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New York City Ballet Children's Workshop: "Dancin' Feet"

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Dancin’ Feet
Children’s Workshop Photo Essay
(New York City Ballet Children’s Workshop Web Page)

Featuring:
Savannah Lowery, NYC Ballet Soloist
Jennifer Tinsley-Williams, NYCB Teaching Artist (Former Soloist)
Elaine Chelton, NYCB Solo Pianist
Meghan Kent, Moderator, Manager Outreach Programs
Students from School of American Ballet

Founders, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Founding Choreographers: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins
Ballet Master in Chief: Peter Martins
Ballet Mistress: Rosemary Dunleavy
Assistant to the Ballet Master in Chief: Sean Lavery
Children’s Ballet Master: Garielle Whittle
Orchestra, Music Director: Fayçal Karoui
Chairman of the Board: John L. Vogelstein
Managing Dir. Communications and Special Projects: Robert Daniels
Manager, Media Relations: Katharina Plumb
Assoc., Communications and Special Projects: Caitlin Gillette
The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
www.lincolncenter.org


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 18, 2010


(Read more NYC Ballet Reviews)

For today’s New York City Ballet matinee, including George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, set to a medley of George Gershwin’s songs, I was joined by Camille, my practically seven year-old niece, and her mother, Madeline. We began the day at the New York City Ballet Studios in the Samuel B. & David Rose Building. In a rehearsal studio, numerous young ballerina-wannabes listened to Savannah Lowery, a City Ballet Soloist, plus Jennifer Tinsley-Williams, a former Soloist, now a NYCB Teaching Artist, discuss what it’s like to be a ballet dancer. Meghan Kent, Moderator of today’s Workshop and Manager of Outreach Programs, was a warm, vibrant host, who facilitated questions to the dancers and then questions to the children. Highlights of the sit-down segment revolved around ballet practice, warm-up, and personal goals. Ms. Lowery spoke about what it’s like to dance in Who Cares? and the different roles for different songs. Ms. Tinsley-Williams introduced the Workshop.

Then the children participated in organized ballet exercises, some light aerobics, and the movement and gesture of Dancin’ Feet, to “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Strike Up the Band”, and other songs from Who Cares?. Elaine Chelton, NYC Ballet Solo Pianist, was today’s musical artist, and she was relaxed, entertaining, and right on beat with the children’s rhythm. All the girls got sequined headbands, and Ms. Tinsley-Williams taught the 45-minute Workshop, first as a full children’s class, then divided into ensembles. Eleanor and Olivia, students from School of American Ballet, led the ensembles, with Ms. Tinsley-Williams working with smaller and larger groups. Each group practiced its own choreographic motif, within the Gershwin genre, and I was quite impressed, as was Camille. I was also impressed with Camille, who mentioned “grand pliés”, when asked who knew about pliés. The Workshop leaders also allowed the children to take home their headbands.

After the Workshop we attended the wonderful matinee, watching Serenade, Interplay, and Who Cares?. Following the matinee, which was all the more meaningful to Camille, with such a substantial Workshop experience, we headed upstairs to the City Ballet Gift Shop for another flowered headband. Soon we were sitting on the ledge of the new Lincoln Center Fountain, before walking into Central Park on this warm September day. There Camille found a big balloon maker, as we lingered at Bethesda Fountain. I highly recommend bringing your youthful ballerinas and young danseurs to New York City Ballet’s upcoming Workshops, listed on the New York City Ballet Children’s Workshop Web Page. And don’t forget to reserve your tickets for the same day’s matinee, always featured in the Workshop design.



The NYC Ballet Children's Workshop
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Meghan Kent, Moderator,
and Savannah Lowery, Soloist,
Talk to Children at the Workshop
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


SAB Students,
Eleanor Hitt and Olivia Boisson
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer Tinsley-Williams,
NYCB Teaching Artist,
Assists a Child Dancer
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer Tinsley-Williams
Teaches the Workshop
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Olivia Models Port de Bras
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer Tinsley-Williams
Assists a Child Dancer
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Dance Jumping in the Workshop
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Olivia Models Movement
for "Who Cares?"
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children Move in Groups
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children Move in Groups
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children Practice Dance Jumps
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Elaine Chelton, NYCB
Solo Pianist
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer, Eleanor, Olivia
All Teach the Workshop
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Eleanor Models for Her Group
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children learn a Jazzy Finish
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Meghan Kent, Manager,
Outreach Programs, and
Erin Brennan, Education Coordinator
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer and Olivia
Teach Dance Gestures
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children Learn Jazzy Waves
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Children Jump in Place
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Camille and Meghan Kent
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Olivia, Camille, and Eleanor
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Jennifer Tinsley-Williams
and Camille
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Camille in the Koch Theater Lobby
with NYC Ballet Headband and Jewelry
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Camille at the Lincoln Center Fountain
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Camille at the Lincoln Center Fountain
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


The Lincoln Center Fountain
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Camille in Central Park Making a Giant Bubble
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net