The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company made up of students from the school (ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School) nurtured year-round for a place in the senior company- ABT is a storehouse of talent. Their annual program, this year at Pace University’s Schimmel Center (March 13), was ambitious, including re-staged works – Marius Petipa's Le Corsaire (excerpts - 1858), Anthony Tudor's Little Improvisations (1953), Merce Cunningham's Duets (excerpts - 1980) and the newer Hush (2004) by Stephen Mills. These young hopefuls took on these works and captured the essence of the mature themes and styles. Erica Lall and Garegin Pogossian in Tudor's Little Improvisations danced as if it belonged solely to them, while Breanne Granlund with Aran Bell, Hanna Bassa with Samuel Rodriguez plus Lall with Tyler Maloney offered a delightful rendition of Cunningham’s Duets. Kudos to the entire cast of students, they are a treasure trove of what is to come.
Manhattan Youth Ballet Workshop
Young, energetic and talented performers abound at Manhattan Youth Ballet Workshop’s annual production, this year (March 15) titled "Stories that Dance: Shakespeare and his Legacy." Lucky for them, the founder Rose Caiola always imagined the school and performance venue as one - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. For this performance students are given the opportunity to work with some of today's in-demand choreographers (Brian Reeder and Clifton Brown), plus they are challenged to perform works by legends in the field (George Balanchine and Marius Petipa). Reeder's First Touch, a rendition of “Romeo and Juliet,” opened, followed by Balanchine's “A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpt),” then Brown's Ophelia. Petipa's Le Corsaire closed the program. The cast of 50+ students were delightful and they delivered.