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 trains technically proficient dancers with a sound work ethic while promoting artistic growth and an appreciation for the art form. Offering year-round dance classes as part of its academic calendar and training all levels of dancers, from the beginner to the most advanced, the SPS Dance Program prepares its students to dance at the college level by teaching classical ballet, modern dance, anatomical theory, and performance. All classes are focused on challenging students and supporting their physical, mental and artistic development.
Serious dancers may audition for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company (SPSBC), a year-round program that satisfies the SPS athletic requirements. 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 recently-launched Visiting Artist Program, each year the SPSBC dancers work with principal dancers from world-renowned companies such as: Miami City Ballet, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Batsheva Dance Company, and take classes from master ballet teachers from the Boston Ballet and the Balanchine Trust.
With the excellent training and performance opportunities provided by the SPSBC, graduates have gone on to dance at The Juilliard School, Barnard College, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan Department of Musical Theater, and Vassar College; and have worked 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.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the SPS Dance Program, please contact Director of Dance Jennifer Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the SPSBC, please visit 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 Shadowmann and DOGS.
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 addition, Ms. Howard has been teaching yoga since 2002, having received yoga teacher training from Max Strom and Gina Caputo.
Ms. Howard lives on campus with her husband Erik, daughter Stella, and their dog, Diego.
|The Nutcracker: Act II|
Location: Memorial Hall
The St. Paul’s School Ballet Company presents its annual production of the Nutcracker: Act II. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 15 at 2pm in Memorial Hall. 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 and all ages are welcome. The house will open thirty minutes before curtain. This is a must see holiday show!
|Twyla Tharp dancer, Alex Brady, to set Tharp's "The One Hundreds"|
From January 13-25, Alex Brady will return to SPS to teach Twyla Tharp's The One Hundreds to be shown in the SPSBC Winter Workshop in February 2014. Alex, born in Boston, began his training at the Boston School of Ballet, and later, at the School of American Ballet, in New York City. He has danced professionally as a member of the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance. He was in the original Broadway cast of "Movin' Out", as well as Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain for Tharp's "The Time's They are a Changin." He recently appeared in the Broadway production of Tharp's "Come Fly Away", creating the role of "Vico" as well as being Dance Captain. Mr. Brady has also danced with The Metropolitan Opera, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has appeared in the Films "Across the Universe" and "Julie and Julia". Alex continues to set Tharp dances and teach Tharp technique worldwide.
|Winter Workshop |
Location: Dance Building
Join us for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company's Winter Workshop, featuring excerpts of Arthur Saint-Léon’s Coppélia and Sharon Eyal’s critically acclaimed Bill, Diane Coburn Bruning’s Piazzolla Suite and Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds. Performances are Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm in the dance building. The show is free of charge and no reservations are required.
|Doug Letheren '03, sets excerpts of Sharon Eyal's "Bill"|
Doug Letheren '03 will return to SPS in February to set excerpts of Sharon Eyal's critically acclaimed Bill. Doug Letheren graduated from Juilliard in 2007 and moved to Tel Aviv to work with Batsheva Dance Company. In the same year, he received the Movado Future Legends Award, having been nominated by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Doug recently left Batsheva and is a founding member of former Batsheva Associate Artistic Director and House Choreographer Sharon Eyal's company L-E-V. The SPSBC will perform Bill in the Winter Workshop and Spring Performance.
|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.