Kicking Off the New School Year in Style!
Sep
16
4:30pm 4:30pm

Kicking Off the New School Year in Style!

  • Pavilion at Cascade Township Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It’s time to celebrate the start of an exciting new school year at MBA! Come join us for our second annual potluck picnic together with our fourth annual Fun Run on September 16, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Pavilion at Cascade Township Park, 3810 Thornapple River Dr, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546. We hope you will join us to celebrate the new school year, welcome new students and their families, spend time with families you know, and participate in the Fourth Annual Fun Run. While we would love to see everyone participate in the Fun Run, please know that you do not have to run (or walk) to come enjoy the picnic and comradery.

In addition to the Fun Run, we will also have fun and games for all including last year’s popular hula hoop and jump rope contests. New this year, we will also have Tug of War, 3 legged races, and a craft or two. And, for the young (and young at heart), the Pavilion is just a few steps away from some great playground equipment. Also close by are some beautiful new basketball courts. If you have a basketball and would like to play and share, please bring it!

Please plan to bring a potluck dish to share. This is a family style event. Please RSVP to
administrator@michiganballet.org to let us know you will be coming. There will be a limited number of outlets at the park for crock pot use. If you will be bringing one, let us know.
Registration for the Fun Run will start at 4:45 pm and we will run (or walk if you prefer) the one mile path around the park at 5:00 pm. The money raised during this event will go to pay for new costumes and costume repairs that are needed for our annual Nutcracker choreographed by Artistic Director, Mr. Nikoloz Makhateli. MBA students, their parents, grandparents, and friends can participate in the Fun Run.
Registration for the Fun Run is $15.00 and each participant should have their own Sponsor Sheet (click here). There is also a sample Sponsor letter (click here) which you can modify or send as is to potential sponsors.  For each $20.00 a runner raises, their name will be entered into the raffle drawing for prizes which will include private lessons!

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Jul
20
12:00am12:00am

MBA Announces Formation of Studio Company

  • We are excited to announce both the introduction of the MBA Studio Company as well as an Academy path. This change provides students with an option to continue professional training at the highest level or the opportunity to participate in the same high-quality instruction with a less rigorous schedule. Please see the attached schedule and description of the new MBA Studio Company. 

Click HERE for more info on the MBA Studio Company Program

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Irina Vassileni to Join MBA Faculty
Feb
5
9:30pm 9:30pm

Irina Vassileni to Join MBA Faculty

Irina Vassileni with MBA student - January 2017

Michigan Ballet Academy is very pleased to announce that former Bolshoi Ballet dancer and master teacher, Irina Vassileni, will join the MBA full-time faculty as of June 1, 2017.

Ms. Vassileni is a well known instructor and re-stager of classical ballet. She is a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a former Bolshoi Ballet dancer and holds BFA degree in Methodology of Classical Ballet and Choreography . She has also studied yoga, body conditioning and related holistic practices in depth, integrating her knowledge of dance with the ideas of both ancient and modern disciplines. Irina began her training by entering the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow at the age 10. After graduating with honors in 1979, she was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet, touring worldwide and performing with the company in ballets such as SWAN LAKE, GISELLE, SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE NUTCRACKER, SPARTACUS, PAQUITA , RAYMONDA, THE GOLDEN AGE and the entire classical and contemporary repertoire.

Throughout her career as an instructor she has taught master classes, teaching seminars and participated in lectures and workshops with professional schools , universities and companies nationwide.

Irina is currently a faculty member of Classical Ballet of Colorado in Denver and will join the MBA faculty on June 1, 2017

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MBA Students Win Awards and Scholarships Internationally
Nov
12
11:30am11:30am

MBA Students Win Awards and Scholarships Internationally

Gabriel Rajah at the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Final in Paris.

World Ballet Arts Competition Finalists Corinne and Brianna with Mr. Makhateli

World Ballet Arts Competition Finalists Corinne and Brianna with Mr. Makhateli

MBA Students Corinne Jarvis, Breanna Proseus, and Gabriel Rajah were all representing Michigan Ballet Academy in international competitions on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  Corinne and Breanna competed in the World Ballet Arts Competition Final in Niagara Falls, Canada. Corinne received 3rd place in classical variations for her age category (14-16 year olds). She also received a full scholarship for the summer program at the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes-Mougins Rosella Hightower, one of the premier ballet schools in Europe. Breanna received a special award for classical technique (in her age category).

