Master Class with Sarah Lane

VERY EXCITING!! We will have a MASTER CLASS with Sarah Lane, a member of the famed American Ballet Theater (ABT) on Wednesday, July 19th from 1:00-3:30pm (Ballet & Pointe). This is VERY SPECIAL and we are in for a real treat.  This company is the home of Misty Copeland and is exceptional on all levels. Each dancer is outstanding and this Master Class will be fantastic. In fact, Sarah was dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures' feature film Black Swan.  Please see Sarah’s biography below. All dancers 12 years or older outside of Alma Dance School are also invited attend the Master Class. The cost is $40 for the ballet and the pointe class. 

SARAH LANE: Born in San Francisco, California, Sarah Lane began her dance training in Memphis, Tennessee under the direction of Pat Gillispie at the Memphis Classical Ballet. When her family moved to Rochester, New York, she continued instruction with Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education. When Lane was 16, she received a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet's Summer Program. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first place and the Capezio Class Excellence Award at the North American Ballet Festival. In 2002, Lane was a National Young Arts Foundation Winner in Dance/Ballet, and through Young Arts became a 2002 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Lane was the Silver Medalist, the highest medal in the Junior Division, at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (2002). During the competition, she traveled to Washington, D. C. to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. That same year, Lane also won the Bronze Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. Lane joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in August 2003, became a member of the Company's corps de ballet in April 2004 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2007. Her roles with the Company include a Shade in La Bayadère, Galya in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Spring in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Blossom in James Kudelka's Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Vera in A Month in the Country, The Young Girl in The Green Table, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, one of Juliet's friends in Romeo and Juliet, Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, the Fairy of Charity and the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, the pas de trois, Polish Princess and a Little Swan in Swan Lake, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, a Goat in Sylvia, the principal role in Theme and Variations, Spectre de la Rose and roles in Bach Partita, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Glow-Stop, In the Upper Room, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinatra Suite, Some Assembly Required, Symphony in C and With A Chance of Rain. She created the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Miranda in The Tempest and a role in Demis Volpi's Private Light. Lane was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2007 and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008. She was the dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures' feature film Black Swan. She has written essays for the Wall Street Journal Online and Dance Magazine. She has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, Elle, Pulp, Interview, Timeout, Dance and Pointe magazines. She has modeled for Payless Shoesource, Capezio and The Suffolk Pointe Shoe Company. Sarah is, also, a certified Gyrokinesis instructor. Sarah is a mentor for Ballet Mentor.

Alma Dance School "Presents Simply Classic Series"

Our upcoming performance "Simply Classic Series" is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Our show will include the Swan Lake Pas de Trois, a variation from La Corsaire, Swan Lake 2nd Act Pas de Deux and a Suite of Don Quixote. Our performance also offers a rare opportunity to view some beautiful ballet performed by professional guest dancers who will be joining our students. The audience will be treated to observing two former Cuban principal dancers who are currently dancing with The Kansas City Ballet, a former Cuban Ballet soloist who is currently dancing with The Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater, a former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and finally a dancer who is currently dancing with Thodos Dance Chicago. The Simply Classic Series will provide the community with a memorable performance.

Meet one of our guest dancers Amaya Rodriguez. Amaya is a former Cuban principal dancer currently dancing with the Kansas City Ballet.

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Special Announcement

Perhaps you have seen the new plaque in the school’s waiting area. This is an award given to Alma Dance School from the Turnaround Management Association for the school’s astounding growth in past two years, with the specific focus on the Nutcracker performance last year. The level of effort required to execute a full production of the Nutcracker is exceptional and it is rarely endeavored by new schools or companies. But Alma Dance School, including all of the wonderful students, presented a spectacular production. This was noticed by a group of pro-bono small business management companies whose aim is to create an environment for further growth and success.

The growth in programming and quality of work provided by Vilma and Guillermo has certainly been noticed in the arts community and this award (the Harry Preucil Pro Bono of the Year Award) was presented to Alma in recognition. As a point of interest, John Boehner was speaker at the awards ceremony and it was moderated by Lara Logan. Through this award, Alma hopes to further emphasis the high quality of work produced by our students and assure them that this is an experience that they will find in no other studio. It truly is amazing how far everyone has come in such a short period of time! Congrats to everyone!!