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Thank you School of Rock!

Posted on: March 26th, 2012 by admin

 

BNC wants to give a special thanks and shout out to School of Rock for supporting us by getting the word out about Rock Ballets, April 13-15.

If you are looking for a fun way to learn music, especially rock music, look no further!

Through their performance-based approach to music lessons, School of Rock students are more inspired to learn, more motivated to excel and more confident as a result. They teach guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals in an interactive environment.   They believe the best way to learn music is to play music. They take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.  School of Rock teaches weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.They deliver an authentic experience using professional equipment, a staff of seasoned musicians, and performances on real rock stages, at real rock venues in front of real live audiences.

Check them out on YouTube

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Julie King

Posted on: March 25th, 2012 by admin

 

Julie King has been with BNC since 2005. She has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Once Was a Time I Thought, Love of My Life and Moulin Rouge. She has also performed in Joshua Blake Carter’sMothertongue and Ma Cong’s Passion, There. Before joining BNC, the Lansdale, Pennsylvania native trained with David Taylor Dance Theatre and at Virginia School of the Arts. After graduation she danced with Ballet Austin, where she was featured in Steven Mills’ The Nutcracker, as well as with Nashville Ballet, where she danced roles in Romeo and JulietRobin Hood, and Giselle.

Julie King & Jason Franklin performing to the music of Queen. Photo by David Jennings

When did you start dancing and why?

I started dancing when I was 4 and just fell in love with it immediately.
 

What do you love most about dance? I’m a shy person, so I love the ability to express myself. I also really enjoy the physical challenge of it, and freedom. Although I’m shy I feel most at home and content on stage performing.

Which BNC production has been your favorite? I don’t have a favorite production. It would be hard to pick because they are all so different, and therefore special to me in different ways.

 

What do you do in your free time when you’re not dancing? I enjoy cooking and watching movies.

If you weren’t a dancer what would your dream job be? I can’t really imagine having a different job. I love animals…but I don’t think I could be as happy as I am doing anything else.

What is one thing you can’t live without? Air.

What inspires you? Music, other dancers, the process of everyone coming together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

Words to live by: “Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.”

Julie King & Damien Patterson performing to the music of INXS.

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Food: Dessert

Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with zombies. Zombie movies, tv shows and books. I can’t get enough!

Favorite Rock Song: "This is hard for me beacuse I always have many "favorites." Right now I would have to say Everlong by the Foo Fighters because it always inspires me."

You can see Julie’s next performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to Know Marian Faustino

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by admin

 

Marian Faustino performs in Love in the Digital Age. (Photo: Amanda Tipton)

At age 10, Marian Faustino was a competitive gymnast. Her mom put her in a ballet class to help improve her floor routine. At age 13, Marian was uprooted from her hometown in Virginia when her parents decided to move to the Philippines. Although she was unhappy about the change at the time, she soon began to discover the Filipino culture and language through dance.

She began training as a professional dancer in the Philippines. She performed soloist and principal roles with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines, and was also a Philippine representative in several international ballet competitions. Marian returned to the U.S. to dance in Nashville with Dance Theatre of Tennessee.

Since joining Ballet Nouveau Colorado last August, Marian has been pushed to try new things.

“I really loved BNC+Redline: A Shared Experience in Art. Working with Maurya Kerr was a really interesting experience,” says Marian. “While she was creating her piece, I remember feeling almost uncomfortable, and that I had never been asked to more that way ever in my entire life. But it was a good discomfort, in that it made me try something new.”

Although the show forced Marian to step outside her boundaries, pushing her limits is exactly what Marian loves most about dance.

“I love that dance presents you with new challenges everyday,” she says. “You have to push the limits of your body, or find different ways of expressing yourself through movement. I love that it seems to slow time down and allows people to examine life, relationships, and emotions a little more closely.”

Marian Faustino performs with Colby Foss in BNC+Redline: A Shared Experience in Art. (Photo: Amanda Tipton)

When Marian isn’t dancing, she leads a low-key life spending time at home, reading books or articles, catching up on TV shows, watching movies or enjoying good food. One thing she misses about the Philippines is the delicious food. Her favorite dish is called ginataang kalabasa, a combination of squash and string beans cooked in coconut milk with ginger and shrimp.

Marian also has a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of the Philippines. If she wasn’t dancing, she would look for work as a preschool teacher. But putting in up to 50 hours a week in the dance studio, Marian’s free time is limited.

Right now Marian and the other dancers are preparing for Rock Ballets in April. She says that although she didn’t grow up listening to Queen, David Bowie, or INXS, she is enjoying connecting with the piece.

“I didn’t really grow up listening to these artists, so I don’t really have a emotional connection to the music, but it is definitely a cool process developing that connection and getting to know all of the songs as we dance to them and hear them more and more,” she says.

