Auditions Tips

Dancers—auditions for summer programs are rapidly approaching! Audition season can often be looked upon as a stressful time. However, the nerves are natural–they just show that you want to do the best that you possibly can to impress the people at the panel, as well as get accepted into the school or program. To ease any rising qualms that you may have about upcoming auditions, we’ve compiled some tips about how to approach and display your peak performance at auditions. Prepare. Preparation is the key to excelling at anything—weather it be an audition or just another day at school. The...

Winter Performance Rehearsals

Dates for every group listed below 10/22,10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 Creative Movement Matinee-12:00-12:30 Evening-4:30-5:00 Level 1A Matinee-1:00-1:30 Evening-3:00-3:30 Level 1B Matinee-1:30-2:00 Evening-4:00-4:30 Quadrilles (first year) Matinee-12:30-1:00 Evening-3:30-4:00 Quadrilles (second year)/ Corphyees Matinee-2:00-2:30 Evening-2:30-3:00   Pre Professional Rehearsal Schedule Saturday, December 2nd and 9th  4:30 – 5:00 – Pre Pro 5 (Contemporary) 4:30 – 5:00 – Russian 5:00 – 6:00 – Snow 6:00 – 7:00 – Holly & Ivy 7:00 – 8:00 – Snowmiser / Heatmiser Sunday, December 3rd and 10th 12:00 – 3:00 – Nutcracker Full Matinee Cast 3:30 – 6:30 – Nutcracker Evening Cast    

Character Class with Alex Zankin

Includes Spring Performance Dance for Pre-Pro 4, 4A, & 5. Attendance is mandatory. $140 fee due September 15 (unless alternate arrangement made) Black Character skirt required. You may purchase on-line at discount dance or All That Jazz or TUTU Pre pro 4 2:30-3:30 Sept 24 Oct 1 Jan 28 Feb 25 April 8, 15, 29 May 6 May 20……9am-10am Pre pro 4A 3:30-4:30 Sept 24 Oct 1 Jan 28 Feb 25 April 8, 15, 29 May 6 May 20………10am-11am Pre pro 5 4:30-5:30 Sept 24 Oct 1 Jan 28 Feb 25 April 8, 15, 29 May 6 May 20……..11am-noon —————————————————————–...

WDA 2018 : TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC

DATES: JANUARY 29TH – JANUARY 31ST JANUARY 29TH ($200 deposit to hold spot) 12 NOON: Bus leaves Pittsburgh 2 Masters class with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet program. $ TBD Marcia Dale Weary – Founding Artistic Director https://www.cpyb.org/school/academic-program/artistic-leadership/marcia-dale-weary & Rose Taylor – https://cpyb.org/school/academic-program/faculty/rose-taylor Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle $89.00 a night plus tax. January 30 Leave Carlyle 8:00 AM Check into DC hotel $TBD Open Rehearsal: American Ballet Theatre $15.00 : 1:30 pm at Kennedy Center Explore the Arts Join dance scholars for an insider’s look at American Ballet Theatre as they prepare onstage for performance. Dance scholars provide informational commentary, via wireless...

So what’s the big deal about a ballet bun, anyway?

So what’s the big deal about a ballet bun, anyway?

Okay ladies, we need to talk…about hair! Many of you may have questions about why we have to spend time putting our hair up in buns for ballet class, as well as performances. The obvious reason is as simple as tradition. Wearing a bun in ballet class shows respect for the art form and its history. Since the development of the camera and even in the paintings of Edgar Degas, ballet buns have been present. In the courts of Italy where ballet originated, historical documents show that women wore their hair slicked back in a bun. Although we may not...

CURTAIN CALL FOR ICON

CURTAIN CALL FOR ICON

Recital season brings last dance for teacing icon Larry Cervi Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 23 Jun 2017 By Jane Vranish Steph Chambers/Post-GazetteLarry Cervi of Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts shakes hands with Jack Munkittrick, 5, of Murrysville, during a dress rehearsal June 1 at Gateway High School. After a long career as a studio owner, Mr. Cervi is retiring after this year’s recital. At 81 years “and still counting,” Pittsburgh dance icon Larry Cervi saw his name come down this month from the last marquee of what was once his network of six studios. With his wife Donna, Mr. Cervi is...

“Dancers’ Decisions: Quitting Dance to Study”.

“Dancers’ Decisions: Quitting Dance to Study”.

On occasion, some upper-level dancers feel the need to quit or take a break from dancing in order to focus more on their studies. It is completely understandable that you feel the need to improve your grades. However, dancing is an outlet for your stresses that you encounter in everyday life. With each stretch of a tendu, you forget about the fight you had with your friend, with each cambré, your worries about the test you have the next day melt away, with each grand battement, you stop focusing on the nagging pimple you have on your forehead. Dance is...