Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ballet. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

FSPA Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Apr 2-3

FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland April 2 and 3 at THE BLACK BOX!

Don't be late! Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole as Lewis Carroll's immortal children's story comes to life in this captivating ballet. Delight in the surreal wonder of Alice's dream world where things are not always as they seem. Discover the fantastical Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and more!

Performances:
Saturday, April 2, 4 PM - Cast B
Saturday April 2,  7 PM - Cast A
Sunday, April 3,  1 PM – Cast B
Sunday April 3, 4 PM – Cast A

Tickets available at FSPAonline.com, in the office, or by calling 508-528-8668. 

FSPA Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Apr 2-3
FSPA Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Apr 2-3

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Specimen Ballot for Franklin (MA) Election Nov 2, 2021

What does the actual ballot for Nov 2 look like? A specimen copy is shared here from the Town Clerk page. Note the penalties associated with defacing the ballot.

From the Town of Franklin page ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/news/town_election_11-2-21_-_specimen_ballot_-_copy.pdf

 

Specimen Ballot for Franklin (MA) Election Nov 2, 2021
Specimen Ballot for Franklin (MA) Election Nov 2, 2021

Monday, September 27, 2021

FSPA Ballet Conservatory Alums Join Professional Ballet Companies

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Ballet Conservatory celebrates its former students who are currently dancing in professional companies all around the world. FSPA's Ballet conservatory Program offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. Under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) dancer Cheryl Madeux, an extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the ABT National Training Curriculum. All teachers on the FSPA Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program.

Former FSPA Ballet Conservatory student Melissa Chapski is currently dancing with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich after joining the company in April. After training at FSPA until 2012, she graduated from the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. That same year, she was awarded a gold medal at Indianapolis International Ballet Competition and Youth American Grand Prix's Boston regional, and a contract to the Dutch National Ballet's junior company at YAGP Finals where she placed top 12. Chapski danced two seasons in Dutch National's junior company followed by three seasons in the corps de ballet. She has appeared as a guest artist in galas in London, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, China, America, and The Netherlands. Chapski was also featured as 'Emma' in the movie High Strung: Free Dance and has done ad campaigns for Huawei Mobile, Nikon Europe, Discount Dance Supply, Capezio, and Russian Pointe.

Noura Sander was recently promoted to Studio Company with The Washington Ballet and Jared Brouillette joined Kansas City Ballet II. Both studied in FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory with Cheryl Madeux and faculty and were featured in the Franklin Performing Arts Company’s Nutcracker.  Colleen Megley, an FSPA Ballet Conservatory graduate, has been serving as Manager of School Programs at New York City Ballet since 2018. Megley received her Master’s degree in Dance Education and Ballet Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt and was on the ballet faculty at the Peridance Capezio Center in NYC for eight years. 

In previous years, FSPA has presented its students for Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum at ABT’s studios in New York, NY. The Examination class was taught by Ms. Madeux. FSPA is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels. Upon successful exam completion, Cheryl Madeux earned the distinction of ABT Affiliate Teacher.

FSPA also offers two additional tracks of Ballet study for students not on the pre-professional path and advanced dancers with limited time in their schedules. 

For more information on Ballet at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit www.FSPAonline.com, call 508-528-8668, or stop by the facility at 38 Main Street in Franklin, MA. Follow FSPA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Noura Sander
Noura Sander


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

FSPA Offers Pre-Professional Ballet Program

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) continues its successful Ballet Conservatory program under the direction of Cheryl Madeux. With pre-professional training, FSPA's Ballet Conservatory offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. An extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. 

The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the ABT National Training Curriculum. As of 2015, all teachers on FSPA’s Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program. Additionally, FSPA Academy, partnered with the virtual Massachusetts Public School TECCA, combines the flexibility of a virtual education with the practicality of a schoolroom, and can accommodate professional opportunities, rehearsal, and performance schedules for pre-professional students who wish to study at FSPA full-time. 

The first levels of the ballet program begin an earnest study of classical ballet. Barre work is introduced with a strong focus on individual turnout, foot development, and port de bras. As dancers progress into the intermediate levels, the faculty carefully evaluates each student's progress and potential for pointe work while continuing to nurture the desire to dance. The Pre-Professional Program begins advanced ballet technique and pointe. 

Admission is by teacher evaluation and audition only. This program consists of FSPA’s most challenging and demanding schedule and provides additional performance opportunities for dancers, along with private coaching and extra classes if desired.

FSPA’s Ballet program is under the direction of Cheryl Madeux, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet, and Hartford Ballet. She received her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Ms. Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, worked with leading choreographers including Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp, and been coached by such ballet luminaries as Igor Youskevitch and Eleanor D’Antuono. 