Come see Marian’s performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School.

For Sale at the BNC Front Desk

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by joanna-maiolo

 

In addition to the wonderful healthy snack shop items and other great merchandise BNC offers at the front desk, we are now selling the 2012 Chinook Book. For those who have never heard of this, it is a book full of amazing coupons and deals around the Denver & Boulder area.

The book includes coupons for local merchants such as Natural Grocer’s Vitamin Cottage, or for products like Nest Fresh Eggs and the delicious Justin’s Nut Butters. Chinook book also includes a wellness section that provides deals for stores like Apothecary Tinctura, which is a personal favorite   of mine that I feel everyone should visit and experience.

Furthermore, there are coupons for great values with yoga and pilates studios, as well as many more. Included with the purchase of Chinook Book is the option for a downloadable app for the iPhone and Android where you can load the coupons straight to your phone. After looking through all of the deals it has to offer, it is clear that the value goes far beyond the low price of $20. Come flip through the pages of Chinook Book at the BNC front desk!

 

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to know Damien Patterson

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 by admin

 

 

Damien Patterson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He took his first dance class at age 8, when his uncle, who was a dancer, signed him up. He started taking formal ballet classes at 14 and by 18 he was a professional dancer.

He moved to Tennessee where he danced Dawn Fay and Garrett Ammon, BNC's artistic directors, for Ballet Memphis. Damien came to BNC in 2009, excited to try something fresh and different. Now in his third season with BNC, Damien says it is hard to pick out a favorite show.

“I don’t think I have a favorite yet,” he says. “I’m not done with my career. Once I’m done I will be able to make a decision. Just being able to get up and dance every day is my favorite thing.”

He says that one of the biggest challenges he has faced so far is making each character he portrays his own. The role he will dance in Rock Ballets was originally choreographed for someone much smaller. Damien is 6’ 1 ¾” and says learning to execute the moves is like using a cello instead of a violin to perform a concerto.

“The ballets have already been set and we’re trying to breathe new life into them,” he says. “I’m playing someone else’s character and I’m trying to make it my own. It’s like putting on someone else’s suit in each ballet.”

In spite of the challenge of adaptation, Damien is looking forward to performing a pas de deux to “Mediate” by INXS. He performed the piece during Moving Together two summers ago, and is looking forward to finding a new raw emotion to put into it.

Damien loves dance because he can express himself without even using words. Dance is a universal language that anyone can understand. But more importantly, he loves dance because race fades to the background.

“It’s a joy to me to do this because, especially here at BNC, I’m not put on this planet to represent diversity. I’m here to be a dancer,” he says. “I’ve danced in an all black company. I’ve been the only black person in the company. And it doesn’t do anything for anyone. I’ve realized that the better dancer I become, the less you think about my skin color. It’s visible, you see it, but at the same time I’m here to show you the dancer. I’m here to move forward and represent the human race and not one group of people.

When he’s not dancing, Damien likes to spend time at home watching movies, writing poetry and talking to friends. As a seasoned choreographer, he also spends his time thinking about where he can take dance when his career as a professional dancer comes to an end.

He says he is still developing his own sense of style and movement and learning to understand the other dancers around him. As a choreographer Damien works to help the dancer to understand his vision, and he is still learning to bring out what he wants to see in another person through movement. He hopes to use choreography to continue dance into his future.

“There is no other job for me, to be honest. This is it. This is what I was put here to do,” he says. “I quit dance once and it was the most awful thing I’ve ever done to myself in my life. If I wasn’t a dancer I wouldn’t be here.”

You can see Damien perform in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Center at Pinnacle Charter School. 

Spotlight on the Stars: Get to know Meredith Strathmeyer

Posted on: March 17th, 2012 by admin

 

Meredith Strathmeyer performs in the 2008 world premiere of Garrett Ammon's Rock Ballets.

Meredith Strathmeyer started dancing at age 7, after watching her older sister perform as a Bon Bon in The Nutcracker. At the time, she says she was a bit of a klutz and her father, who was also her softball and basketball coach, hoped ballet would give her some grace on the playing field. It did improve her coordination, but also ended her athletic career as she began to pursue her true passion: dance.

“I love that dance will never get easy,” she says. “There is always something magnificent lurking around that tendu that is just out of reach.”

Meredith joined BNC in 2006 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Comparative Literature. She has performed in more than 25 BNC Productions, her favorite of which was Garrett Ammon’s Moulin Rouge.

“It was an incredible experience. It is a dancer’s dream to have a full length ballet created with her in mind,” she says. “ I had to really rise up to the occasion and push all my artistic and physical boundaries to make it happen.”

Meredith’s next performance will be in Rock Ballets this April. She draws her inspiration for dance from every part of her life.

