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 per 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. For more information about the program visit https://www.facebook.com/SPSBC
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.
|Philip Neal '86, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, creates new work for SPSBC|
Philip Neal, acclaimed dancer, teacher and repetiteur, will visit SPS April 4-17 to teach classes and create an original work on the SPSBC. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Neal began his dance training at age 11 at the Richmond Ballet School where he studied for six years. In 1985, Neal won a silver medal in the International Prix de Lausanne ballet competition. He graduated magna cum laude from SPS in 1986 and was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Upon graduating from SPS, Neal enrolled full time at the School of American Ballet (SAB). Neal joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1987 and was promoted to principal dancer at the end of the Winter 1992-93 Season.
Neal has appeared in many featured roles, including George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Ballade, Chaconne, Divertimento No.15, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Serenade, Western Symphony and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue to name a few. He has also been featured in the works of Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove, Kevin O'Day, Boris Eifman and Richard Tanner.
In 2002, Neal appeared in the nationally televised Live From Linclon Center broadcast "New York City Ballet's Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography" on PBS, dancing in Ancient Airs and Dances and in May 2004 he appeared in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of "Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100," dancing in Liebeslieder Waltzer.
Neal has appeared with NYCB at their home at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater (formerly New York State Theater), in their summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and on tour in Athens, The Hague, Coppenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Italy, Paris, Osaka and Tokyo.
|Amy Young, Paul Taylor Dance Company, sets Taylor’s “Junction”|
Amy Young, former principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, returns to SPS in April to set Paul Taylor’s critically acclaimed 1961 work Junction. The SPSBC will perform Junction in the Spring Performance May 23-24 and 31st in Memorial Hall. Ms. Young grew up in Washington State, and spent her senior year of high school studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan prior to entering The Juilliard School in New York, where she earned a B.F.A. in 1996. Ms. Young joined Taylor 2 in August of that year, and made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Paris Opera House in January 2000. Ms. Young enjoys teaching and has been on the faculty of Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Metropolitan Ballet of Tacoma and The Taylor School.
Location: Memorial Hall
The St. Paul’s School Ballet Company presents its Spring Performance on Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 and Saturday, May 31 at 8pm Memorial Hall. The performance features Paul Taylor’s critically acclaimed Junction, excerpts of Sharon Eyal’s Bill, Diane Coburn Bruning’s Piazzolla Suite and a world-premiere by former New York City Ballet principal Philip Neal ’86. The show is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first served basis. Each show will last approximately one-hour minutes and all ages are welcome. The house will open at 7:30pm.