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 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

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
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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Rock School Alumni performed at the YAGP Tampa Gala 2014. (left to right) Gabe Stone Shayer - American Ballet Theater- corps de ballet, Beckanne Sisk - Ballet West - soloist partnered with Rock Alumnus and Joffrey Ballet principal, Fabrice Calmels, & Derek Dunn - Houston Ballet - first year corps. Congrats on a spectacular performance!

Rock School Alumni performed at the YAGP Tampa Gala 2014. (left to right) Gabe Stone Shayer - American Ballet Theater- corps de ballet, Beckanne Sisk - Ballet West - soloist partnered with Rock Alumnus and Joffrey Ballet principal, Fabrice Calmels, & Derek Dunn - Houston Ballet - first year corps. Congrats on a spectacular performance!

Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Rock School is proud to be a part of The Philadelphia Freedom Festival 2014 presented by The Mann Center and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage!

The Rock School is proud to be a part of The Philadelphia Freedom Festival 2014 presented by The Mann Center and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage!

Friday, January 10, 2014
Merde to all of the Youth America Grand Prix competitors at the Philadelphia semi-finals this weekend! #yagp #therockschool

Merde to all of the Youth America Grand Prix competitors at the Philadelphia semi-finals this weekend! #yagp #therockschool

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THIS SATURDAY! Nutcracker1776 at the Merriam Theater - 1:00pm & 4:00pm. Take a sneak peek of rehearsals and all the buzz in the costume shop!

Buy your tickets by calling 215-893-1999 or visit kimmelcenter.org

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween was a blast! Hope everyone had as much as we did!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from The Rock School. The top photo is a throwback of Rock Director Stephanie Spassoff and in the bottom photo we spot Rock Alumna, Beckanne Sisk in the 2011 Ballet West premiere of Ben Stevenson’s “DRACULA.”