Learn to dance from the pros

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By The Staff

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) announces  its  summer program featuring expanded class offerings, guest faculty and a partnership with the Los Alamos  Family YMCA.

Week-long summer intensives will be held in June and July for all age groups and abilities.

Intensive sessions will include classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations and partnering taught by DALA’s Ballet Curriculum Director Christin Severini and guest faculty member Aaron Severini.  

Formerly of the New York City Ballet, Aaron Severini has performed featured roles in “The Nutcracker,” “Union Jack,” “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” and has performed on ABC and PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center.  

Aaron Severini has choreographed for the New York Choreographic Institute and the School of American Ballet in New York City and has taught for NYSSSA, The Central Pennsylvannia Youth Ballet Summer Program, Moving People Dance Theater and DALA.  Intensive sessions will also include instruction  in yoga, hip-hop, ballet history and modern dance, repertory and musical theater.

Former DALA dancer Andrew Silks will teach Ballet Boot Camp for Boys that is open to boys 6 and older with a minimum of one year of ballet technique.  

Silks is currently dancing on a full scholarship with the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City and has studied on scholarship with the American Ballet Theater, the Kirov Academy, Boston Ballet and The Washington Ballet.  

Silks recently won first place in ensemble pieces at the Youth America Grand Prix competition and placed third for his performance in the Black Swan Pas de Deux.

Hip-hop, musical theater, yoga and modern dance will also be included in the summer schedule and feature faculty members Melissa Briggs, Patrick McDonald and Manny Romero.  

“Pirates and Princesses” is a week-long camp formatted especially for younger dancers ages 3-4 and 5-7 and will feature the ballet, “Le Corsaire.” Pirates and Princesses will offer creative movement, games, stories and choreography and is led by DALA Executive Director, Valerie Silks.

In addition, DALA is excited to partner with the Los Alamos YMCA.  Participants in the YMCA summer camp can elect to take classes in Intro to Ballet and Hip Hop.   Dance Arts Los Alamos is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, now in its 17th year of promoting dance in northern New Mexico and providing safe, professional instruction and top-quality performances.  For more information about Dance Arts Los Alamos, please call the studio at 672-9462 or visit www.danceartslosalamos.org.