A third student from Michigan Ballet Academy, Gabriel Rajah competed this week at the Youth American Grand Prix semifinal in Paris, France. Gabe advanced to the final round and received scholarship offers from American Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School and the Princess Grace Ballet Academy in Monaco.

Thanks to the tireless work of director Nikoloz Makhateli and the hard word and talent of the students, the reputation of Michigan Ballet Academy continues to grow in both the US and internationally.

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Oct
26
10:00pm10:00pm

MBA Students Win 1st and Second Place in Ballet Competition Semi-Final

Breanna Proseus and Corinne Jarvis were awarded first and second place respectively in the Classical category for 14 to 16 year olds at the Toronto Semi-Final of the World Ballet Arts Competition Grand Prix on October 22, 2016.  Additionally, Corinne Jarvis was awarded third place in the Contemporary category for the same age group.

Breanna performed a variation from Walpurgisnacht and the Kitri variation from Don Quixote.  Corinne danced the Pas D'Esclave from Le Corsaire and a variation from Raymonda in the Classical category as well as the conteporary solo 'Song for Viola', choreographed by MBA Artistic Director Nikoloz Makhateli.

Both ladies will be advancing to the Final round of competition to be held in Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada on November 12, 2016.

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Nutcracker Audition 1
Sep
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Nutcracker Audition 1

MBA is holding auditions for all roles in our 2016 Production of Nikoloz Makhateli's The Nutcracker.  MBA students wishing to participate in the Nutcracker must attend one of the two auditions.  Non-MBA students are also invited to audition for roles.

There will be a second audition on October 1 for anyone who cannot attend this audition.

Ages 5 - adult
Audition Fee for all attendees: $20

For students chosen to participate in the production will be responsible for performance fees, payable before rehearsals begin in October.

Performance Fees:

MBA Students - $50 costume cleaning fee only.

Non-MBA Students:

Ages 5-8: $250
Ages 9 – 12/13: $300
Ages 12/13 and up: $350

 

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Jul
15
4:15pm 4:15pm

Audition for Year Round Professional Training Program 2016-7

Friday July 15, 2016 

Michigan Ballet Academy Studios

1595 Galbraith Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 

Ages 7-11 -- 4:15pm Studio 2 

Ages 11-up -- 4:15pm Studio 3 

 

Girls should wear a solid color leotard and pink tights. 

Please bring ballet slippers and pointe shoes. 

Boys should wear white t-shirts and black tights.  

 

Audition Fee: $15 if pre-registered; $20 audition day

 

**Select students will be awarded 2 weeks tuition free study 

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Master Classes with Dmitry Tuboltsev
Jun
21
to Jun 22

Master Classes with Dmitry Tuboltsev

 Dmitriy Tuboltsev graduated from The State Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Pitersburg, Russia. He was taught by Vaganova's direct lines of students. In 1997 he received a master degree diploma of teaching and choreography from the State Theatrical Arts (GITIS), Moscow, Russia. Dmitriy was a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet (under direction of Grigorovich), Leningrad Ballet Theater, Russian State Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Ohio Ballet. He also has widespread teaching experience around the world including the USA. Many of his students have gone on to receive scholarships for the university dance programs and positions with professional companies.

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MBA Annual Benefit Auction
Feb
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

MBA Annual Benefit Auction

Vintage Ballet: a Look Forward ... a Look Back

Saturday, February 27th, 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Michigan Ballet Studios.

Featuring: A Stunning Student Performance, Silent & Live Auction, Hors d'Oevres & Desserts, Complimentary Beer & Wine, and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Tickets: $40 for an Individual Ticket or $75 for a Couple
Click HERE to purchase tickets online.
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Summer Intensive Audition and Placement
Jan
23
3:30pm 3:30pm

Summer Intensive Audition and Placement

Summer training provides intense focus for young and experienced dancers to grow and improve their technique. MBA's professional training faculty and small class sizes will help you achieve your goals!

