Danceworks is proud to present three outstanding Classical Ballet Masterclasses July 18th/20th/22nd.
£20 per class, book online or at reception on 020 7629 6183
£15 per class for DW full members, bookable by phone or at reception only.
Monday 18th July | 1pm-2.30pm | £20 | Age: 14+
Michaela has an extraordinary life story. She was born in Sierra Leone in 1995 where she was orphaned during the civil war. Sent to an orphanage where she was demonised because she suffers from vitiligo, a condition in which patches of skin lose pigmentation; apparently evidence of the evil spirit within the three-year-old. Adopted by an American family and inspired by a picture of a ballerina she saw while in Sierra Leone, Michaela trained as a ballet dancer in the U.S, performing at the Youth America Grand Prix among other competitions. She was one of the stars of the 2011 documentary film First Position, which follows six young dancers vying for a place in an elite ballet company or school, and also performed on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. Following her dream hasn’t been easy, but Michaela says. “I want to inspire other girls who wish to pursue ballet.. My life is proof that no matter what situation you’re in, as long as you have a supportive family, you can achieve anything.” With her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, Michaela authored the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Michaela now dances for Dutch National Ballet.
“I just wanted to send a thank you from both Ceran and myself. Ceran thoroughly enjoyed the class with Michaela and I am sure we will be back. Everyone made us both feel very welcome at our first visit
to Danceworks. Thank you again.” Debbie & Ceran Brooks
Former Principal Dancer Royal Ballet, Men in Motion DirectorWednesday 20th July | 1pm-2.30pm | £20 | Age: 18+
Principal Dancer and Choregrapher, Ivan was born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a ballet family. He trained at The Kyiv State Choreographic Institute and at The Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation Sir Anthony Dowell invited him to join the Company, where he became a Principal after three seasons. His repertory includes Principal roles in all the classics and ballets by MacMillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, Tetley, Cranko, Bournonville, Robbins and many more. International appearances include leading roles with National Ballet Companies of Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, England, Mexico, Georgia, ViennaStaatsoper and with The Royal Ballet in many of the world’s most renowned theatres. Awards include Premier Prix at the Prix de Lausanne, Gold medal at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition, Gold Medal at the Nijinsky Festival, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, Medal for Work and Achievement from the President of Ukraine and has been made an Honorary Artist of Ukraine. Ivan created the successful company Men in Motion.
| DOMINIC ANTONUCCI
Former Principal Dancer, now Ballet Master, B’ham RB
Friday 22nd July | 1pm-2.30pm | £20 | Age: 16+
Born in Ohio, Dominic Antonucci attended the Nan Klinger School of Dance and the School of American Ballet. He performed with American Ballet Theatre from 1991 to 1994, joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 2003. Dominic proved himself a hugely versatile performer over the years, comfortably dancing the leads in classics such as The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as more dramatic parts like the Robert Helpmann role in Dante Sonata and Mortimer in Edward II. His strong masculine presence was seen to great effect as the Gypsy Lover in The Two Pigeons and Uther Pendragon in Arthur, whilst his comic gifts were evident as Petruchio in The Shakespeare Suite and as Captain Belaye in Pineapple Poll. Dominic has been a prominent contributor to the Department for Learning’s work and has a wide experience of teaching and mentoring young people. He taught and rehearsed the dancers of the National Ballet of Japan in Ashton’s Cinderella. Away from the studio, he is a regular contributor to The Dancing Times. He was appointed Ballet Master in 2009..
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