Headed back to Tampa tomorrow for Master Classes, auditions and some promotional fun. All surrounding our 2012 performances in January of my pirate ballet “Gaspar” For all my readers in the Tampa Bay area below is a press release about our trip.
My Best- The Traveling Ballet Master
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2011
International Ballet Master to Offer Classes at No Cost
Christopher Fleming, Artistic Director for Gaspar- A Pirate Fantasy, will be conducting ‘Masters Classes’ for advanced ballet dancers in the Tampa Bay area in August. Classes will be held in 3 locations from 10:30 AM – Noon:
Aug. 16TH: New Tampa Dance Theatre- 10701 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Aug. 17TH & 19TH: St. Petersburg City Ballet- 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Aug. 18TH: Patel Conservatory- 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida 33602
There is no fee for participants. Only advanced dancers aged 16 and up may attend. Pre-registration is required and must be done by e-mail to GasparBallet@gmail.com or online at www.gasparballet.com. Phone calls to locations are not accepted for registration.
Mr. Fleming is a choreographer and Artistic Director currently working with ballet companies throughout the country. He is also a highly regarded and a much sought after instructor. He previously has been an evaluator and teacher at the prestigious “International Ballet Competition” in Jackson, Mississippi. Fleming has worked artistically in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. He was Artistic Director of the Compania Colombiana de Ballet in Bogota, Colombia. He was also Artistic Director of Bay Ballet Theatre in Tampa and Co-Director of Contrast Dance Theater in New York City. Mr. Fleming is the current Artistic Director of BalletFleming, Philadelphia’s newest ballet company.
The revival of Gaspar- A Pirate Fantasy ballet will be performed at Tampa’s Straz Center on Sunday, January 29, 2012 during Gasparilla weekend. It will feature principal dancers from New York and Philadelphia. Two shows are planned for 1 and 6 PM. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross (Tampa Bay Chapter), the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, and Drew’s Shoes- a Tampa based organization dedicated to offering dance shoes for underprivileged children.
Fleming decided to offer Master Classes as unofficial tryouts while he is in town auditioning and rehearsing dancers for Gaspar. For more information please visit www.gasparballet.com or e-mailGasparBallet@gmail.com.