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- 3 WEEK BALLET INTENSIVE June 3 – 21, 2019 (Tuition $510) – SIGN UP
- SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE – July 22 – 27, 2019 (Tuition $310) – SIGN UP
Marshall Ellis Dance School will offer two summer intensives for dancers in Central Florida and beyond: a three-week ballet intensives, and a one-week dance intensive focusing on ballet, contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Other class styles will be offered during the program.
These rigorous training programs are designed for motivated dancers ages 10-14, and aspiring pre-professional and early-career dancers ages 15-21. Attendees will take daily classes in ballet and other techniques, plus choreography progressively integrated through The Fusion Powered by ME Program. This is a unique opportunity for committed dancers to refine their skills in multiple forms, broaden their dance vocabulary and grow as artists.
On National Dance Day – July 27, 2019 – ME Dance School will host a live performance at ME Theatre. Students who took part in the one-week dance intensive will perform original works and showcase skills they’ve adapted during the program.
Students in the three-week ballet intensives will have an opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of each session in the ME Theatre on site.
Classes will run from 9am-3pm Daily. Students once enrolled in Summer Intensive will gain access to all night classes offered at Marshall Ellis Dance School.
Wes Chapman, native of Union Springs, Alabama, graduated from Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1983 with the Duane Dushion Award and the Prix d’excellence de Danse Award. After dancing for Alabama Ballet for one season Chapman joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 1987 and to Principal Dancer in 1989. With ABT, Chapman performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire and in works by many of the twentieth century’s master choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jirî Kylián, Fredrick Ashton, Mats Ek, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham and Antony Tudor. He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp’s The Elements. Chapman has appeared in Dance in America, the film Dancers and the documentary Ballet as well as numerous television shows and featured on national news broadcasts. In 1993, he joined the Bavarian National Ballet as a principal dancer before returning to ABT in 1995. Chapman appeared with Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Finnish National Ballet as a guest star. In 1996, Chapman was named Artistic Director of Alabama Ballet. During his leadership, the company grew from 16 to 44 professional and apprentice dancers. He also founded the Alabama Ballet School, the apprentice pre-professional training program, Alabama Ballet Summer Program and Gorham’s Bluff Summer Residency. Chapman received the Distinguished Career Award from the University of Alabama in 1998, Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2004, and was named Alabama Arts Ambassador by Governor Bill Riley in 2007. Chapman restaged for Alabama Ballet many of the full-length classical ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppelia as well as various one act works such as Paquita, Raymonda Act III and Carnival in Venice. Chapman acquired Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, starred in Alabama Public Television’s Jekyll and Hyde, and The Making of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Chapman returned to ABT as ballet master in 2006 before being named Artistic Director of ABT II in 2007-2011. Chapman oversaw the ABT Summer Intensive at the University of Texas Austin, hosted ABT’s Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Young People’s Ballet Workshop and ABTKids. He also performed with ABT in various character roles and taught company class on a regular basis. Additionally he serves as a national spokesperson for Regional Dance America and as dance advisor for Angelina Ballerina. Beginning in January 2012-April 2013 Chapman was engaged as Artistic Advisor for Ballet San Jose in California where he oversaw all artistic aspects of the organization. Currently Wes Chapman is the Dance Chair at Alabama School of Fine Arts.