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Ballet Theatre of Phoenix unveils new facility
August 24, 2020
(Phoenix, AZ) Phoenix will have a new space for dance as the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix opens its new studios in the center of Uptown. Conceived by Venue Projects with architect Martha Baker of InKinetic, the new state-of-the-art facility boasts 7,800 square feet for dance instruction.With an emphasis on classical ballet, Ballet Theatre of Phoenix instructors follow the American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum, training dancers from ages 3 to pre-professional level. The studios also hold extensive ballet classes for adults, as well as classes in other movement styles including contemporary and tap dance.Studios are also open to the community for rental, providing a space for dancers and instructors to develop a wide array of movement – from yoga and salsa to Bellydance and hip-hop.The Ballet Theatre of Phoenix Studios are located at 6201 N. 7th St in the heart of Uptown Phoenix and will open September 8th for both in-person and on-line classes. Fall classes will begin August 24 online via Zoom, moving to in person/hybrid classes on September 8th.Private guided tours will be held by appointment and may be reserved by calling 602-957-3364.Visitors will be able to see the studios amenities with its stylish Mid-Century Modern design, and four large dance studios with custom floors (3 Marley and 1 Hardwood) HD/Bluetooth sound systems, shower facilities and dressing rooms.Ballet Theatre of Phoenix classes are held throughout the year for students of all levels in multiple styles of dance.Creative Movement Classes are designed for the youngest children, introducing basic concepts of dance in a fun, social environment.Primary Ballet Classes (Ages 3-7) develop musicality, artistry, imagination and creativity through dance. Designed for younger students, the curriculum, focuses on ballet fundamentals, providing, students with an understanding of classroom structure and etiquette and preparing them for more advanced levels of classical ballet.Classical Ballet Program (Ages 8-18) train students for a professional career in classical ballet. Students learn fundamental techniques for using the body as an instrument forexpression, as well as conditioning tools to reach their fullest potential.Adult Ballet Classes (Ages 15+) Ballet Theatre of Phoenix hosts a wide array of Adult Ballet classes for students of all levels and experience. These classes are offered on adrop-in basis with no pre-registration required.Tap Dance Classes (Ages 12+) Combining movement with rhythm, students oftap learn improvisation, syncopation and intricate choreography. Classes are taught by acclaimed faculty who have worked extensively in musical theatre.Contemporary Dance (All Ages) Focusing on fluid movement, our contemporarydance classes fuse multiple dance genres including modern, jazz, classical ballet, and hip-hop to create an entirely new expression.Registration for fall classes is now open with placement for students’ dance levels scheduled by appointment.Visit ballettheatreofphoenix.org or call 602-957-3364 for more information.
Ballet Theatre of Phoenix Faculty
Jennifer CafarellaBallet Theatre of Phoenix School Director
Daniel BaudendistelAdult Ballet
Emile Shen ChunPrimary Ballet
Julee LeathersCreative Movement
Tracy ThomasonCreative Movement
Lainie SeretisBallet Level 1 – 7
Aaron GilbertBallet Level 1-7
Chelsea Rose NeissContemporary & Tap Dance
Amy SymondsContemporary & Tap Dance
About Ballet Theatre of PhoenixBallet Theater of Phoenix is a space where students come to develop their artistry, skill, understanding, and passion for dance. We offer the finest quality education in a beautiful new training facility in the heart of Phoenix.Our faculty brings a blend of experience, knowledge, artistry, and compassion to the studio. This creates an environment where each student is guided to reach their fullest potential.We see not only what the student has to offer right now, but what they have the ability to become with careful, individualized instruction. Ballet Theater of Phoenix is dedicated to nurturing a future generation of dancers, perpetuating the art of the classical ballet, and passing on the rich heritage of ballet to future generations.
About Jennifer Cafarella,Ballet Theatre of Phoenix School DirectorJennifer Cafarella started her formal ballet training with the Nina Marlowe School of Ballet and The School of Ballet Arizona and graduated from the prestigious Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Her professional career includes appearing with the Ballet de Cali in Colombia, Ballet New England, Granite State Ballet, Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, and Convergence Ballet. With a BS in Business Administration, an MFA in Dance, as well as teacher certification from the American Ballet Theatre in NYC has been on faculty at Scottsdale School of Ballet, Paula Carr Dance Academy, Arizona School for the Arts, Mesa Community College, and The School of Ballet Arizona. She has developed her own teaching methodology which she has presented at various conferences across the nation.
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