Audition and Placement for the 2016 Michigan Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive is this Saturday, February 23 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the MBA Studio's. Audition fee for non- MBA students is $20.00.

If you are unable to attend the audition, you may call the studio to register for an in-class audition or visit the website for video audition submissions.

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Holiday Maintenance Classes
Dec
21
to Jan 1

Holiday Maintenance Classes

Holiday Maintenance Classes with MBA Artistic Director, Nikoloz Makhateli.  Classes are open to all intermediate and advanced students (not just MBA students).  All classes are held at 4PM to 5:30 PM.  Dates are:

  • Monday, December 21, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015
  • Friday, January 1, 2016

Prices are $16/class or $12/class for professional rate.

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Guest Artist Francis Lawrence to Join MBA as Nutcracker Prince
Dec
4
to Dec 6

Guest Artist Francis Lawrence to Join MBA as Nutcracker Prince

MBA is excited to announce that Dance Theatre of Harlem's Francis Lawrence will be dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince in our upcoming performance. Previously, Mr. Lawrence has danced with several companies including The Australian Ballet and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. He is currently in his third season with New York City's Dance Theater of Harlem, one of the leading neoclassical ballet companies in the USA.

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Free Master Class for MBA Students
Aug
7
10:30am10:30am

Free Master Class for MBA Students

All MBA students are invited to participate in a FREE Master class, taught by Istvan Nemeth and Natalie Boeck, former principal dancers of Augsburg Ballet, together with the dancers from the Dance Center #1 from Augsburg, Germany. The class will be taught on Friday, Aug 7, at 10:30-12:00. All levels are welcome. Please arrive in time for the class to begin on time. In the afternoon, return for their FREE show at 4:30 at the PM Wege Theater.

The Dance Center #1 is in Grand Rapids as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program, and they will be spending 2 weeks, traveling to several cities in the Midwest, and putting on their ballet performance.

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MBA Students to Compete in International Ballet Competition.
Jun
10
to Jun 14

MBA Students to Compete in International Ballet Competition.

Four MBA students were selected by a distinguished panel of judges (Darci Kistler, Clinton Luckett, and Gillian Murphy) to compete in the first ever Indianapolis International Ballet Competition.  Breanna Proseus, Maria Bellamy, Madison Massara, and Corinne Jarvis will be competing in Indianapolis June 10 through the 14.  The international panel of judges will include:

  • Patrick Armand – Associate Director, San Francisco Ballet School
  • Edward Ellison – Founder & Artistic Director, Ellison Ballet
  • Franco De Vita – Artistic Director, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT
  • Hae Shik Kim – Founding Dean, Korean National University of Arts, School of Dance
  • Alexei Kremnev – Artistic Director, The Joffrey Academy of Dance
  • Edwaard Liang – Renowned Choreographer & Artistic Director, BalletMet
  • Tadeusz Matacz – Director, John Cranko Schule
  • Shelly Power – Academy Director, Houston Ballet Academy
  • Mavis Staines – Artistic Director and CEO, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Demis Volpi – Choreographer-in-Residence, Stuttgart Ballet

In addition to performing in the competitions, the students will have classes and coaching session taught by word-famous teachers including:

 

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International Ballet Competition Preview and Advanced Student Showcase
May
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

International Ballet Competition Preview and Advanced Student Showcase

Support MBA Students competing in the first ever Indianapolis International Ballet Competition.  They and other MBA advanced students will be performing classical and contemporary variations at the East Grand Rapids High School Little Auditorium.  Free and open to the pubic.  May 27, 2015, 6:30 PM

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MBA to Perform at UP2U Festival At Rogers Plaza
May
16
2:15pm 2:15pm

MBA to Perform at UP2U Festival At Rogers Plaza

MBA is pleased to support this important community event with a 30 minute presentation on Saturday, May 16 from 2:15 - 2:45 PM.  UP2U is held in observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and is designed to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues while providing a fun, free and family friendly setting to learn and connect with community resources.

MBA Students will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker, our recent Spring Aires gala, and solos which students are preparing to perform in upcoming competitions.

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