April 2014 News

Spring is an exciting time around here at MLKBallet, with classes back in full swing and MOVE! #21 right around the corner!
The end of our Winter Session was celebrated with Family Observation Days. It was a lot of fun to see the kids working hard and showing great pride in their dancing.  Many thanks to our instructors for all of their dedication, and to our volunteers for their support.

Our Adult/Teen Open Ballet students have been enjoying the sunny studio as it stays light later into the evening.  This class will be on break after May 5th, so join us soon!


Upcoming Events:

W.I.P. (Works In Progress)
Monday, April 21st, 7:30-8:30pm, $5, Urban Grace Studio

This will be the second installment of this series, in partnership with the Barefoot Collective.  This event is a works-in-progress studio series for performing arts including dance, music, spoken word, theater, and more.  This is a chance for artists to perform new and in-process works for a small audience in a relaxed atmosphere.  For audience members, this is an opportunity to experience live theater and get a rare glimpse into the creative process of artists in all types of performing arts.  At the end of the evening there is an opportunity to give and exchange constructive feedback in the Q&A between the audience and the artists.  This is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen, connect with other artists and receive feedback!

Held in the dance studio at Urban Grace, (enter through side door off 9th, up the stairwell to the 3rd floor). For performing inquiries, please contact April Nyquist, april@barefootcollective.org


MOVE! #21
Saturday, May 10th, 7PM, Theatre on the Square

We’re back with our 21st installment of our popular contemporary dance series, MOVE!

Join us for this one of a kind event featuring some of the area’s biggest dance talent.  Held in the beautiful Theater On The Square in downtown Tacoma, we have added a couple of surprises to this year’s event.  Oh, and did we mention, our MLKBallet students will also be taking the stage?  You won’t want to miss it!

All proceeds benefit MLKBallet’s tuition-free dance training program for children in the Tacoma area.  MLKBallet makes ballet accessible by providing it’s students with dance facilities, professional instructors, uniforms, and performance opportunities, all free of charge.

Can’t make it to the event?  You can still support MLKBallet with an online donation!


Other News:

Chamber was a huge success, thanks to all who volunteered and attended. The Tacoma News Tribune wrote a review of the show here:
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/30/3125167/go-arts-in-chamber-mlkballet-dances.html

MLKBallet Garage Sale – one day only!
Saturday, May 24th, 9am-3pm
315 North L Street (across from Frisco Freeze)

It’s time to head out into garage sale season, grab a milkshake from Frisco Freeze, and discover some amazing new treasures at the second annual MLKBallet garage sale!

March 2014 News

MLKBallet has had a busy year so far, and things aren’t slowing down! Along with our commitment to providing accessible, quality ballet training for children in the Tacoma area, we also produce contemporary dance shows in Tacoma as a way of building a dance audience and to provide our students, and their families, opportunities to experience all levels and types of dance in the Tacoma community.


CHAMBER: An evening of contemporary dance and live chamber music.
March 29th at 7:00 P.M., at Urban Grace, $8
(902 Market Street, Downtown Tacoma)

Tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/590586 and at the door. The event is ADA accessible.
This event is FREE for our students and a ticket will be held at will call under their name.

The public is also invited to a free open rehearsal on March 23rd, 11:00 A.M., at Schneebeck Hall on University of Puget Sound Campus.

Featuring original choreography by Faith Stevens and the world premier of commissioned music for cello, violin, piano, and electronics by local composer Brad Hawkins, CHAMBER blends contemporary dance with new music and bold 20th century works by Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, and John Cage. CHAMBER joins old traditions with new and explores the visual aspects of music and dance performance, as performing artists share the stage.

Sponsored in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Photography by Scott Haydon www.scotthaydon.com



Contemporary Master Class with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Alex Crozier
Monday, March 17th, 7:30pm-9:00pm
$15/$10 with class card | open/intermediate level

The class will explore creative movement and improvisation with an emphasis on level changes, varying dynamics of movement, and partner work. Fun and informative, this class is geared towards various ages and dance backgrounds.
Space is limited. To register, or for more information, please email mlkballet@gmail.com


Many thanks to all who came out for W.I.P.!
Our first Works In Progress series co-presented by The Barefoot Collective was a huge success and we are so thankful for all of the artists who presented work, and the audience who came out to watch and give input. Mark your calendars, the next installment in this series will be Monday, April 21st, 7:30pm-8:30pm at our studios at Urban Grace. If you are interested in performing or presenting work, or would like more information, please contact April Nyquist: april@barefootcollective.org


