Robinson Ballet announces pre-season, fall classes and auditions

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, at 3:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Robinson Ballet is announcing its pre-season, fall classes and auditions. All classes and auditions are held at Robinson Ballet dance studios at 107 Union St.

Pre-Season Classes – Ease back into the busy dance season and Nutcracker auditions by taking Pre-Season Classes the week of Aug. 22. Ages 9 and up. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday. Choose from ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. Sign up for as many as you like.

Fall Classes – Fall dance classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 7. No registration fee. Registration by phone begins Aug. 29 (990-3140) and in person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Classes, including ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and preschool are held throughout the year for dancers of all ages and abilities.

School of Robinson Ballet faculty:

Instructors are Robinson Ballet Artistic Directors Keith and Maureen Robinson, former Robinson dancer Dale Robertson, Stevie Dunham who holds a bachelor of fine arts in dance and choreography, and Terry Lacy, former professional dancer with NYC Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Washington Ballet. Teaching the Jazz/Modern class on Mondays will be Robinson Ballet dancer Caitlyn Davenport.

New event at Robinson Ballet announced:

Robinson Ballet Studio Series – Wish you could see your favorite Robinson Ballet pieces again? The Studio Series is your chance. The Studio Series will draw from the company’s 34 years of choreography to recreate two one-hour long evening performances. Audience members should expect to see some of their favorite pieces as well as vintage choreography. Performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 22, at the Union Street Brick Church, the Studio Series will be a place for the audience to mingle and converse while enjoying complimentary fancy deserts and coffee before and after the performance. Seating is limited, so reserve tickets early. Tables for eight can be reserved, as well. Tickets are $15 each and will be available Sept. 1 at the Robinson Ballet studios and online. The second half of the series will be held in May, as well as additional performance opportunities throughout the year.

Robinson Ballet upcoming auditions:

Studio Series Auditions, 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26 – All dancers are invited to audition. Dancers will need to bring pointe shoes and, if chosen, will be committed to Friday afternoon rehearsals.

The Nutcracker Auditions 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 for dancers age 9–12 and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for dancers age 12–adults.

The Nutcracker 2011 performance schedule:

Nov. 19 – University of Maine, Machias, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 – Houlton Community Arts Center, Houlton, 2 p.m.

Dec. 3 – Berlin Jr. High, Berlin, New Hampshire, 3 p.m.

Dec. 10 and 11 – The Grand, Ellsworth, Saturday at Noon and 4 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Dec. 17 and 18 – Collins Center for the Arts, UMaine, with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m.

Robinson Ballet extras:

In addition to regular ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, partnering and tap. Zumba is held 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and Middle Eastern Dance is held 6:30-7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting on Sept. 7 (8 week session). These classes not part of the regular Robinson Ballet curriculum and must be paid for separately.

For more information, call 990-3140 or visit www.robinsonballet.org.

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