By Jamie Dingus on 11/22/2015 08:50 PM
Former Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah Fleet-Gogas, with her very own Petite Plum, Eleanor!
By Jamie Dingus on 11/12/2015 04:14 PM
Kasey Watters, student of Ms. Betty Seibert shares a thoughtful historical reflection on Maestro Cecchetti:
"Maestro Enrico Cecchetti choreographed the joyous and challenging adage, Pas De L'Alliance on November 11th, 1918 to celebrate the signing of Armistice between the allied forces and the Germans; heralding the end of The Great War. Pas De L'Alliance is unique in that we can put ourselves, if briefly, in the shoes of the Maestro. We know exactly when and why he choreographed this step. What many don't know is how bittersweet this moment was for his family. His youngest son Riccardo had just begun a promising career in dance when war broke out. Riccardo lost a leg in the war, and would never dance again.
I can imagine the Maestro standing in his London school teaching a ballet class as an aspiring dancer runs in with the news that the war had ended. The room is buzzing with excitement, dancers exclaiming what great news, how wonderful that touring dancers will now be able to once again move about Europe without fear of arrest and imprisonment. A tear wells up in the Maestro's eyes. He wipes it away quickly before the dancers can see, and calls them all to join him in the center to begin work on Pas De L'Alliance.
The step is difficult, involving controlled weight transfers that move quickly into brilliant turns. It ends with a feeling of harmony, leaving one with a sense of joy and indescribable loss. Working with, dancing, and teaching Maestro Cecchetti's steps is a great honor and challenge. I continue to hope that I am up to the task!
As you reflect on Veteran's Day and honor all of the members of the military that you hold near and dear, remember that before it was Veteran's Day it was Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, The Great War ended; and another generation of dancers began working on a new adage, one of many pas that would excite and inspire dancers for generations."
Here's what Cecchetti teacher's and colleagues are saying about this moving piece:
"NEED TO SEE!"
-Thomas Baird, Dancing History
"I will pass on to Guibord's students. :)"
"It must be very rewarding to coach a thoughtful and serious student like Kasey."
By Jamie Dingus on 11/05/2015 06:36 PM
By Jamie Dingus on 11/03/2015 05:49 PM
We are proud to announce that Karin Krochmal, the graphic designer for all of the promotional materials created for the 4th Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition hosted by CUSA in August 2014 in Richmond, VA, has received the Graphic Design USA Award for Excellence! Cecchetti Ballet Theatre was a proud sponsor of this presitgious event! CDC and CBT congratulates Karin Krochmal for this honor!
Pictured below: Left to right – Karin Krochmal, graphic designer and Betty Seibert, Chair of Cecchetti International Classical Ballet
By Jamie Dingus on 09/28/2015 05:24 PM
Congratulations to Sarah Fleet-Gogas, CDC and CBT alumna! Sarah was one of the 7 plethora of previous plums last year and was the sugar plum from 1998-2000! She is pictured below with Ms. Seibert and her mother, Sandy Fleet.