Spring has sprung and Neglia is getting ready for this seasons final performances to continuing bringing world-class ballet to Buffalo because is not just our work, it is our passion.
*The Ballet Bulletin has quick updates & save the dates located at the bottom...for those who need the speedy version.
Neglia Pre-Professionals Danced in the Buffalo Chamber Players performance of John Blow's opera Venus and Adonis
As The Buffalo Chamber Players continued their critically acclaimed concert series at Buffalo Seminary, Neglia Ballet received a special request. To complement their performance of Venus and Adonis, BCP was looking for Neglia dancers who would be capable and talented enough to choreograph a three minute piece to performance with them.
Yuha Tomita (Buffalo Seminary), Helena Reading (City Honors), and Camille Bennett (Sacred Heart) joined soprano Colleen Marcello (Venus), baritone Kyle Botsford (Adonis), members of Vocalis Chamber Choir, St. Paul's Cathedral Boys' Choir and Buffalo Seminary students on March 27th with their piece, choreographed by student Helen Reading, in the first of two performances.
Congratulations ladies on your first paid performance!
Last year's Dancing to Live Mixed Repertoire performance was said to be one of the best mixed evenings in Neglia Ballet Artists 15 years...and this promises to be just as beautiful, if not more moving.
Dancing to Live will again feature a cocktail reception with wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres by Current Catering, dessert and silent auction will celebrate LIFE with the WORLD PREMIERE of Viktor Plotnikov's solo piece, commissioned specifically for Sergio Neglia!
Viktor Plotnikov, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet and acclaimed choreographer has created a solo piece for Sergio Neglia to premiere at the event. This new piece is sure to be exciting as it plans to showcase the very unique personality of Neglia himself.
Back by popular demand is an encore performance of last years premiere piece, Plotnikov's contemporary pas de deux, "From Earth", for Neglia and Vaccarelli. If you missed last year, be sure not to miss out this year- we promise you won't regret it!
Yet another highlight of the performance will be two pas de deux performance by Festival Ballet of Providence dancers Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys. Other mixed pieces are to include Yumelya Garcia and Neglia Conservatory Pre-Professional dancers.
Date: Thursday, May 21st Time: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Place: Nichols Flickinger Theater Pre-Sale Cost: $125/ pair or $75 individual
What's Next for Neglia's Graduating Pre-Professional Students?
Anna Magavern-Senior at Buffalo Seminary, has trained at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet for the last eight years. In her own words, Anna says her time at Neglia "taught [her] dedication and perseverance, but also to always keep a sense of humor and have fun." This fall Anna will be attending Brown University pursuing her interests in language and writing. All of us at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet would like to congratulate her on being accepted early decision into the prestigious Ivy League school!
Earlier this year Anna gave a presentation during Buffalo Seminary's morning meeting. When her mother forwarded the link to us, we all watched it, crying, laughing and remembering the years of joy she spent here. She sums it up well by saying, "I will miss the people at Neglia the most--they are like family to me."
"Anna- in a quiet way, you have shown your dedication and passion for ballet and in ALL that you do. We know that your future will be outstanding and you will touch the lives of many as you enter the next chapter of your life, just as you have touched our lives and your entire "Neglia Family". We will definitely miss you very much, especially your keen sense of humor and your shoulder giggles. Good luck SOFIA!"
Summer Programs for Ages 7-13
For dedicated dancers Neglia Conservatory of Ballet offers high quality training and social experience right here in Buffalo! This summer Neglia offers more than just ballet training, with roughly 30 international students, room and board at Buffalo Seminary, renown guest teachers, and Neglia's ability to give their students the individual attention to take them to new levels, Neglia is continuing to prove it can provide its students with a summer experience comparable to none other in our area.
New this summer, thanks to donor contributions Neglia is excited to announce its first FREE ALL MALE summer ballet workshop June 29- July 10, from 4:30pm- 5:45pm. This new free program, specifically for males age 7-13 will help break the gender imbalance by giving boys an opportunity to experience the artistry and strength of ballet. In a female dominated art we are confident this new gender specific program will give interested boys the confidence to try ballet without fear of criticism. Highlighted teachers include Fidel Orrillo and Sergio Neglia. At the end of the two weeks, scholarships to attend Neglia Conservatory full-time will be awarded to those who show a high degree of both interest and passion for dance. Space is LIMITED for this program, serious inquires should contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 716-447-0401.
ONCE UPON A TIME, in a land not far from where you stand right now, there was a summer arts camp where children from all over the region came to learn, play and grow.
Neglia Ballet's Storytime Explorers is a creative arts summer camp (ages 4-8) where children are the story keepers and their imagination the storyteller. Our amazing and talented staff create a safe, fun and nurturing environment for children to apply their imaginations. Over the course of a week children will read classic books, create costumes, scenery and dances allowing them to retell a story, together, in their own way. At the end of the week, parents will be invited to a special performance to watch their child's creativity come to life!
This summer's performance stories include: "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina & "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister
Camp is lead by art teachers, Clare Poth and Catherine Linder Spencer and Neglia's youth ballet teacher, Marie Keil.