Teaching NYC

July 27, 2016

Monday/Teaching in NYC   (Back in the saddle again)

So it’s Monday morning and I’m headed over to “Steps on Broadway” my Adv/Int class is not until 4:30 in the afternoon, but I thought I would check out the morning Adv/Int class.

Sidebar- A little bit about “Steps on Broadway” (Just called “STEPS”) by dancers and teachers alike.

This is from their website, I paraphrased a bit. Founded in 1979, STEPS is the true epicenter of NYC professional dance community. It is home to many of the best and most world-renowned teachers and a training ground for generations of aspiring and professional dancers.

On any given day, one may take class alongside today’s performers and seasoned veterans from companies such as

NYCB, ABT, Boston Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera and Alvin Ailey to name a few. As well as the Broadway and Commercial dance world.

So, I got to the studios and the first people I run into are two dancers from my old company in Philly. It was definitely a good sign to see some familiar faces.

(4:30 Class) Later that day my class went great.

The students and professional dancers enjoyed the class and the pianist was excellent.

MORE TO COME…

 

 


Day 1

July 27, 2016

Day 1 – New York City (Sunday)

Checked in to my mid-town hotel (More about that later…)

With my beautiful fiancé. Great room, good location we were set.

We went downstairs and started walking all over town.

It’s July in NYC and the abundance of tourists is amazing, both foreign and domestic. Listen closely and you’ll hear so many different languages it will make your head swim.

Also remember if you want to enjoy a good walking tour of NYC bring a good pair of sneakers. You’ll also be surprised at how clean the city streets are, so do your part.

That night we dinned at a favorite Mexican restaurant on the upper Westside. It was a place that I used to go to back when I was a dancer living and working here.

More tomorrow, my frozen margarita just arrived.


The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master July 17, 2016 The Reboot-

July 27, 2016

The Adventures of the Traveling Ballet Master

July 17, 2016

The Reboot-

So after being away from my own blog forever, on Sunday July 17, 2016 I begin again, in more ways than one.

Today I traveled from Philadelphia to NYC on my old stagecoach, the China Town Bus, much easier than driving and a whole lot cheaper. If you want to get somewhere quickly, cheaply and easily leave it to the Chinese.

The bus made great time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and took the Holland Tunnel into the city.

It’s funny going thru the tunnel; there is suddenly nothing really to see, then suddenly, like being shot out of a cannon you explode into Manhattan.

Having been born and raised here, it was defiantly a great way to come home!

 

 

 


Summertime Updates

July 31, 2015

Hope everyone has been having an enjoyable summer and staying cool in this Philly heat! If you’re looking to take ballet class throughout August, there are classes at BalletFleming at: 10am M-F, 11am on Saturdays, and 1pm on Sundays taught by either Christopher Fleming or Alexei Charov. Also, save the date for BalletFleming’s first show of the 15/16 season. As part of the Philly Fringe Festival, the company will be doing a combined show with Dancefusion (Dir: Gwendolyn Bye) at the Performance Garage. Sept 18th at 6pm & 9pm and Sept 19th at 3pm & 6pm.

Until then, enjoy some photos from the last show of the 14/15 season by the wonderful photographer, Frank Bicking.

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Andddd we’re back

April 28, 2015

The company started back today rehearsing for our upcoming show, “Night Moves”! We began working on a new Bob Dylan ballet by Director, Christopher Fleming. One of the company members, Matthew Soojian will also be showcasing work and he started rehearsing today with two of his dancers. Mark the date on your calendar! May 16th at 7pm and May 17th at 3pm. The show will be held at the Shiloh Baptist Church located at 2040 Christian Street.

Night Moves poster

 


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.