The 2018 Review
IBT Academy Faculty chose exceptional teachers for this season’s MasterClasses. Each teacher’s unique approach to explanations and corrections deepened students’ understanding of technique:
- Larissa Ponomarenko, a master of dissecting repertoire to give each step absolutely precision, helped young dancers build up their artistic skill and confidence during repertoire and technique classes;
- Anna Liceica made difficult classical technique accessible to even the youngest dancers with her enthusiasm, patience, and clear explanations;
- The Savelievs, in addition to many years of ballet expertise, brought a unique competition outlook to share with students;
- James “J-Floats” Fable led a hip-hop class which was stylistically diverse from the students’ usual regimen of classical ballet, folk dance, and contemporary. This gave them the opportunity to loosen up using muscles opposite to those employed by the Vaganova method;
- Humberto Teixeira engaged his class with the challenge of solo and group improvisation. Later, Humberto explained the significance of proper breathing while dancing to conserve energy, leaving the students shocked at their improved stamina;
- David Fernandes, a student favorite from prior years, taught a fun, fast paced, energetic contemporary class that gave students a workout before choreographing an ensemble for the advanced participants in less than an hour.
Founder, President, and Executive Director
of Youth America Grand Prix
“Gennadi Saveliev helped me greatly with my turns, jumps, and artistry in my dancing,” explains 15 y.o. Gunar Daniels, IBT Academy Level 5 student. “I was looking forward to his MasterClass, and every minute of it was interesting and helpful.”
“Larissa Saveliev shared with us some helpful tools to pick the right variation for a competition. I also appreciated her great advice on how how to deal with our strengths and weaknesses on stage or at competitions,” says Madeline Glinski, 15 y.o. IBT Academy Level 5 student and the Russian Pointe Brand Ambassador.
Ballet Master of Boston Ballet,
Company’s Principal Dancer for full 18 years
“I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Larissa in a repertoire class where we learned short excerpts from John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, my favorite ballet of all time. Larissa explained the artistic and technical aspects along with the backstory, so that we could better embody the characters, express their feelings better, act better,” says 15 y.o. Rory Myers, IBT Academy Level 5 student and a Gaynor Girl.
“Larissa's artistic talent to express emotion through dance is awe-inspiring. Her devotion to Art is astounding and her ability to show us the importance of all the intricate details that comprise a role is very powerful,” says 15 y.o. Madeline Glinski, 5 Level student and the Russian Pointe Brand Ambassador.
Retired Soloist, American Ballet Theater,
“During the IBT Academy 2017 MasterClass Series I discovered artistry being just as important in class as it is on stage. Every class was hard, but for me the enjoyment lies where the difficulty is,” explains Rory Myers.
James "J-Floats" Fable
Hip Hop teacher and choreographer,
Award-winning Brazilian choreographer,
New Jersey Ballet Company
choreographer from Mexico
“The opportunity to be learning from and be influenced by professional dancers really gave us a great experience to expand our understanding of ballet as an art form,” concluded 13 y.o. Michelle Yu, a Level 5 student.