Her extensive classical repertoire includes all the full-length classical productions as well as principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, The Firebird, Balanchine’s Serenade, Spectra de La Rose, and much more. Many of Ms. Madeux’s FSPA Ballet Conservatory students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious summer programs available and a select few recently participated and advanced to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in NY. Ms. Madeux is also a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT National Training Curriculum. 

In previous years, FSPA has presented its students for Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum at ABT’s studios in New York, NY. The Examination class was taught by Ms. Madeux. FSPA is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels. Upon successful exam completion, Cheryl Madeux earned the distinction of ABT Affiliate Teacher.

FSPA offers two additional tracks of Ballet study for students not on the pre-professional path and advanced dancers with limited time in their schedules. The Standard Track is designed to train and educate students in classical ballet so they may use this knowledge to enhance other disciplines and prepare to enter competitive college dance programs, if desired. 

Pointe is not offered on this track, allowing for fewer requirements and greater flexibility of schedules. Students are evaluated for placement in the level to assure continued development and success. The Recreational Ballet Program consists of once-a-week classes to meet the needs of older students with no prior experience who wish to explore the discipline of classical ballet and dancers with some experience who want to continue study for enjoyment.

For more information on Ballet at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit www.FSPAonline.com, call 508-528-8668, or stop by the facility at 38 Main Street in Franklin, MA. Follow FSPA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

FSPA Offers Pre-Professional Ballet Program
FSPA Offers Pre-Professional Ballet Program

Sunday, September 1, 2019

FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Thrives

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), now in its 35th year, will continue its Ballet Conservatory program this season. FSPA's Ballet Conservatory offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. An extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. 

The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the ABT National Training Curriculum. As of 2015, all teachers on the Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program.

The first levels of the ballet program begins an earnest study of classical ballet. Barre work is introduced with a strong focus on individual turnout, foot development, and port de bra. As dancers progress into the intermediate levels, the faculty carefully evaluates each student's progress and potential for pointe work while continuing to nurture the desire to dance. 
 
FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Thrives
FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Thrives

The Pre-Professional Program begins advanced ballet technique and pointe. Admission is by teacher evaluation and audition only. This program consists of FSPA’s most challenging and demanding schedule and provides additional performance opportunities for dancers, along with private coaching and extra classes if desired.

FSPA’s Ballet program is under the direction of Cheryl Madeux, a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet, and Hartford Ballet. She received her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Ms. Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, worked with leading choreographers including Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp, and been coached by such ballet luminaries as Igor Youskevitch and Eleanor D’Antuono. Her extensive classical repertoire includes all the full-length classical productions as well as principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, The Firebird, Balanchine’s Serenade, Spectra de La Rose, and much more. 

Many of Ms. Madeux’s FSPA Ballet Conservatory students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious summer programs available and a select few recently participated and advanced to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in NY. Ms. Madeux is also a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT National Training Curriculum.

This past year, FSPA presented its students for Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum at ABT’s studios in New York, NY. The Examination class was taught by Ms. Madeux. FSPA is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels. Upon successful exam completion, Cheryl Madeux earned the distinction of ABT Affiliate Teacher.

FSPA offers two additional tracks of Ballet study for students not on the pre-professional path and advanced dancers with limited time in their schedules. The Standard Track is designed to train and educate students in classical ballet so they may use this knowledge to enhance other disciplines and prepare to enter competitive college dance programs, if desired. Pointe is not offered on this track, allowing for fewer requirements and greater flexibility of schedules. 

Students are evaluated for placement in the level to assure continued development and success. The Recreational Ballet Program is comprised of once-a-week classes to meet the needs of older students with no prior experience who wish to explore the discipline of classical ballet and dancers with some experience who want to continue study for enjoyment.

For more information on Ballet at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit www.FSPAonline.com, call 508-528-8668, or stop by the facility at 38 Main Street in Franklin, MA.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Franklin School For The Performing Arts, Presents Students For Examinations In The American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum

Franklin School for the Performing Arts will present its students for Examinations in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum on June 15, 2019, at ABT’s studios in New York, NY. The Examination class will be taught by ABT Certified Teacher, Cheryl Madeux, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts is proud to incorporate the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a nine-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development for students of all ages and skill levels. Upon successful exam completion, Cheryl Madeux will earn the distinction of ABT Affiliate Teacher.
Cheryl Madeux
Cheryl Madeux

ABT’s National Training Curriculum is a program for the development and training of young students that embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Under the direction of ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, the Curriculum aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. The National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.

“After nearly ten years, American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and our related Summer Intensive program has seen the impact that American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum has meant to dance teachers and ballet students across the country and internationally,” says Cynthia Harvey, Artistic Director of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. 

“We are pleased that teachers and students are implementing the guidelines recommended by the Curriculum and working in a way that will lead them towards a long and healthy career. The Curriculum is fluid and will expand as we continue to investigate the way that dance, and sport science is developing and impacting the way we can train dancers to reach their optimum physical and artistic potential.”

