Toledo Ballet Announces 2020 Summer Intensive Programs

Featuring Professional Dancers from Cincinnati Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Broadway

Published Friday, April 3, 2020 12:00 pm

Today, the Toledo Ballet announced its 2020 Summer Intensives, weeklong master classes designed for students who want to develop and refine their skills in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Pilates, conditioning, and stretching. This year, Toledo Ballet brings in guest instructors and professional dancers from Cincinnati Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Broadway.

THE BROADWAY DANCE EXPERIENCE: Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang
June 15-19, 2020

To kick-off this summer’s programs, Toledo Ballet’s professional dancers and master teachers Lisa Mayer-Lang and Michael Lang present The Broadway Dance Experience. These Broadway professionals offer a weeklong intensive designed for students eleven years and older who desire to expand their dance repertoire with Broadway style dance classes in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as classes in Pilates, conditioning, and stretching. The week will conclude with an in-studio performance highlighting students’ accomplishments.

2020 SUMMER BALLET INTENSIVES

Toledo Ballet presents three weeklong Ballet Intensives for advanced level students looking to refine their skills. Each intensive will focus on developing the whole artist and offers high quality instruction taught by renowned, national level professional dancers and instructors. Ballet technique, pointe, variations, and choreography will be emphasized and refined. Each intensive will culminate with an in-studio performance at Toledo Ballet.

WEEK 1 BALLET INTENSIVE - June 22-26, 2020
MEGAN COLEMAN STUART: Former Principal Dancer of Lexington Ballet

WEEK 2 BALLET INTENSIVE - July 20-24, 2020
MELISSA GELFIN: Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet, recently performed the roles of Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in Toledo Ballet’s 79th Annual production of The Nutcracker

WEEK 3 BALLET INTENSIVE - July 27-31, 2020
RENATO PENTEADO: Former Principal Dancer of Miami City Ballet, Snow King and Cavalier in several of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker productions

“As we look forward to a time where we can all come together again to learn and dance in the same space, we understand that the world will be a different place as we figure out a new normal. Rest assured, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will remain of utmost importance to us,” says Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director for the Toledo Ballet. “Our studios are large, and we can keep students spread out. We will also continue encouraging everyone to wash their hands and use hand sanitizers throughout our building as frequently as possible.”

Registration is available now online at toledoballet.com. For more information on the Toledo Ballet’s Summer Intensives, call 419.471.0049 or email Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director for Toledo Ballet at lmayer-lang@artstoledo.com.

“We are all in this together, and when we come out of it, we will be stronger,” continues Mayer-Lang. “We hope to see everyone very soon.”

Toledo Ballet is a pre-professional dance company that inspires the passions and spirit of the Toledo community through dance. Under the artistic leadership of Artistic Director Lisa Mayer-Lang and Resident Choreographer Michael Lang, the Toledo Ballet provides quality dance instruction and exceptional performance opportunities to over 250 students throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan annually.

Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, Toledo Ballet continues to offer quality dance education that span all ages and ability levels. Classes include ballet, contemporary, tap, tumbling, and Adaptive Dance, a unique class providing those with special needs an opportunity to learn to move in ways that come naturally to them. Acting, voice, musical theater, and conditioning (TRX, Pilates) are also offered at the school. In addition, Toledo Ballet brings in world-renowned, professional dancers each year to lead its summer intensive programs, drawing students from across the region seeking to advance their skills.

Toledo Ballet students have competed at the national and international level, including the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest international student ballet competition, and many have pursued dance professionally at some of the most prestigious ballet institutions in the nation, including New York City Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. Stemming from a 80-year partnership and annual presentation of The Nutcracker in Toledo, this merger is one of only a few in the nation and promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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