Sunday, March 12, 2000

Diverse styles of dance offered

Ballet studio schedules masters

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON TWP. — Claudia Barrett is planning to keep her students on their toes this summer.

        The director of Ballet Tech studio has scheduled two summer dance seminars with guest instructors who represent different dance styles and traditions. Participants will be chosen by audition.

        Maggie Stoll, a student at Lebanon's Berry Middle School, hopes to return for Ms. Barrett's summer sessions this year.

        “I like coming to the summer program because I can improve my ballet technique, especially my pointe work,” she said.

        The first seminar will take place June 26 through July 29 and concludes with a performance. Instructors for the first two weeks are Aleksandr Bondarenko of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Cheryl Leist Randall, a dancer native to Cincinnati who lives in Germany and teaches the Vaganova style of ballet.

        “Mr. Bondarenko is new with us this summer,” said Ms. Barrett. “He has trained numerous gold and silver medalists of international ballet competitions including Julio Bocca, who's now a principal dancer of American Ballet Theater.”

        Kennet Oberly and his wife Larissa Sintsova will instruct students in Vaganova and the Danish Bournonville styles. Mr. Oberly is former ballet master of the Finnish National Ballet and Ms. Sintsova is former principal dancer of the Estonia Theater Ballet.

        “We also have Terence Greene of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, who will be teaching modern dance technique for two weeks during the first session,” Ms. Barrett continued.

        “Terence trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and has had one of his works aired on PBS.”

        The second seminar runs from Aug. 7-18 and will be taught by Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, principal dancers of the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

        They will teach excerpts from Swan Lake and La Fille Mal Gardee in addition to technique, pointe and partnering classes.

        “Claudia always brings in outstanding teachers,” said dance student Hannah Dorfmueller, a sophomore at Mason High School. “For me it's a great opportunity to learn new variations and different styles.”

        Elly Phelps, whose daughter has participated in summer sessions at Ballet Tech, agreed.

        “I find the sheer excellence, rigor and challenge offered by master teachers such as Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev awe-inspiring,” she said.

        Ms. Phelps, who has taken young people on Outward Bound expeditions, compares Ballet Tech's seminars similar in their potential for motivating students.

        Some housing and financial assistance is available, according to Ms. Barrett.

        Auditions for both sessions will take place March 18 at the Ballet Tech studio, 7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville. For information, call 683-6860.


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