American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum can be used to enhance an existing syllabus and to assist teachers in working appropriately with young dancers. Attendees of the ABT Teacher Training Intensive program have the opportunity to become certified in the Curriculum by successfully passing comprehensive examinations.

For more information, please visit: www.abt.org/education/NTC/.
For information on Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit: https://www.fspaonline.com/


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents Coppelia

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts Ballet Conservatory will present Coppelia at THE BLACK BOX March 29-31. The ballet tells the story of Swanhilda who is engaged to Franz, but he has his eye on a mysterious girl sitting on the balcony of Dr Coppelius’s house. Franz doesn’t realize that she is a doll whom the toymaker is trying to bring to life and when Swanhilda and her friends sneak into the Doctor’s workshop, it looks as though he has succeeded. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a joyful celebration of the lovers’ wedding. Coppelia is an enchanting, family ballet, perfect for young and old alike.

The students of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory will be joined by guest artists Clyde Nantais (formerly of Boston Ballet), Lucas Melfi (Conservatory alumnus), and Rosario Guillen (Franklin Performing Arts Company’s The Nutcracker). The production also features original costume design by Merrie Whitney.

FSPA's Ballet conservatory Program offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. An extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the new American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. As of 2015, all teachers on the Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program.

Coppelia is staged by FSPA Ballet Conservatory Director Cheryl Madeux. Madeux received her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts under the direction of Sharon Dante and Donna Bonasera. Ms. Madeux has enjoyed a long professional career, dancing with such venerable companies as the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and as principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet. Ms. Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, worked with leading choreographers including Gerald Arpino, Kirk Peterson, and Twyla Tharp, and been coached by such ballet luminaries as Igor Youskevitch and Eleanor D’Antuono.

Her extensive classical repertoire includes all the full-length classical productions as well as principal roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, The Firebird, Balanchine’s Serenade, Spectra de La Rose and much more. Among her accomplishments, Ms. Madeux was awarded first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition at age 15, was a finalist in the Third Paris International Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne, and was awarded a Level 1 Presidential Scholar in Dance. Many of Ms. Madeux’s FSPA Ballet Conservatory students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious summer programs available and a select few recently participated and advanced to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in NY. Ms. Madeux is also a summer faculty member for the ABT® Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

For Coppelia tickets and more information on the FSPA Ballet Conservatory, visit www.FSPAonline.com or call 508-528-8668.

FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents Coppelia
FSPA Ballet Conservatory presents Coppelia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Franklin School for the Performing Arts Slates Summer Programs for Children and Teens

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) announces a summer session of theater programs, ballet intensives and one-week creative camps, along with voice, instrumental and dance classes. The summer session runs from June 26 to August 22, with registration beginning March 6.

FSPA Summer Theater provides the opportunity for hands-on immersion in a Broadway Boot Camp, cabaret show, play or musical theater production, with enrollment for one to five weeks. The Cabaret week (July 17-21) focuses on repertoire choices, song interpretation and presentation, and concludes with a cabaret style revue at THE BLACK BOX theater in downtown Franklin. The three-day Broadway Boot Camp (July 24-26) brings Broadway headliners to FSPA for song and dance master classes and coaching on individual performance skills. A weeklong drama program (August 14-18) presents a straight play, while a two-week musical theater program (July 31-August 11) stages a major book musical at THE BLACK BOX.
FSPA
FSPA

Summer Ballet Intensives feature a final showing at THE BLACK BOX, along with extracurricular classes in Alexander Technique, nutrition and injury prevention. The four-week Intermediate/Advanced Intensive (July 3-28) and three-week Young Intensive (July 10-28) provide training in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe/pointe, modern, dance history and character dance, with partnering, variations and choreography offered at the advanced level.

Among FSPA’s weeklong performing arts camps, Broadway Camp (grades K-5) teaches vocals, choreography and scene work, with a chance to showcase skills in a final ensemble performance. Acting Camp (grades K-4 and 5-7) explores character development and improvisation. Camp ProVoice (ages 7-9 and 10-13) focuses on individual performance skills with music from Broadway, movies and TV musicals, as well as pop and rock hits, culminating in a performance of solos, duets and small ensembles. Jazz and Tap Camp (grades 4-7) combines age- and level-appropriate dance with a creative summer experience. For young beginner dancers, Dance Discovery (ages 5-9) teaches basic dance vocabulary and positions, floor exercises and simple steps, with a focus on musicality and rhythm. Creative Kids Camp engages and entertains campers ages 5-8 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts. The youngest campers, ages 3-5, are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience with FSPA’s Little Music School Director, Kim Rezendes.

For summer registration, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668. For further information, including a summer session brochure with full program descriptions, dates, faculty, and tuition, call or visit online at www.FSPAonline.com.