“I feel like I got this far as an artist because of my tendency to soak up everything around me as fuel for inspiration,” she says. “Dancers tend to allow their emotions to run very close to the surface, right under the skin, because we need easy access. Films, music, art, photography, the weather….you never know what is going to strike a chord.”

To get pumped up for Rock Ballets, Meredith looks to “Oh You Pretty Things” by David Bowie, which is not only her ringtone for all the BNC dancers, but also inspired the creation of her signature dance move, the Bop.

Currently, Meredith puts in 40 to 45 hours a week dancing. But when she’s not in the studio, Meredith loves to read and write children’s books.

“Who knows if anything will ever get published, but it makes me absurdly happy to think up odd little limericks and sketch and design the layouts,” she says.

Meredith also teaches Pilates at a studio in Denver. If she wasn’t a dancer, her dream job would be to work as a travel writer for a Pilates magazine. In the meantime, she will continue her power struggle with her tiny European oven to yield the perfect batch of cookies.

Catch Meredith's Performance in Rock Ballets on April 13-15 at the Performing Arts Center at Pinnacle Charter School. 

Flashback to the Sixties at Rock Ballets

Posted on: March 16th, 2012 by admin

 

The Beatles, Cow Palace, San Francisco, 1965 (Photo: Lisa Law)

Thanks to the help of The Byers-Evans House Museum, during Rock Ballets, the Performing Arts complex at Pinnacle Charter School's lobby will be transformed into a gallery exhibit of sixties rock icons. The full exhibit, Lisa Law: Flashing on the Sixties, was first mounted earlier this year at The Byers-Evans House Museum Gallery. A smaller collection of works from the exhibit will be on display for Rock Ballets patrons to enjoy before and after the performance as well as during intermission.

Otis Redding at the Whiskey A Go-Go, Hollywood, 1966 (Photo: Lisa Law)

With her Honeywell Pentax camera in hand, Lisa Law captured the genesis of a new era. Whether she was backstage with The Beatles, Otis Redding, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Velvet Underground or The Byrds; taking promotional photographs of Janis Joplin and Big Brother; helping feed hundreds of thousands at Woodstock; or at home maing dinner for Bob Dylan; her passion for photography grew into a profession. Join us for this fascinating flashback to the sixties featuring original photographs and rock posters by Lisa Law.

Bob Dylan head shot, The Castle, Los Angeles, 1965 (Photo: Lisa Law)

Prints of the photographs, as well as Lisa Law paraphernalia, will be available for purchase in the lobby at Rock Ballets.

Eat Dinner Like a Rock Star

Posted on: March 15th, 2012 by admin

 

In support of the creation of local art and the excitement Rock Ballets is bringing to rock music, Hard Rock Cafe Denver will donate 10%  of all meal and drink purchases made April 13-15 when restaurant patrons order from the Rock Ballets Menu. Reservations are required to be sure to call and make a reservation at 303-623-0856 and ask for the Rock Ballets Menu.

 

 

 

In Honor of National Nutrition Month…

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by joanna-maiolo

 

It is especially exciting to be launching the Dance Tip Tuesday Blog this month, as March has been named National Nutrition Month!

One of our BNC Sponsor is the Lakeshore Athletic Club, and this month they are offering free “Nutrition Bits” lectures with Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Margi Resch. One of these lectures titled, “What is Metabolic Typing,” will be offered on Thursday, March 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Lakeshore Lounge. Lakeshore Athletic Club’s Holistic Lifestyle Coaching is a unique approach to health, which views the body as an integrated system, striving to achieve a lifetime of overall wellness. This idea, viewing the body as an integrated system rather than different parts working separately, is something we at BNC believe in very strongly. This is especially true for the health of a dancer. The mind and the body working as one is a critical, if not one of the most important aspects of dance. If one part of the body is not functioning properly, the whole body will be affected.  Therefore, the body as a whole must be reevaluated and nourished accordingly.

Dance is an excellent amusement for young people, especially for those of sedentary occupations. Its excellence consists in exciting a cheerfulness of the mind, highly essential to health; in bracing the muscles of the body, and in producing copious perspiration.  ~Noah Webster

 

 

 

 

 

A Great Success!

Posted on: March 13th, 2012 by admin

 

Thank you to everyone who helped make BNC Adventures a success. We are pleased to announce this past Saturday night's event, hosted by the Barre Committee, raised over $7,200!

The Barre Committee is a group of volunteer School of BNC student parents who help support the cause for dance. This event in particular was in support of BNC's extensive community programs.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to Town and Country Foods for providing a delicious meal for the event. Town and Country is extending a special offer to BNC's patrons. When you set up your home food delivery service, mention Ballet Nouveau Colorado and BNC will receive $100. Call 1-800-651-3663 ext. 590 today to set up an appointment.