The Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival needs $2,500 in order to complete its goal to bring 6 NYCB Principal Dancers to perform this summer
New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ashley Bouder serves as the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival's Director of
Dance. She put together a great program in 2011 with students from
the Rock School and dancers from "Come Fly Away," Mark Morris Dance
Group, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
This year, she wants to expand the program to include more Balanchine. This is quite a coup for the festival, as the area has traditionally had almost no exposure to dance, let alone dancers of her caliber in repertory like Balanchine!
As part of the Festival's educational mission in providing access to children, these programs are presented free for all students.
Here is her plan for this season, taking place July 21 and
July 21: Opening the entire festival will be an all-student program featuring students from the Rock School. Since we have a strong commitment to education, and our Board was so blown away by the talent from last year, Ashley is preparing a program that showcases the different ages of students and the development of a student into a professional. Following the program will be a talk-back with some of the teachers about the training that is involved to become a dancer.
July 22: To follow up the students, Ashley wanted to bring Janie Taylor, Sara Mearns, Amar Ramasar, Gonzalo Garcia, and Sebastian Marcovici to perform alongside her in an all-Balanchine triple bill program. The dancers will perform "Apollo," "Tarantella," and close with a "Who Cares?" suite to show the range of music and choreographic style that made Balanchine such a master. This is a real first in the area, where dance has never before been seen on this level.
Pairing this with going into two local school districts to teach kids about dance, Ashley has done an amazing job in putting this together and really sees this as her chance to give back and inspire children to dance and introduce dance to new audiences. Here is a short article on her teaching at Pocono Mountain East High School a few weeks ago:
The festival needs $2,500 in order to complete it's goal to be able to continue to bring artists to work with local students and offer high quality performances to an underserved region.
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