Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF bergenPAC CONCLUDES BALLET MASTER CLASS SERIES IN RESIDENCE WITH MEGAN FAIRCHILD

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WHEN: Monday, June 6th, 2016 - 6:30PM-8:00PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC main stage at 30 N Van Brunt Street in Englewood, NJ.
ADMISSION: Free
Registration is open. Space is limited. To register and for more information: Education@bergenpac.org 201.482.8194.

With its mandate to provide the highest quality and most progressive Arts Education in Bergen County, the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC wraps up its Ballet Master Class Series In Residence with Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with the New York City ballet. The final class will take place on the The class is open to the public for viewing free of charge. Participation is free of charge for all advanced ballet students in Bergen County ages 14 and up who have strong ballet training.

This unique program which is unduplicated by virtually any other non-University affiliated dance program in the United States, further substantiates bergenPAC’s mission to provide students with arts training of substantial challenge both mentally and physically and assist in the development of their self-esteem, discipline, self-awareness, and growth in artistic sensibility. The program has been coordinated by record company executive and theatrical producer, Jeffrey Kaufman in cooperation with bergenPAC’s  President & CEO: Dominic Roncace,  Director of Arts Education: Alexander Diaz and  Artistic Director (beyondDANCE): Roberta Mathes. Previous Master Classes in this series were led by principal dancers Daniel Ulbricht, Amar Ramasar, Stella Abrera, and Gozalo Garcia.

Ms. Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms Fairchild was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her dance training at the age of four, studying with Judy Levitre and Kaelynne Oliphant at Dance Concepts in Sandy, Utah; and at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City with Sharee Lane, Deborah Dobson, and Maureen Laird. While at the Ballet West Conservatory, Ms. Fairchild was also a Ballet West trainee. Ms. Fairchild entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2000. In November 2001, Ms. Fairchild became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ms. Fairchild was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, she was promoted to principal dancer.  Since joining NYCB Ms. Fairchild has performed in numerous works including Balanchine’s Apollo, Allegro Brillante, Ballo della Regina, Chaconne, Coppélia, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la Fée", Divertimento No. 15, Donizetti Variations, Duo Concertant, The Nutcracker, Harlequinade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda, Variations, Jewels, Serenade, La Source, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Symphony in C,Tarantella, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Valse-Fantaisie, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, as well as ballets by Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, and others. Recently, Ms. Fairchild has returned to the New York City Ballet after having completed a one year appearance as the star of the Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN.

About The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC
The Education program at bergenPAC features a series of classes, school residencies, workshops, live performances, student productions and ensemble groups in the performing arts for students ages 2 1/2 months to 21 years old for all ability levels including special programming for individuals with special needs. The program provides students with unique and “hands-on” arts training by industry professionals that allow them to gain real world experience and enhance academic achievement through the arts. bergenPAC’s arts education initiatives occur on-site at our new Performing Arts School building at 1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ or off-site at other schools. Through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and presented shows, the school reaches more than 30,000 students and community youth annually.

The Performing Arts School offers basic and professional level performing arts classes and ensemble groups and productions in theater, dance, and music for students of all ages. The school also offers beyond bergenPAC, a school Partnership Program with school districts throughout the area. The school also offers scholarships for those in financial need - no-one is turned away for inability to pay.

To enroll now or for more information contact 201.482.8194 or education@bergenpac.org.

About bergenPAC
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

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