St. Paul’s School provides students with the opportunity to combine a rigorous academic education with the finest dance training in a dedicated dance facility. The SPS Dance Program fosters a fun, nurturing and artistic learning environment, while training technically proficient dancers with a sound work ethic.
Offering year-round dance classes as part of its academic calendar and training all levels of dancers, the SPS Dance Program prepares its students to dance at the college and pre-professional level.
Serious advanced-level dancers may audition for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company (SPSBC), a year-round program that can be substituted for athletic participation at the varsity level. SPSBC dancers work one-on-one with faculty and guest teachers and choreographers, rehearsing daily throughout the academic calendar, and performing four different programs each school year, including classical and contemporary works. Through the Visiting Artist Program, the SPSBC has worked with principal dancers of companies such as Miami City Ballet, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company, and master ballet teachers from Boston Ballet, the Balanchine Trust and New York City Ballet. SPS graduates have gone on to dance at The Juilliard School, Barnard College, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan Department of Musical Theater, and Vassar College and professionally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Jose Limon Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, Batsheva Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Louisville Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, to name a few.
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Jennifer Howard ’92 joined the SPS faculty in 2010. She began her training at Boston Ballet and completed her Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams under the direction of Mimi Ferrell. Ms. Howard is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance.
Ms. Howard’s professional dance career spanned 12 years, touring extensively and performing as a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Eliot Feld Ballet, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Ms. Howard also worked as a freelance artist with several choreographers, including Douglas Dunn, Liz Gerring, Patrick Corbin, Dusan Tynek, Kraig Patterson and Unterwegs TanzTheater of Heidelberg, Germany. Most recently, Ms. Howard worked with choreographer Sarah Michelson as rehearsal director and performer for several pieces, including the Bessie Award-winning Shadowman
Beginning in 1997, Ms. Howard began teaching university masters dance classes and choreography workshops, including Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds and Simone Forti’s Scramble. In 2006, Ms. Howard began teaching full-time for Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute in New York City and in 2007 with Kansas City Ballet’s Reach Out and Dance outreach program. Ms. Howard choreographed and directed rehearsals for The Jellybean Conspiracy, a high school musical theater production featuring students from typical and special education classes. In 2009, Ms. Howard joined the faculty of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, where she taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced ballet and pointe classes.
In 2012, upon being named Director of Dance, Ms. Howard launched the Visiting Artist Program (VAP). The VAP brings professional dancers and choreographers to campus to work one-on-one with SPS students, teaching classes and repertory in their various styles, and setting choreography on the SPSBC for the Winter and Spring Performances. In its first year, the VAP included principal dancers from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company, and Twyla Tharp, and master teachers from the Boston Ballet and the Balanchine Trust.
Ms. Howard lives on campus with her husband Erik, daughter Stella, and their dog, Diego.
|Sydney Skybetter, founder of Skybetter & Associates, sets work on the SPSBC|
, choreographer, teacher and writer will visit SPS March 30- April 4, 2015 to teach classes and set his work Halcyon
on the SPSBC. Mr. Skybetter’s choreography has been presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and the Joyce Theater. He lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism and has spoken at New York University, The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory and Skidmore College. Halcyon
will be presented in the Spring Performance.
|Pamela Pietro, Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, visits SPS|
will be at SPS April 20-26th to teach a week-long workshop. Pamele has performed professionally with Houlihan and Dancers, Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance and boip’s black sheep/dances. Pamela has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997 and taught for the Festival’s linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China) and the Dance Library Summer Conference in Tel Aviv, and Henan Normal University in Henan, China. Pamela’s choreography has been presented in NY by Dancespace Draftworks and Dance New Amsterdam, BAX, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dancespace in Miami, Booker School for the Arts, Fuzion Dance Artists, Momentum Danza Company/Panama, Meredith College, University of Wisconsin Madison, and La Salle Academy/Singapore.
Location: Memorial Hall
Contact: Jennifer Howard
Join us Friday-Saturday, May 22-23, 8pm for the SPSBC's Spring Performance, featuring a world premiere by Philip Neal '86, Sydney Skybetter's Halcyon and a Merce Cunningham: MinEvent. The peformance is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Each show will last approximately one hour.