This month we begin to highlight the success of Neglia's teachers and students and continue bringing world-class ballet to Buffalo because is not just our work, it is our passion.
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Neglia Ballet's Growing Reputation in Argentina
Neglia Ballet's Artistic Director and teacher, Sergio Neglia, will be returning to Argentina this March to continue strengthening the Neglia Conservatory of Ballets reputation for high-class training offered right here in Buffalo, New York! His past training workshops have drawn a large following of international students interested in studying with
us during our Summer Intensive Program.
March is summer break in Argentina, which is a perfect preface to allow Sergio the capability to accept the role as a sought after guest teacher during summer workshops across Argentina. This tour bring Sergio to five different cities; Rosario, Cordoba, Santiago del Estero, La Plata, and Carlos Paz.
During this time Sergio keeps an eye out for talented dancers at each school to personally invite to join him back in Buffalo for Neglia's 5-Week Summer Intensive Program. 14 students have already accepted his invitation from the first round of teaching he completed with the Koi Ballet School in Argentina this past summer.
What has already proven successful for international students, Neglia and the City of Buffalo, will continue to expand the diversity; level of training and social/ cultural aspects Neglia can offer its students.
What's Next for Neglia's Graduating Pre-Professional Students?
Morgan Brown- Senior at Lafayette High School, Buffalo, has trained at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet for the last nine years. In his own words, Morgan says his time at Neglia "most definitely helped prepare me for life. I have learned so much about myself and about life at Neglia that i am very thankful for. Neglia has transformed me into a more punctual, respectable, disciplines, and responsible person and i am very thankful for everything." From here Morgan tentatively plans to go into business or politics, but has not yet made any solid choices just yet. All of us at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet would like to congratulate him on being accepted to SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Brockport and wish him luck as he waits to here from SUNY New Paltz and Ithaca College. During his college years Morgan would love to travel and keep taking ballet as a hobby. He says "I love dance and I want to keep it in my life, but I don't think I will pursue it professionally."
"There are so many things i am going to miss about Neglia. Neglia has been a second home to me for the last 9 years and in no way is it going to be easy for me to say goodbye. If i had to say what i am going to miss most though, i would most likely say the people. i have grown to love everyone at dance so much that saying goodbye is going to be difficult to do and i am going to miss everyone all being together in the studio as one family most of all."
When Morgan walks into a room, you can't help but smile. It has been an amazing pleasure to watch him grow from a goofy young boy taking his first class to being partnered with Isabella Tronolone (fellow Pre-Professional) in Neglia's 2014 production of The Nutcracker (see pictured left) he has truly grown into an outstanding young man.It is always a bittersweet moment when a dedicated student moves on. Morgan is one of those students that are rare to find. We thank him for his dedication, his respect, his hard work and often times his help. Just last month Morgan stepped us to help teach our youngest students, a group of energetic ladies ages 3 and 4- no easy task we promise you. As a student, and part of the Neglia family we wish him all the luck and we know that whatever dream he pursues he will succeed. Beggie boy! We will miss you!
Warm Up With Talk About Summer!
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.
We would like to invite you to participate in our Spring It On 2015 fundraiser. This is a 24-hour online fundraiser that United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has organized for the past three years. Spring It On gives all nonprofits, like Neglia, the opportunity to run a low-cost fundraiser and raise their visibility in the community. This year's fundraiser will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 19, which is closer than you think!
Please consider making any size donation to help us reach our goal of $1,000. We hope to be able to provide busing this upcoming season for underprivileged kids to attend our On School Time Performance of Baba Yaga. Each year our CityDance program invites thousands of students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to attend On School Time Performances for free, but it's becoming harder and harder for their schools to find free or affordable busing- even $2 a child is too much to ask in some cases. Help us eliminate the obstacle to give those Buffalo Public School students a chance to experience a professional ballet at Shea's PAC- for some of them, it's the only time they will have the opportunity as a child.
Keep an eye out for an email from us on March 19th! Remember the give-a-thon is only 24 hours March 19th at 8am until March 20th at 8am. Thank you!
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!
Camp is lead by art teachers, Clare Poth and Catherine Linder Spencer and Neglia's youth ballet teacher, Marie Keil.