[Buffalo, New York, USA] – Neglia Conservatory of Ballet is excited to announce its first ALL MALE summer ballet workshop, for FREE. This new free program, specifically for males age 8-12 will help break the gender imbalance by giving boys an opportunity to experience the artistry and strength of ballet. In a female dominated art we are confident this new gender specific program will give interested boys the confidence to try ballet without fear of criticism.
A majority of boys play contact sports because social norms say boys play sports and girls dance… social norms are changing. With shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” boys are becoming more interested in dance. Male dancers, as all dancers, must work hard to become strong, agile and disciplined. Neglia Conservatory has transformed young boys into exceptional young men strong enough to lift women over their heads, talented enough to perform in professional productions and confidant enough to pursue a future in the performing arts.
Highlighted teachers include Fidel Orrillo, visiting ballet master from the official school of the Rochester City Ballet, and Neglia Ballet Artists, Sergio Neglia. At the end of the two weeks, scholarships to attend Neglia Conservatory full-time will be awarded to those who show a high degree of both interest and passion for dance. Classes will take place from 4:30 pm to 5:45pm, Monday through Friday starting on June 29th, ending July 10th.
Space is LIMITED.
Please REGISTER ONLINE by June 1st.
For over 20 years Neglia Conservatory of Ballet has trained male dancers who have continued on to successful dance careers, or alternative disciplined professions. While partnering and basics are advantageous to all dancers, Neglia’s boys program was created to give male dancers the extra instruction and advice they need to truly become strong male dancers with separate men’s classes in addition to mixed. Now is the time to add to our male student base allowing them the experience to build a solid foundation to become strong, agile, and talented male dancers with an internationally sought after male teacher, the conservatory’s own Sergio Neglia.
Twenty years ago, Neglia Conservatory of Ballet opened, providing a distinctively high level of classical ballet training to dance students in Western New York. Since its inception, the Conservatory has achieved great success in identifying and developing young talent as well as creating an international reputation for superior training.
After leaving the Cincinnati Ballet, Buffalo native Heidi Halt, a former professional dancer, and Argentinian-born ballet artist, Sergio Neglia, rooted their family and founded Neglia Ballet in Buffalo, NY. Neglia describes the conservatory’s expressive ballet training style as one that imparts energy and feeling with regard to the body’s movements rather than overstressing machine-like technique.
Over the years, Halt and Neglia have expanded conservatory programming to include ages 3 to adult (both beginners and experienced), a strong boys/ men’s training program and created Neglia Ballet Artists, giving Buffalo a professional ballet company. The dedication Neglia Ballet gives its students have lead them onto careers with dance companies such as the American Repertory Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, Richmond Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.
Today, Neglia Ballet offers students the opportunity to audition and perform with professional dancers and the BPO onstage at Shea’s. This September students and local dancers can audition for Baba Yaga, and The Nutcracker. More information about the free summer boys program, annual classes, performances and auditions can be found at http://www.negliaballet.org.