Upcoming Events to Look Forward to at The Rock School!
With Springtime already here and Summer quickly approaching, The Rock School is preparing for so many exciting events. Here’s a look at some of the performances, and competitions happening in the upcoming months.
Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals are just around the corner. YAGP in-studio previews are being held here at The Rock School!
Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00pm
Saturday, April 21st, 12:30-1:30pm
Studio A (5th Floor)
The previews are open to the public, so come show your support before our dancers compete in the YAGP Finals April 22nd- 26th!
On Saturday, April 21st, The Rock School Students will be performing at the 4life International Convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center. More information can be found on their website. http://freedom12.4life.com/
The Rock School’s 21st Annual Scholarship Benefit, ROCK IT TO THE MOON! is set for Friday May 4th and is being held at The Independence Seaport Museum at 6pm. The benefit performance will feature a unique collaboration between The Rock School and The Curtis Institute, now in its 4th year. A world-premiere ballet choreographed by Justin Allen, a Rock School faculty member and alumni, featuring Rock School students and set to an original score composed by The Curtis Institute’s Milton L. Rock Fellow, Katerina Kramarchuk and performed by Curtis Institute students. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at http://therockschool.org/benefit_gala
On May 11th, The Rock School dancers will perform selected pieces from the hit Broadway play, Westside Story at The Mann Center for Performing Arts. All performances will be accompanied by The Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The Gateway to Europe concert is FREE, but does require reservations to be made in advance. Reservations can be made online at http://www.curtis.edu/performances/curtis-symphony-orchestra/
The Rock School dancers will return to The Mann Center May 19th to perform in this year’s Philadelphia on Parade. The performance highlights the diversity of world music with a line-up that includes classical, gospel, spoken word, jazz, rhythm & blues, funk, and rock, global dance ensembles, dance workshops, and a crafts marketplace. Admission is FREE with reservations made online at http://philadelphiaonparade2012.eventbrite.com/
Curtis Institute Rehearsal
In preparation for our 20th Annual Gala Benefit, this Saturday, April 30th, The Rock School sat in during a Curtis Institute Rehearsal last week. For the third consecutive year, The Rock School and the Curtis Institute will be collaborating an original composition with original choreography that will be showcased at the annual Rock School Benefit.
Curtis student Gabriella Smith has composed a dramatic piece featuring two percussionists and two grand pianos! Rock School faculty and Rock West Ballet Mistress Jennifer Wheat has created beautiful choreography for our dancers to follow that will accompany Smith’s music.
Stay tuned. Later this week, the Curtis musicians and composer Gabriella Smith will be rehearsing in The Rock School studios with our dancers and choreographer Jennifer Wheat.
Please enjoy photos from the Curtis/ Rock School collaboration rehearsal below:Composer - Gabriella Smith turns the pages for one of her pianists