Walking up to accept my Soloist Contract with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina.
I was honored to be invited to participate in the Medal/Awards press conference. William Starrett, CCB Executive/Artistic Director said they are performing both Cinderella and Mid-Summer's Night Dream next season. They would be new additions to my classical repetoire.
William Starrett is only the second Director in the company's history. CCB is a professional company with 32 paid dancers and nearly 2,000 season members. Under the leadership of Mr. Starrett, the CCB produces what critics have described as "some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast."
Columbia City Ballet was founded in 1961. Over the years, Columbia City Ballet has increased its total number of major performances to more than 80 per year, reaching more than 51,000 people in a season.
This year the Columbia City Ballet will travel to 15 cities in three states and will present 22 full-length performances at the Koger Center for their 50th Anniversary Season.
American Ballet Theatre's Principal ballerina, and Columbia City Ballet Alumni, Gillian Murphy, will be performing with CCB at the 50th Anniversary Gala, April 9th, at the Koger Arts Center!
The original piece he created for us is the ballet Each Other's Light to the overture of Mozart's The Magic Flute. It made its Wolrd-Premiere in the IBC Gala performance.
The Magic Flute is one of my favorite operas and pieces of music, so this was a treat for me.
Christopher Caines was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and trained principally with Claire Mallardi, Hanya Holm, Mary Anthony, at the Merce Cunningham Studio for modern, and with Marie Pacquette and the late Nenette Charisse for ballet. Christopher has received grants from Meet the Composer, The Field, and the Astral Foundation, and in 2001 was a nominee for the CalArts Alpert Award. He is a 2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Choreography.
Christopher has received grants from Meet the Composer, The Field, and the Astral Foundation, and in 2001 was a nominee for the CalArts Alpert Award. He is a 2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in Choreography.
For months now, I have been training for the IBC in New York with my Coach Valentina Koslova and my Contemporary Choreographer, Margo Sappington. One of the Contemporary dances I am competing with at IBC is called "For Lena". It is in honor of one of Diaghilev's original Ballets Russes dancers, Helena Antonova. In the dance, I am wearing Lena's shawl. It is over a hundred years old and she is seen wearing it in the photo below.
The piece is an homage to both Lena and the Ballets Russes and their places in ballet history.
Helena, Lena, to her friends, was married to fellow Ballets Russes dancer Leon Woizikowski. They had a daughter Sonia, who grew up to dance with the Ballets Russes, later with American Ballet Theater. A few years ago I had the honor of meeting Sonia. She is 90 now and lives in New York City. This is a photo of me outside of Sonia's apaprtment.
The photo above is Margo and I working on "For Lena" in Valentina Koslova's studios.
Below is the bow from our Contemporary Showcase at IBC. Brooklyn Mack was our Guest performer. He and I went to Kirov Academy in D.C. together. It was really nice to see him.
Esmiana Jani, a Junior IBC Competitor, and I left Philadelphia this morning! She is my roommate at IBC.
I arrived safely at the Jackson, MS airport - off to Belhaven Campus to register and get my Competitor dance order number and settle in.