at Goucher College and Boston Ballet. Ms. Felten returned to Goucher College in 2007 as an undergraduate student, where she became actively involved in the dance department and the Goucher Reparatory Dance Ensemble. Ms. Felten was selected to perform in works by Brian Reeder, Septime Webre, Doris Humphrey, Alan Hineline and Christopher Fleming, with featured roles in works by Jessica Lang, Armando Luna, Dermot Blake and Michel Fokine. While at Goucher, Ms. Felten performed at the American College Dance Festival Association in 2008 and attended the festival in 2011. Maya joins BalletFleming as an apprentice for the 2011/2012 Season.
Thomas Gant, Jr.
Thomas Gant Jr., is a graduate of the Southern New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts. Mr. Gant received a full scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet’s Trainee Program. He also studied with Ronen Koresh, Melissa Rector, Delphine Del Bello, David Kloss, Nancy Page, and Christopher Fleming. Mr. Gant has worked as a principle dancer with Brandywine Ballet Theatre, Dance Del Bello and Opus One Contemporary Dance Company. In addition he is repetiteur of David Kloss’s repertoire for Dance Del Bello, he has also assisted in staging and choreographing such ballets as The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. In 2002, he was first recipient of the National Dance Education Organization’s Award in artistic excellence and leadership. In 2010 he traveled abroad to Taiwan to begin a continuing relationship there, teach master classes in ballet and modern dance. Mr. Gant is a founding member and current dancer with the newly formed BalletFleming. Originating Roles in Christopher Fleming’s “The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe”, “Gaspar” and “The Janis and Joe Suite”. Mr. Gant has recently been appointed Associate Director of the Philadelphia Ballet School (The official school of BalletFleming).
Alex Crozier-Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began dancing at the age of seven. In 2001 he performed with The Houston Grand Opera in their production of Carmen. He went onto further his dance training at Wissahickon Dance Academy. He supplemented his training with summer programs at Pennsylvania’s Governor’s School for the Arts, and Netherlands Dance Theater. Alex is a graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Ballet and has had the pleasure of performing works by Paul Selwyn Norton, Roni Koresh, and William Forsythe. Alex has performed nationally and internationally with Pennsylvania Ballet, Brandywine Ballet, D.ID Dance Identity, and the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine. He is a founding member and current dancer with BalletFleming. He has originated the title roles in Christopher Fleming’s “Gaspar” and “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allan Poe” to critical acclaim.
Ms. Koorts began her dance training in Macon, GA. She continued her training at University of Utah’s Department of Ballet, followed by London Studio Centre in England. There she earned her BA Honors in Theatre Dance. Ms. Koorts toured throughout England and Wales with Margaret Barbieri’s Images of Dance, performing as well at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, in a Gala honoring Maria Bjornson.
Ms. Koorts has also performed with Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Savannah and International Ballet Classique, and helped to found Contemporary Ballet Theatre. As a member of Rebecca Davis Dance Company she performed in Van Gogh, Darfur and Braving the New World.
As founding member of BalletFleming, Ms. Koorts danced the role of Poe’s mother Elizabeth in The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, Sanibel the Saloon Owner in Gaspar: A Pirate Fantasy, as well as ensemble roles in the Rock and Roll Ballet Janis and Joe and new works Bernstein Suite and Long Train Running.
Ms. Koorts is also a licensed and certified Sports Massage Therapist, since completing her training in 2005 from St. Mary’s College of the University of Surrey, England.
Jake grew up in Bayport, New York. He most recently trained with Boston Ballet’s summer intensive. He has also worked with New York City Ballet at their summer intensive, NYSSSA. Jake has been dancing for the past 15 years of his life and although his main focus is ballet he was also casted in Gateway Playhouse’s Production of Gypsy. He was recently a guest artist for Adelphi Dance’s production of The Who’s Tommy Choreographed by Christopher Fleming. Jake joins Christopher Fleming’s new ballet company in Philadelphia, BalletFleming as an apprentice for the 2011/2012 Season. He is extremely pleased to work with all these new faces.
Timothy was born and raised in Wenonah, New Jersey. His training includes The Philadelphia Ballet School, The Rock School as well as The Orlando Ballet Summer Program. He has been a Guest Artist with The Brandywine Ballet Company, Ballet Etudes, Boca Ballet Theatre and Long Island Ballet Theatre. Most recently, he danced in Christopher Fleming’s critically acclaimed production of The Who’s Tommy at Adelphi University in New York. Timothy joins BalletFleming as an apprentice for the 2011/2012 Season. He would like to thank his family for all their love and Support.
Adrianna de Svastich
Originally from Tuxedo Park, New York, Adrianna de Svastich began her ballet training under Leonid Kozlov in Ramsey, New Jersey. She was then accepted to The School of American Ballet in New York City. She also attended various summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, and The Royal Ballet School in London.
During her final year at the school, she performed with the New York City Ballet in Balanchine’s Serenade and Chopiniana, and in Susan Stroman’s Double Feature.
Ms. de Svastich was a member of Pennsylvania Ballet II for two years before becoming an Apprentice in August 2007.She was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2009, and continued to perform with PA Ballet through 2011.Her performing experience with Pennsylvania Ballet includes George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Ballo Della Regina, The Four Temperaments, Square Dance, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco and Serenade; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake and Carnival of the Animals; John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet; Matthew Neenan’s Carmina Burana; Roland Petit’s Carmen, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes To Shove; Ben Stevenson’s Dracula; Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee and Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She has also choreographed and originated roles in Shut Up & Dance, an annual benefit performance run by the dancers of PA Ballet. Ms. de Svastich is excited to be joining BalletFleming for the 2011-2012 Season. She will also be graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in History.
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