Michael Jordan is considered a legend among basketball fans, and football enthusiasts in Indiana root for Peyton Manning. For the serious, pre-professional students of dance, Gillian Murphy, Paloma Herrera, and Susan Jaffe are just a few of the influential people in the dance world young students idolize. What do these three women have in common? They are just a small sampling of guest teachers that Indianapolis City Ballet has commissioned to teach master classes during the 2013-2014 season.
Indianapolis City Ballet states on their website that one of their goals is to “utilize resources within the international dance world to provide exceptional opportunities that support the existing dance education programs in Indiana including an ongoing series of classes with the Master Teachers and Artists from outside the area” (www.indianapoliscityballet.org). The Jack and Penny Fortune Master Class Series began in 2010, and it has met with much success the past three years.
Intermediate and advanced students participate in a 90 minute ballet class with an informal question and answer session following (these sessions are videotaped and posted online for everyone to view). Dance teachers and other professionals have the option to observe the master class for a small fee. It is an incredible experience for students and observers alike. Not only do students receive the chance to learn from the best in the ballet world, they are learning from these professionals right in “their own backyard.”
The first master class for the 2013-2014 season features Gillian Murphy, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Class is on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 11 am or 1:15 pm at Butler University. The student class fee is $30 and $10 for observers.
Additional upcoming dates for 2013 include:
September 22, 2013 Herman Cornejo, Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre
September 29, 2013 Franco DeVita, Principal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre
November 3, 2013 Darci Kistler, Faculty at the School of American Ballet
For more information about the Jack and Penny Fortune Master Class Series, please visit: http://indianapoliscityballet.org/master-classes-2013/