ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 at Atlanta Ballet/SERBA Fall Conference
The South Eastern Regional Ballet Association board of directors (over 20 directors of member regional ballet companies) unanimously voted International Ballet in as a new member company with Performing Company status, which gives International Ballet full opportunity to perform selected works at the SERBA Festival each year, this year hosted by Raleigh Dance Theatre and held in Durham, North Carolina April 27- May 1. According to the national level organization, Regional Dance America,
“Many of America’s top professional dance companies can trace their roots back to membership in the National Association for Regional Ballet, now known as Regional Dance America. Companies such as Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Oklahoma Ballet were first nurtured through the Regional Dance Movement… As members of Regional Dance America, these companies claim national and international recognition for the standards to which they are held. Young dancers regardless of geographic boundaries have access to quality dance performance, training opportunities and over $250,000 in scholarships annually”
IB and Perla Ballet dancers with SERBA Adjudication panel at Atlanta Ballet
International Ballet Executive Director, Lena Forster, and Director of Artistic Operations, Juliana Jordan, traveled with 10 dancers representing International Ballet to the adjudication held at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education in Atlanta, Georgia. International Ballet dancers were observed alongside another prospective company, The Perla Ballet of St. Augustine, Florida in an adjudicated master class taught by Robert Gosnell, and then performed two original works for the adjudication panel: “Kalman Waltz”, a classical selection choreographed by International Ballet Artistic Director Vlada Kysselova, and “Playground Paradox”, a contemporary work choreographed by International Ballet Choreographer Juliana Jordan. Both selections will be performed for International Ballet’s opening production, “Fall Chamber Concert” on November 8, held at the Younts Center for the Performing Arts in Fountain Inn. International Ballet congratulates fellow dancers and directors of The Perla Ballet, who will join SERBA as an Intern Company this year.
Executive Director Lena Forster and Juliana Jordan with IB Company dancers
International Ballet is proud to be a part of the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association, which not only provides regional networking, performance exposure, and support for growing regional companies, but also serves as a valuable resource for scholarship and career-related opportunities for International Ballet’s pre-professional student dancers though Master Classes, workshops, and auditions.
Additionally, International Ballet has been encouraged by increased support at the city and state level, with the receipt of a project-related grant from the Graham Foundation in June 2015, as well as renewed General Operating Support funding from the SC Arts Commission in July 2015.