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BalletNext...five years of risking it all, fusing styles and music, pushing boundaries.  Now its time to go over the cliff again...
BalletNext...five years of risking it all, fusing styles and music, pushing boundaries. Now its time to go over the cliff again...
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This is the balletNEXT chapter.  We'll give everything we've got until there's nothing left.  On our 5th anniversary, its time to build operations further for the next 5 years of breaking boundaries.

In the studio at Baryshnikov Arts Center
In the studio at Baryshnikov Arts Center
JayDonn, Violetta Komyshan, Erin Chong, Makeda Roney, Egle Andreikaite at Kaatsbaan International
JayDonn, Violetta Komyshan, Erin Chong, Makeda Roney, Egle Andreikaite at Kaatsbaan International

 By funding this Kickstarter campaign, you're helping BalletNext push outside the box and keep the process fresh with 1) new works 2) new music 3) launching our trainee program, and 4) tour dates.  

       

JayDonn: If you don't take risks, you'll never get any further. You will never know how far you will go.

How do we keep it fresh? For us, unconventional fusion of talented artists is a key source of inspiration. The unconventional drives innovation.

Michele on seeing Brooklyn Flexn' for the first time: I went to a basement in Brooklyn and watched this group of dancers pour their soul into the movement. This is who I want to collaborate with!

Flex Master Jay Donn and Michele Wiles - Photo Nisian Hughes
Flex Master Jay Donn and Michele Wiles - Photo Nisian Hughes

 

FlexandPointe is the BalletNext dance style born from the intense in-studio relationship of Brooklyn Flexn' pioneer JayDonn and BalletNext Artistic Director Michele. Ballet technique and discipline combined with the raw creative impulses and angular shapes of Flexn' definitely started breaking boundries. 

In the studio at Baryshnikov Arts Center
In the studio at Baryshnikov Arts Center
Unconventional Approaches Drive Innovation
Unconventional Approaches Drive Innovation

Huffington Post writer Yasmin Nouh nailed the essence of how Jay and Michele successfully fused two very different perspectives:

    

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NgWsAxXRJPA

Michele: I think the bottom line is...we were having so much fun...it was a very encouraging positive way of dealing with one another...I feel like we've busted open a new door and...there's this new space and so much more to say...

We took the unconventional fusion further for our 5th season by pushing music boundary...jazz style. 

Enter Tom Harrell, the jazz musician's musician, who has recorded over 260 albums and isn't afraid to experiment.  Michele ran into Tom at the Village Vanguard between sets on the Flugelhorn.  The results: a new 26 minute work choreographed by Michele with JayDonn that premiered at New York Live Arts with the Tom Harrell Quintet playing on-stage and six dancers.

https://vimeo.com/balletnext/balletnext-apogee-in-3-live 

Tom Harrell and Michele Wiles in Rehearsal - Photo Nisian Hughes
Tom Harrell and Michele Wiles in Rehearsal - Photo Nisian Hughes

 

Michele: Tom's music live was incredibly powerful. But these musicians are improvisers and it was never the same performance.  The choreography needed to be flexible enough and the dancers open enough to embrace the improv or things would fall apart.  It worked.

Happy New Year and thank you for jumping on board with us.

Violetta Komyshan in Rehearsal - Photo by Sophie Elgort
Violetta Komyshan in Rehearsal - Photo by Sophie Elgort

 

Check out what's happening right now https://www.instagram.com/balletnext/

Performing at New York Live Arts, New York City
Performing at New York Live Arts, New York City

 

Risks and challenges

Running a performing arts company in our beloved, manic New York City is tough business. We are committed to supporting other artists taking risks in direct ways, including crowd funding innovators like http://kickingitforward.org. If you get, you need to give.

It's clear the BalletNext audience is growing younger and has a different way of looking at performance and choreography. We welcome this view and believe the greatest challenge is continuing to engage the next generation in our process.

While traditional arts funding is tight, we are continually looking at new business models to increase revenue at a lower cost. For example, we are expanding our FlexandPointe masterclass series to meet demand across the country and opening our trainee program in 2017.

We believe in today's environment, building a source of recurring income increases the value and sustainability of campaigns like this Kickstarter.

We've made it through the last five years which have included legions of mistakes and some good successes. With your support, we've got the chops to make it for the next five.

We welcome you to the BalletNext family.

BalletNext is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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    One Week Intensive With BalletNext

    For dancers transitioning to the professional world, join BalletNext for a week of your choice to train with Michele Wiles and explore your artistry through the BalletNext style. If you want to take it to the next level...bring it on!

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    BalletNext Ballerina Body Bootcamp

    A full body personal BalletNext workout created for you by our professional dancers. A customized workout based on the styles of ballet and flex for anybody who is looking for a serious but fun routine. Be prepared to be sore and sweat off those holiday potatos. Create your own schedule in a six month period for ten classes. Perfect for amateur and aspiring professional dancers. Ask our Company members...we know how to take it to the next level. Ready?

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    Commission Your Own Work with BalletNext

    Get deep into the artistic process and commission a new work for BalletNext. Your work will include a brand new musical score, and choreography from top artistic talent. You will be in the studio with us watching the process unfold and then joining the Company for dinner afterwards to discuss it all. YOUR new work will have it's world premier on the stage in New York City in February of 2018. That's right, you get to live through the glory, cat calls and critical reviews sitting right along side us. Fortunately there are 6 tickets reserved for the opening night front row-center seating, so your friends can hold your hand. And we'll make sure you've got a hip hotel room with Uber black-car transport to the pre-game reception and following the opening night after-events, so no worries. Your name will be prominently featured in the program and key advertisements as it should be given the importance of what you are doing here.

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