Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre II, A Youth Ballet Company

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce the creation of A.V.A. Ballet Theatre II, a youth ballet company. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre II will be comprised of a select group of young aspiring ballet dancers ages 11 to 14. These dancers will train with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne, co-director Miriam Allen, corps dancers from the company, and various guest dancers who visit the Reno area.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre II dancers will receive a free class per week. The emphasis will be on pre-professional achievement with each level carefully crafted to provide the most unique and comprehensive training and produce the highest caliber of dancer.

The youth ballet will perform for at risk schools, local libraries, retirement homes and at various other venues throughout Northern Nevada.

Backstage, youth ballet dancers will have the unique opportunity to connect with A.V.A. Ballet Theatre professional dancers and the corps de ballet. The students will build relationships with these experienced dancers and have the opportunity to learn about costumes, make-up, set design, choreography, and strength training.

There will be open auditions for A.V.A. Ballet Theatre II. Those students ages 11 to 14 who wish to audition for the youth company should signup at the September 19, 2009 Nutcracker auditions at the Pioneer Center.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company for the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are Northern Nevada’s largest ballet company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the Unites States and Europe.