Summer Intensives: July 9–27, 2018
Students should register for the same level as in Spring 2018.
Throughout the week students participate in a variety of classes, starting each day with technique and pointe/pre-pointe followed by a series of complementary disciplines with an emphasis on building the classical ballet dancer. These can range from conditioning to body-rolling, Zumba® to Pilates, character to musical theatre, jazz to contemporary dance.
Registration access coming soon.
Master Classes: August 6–10, 2018
A strong platform for dancers who want to attain a professional ballet experience and for those who simply want to deepen their enjoyment of the art of dance.
Full week (2.5 hours/day) $180
Technique runs the first 90 minutes of each day’s class (excluding level 2B)
Registration access coming soon.
ANA CLAIRE (Levels 2B–3B)
Ana is the Artistic Director of the Boulder Ballet. Although born in Boulder, Ana grew up on a ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.
At the age of eight she saw American Ballet Theatre perform Swan Lake and fell in love with the art of ballet. In an extraordinary gift of support, Ana’s mother drove her to ballet classes in Denver throughout her childhood. Ana has studied ballet with Maxine Williamson, Fernando Schaffenberg, Milenko Banovich, Barbara Demaree, and Larry Boyette. She has performed with Fort Worth Ballet, Fort Worth Opera, David Taylor Dance Theater, Aladdin Theater, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, Jan Justis Dance Company, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater, among others. Ana was a principal ballerina with Boulder Ballet for many years, and was twice voted “Boulder’s Best” by the Daily Camera. For over 20 years she has produced, directed, and choreographed an annual Storybook Ballet for the Boulder Ballet School, each with original music, scenery, and costumes created in collaboration with local artists. She has also choreographed all productions of Boulder Ballet’s Nutcracker since 2001. Ana originated Boulder Ballet’s acclaimed outreach program Steps in Time which has been performed at numerous schools throughout the Boulder/Denver area. Ana studied dance pedagogy at Texas Christian University, attended the teacher training workshop with former New York City Ballet principal Jillana, and has over 27 years of teaching experience. She is a passionate teacher, dedicated to helping students achieve technical excellence while nurturing their individual artistry, and many of her students have gone on to professional careers in dance.
MAKAILA WALLACE (Levels 4–7/Adult)
A Canadian born in Vallejo, California, Makaila started dancing at Boulder Ballet. At the age of 14 she began full time training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and attended Bolshoi Ballet summer programs. She danced with the RWB company as an apprentice before moving to Stockholm, Sweden, to join the Royal Swedish Ballet. There she had the opportunity to perform many lead roles including Myrtha in Giselle, staged and casted by Natalia Makarova. After three years, Makaila returned to Canada and joined Ballet BC where she danced for almost 11 years. Dancing nationally and internationally, her personal performance highlights have included works by choreographers Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Aszure Barton, Serge Bennathan, Jorma Elo, Jiri Kylian and Medhi Walerski, among others. She has also worked with Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek (ProArte Danza) in Toronto, Canada. Makaila has taught at a number of summer dance intensives and master classes including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet summer school program and facilitates regular classes through Harbour Dance in Vancouver and company classes at Ballet BC. She has also taught an adult creative exploration and ballet workshop as part of Ballet BC’s outreach program. In 2015 Makaila was asked to be a part of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project (a platform to ensure her legacy continues), working intimately with Ms. Gillis and performing with her in Florilege in the Sechelt Arts Festival. She has also performed in Dances for a Small Stage and The Dance Deck Series. In 2016, she worked alongside Jorma Elo as his choreographic assistant in Helsinki, Finland, for a full length production of “Alice in Wonderland”. In 2017 Makaila joined Ballet BC’s artistic staff as a part time rehearsal director. As a teacher, she is dedicated to creating a positive and supportive environment. In her classes, she hopes students will have the opportunity to investigate and explore their own personal choices and sensations of movement in an open and creative space.
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