BTB News

Congratulation to Francesco Fasano, Lukas Bareman and Mikiya Kakehashi on their success at the Youth American Grand Prix competition in Paris!

Francesco Fasano - 1st prize in both the classical and contemporary categories

Lukas Bareman - 2nd prize in the contemporary category

Mikiya Kakehashi - 2nd prize in the classical category

Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates

Mihai Costache will join the American Ballet Theater Studio Company, NY

Daniela De Pompeis will join the Finnish National Ballet Company as an apprentice

Guido Sarnataro will join the Trainee Program of Dutch National Ballet

Aeden Confrey will join the Latvian National Opera and Ballet

Ivan Spitale will join ghe Grand Theater Wielki, Poland

Luca Tomaselli will join the company Lyric Dance in Florence, Italy.

Amyra Badro and Francesco Fasano will continue their studies at BTB.vInè Da Silva Matos, Giulia Leonardi,

Rose Bleasdale and Michele Ruggiero

In total 10 Graduates received the EFZ Diploma in Professional Dance.

EFZ Diploma Ceremony.

The official EFT Diploma ceremony took place at the St. Jakobs Hall on Thursday, June29th. For the ceremony our 2017 graduates were invited to perform excerpts from “Lore”, a choreography from Richard Wherlock. They received an overwhelming response from the audience!

BTB on Tour

On Saturday, 11. February 2017 BTB students preformed during the Interlude Of the Concours International de Danse de la Côte, Morges.On the 17. March 2017 Guido Sarnataro performed at the Gala of Arte & Balletto in Barletta, Italy.For the annual ballet Gala in Lucca Italy on 28. April 2017, BTB Amyra Badro and Mihai Costache presented Nutcracker pas de deux and Guido Sarnataro preformed theVariation from Don Quixote 3rd. Act.From 10.- 13. of May 2017, 8 students participated in the first Festival International Jeunes Ballet in Geneva. Along with students from Ècole-Atelier Rudra Béjart, Cannes Jeune Ballet, Elephant in the Black Box Madrid and Area Jeun Ballet Genève students enjoyed 3 days of workshops culminating in a Gala Performance at the Bâtiment des Forces MotricesIn Geneva.

Youth America Grand Prix

YAGP, the worlds largest competition for young dancers, took place in Paris from the 10. – 13. November 2016. This year 7 BTB students took part in the competition: Amyra Badro, Constanca Leite, Daniela De Pompeis, Shintaro Akana, Mihai Costache, Mikiya Kakehashi und Guido Sarnataro. All 7 finished in the top 10 of their age category. In the Senior Men’s Category, Mikiya Kakehashi won the 2nd Prize and Guido Sarnataro was awarded 1st prize. Daniela De Pompeis was offered an apprentice contract with Finnish National Ballet. Shintaro Akana, Mihai Costache, Mikiya Kakehashi and Guido Sarnataro were invited to participate in the YAGP Finals in New York.

Guest Teachers 2017-2018

For the 2017-2018 season we are pleased to welcome the following guest teachers: Stefanie Arndt – international guest teacher and assistant to William Forsythe.David Peden – international guest teacher. Former teacher of the Royal Ballet School, London.Sara Lourenco – Artistic director of PAC-PerformIng Art Center & Rome International Dance Academy. Co-founder of the LoPaDanceCompany.Julie Wood – Representative of the Kenneth MacMillian Foundation, London.Macha Daudel – Assistant to Mauro Bigonzetti.Franco De Vita –ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus, Former Artistic Director ABT JKO SchoolRaymond Lukens - ABT National Training Curriculum Associate Emeritus, Former Artistic Director National Training Curriculum at ABT

Jura Coffee AG Global Sales Conference

On June 20th 2017, graduating students preformed at the tri-annual Global Sales Conference of Jura Coffee AG at the Emil-Frey Classic Car Center in Safenwil. Armando Braswell, dancer with Ballet Theater Basel, choreographed a piece especially for the event. The evening was moderated by Kurt Aeschbacher and was a great success.

American Ballet Theater Exams

From 27. – 29. September 2016 over 120 of BTB’s younger students took part in our bi-annual American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum Exams. Franco de Vita from ABT in New YorkAdjudicated the exams and was thrilled with the level of our students as well as the percentage that passed with honors and high honors.

Vaganova Competition - Jury

In October 2016 BTB Director, Amanda Bennett, had the honor to be a member of the jury at the Vaganova Competition in St. Petersburg.

Cynthia Labaronne

In July 2017, BTB staff member Cynthia Labaronne, has been invited to teach for the Ballet Teatro de Colon in Buenos Aires.

Francois Petit

During the 2016 – 2017 season, men’s teacher, Francois Petit, was honored to work as guestTeacher for The Royal Ballet London, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Ballet Nurnberg and the Balletto Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

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