Ballet East Summer Intensive 2018 Faculty Released

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The Ballet East 2018 Summer programs provides students with a diverse dance experience. Alongside Director Chelsea Segrete, the 2018 Faculty includes international faculty Alexander Anderson, Doreen Cafarella, Oxana Kiyanenko, Andréa Mafra-Gregori, Christopher Hernandez, Bree Nasby, Marcie Russo, Madison Russo, Shelley Sweat, Gianna Theodore and Alyssa Thompson. The faculty focuses on providing professional training for the serious student in Ballet, Contemporary and Modern Techniques that are supported by cross-training techniques that include Progressing Ballet Technique, Pilates, Character, Conditioning, Strength and Stretch and more.

The program runs from July 9  - August 10, 2018. The Summer Intensive program is offered for students 9+ with at least 2 years of training. Additional programs are offered for younger students. An in-house performance for students participating in the 4 and 5-week program will take place on August 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Students that are interested in the Year-Round Program at Ballet East are invited to audition for the Children's Program, Pre-Professional Program, Accelerated Training Program (home school students ages 13+) and Ballet East Youth Ensemble (ages 9 + with at least 2 years of experience), Peter and the Wolf and Nutcracker on August 4, 2018. Details listed on the 2018 Audition Schedule button below.

 2018 Summer Intensive schedule is subject to change.    

Auditions posted for the Year-Round Program, Ballet East Youth Ensemble/Youth Ensemble II, Accelerated Training Program Students, Peter and the Wolf in collaboration with The Palm Beach Symphony, Nutcracker Auditions.

 Click on the images below for instructor bios.  

Ballet East Students Receive Top Honors at Florida Dance Masters

Students of Ballet East were honored at the Annual Florida Dance Masters (FDM) Competition that took place April 21 - 23, 2017 in Coral Springs, FL. Ballet East Student Daisia Pulz was among the top finishers who took 1st place in Solo Division as well 1st overall at the competition with her self-choreographed piece titled "Existence". Pulz was also honored with the 2017 recipient of the Choreography by Student Award.

In addition, multiple Ballet East Students were honored with Top 20 achievements in both classical and contemporary overall categories. Students Olivia Capasso (2nd), Andrea Mish (3rd), Daisia Pulz (4th), Alexis Genzone (5th), Shea Siben (9th), Erica Borden (12th), Evelyn Borden (14th), Andrea Mish (15th), Isabella Tome (16th) were among those to receive top honors.  

In the competitive ensemble division, Ballet East piece titled Don Giovanni, choreographed by Chelsea placed 1st and was invited to perform in Orlando for the 2017 November Convention. Nasby was honored with the 2017 Choreography award for piece Don Giovanni. 

In addition to the high achievements, Ballet East students Logan Betts, Payton Borowski, Erica Borden, Evelyn Borden, Gabriella Brockway, Sara Connor, Maia Derrevere, Alexis Genzone, Faith Hunt, Genevieve Merkle, Andea Mish, Ashley Nazzar, Hayden Pontius, Daisia Pulz, Sydney Sheldon, Shea Siben, Angelina Sierra and Isabella Tome, were recognized for the outstanding achievements in the FDM Convention Classes taught by renown master instructors. Students Erica Borden, Payton Borowski, Gabriella Brockway, Daisia Pulz and Shea Siben were selected by the FDM faculty to receive a $25 scholarship to the November Convention.

FDM is an organization that is dedicated to promoting excellent dance education for instructors as well as aspiring students. FDM meets three times each season, July through June, to offer opportunities for teacher training, convention classes, title and group competitions, student performances, and student scholarships. FLORIDA DANCE MASTERS, INC. is committed to advancing the art of dance through quality education for teachers and their students.

Ballet East is now accepting students from ages 2.5-pre-professional for summer sessions. In addition, Ballet East Youth Ensemble Members will participate in the premier production of Coppélia June 16 and 17, 2017 held at the Eissey Campus Theatre. For more information, please contact Ballet East at 561.683.0096 or

Ballet East Student Daisia Pulz to attend YoungArts Miami

Ballet East student Daisia Pulz to attend YoungArts Miami February 21st - 26th, 2017. During the intensive, week-long and all-inclusive program, artists across 10 disciplines participate in master classes and workshops with internationally recognized leaders.

The promising young artists will also have the chance to share their talents with the public through multidisciplinary performances, writers’ readings, a cinematic arts screening and a visual arts exhibition on the YoungArts Campus and at the Miami Theater Center.

An invitation to this national event was granted to 691 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Selected from the largest pool of applicants to date, and representing artists from 42 states, YoungArts Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000, mentorship and training from acclaimed artists, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and guidance in taking important steps toward achieving their artistic goals. Winners represent the top 8.67% of applications and include 167 Finalists, the organization’s highest honor.

Pulz was honored with 1 of 6 choreography awards receiving a 2017 Honorable Mention for outstanding achievement in Dance Choreography. To purchase tickets to watch Pulz perform her incredible work at the Miami Theater Center on February 25th please visit

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

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