The Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB) will present George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisieas part of spring performances set for May 24 to 26 at the Washington, D.C. ballet academy.
John Clifford, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Mimi Paul, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, staged and rehearsed the work with the Kirov students. Valse-Fantaisie premiered on November 23, 1967, with Paul and Clifford in the original cast.
Giselle, Act II and other works, including the world premiere of Rossiniana by Eli Lazar, will also be presented.
KAB is the only dedicated ballet academy in the U.S. to offer ballet training plus a full academic curriculum with onsite faculty and a resident life program under one roof. Alumni of KAB are currently dancing as principals or soloists at American Ballet Theater, Royal Ballet in London, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Universal Ballet, and many other companies throughout the world.
Performances will be held at 2:30 and 7pm at KAB, 4301 Harewood Road, Northeast, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.kirovacademydc.org.
In a move it is calling “a reorganization for a new era,” The Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. (KAB) is restructuring its senior management team and has named Martin Fredmann as acting executive director.
The Kirov Academy of Ballet was created and sustained during its first 20 years with the support of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a South Korean evangelist. A press release from KAB said that since 2009, the academy has no longer been able to receive the level of financial support that it had before from its founding benefactor. “In the face of this challenge, KAB is reinventing itself in order to remain in operation in a difficult economic environment,” said the release.
Fredmann was artistic director and CEO of the Colorado Ballet for 20 years and is the founder and director of the Japan Grand Prix ballet competition, now in its 10th year. He is currently serving as the institution’s artistic director and will add administrative responsibilities to his artistic function.
Julia Moon, academy chairwoman and CEO, instituted the changes to coincide with the expiration of Michael Beard’s tenure as executive director. (Beard has been with KAB for 16 years.) Steve Symonds, who has been with KAB for nearly 20 years, will expand his business management role in his new capacity as CFO.
During this past academic year, Fredmann has been instrumental in creating a new strategy to help increase local awareness of KAB, developing new audiences for KAB’s bi-annual performance series, and establishing arts-in-education partnerships with local schools. He has also worked to expand and diversify the board of directors, sought corporate sponsors, stepped up communications efforts, developed new strategic partnerships, and expanded the academy’s fund-raising and community engagement activities.
KAB provides Vaganova-style ballet training to ballet students seeking professional company careers, and offers a full academic curriculum with onsite faculty and a resident life program. Alumni are currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet in London, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Zurich Ballet, and Universal Ballet, among others.
For more information, visit www.kirovacademydc.org.
Martin Fredmann and Nikolai Kabaniaev have joined the artistic faculty of the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C., for the 2010-2011 school year.
Fredmann, former artistic director of Colorado Ballet and creator and director of Japan Grand Prix, will assume the duties of deputy artistic director. Fredmann is an internationally respected teacher and choreographer who built Colorado Ballet and was at its helm for 19 years.
Kabaniaev, co-artistic director and principal dancer of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Diablo Ballet, takes the position of senior boys’ teacher.
Both Fredmann and Kabaniaev have studied under Konstantine Chatilov at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fredmann was one of the very few Americans to have had this opportunity during the Cold War.
After dancing with the Kirov Ballet for seven years in soloist and principal roles, Kabanaiev joined Oakland Ballet as a principal dancer in 1989 and was later one of the founding members of Diablo Ballet.