Friday, April 11, 2014

Check out these amazing pointe shoes by the talented Jan-Marie Kurdin. In addition to these fabulous shoes; vacation, fine dining, cultural, and fashion auction items will be up for bid starting April 21st!

http://therockschool.org/auction

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals

Rock School dancers Promise Smith, Zachary Downer, Jin Chang Gu, Claire Rathbun, Jin Zhang, and Maya Wheeler have made it to the final round at Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals!

Also, The Rock School is honored to have its ensemble piece, “Noire et Blanc” invited to perform at Youth America Grand Prix’s 15th Anniversary Gala this Friday, April 11th. Choreography by Rock School Ballet Master Justin Allen. Tickets are still available!

Congratulations to all competing dancers and merde to all of the dancers going in the final round!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We are proud to have NYCB principal dancer, Joaquin De Luz as a guest teacher next week here at The Rock School.

Joaquin De Luz was born in Madrid and received his training at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet. He danced with Victor Ullate Ballet Company from 1992 until 1995. In August 1996, he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist. With Pennsylvania Ballet, he danced leading roles in La Bayadère,Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Paquita Suite, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares?

Mr. De Luz joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. His repertory with ABT included the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère (choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), the Red Cowboy in Billy The Kid (Eugene Loring), the first sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Benno in Swan Lake(Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), and leading roles inBruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Clark Tippet) and Theme and Variations (George Balanchine).

Mr. De Luz joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2003, and in January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.

In March 1996, Mr. De Luz won the Gold Medal at the Second Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In February 1997, Mr. De Luz was awarded the Rising Star prize by Seven Arts Magazine in Philadelphia. Mr. De Luz represented Spain at the Expo ‘98 in Lisbon, dancing in the gala Stars of Spanish Ballet.

Most recently, Mr. De Luz was awarded the Benois de la Danse award in 2009 for best male performance of the year for his role in Prodigal Son. He also toured with Kings of the Dance in Russia in 2008.

Joaquin De Luz and trio in Year of the Rabbit Photo: Paul Kolnik

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Rock School for Dance Education participated in The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s unique series, Art After 5. A beautiful fashion show down the grande staircase drew inspiration from the new exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. The runway showcased traditional handcrafted hanboks to contemporary Korean formal wear. Photos are courtesy of Creative Business Laboratory and you can find out more information on this fascinating exhibition and more here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Rock Alumna, Beckanne Sisk in Ballet West’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”

Rock Alumna, Beckanne Sisk in Ballet West’s production of “Sleeping Beauty”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Happy ‪‎tututuesday‬ Check out this enchanting photo of Rock School Alumna, English National Ballet- Artist of the Company, & Rock Guest Faculty, Jeanette Kakareka by Ballet Zaida!

Happy ‪‎tututuesday‬ Check out this enchanting photo of Rock School Alumna, English National Ballet- Artist of the Company, & Rock Guest Faculty, Jeanette Kakareka by Ballet Zaida!

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Permanent guest faculty member and former Rock student, Isaac Hernandez performed in Sochi, Russia as part of the 2014 Olympic Games! Hernandez performed at the World Ballet Stars Gala with his partner Jurgita Dronina. Bravo! photo courtesy of Isaac Hernandez

Permanent guest faculty member and former Rock student, Isaac Hernandez performed in Sochi, Russia as part of the 2014 Olympic Games! Hernandez performed at the World Ballet Stars Gala with his partner Jurgita Dronina. Bravo! photo courtesy of Isaac Hernandez

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Congratulations Rock School Ballet Master (and former student) Justin Allen! Justin was awarded the Choreographers of Color Award by The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the Official School of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Justin left last weekend to work on this wonderful opportunity!

The Choreographers of Color Award was created to recognize promising young minority choreographers whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the field of dance. Allen is one of the three selected choreographers that are given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set a new work on the Joffrey Academy Trainees. Each winning choreographer will also receive a $2,500 stipend and an opportunity to work directly with Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.

The three World Premieres will be presented in Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards 2014 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, in one performance only, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process for a new work by Choreographer of Color Award winner Justin Allen!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A lovely photo by Ballet Zaida of Rock Alumna, Ballet West soloist, Beckanne Sisk. Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Rock School’s 2014 Summer Ballet Intensive is only a couple months away! We can’t wait for warm weather and summer performances! Watch this video and get excited with us!

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Here are the full Rock School results from Philadelphia YAGP semi-finals

Here are the full Rock School results from Philadelphia YAGP semi-finals

Rock student, Jinchang Gu 2014 YAGP Philadelphia semi-final Grand Prix Winner

Rock student, Jinchang Gu 2014 YAGP Philadelphia semi-final Grand Prix Winner

Rock Student, Claire Rathbun; 2014 YAGP Pittsburgh semi-final Senior Age Division Contemporary & Classical 1st Place Winner

Rock Student, Claire Rathbun; 2014 YAGP Pittsburgh semi-final Senior Age Division Contemporary & Classical 1st Place Winner