MLKBallet’s Winter Session is almost over and Spring Break is heading our way!
The last class of the session for Ballet I and Ballet II will be parent observation day, as well as a chance for parents to sign their students up for the Spring Session, which will include a student performance at MOVE! on May 10th. The dates and times for parent observation classes are as follows:
Ballet I – Tuesday, March 25th, 6-7pm
Ballet II – Monday, March 24th, 6-7:15pm


MOVE! #21
A Contemporary Dance Series
May 10th, 7PM, Theater on the Square, Downtown Tacoma

This year’s MOVE! is shaping up to be amazing!
Not only will our students get a chance to perform in a beautiful theater and show how hard they’ve been working all year, they will also be performing alongside some of the area’s best contemporary performers and companies.
Tickets are available online at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
More details on our MOVE page.

The Barefoot Collective & MLKBallet Present W.I.P.

W.I.P. (Works In Progress)

Monday, Feb. 17th7:30-8:30pm

Urban Grace Studio

902 Market Street, Downtown Tacoma

tickets: $5 at the door (cash, check, and credit card accepted)

Barefoot Collective & MLKBallet host W.I.P. (Works in Progress) – a works-in-progress studio series for performing arts including dance, music, spoken word, theater, and more.  This is a chance for artists to perform new and in-process works for a small audience in a relaxed atmosphere.  For audience members, this is an opportunity to experience live theater and get a rare glimpse into the creative process of artists in all types of performing arts.  At the end of the evening there is an opportunity to give and exchange constructive feedback in the Q&A between the audience and the artists.  This is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen, connect with other artists and receive feedback!

Held in the dance studio at Urban Grace, (enter through side door off 9th, up the stairwell to the 3rd floor).

For performing inquiries, please contact April Nyquist, april@barefootcollective.org

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/744886352189994/

Contemporary Master Class – MLK Day – January 20th

MLKBallet Celebrates MLK Day by offering a

Contemporary Master Class

with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Shadou Mintrone!

Monday, January 20th, 7pm-8:30pm

$15/$10 for class card

open/intermediate level

Space is limited.  To register, or for more information, email mlkballet@gmail.com.

MLKBallet

3rd Floor Studios

at Urban Grace Church

902 South Market Street

Downtown Tacoma, WA 98402

Shadou Mintrone, originally from southwest Florida, Shadou is a graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and a new resident to Seattle.  Throughout college she has worked under the direction and guidance of many choreographers such as Christopher Huggins and Gary Jeter.  Special development of her training came through the wisdom and refinement of Ronen Koresh and Scott Jovovich.  Company credits go to Brian Sanders, JUNK, and Zane Booker, SLJ Arts Initiative.  In 2009, Shadou was selected as one of three females to perform in Santiago, Chile for “Danza en el Metro” under the direction of Wayne St. David and Maria Urrutia.  Now with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance (May 2011) Shadou is dancing for Spectrum Dance Theater under the artistic direction of Tony-nominated Donald Byrd.  Alongside company work, she has just finished assisting Seattle director Eric Ankrim in Balagan Theater’s remount of Spring Awakening.

2014 Winter Session

Our Winter 2014 Session will begin on January 6th, please see our Class Schedule for more information.

New for 2014: Intro to Ballet Fundamentals for Adults & Teens!

With emphasis on form, core strength, and stretching, this class is a perfect way to discover ballet.  Especially geared towards beginners, this class is also a great way to refine technique for the seasoned dancer.  This class begins on January 6th, 2014.  Please see our Class Schedule for more information.

MLKBallet presents: Mistletoes!

Join us for MLKBallet’s annual holiday celebration:

MISTLETOES

Tuesday, December 17th
6:30pm-8:00pm
Admission is Free

The Parlor at Urban Grace
902 South Market, Downtown Tacoma
all ages, admission is free
wine walk | cupcake walk | live music
performances | food and drink

This December 17th, we will be celebrating our students and their achievements so far this year at our annual holiday gala, MISTLETOES. Students will have a chance to perform for their families and celebrate together with the broader community. All proceeds benefit mlkballet’s tuition-free dance training programs.