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A Guide To Charlotte Ballet Academy

September 23, 2011 4:33 AM

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Charlotte Ballet Academy is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina.Today, a reputation of excellence, tremendous skill and talent are but just some of what the theatre is comprised of. Take a journey through dance with one of the most accomplished groups that exhibit tenacity, strength and endurance!

Dancing And…

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Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, former New York City Ballet dancers, Charlotte Ballet Academy is a group of dancers who are committed to excellence and durance, who stand on a versatile and diverse repertoire of classic ballet as well as modern and contemporary dance. Through on-going education, community outreach and continuous training, the dancers of Charlotte Ballet Academy stand as accomplished and poised people!

Back In Those Dancing Days…

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A rich history of “firsts” and accomplishments precede the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Back in 1970, Robert Lindgren, Dean of Dance at Winston-Salem’s North Carolina School of the Arts, founded Charlotte Ballet Academy, formerly the NC Dance Theatre. In 1999, Dance Theatre the is awarded the “Advancement of Excellence Grant” from the Arts & Science Council. The theatre was awarded the grant, based on quality of professional programming, artistic vision, and ability to delve into the deepest of artistic advancement. Gian Carlo Menotti invited the company to perform at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. & Spoletto, Italy, back in 1981; the reviews were stellar. In 1996, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride arrive as Artistic Director and Co-Associate Artistic Director and in 2008, the pair received lifetime achievement awards from The Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte, N.C.

The Artists

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The dancers of Charlotte Ballet Academy are some of the most skilled, accomplished dancers that exist. Energy, poise, passion and commitment to dance are what these dancers are known for. From full-length classical ballet to modern and contemporary performances… these dancers are capable of delivering tremendously enthralling performances with beauty and athleticism!

Education and Outreach

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Charlotte Ballet Academy is a company that stands on a platform of continuous education and community outreach. From dance clinics to one-on-one training, artists will spend hours, days or even months with prospective dancers in residency programs. Elementary school-aged children can receive instruction just as older and more accomplished students can receive support and on-going training. Lecture demonstrations, workshops and collaborative programs are comprised to meet the needs of interested dancers who are looking to take their dance to new heights, levels of performance, professionalism and skill.

Support…

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Donations and volunteering are accepted, no matter your dancing skill set. If you have a desire to see Charlotte Ballet Academy grow and be a company that can take our community by “leaps and bounds”, then the donation of your time, monies and energies are always welcomed. For more information, you can call (704)372-0101 or visit: http://www.ncdance.org/DonateNow.asp

The School of Dance

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The School offers the highest quality of dance instruction in ballet, modern and jazz technique to students ages three through adult. In a supportive, nurturing and encouraging environment, participants are able to improve flexibility, stamina, strength and endurance. The School is the only dance school in North Carolina affiliated with a nationally recognized professional dance company. Residing within the faculty are faculty includes distinguished former principal, soloist and corps de ballet members from such world-renowned companies as New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hamburg Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and our own Charlotte Ballet Academy.

Additional Information:

After breaking ground in 2009 on its new 34,000 square foot facility, Charlotte resident and banking dignitary Hugh McColl Jr. announced the new facility, located at 701 North Tryon Street. Later it would be named the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance.

Address And Phone:

701 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2221
(704) 372-0101

Website:

http://www.ncdance.org/

Cicely C. Mitchell

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