Master Classes 2017: August 7–10
Drop-in rate for single technique class only: $20
Technique runs the first 90 minutes of each day’s class.
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.
Victoria Schneider studied with Fred Danieli at the School of the Garden State Ballet in New Jersey. She danced professionally with the Garden State Ballet as a soloist, and with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She then taught at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet for seven years under the direction of Lupe Serrano, before moving to Italy where she worked as principal teacher at La Scuola di Danza Classica in Prato. After returning to the United States, together with Martin Fredmann she established the School of the Tampa Ballet and served as ballet mistress of the Tampa/Colorado Ballet. Mrs. Schneider studied the teaching syllabus of Russian Classical Ballet with her late husband, Jurgen Schneider, and with Janina Ciunovas. To further her qualifications, she completed the two-year pedagogy program at the Vaganova Academy of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, underprofessor Valentina Vasilievna Rumyanseva. Mrs. Schneider is one of only three American born teachers to be certified through this prestigious and demanding program. Upon completion of this program in 1995 she joined the faculty of the renowned HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL where she has remained as a respected member of the residential faculty for the past 22 years. Her students have won major awards in numerous ballet competitions and can be found dancing in major ballet companies internationally and in the United States. Since 2005 Mrs. Schneider has represented The HARID Conservatory as a member of the jury of The Japan Grand Prix International Ballet Competition and since 2012 has also represented The HARID Conservatory at The Taiwan Grand Prix. She remains active as a guest teacher and lecturer on the teaching of the Vaganova Methodology.
Featured image by Eli Akerstein