Students of Ballet East were honored at the 10th Annual American Dance Competition-International Ballet Competition (ADC-IBC) that took place March 17th – 22nd in Daytona Beach, FL. Among the top finishers were Ballet East students Jules Mabie, who the Gold Medal (1st place) in both classical and contemporary in the junior men’s category. Nicole Alfaro took the Bronze Medal and Carley Anderson received the Gold Medal in the junior women’s contemporary category. Student Madison Russo was also honored with the Gold Medal in the senior women’s classical category.
In addition, multiple Ballet East Students were honored with Top 20 achievements in both classical and contemporary categories. Students Nicole Alfaro (5th Place), Carley Anderson (4th Place), Erica Borden (top 15), Tara Brigham (top 20) and Paige Lewis (Top 15) placed amongst the top finishers the classical ballet division. In the contemporary division, students Erica Borden (Top 15), Evelyn Borden (Top 20), Tara Brigham (Top 20), Paige Lewis (Top 15) and Madison Russo (5th Place) were amongst those to received top honors.
In the ensemble division, Ballet East piece titled Falling Gently, Floating Down, choreographed by Chelsea and Bree Nasby placed 1st and was awarded 1k for this achievement. In addition, ensemble piece titled Four to Tango choreographed by Doreen Cafarella took 5th place in the ensemble division.
Director Chelsea Nasby was honored with the Outstanding Choreographer award for the many pieces she choreographed for her students that were presented at the ADC-IBC Competition.
In addition to the high achievements, Ballet East outstanding scholarships and offers were granted to Nicole Alfaro: Houston Ballet, Modas Dance; Carley Anderson: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Art of Movement, Modas Dance; Evelyn Borden: International Ballet Academy, Modas Dance, Tara Brigham: Modas Dance, Paige Lewis: Texas Ballet Theatre, Modas Dance, Jules Mabie: The Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet; Reese Rengstl: Modas Dance; and Madison Russo Boston Ballet Trainee Program, Modas Dance.
ADC-IBC is a pre-professional International Ballet Competition for all nationalities, ages 7-21, with an aim not simply to reveal, but shape exceptional future talents of the dance world. ADC-IBC pursues this objective by employing a more pedagogical approach, than competitive. The team of coaches and esteemed panel work individually with the candidates, and is a unique experience, with a timelessly rich, ethical atmosphere, where the art of dance is the focus. With each candidate required to undergo a more rigorous evaluation system, ADC-IBC has a distinct ability to discover potential, and to offer educational opportunities to leading ballet programs, in addition to invaluable professional exposure to world-renowned dance professionals.
Ballet East is now accepting students from ages 3-pre-professional for their summer sessions. In addition, Ballet East Youth Ensemble Members will participate in the premier production of The Secret Garden June 19th and 20th, 2015 held at the Eissey Campus Theatre. For more information please contact Ballet East at 561.683.0096 or BalletEastFL@gmail.com.