Worcester County Dance Festival 2017

The Festival Performance

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Event Information 

Time/Date: Saturday, March 25, 7:00pm

Location: Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center, Saint John’s High School

Tickets/Pricing:

  • Tickets are $15
  • Tickets are available at the door

Complimentary Festival Classes

 

The Dancer’s Toolkit – A Presentation on Wellness (3-4pm)

We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Sullivan and Dr. Morray. They will share information from their extensive work with young dancers, including issues related to body image, common nutrition mistakes made by dancers, and ways for dancers to protect and improve their physical and emotional wellness. They will also invite dancers and their parents to explore the unique opportunities and challenges involved in dance training, and provide suggestions for building on the strengths that involvement in dance can facilitate.

For more information about our presenters visit: THE DANCER’S TOOLKIT

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Elizabeth A. Sullivan, M.A.  was a professional ballerina with the Cleveland/San Jose and Boston Ballet companies. After earning a BA at Dartmouth College and an MA at Columbia University, Elizabeth returned to dance in her current capacity as a wellness coach, consultant, and teacher. Since 2011, she has taught workshops and seminars in the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, Ellison Ballet, and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy, among others. Elizabeth coaches young dancers and their parents in her private practice, helping them navigate the ins and outs of the dance world. Her dancers have trained at elite schools like the Royal Ballet School in London and JKO School at ABT, won medals at Youth America Grand Prix, and received job offers from major world companies like American Ballet Theatre. She is a certified Wellness Coach through the American College of Sports Medicine and Wellcoaches School of Coaching, as well as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC.

Elisabeth B. Morray, Ph.D. studied ballet while growing up in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She began teaching and working as an administrator for the Boston Ballet in 1995, while pursuing her undergraduate education at Boston University. During this time Elisabeth’s interests in the psychological development and mental health of pre-professional dancers took root. She played a central role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the “Wellness Initiative” at the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. After receiving her BS in psychology, she went on to receive a Masters in Counseling from Boston College and then received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She is currently a Staff Psychologist in Behavioral Health at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, where her practice includes specialty work in women’s health, development, and adjustment. She also maintains a private practice in downtown Boston, where she enjoys seeing the dancers who are included on her current caseload. Much of Elisabeth’s clinical work and research has focused upon adolescent females, specifically those at risk of developing eating disorders, including elite dancers, gymnasts, and figure skaters. She is devoted to her work focused on eating disorder prevention and the development of techniques for enhancing mental fitness in performing artists.

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Robert R. Jay Performing Arts Center, Saint John’s High School

Pricing/Tickets:

Open to the public! Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend!
Discounted pricing for non-festival participants:

  • $10 for the Wellness Presentation
  • $20 for the Wellness Presentation & Festival Performance

Tickets available at the door!

Ballet Master Class with Carlos Molina (4:15-5:30pm)

Carlos Molina received his ballet education at the lnstituto Colombiano de Ballet Clasico “lncolballet,” where he obtained his Certificate as a Professional Dancer after 8 years of training. He also trained at the Houston Ballet Academy in Texas for 1 year. Molina joined The Ballet de Cali Company in Colombia in 1992 and then in 1994 joined the Hartford Ballet in Connecticut where he was a Principal dancer. In 1998 Molina joined American Ballet Theatre, becoming a soloist in 2001. In 2004, Molina was invited to join Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer, becoming a freelance artist and teacher in 2010. His repertoire includes Principal roles in: Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Eugene Onegin, Coppelia, Taming of the Shrew,Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, The FireBird, An Afternoon of a Faun, Le Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, Etudes, Les Biches, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dream, Variations for Four, Pillar of Fire, Offenbach, Three Virgins and a Devil, Serenade,Apollo, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Ballet lmperial, Symphony in C, Divertimento #15, La Valse, Jewels, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, and Spartacus as well as in works by modern choreographers such as: Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Twayla Tharp, Choo San Goh. Molina was the winner of the First lgor Youskevitch Award, at The New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. Molina has been a Certified Ballet Teacher with American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum since 2008-2009 and joined Boston Ballet School in 2014. He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of INTEGRARTE.

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Time: 4:15-5:30 pm

Registration Information:

  • Open to all Festival Dancers
  • Email your reservation to jenniferagbay@gmail.com

Attire:

  • Standard classical ballet class attire please