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Monday, June 07, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet is proud to announce the launch of its Trainee Program, beginning Fall 2010. Long-time Washington School of Ballet faculty member and choreographer Carlos Valcarcel has been named Ballet Master of this program that provides full-time, in-depth training and valuable performing experience to classically-trained ballet students with professional aspirations. This new one or two- year program (running September-May) is aimed at giving these students, age 17 and older, an advantage as they enter the professional dance world.

In partnership with Artistic Director Septime Webre, TWB Associate Artistic Director David Palmer, and The Washington School of Ballet Director Kee Juan Han, Mr. Valcarcel will manage the day-to-day operations of the program, expand and contribute to the repertoire, and work with the artistic team to mount all performances. In addition to his work as a Master Teacher, Mr. Valcarcel will stage and coach works from the classical repertoire, including portions of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, as well as new works. During his tenure at TWSB, Mr. Valcarcel has choreographed works performed by students at the Youth America Grand Prix, including Just A Song and Pas de Passion. Both ballets won first prize at Youth America Grand Prix in 2008 and 2009, and he was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer Award in 2009.

“This is an exciting time for The Washington Ballet,” says Mr. Webre. “The Trainee Program is a return to the days of the Mary Day Academy, when graduates resided here and trained full-time. Carlos’s appointment as Ballet Master enhances its overall quality, and his hands-on approach will be invaluable to the next generation of professional artists trained by The Washington Ballet.”

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to students who have already established good technique, but need fine-tuning and more performance opportunities,” adds Mr. Han. “Additionally, Carlos has proven himself to be an invaluable faculty member. His leadership in the studio and commitment to the students and their professional successes has proven to be great factors in the achievements of our graduates.”

Trainees will receive vigorous training, coaching and mentoring from Mr. Valcarcel as well as Mr. Webre, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Han, esteemed school faculty members Vladimir Djouloukhadze Kristina Windom, and others. In addition, Trainees will maintain a vigorous performance schedule, dancing alongside professional company members. Trainees will also be given consideration for positions with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company and its Professional Company.

Mary Day founded The Washington School of Ballet in 1944, which has had a history of training dancers who go on to have illustrious professional careers. Alums include current American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, ABT principal dancer Amanda McKerrow, Dance Theater of Harlem dancer and Pointe magazine editor-in-chief Virginia Johnson, ABT’s Marianna Tcherkassky, ABT and Royal Ballet dancer Bonnie Moore, New York City Ballet dancer Jenifer Ringer, among scores of others.

Dancers interested in auditioning for The Washington Ballet Trainee Program should send a DVD of barre work, center work, pointe work for ladies, men’s work for men, and a classical variation along with a CV and a $25 audition fee to:

Trainee Program
The Washington Ballet
3515 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

For more information, please contact TWSB Manager Donna Glover at Dglover@WashingtonBallet.org or 202.362.3606 x149.

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