Under the direction of Artistic Director Michelle Boutros, the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance is pleased to offer a 2016 Summer Intensive Ballet Program for dedicated dancers. The program takes place August 1 through 13, and is designed for intermediate to advanced students, ages 11 and up, who are on pointe.
With internationally renowned instructors, as well as Sangre de Cristo’s highly respected faculty, the Summer Intensive Program is designed to impart remarkable improvement for each student, finishing with a Summer Dance Showcase on August 13.
“Students will learn six different pieces during the two week intensive,” Boutros said. “We have some distinguished instructors who bring a very high quality of excellence to the program this year.”
After earning a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Arts Administration, Boutros worked with the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, TALK Dance Co, Hinds County Community College, Joshua Center for the Arts, and Ballet Magnificat!, filling various roles from curriculum development to instructor, and administrator.
She began her dance training early in St. Petersburg, FL with instructors who danced with the world-renowned Kirov Ballet. Boutros has performed across the United States, as well as in Russia and Europe, serving classical and contemporary roles in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Stars and Stripes, among others.
“Joining us is prominent ballet dancer, Conrad Belknap,” Boutros said. “We are very fortunate he has agreed to bring his extensive experience and talent to serve as an instructor for the Summer Intensive.”
During a distinguished career with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg Russia, Belknap toured with the company in Austria, Turkey, Italy, Finland, Korea, Mexico and America. Dancing a full spectrum of roles from corps de ballet to soloist in numerous ballets, he has also had the privilege to perform with the Mariinsky Theater Opera.
Coming from a family of professional musicians, Belknap’s immersion into performing arts started at a very young age, where he discovered a foundational advantage entering his dance studies.
His dance education began by performing The Nutcracker with Lascu School of Ballet and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and he continued on full scholarships at S.A.B. at the Juilliard School of Arts at age 12, where his mother was studying piano. His outstanding talent and work ethic afforded him the opportunity to study on full scholarship with Houston Ballet Academy, the American Ballet Theatre School (under the teaching of Mikhail Baryshnikov), and with the Briansky Ballet in Saratoga, NY. Mr. Belknap was honored to finish his dance education at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington DC from 1990-1994, where he graduated with high honors.
Joining Boutros and Belknap for the Summer Intensive Program, is choreographer Kim Holloway, a freelance dance artist in Seattle. In addition to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Belhaven University, Holloway has received dance training from the American Dance Festival and Raleigh School of Ballet.
Holloway’s choreography has been commissioned by Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Störling Dance Theater, enROOT, Converge Dance Festival and Abbey Grown, and has also been performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Performing in NYC, Chicago, and Kansas City, Holloway has performed with various companies since relocating to Seattle, including Michelle Miller/Catapult Dance, Stone Dance Collective, Maureen Whiting Company, Shannon Stewart, Alana O Rogers, Maya Soto, and Tara Dyberg/Lotus Body
Sangre de Cristo School of Dance believes in providing a caring and stimulating atmosphere in which emotional, intellectual, social, and personal growth ensues. Facilitating students’ fullest potential through supporting a safe, yet adventuresome environment, they maintain a positive and progressive learning environment while promoting mutual respect and personal accomplishment.
This Ballet Intensive exposes students to a rigorous and exciting ballet program, culminating in a student performance the last day of the program. For more information visit SDC-arts.org and click on the Dance button.