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Auditions for 2010-2011 Season!

Sunday, June 6, 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Union Hall, 2 Keeler Rd., North Salem, NY

Friday, June 25, 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Putnam Arts Council, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac, NY

See Audition Page for more information.


BALANCHINE STYLE SUMMER INTENSIVE @ UNION HALL, NORTH SALEM  JUNE 28 - JULY 1, 10 am to 1 pm
PBE hosts a  Summer Intensive on the teaching and choreography of George Balanchine with former principal dancers of New York City Ballet, Maria Calegari and Bart Cook, June 28-July 1, 10 am to 1 pm, at Union Hall, 2 Keeler Road, North Salem, NY 10560.  Fee is $150 up to June 21 and $175 afterwards.  Download our flyer .  To register, please click here .  Adult drop-ins are welcome for the morning technique classes, 10 - 11:30 am, at $25 per class.

April 10 and April 18 Performances of "Carnival of the Animals and Other Dances"

Saturday, April 10, 7 pm, at the JFK Elementary School Theater in Brewster, NY.

Sunday, April  18, 3 pm at the Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, NY.

Enjoy some dazzling dancing as Prelude Ballet Ensemble presents Carnival of the Animals and other dances, including Rodeo, Air and Simple Gifts, Shop 'til You Drop, and Wings.  In addition, Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony cellist Devin Wright will accompany senior company dancer Jessica Baker in Bach's Prelude from Cello Suite #1.  Prelude Ballet Ensemble is a not-for-profit youth ballet company based in the lower Hudson Valley.  Its mission is to bring the art of ballet to our community while providing aspiring dancers the opportunity to hone their craft.  Performances will take place on on Saturday, April 10, 7:00 pm, at the JFK Elementary School Theater in Brewster, NY, and on Sunday, April 18, 3:00 pm, at the Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, NY.  The programs are free and open to the public, funded in part by a New York State Council on the Arts grant through the Putnam Arts Council.

Performances are free and open to the public.   Please contact [email protected] for more information.

RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 5, 2010
Master Class with world-class dancer Bart Cook! .

Friday, February 5, 2010, 7:15 - 8:45 PM
$20* if registered by February 4; $30 after
Union Hall Dance Studio
2 Keeler Road
North Salem, NY 10509
Please register and pay directly at .

*No class fee for PBE company members

November 21-22, 2009
Our Annual Pie Bake Fundraiser.  Click to download a flyer.  Click to order your pies now for delivery just before Thanksgiving.  If you would like to help bake, please email Cory at [email protected]

November 13, 2009
Master Class with world-class dancer Maria Calegari

November 13, 2009, 5:00-6:30 PM
$25* if registered by November 10; $30 after
Taps-N-Toes Dance Studio
16 Mt. Ebo Road South
Brewster, NY 10509
845-279-2709
Please email us at [email protected] for registration information or register and pay directly at .
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*No class fee for PBE company members

September 1 and 3
Auditions!!!

The PBE Board of Directors is proud to announce that we plan to be presenting the fun and frolicking Graduation Ball with music by Johann Strauss this coming year in addition to several other original works. We are pleased that the Westchester-Putnam Youth Symphony will be performing with us again this season.  Rehearsals will be mostly Friday and Sunday evenings in September, and in January through early April.
You must register there to audition.  Please click on the auditions page link and complete the registration form found on that page.  If unable to attend the auditions (or are reading this after September 3), please contact i [email protected] for potential alternative dates.

Click here for registration form

May 31

Cerebral Palsey Walk and Arts & Crafts Fair

Prelude Ballet Ensemble will be participating with the CP Walk on May 31st at their facility at Mt. Ebo in Brewster, NY.  After the walk, the Ensemble will perform a selection of pieces from the Spring Gala including Ichabod's Entangoments.

April 25 and 26

Annual Gala:
A wonderful production this year !!!!  Included Ichabod's Entangoment and Incredibles with the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony, Rodeo, Kaleidescope and Cinderella.  Next year's program will be announced by July 1.


For this season's gala, Prelude Ballet Ensemble presented six ballet pieces featuring the eclectic nature of dance. “Ichabod’s Entangoment”, “Incredibles”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Rodeo Hoe Down”, and a storybook tale of “Cinderella”. The Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony joined the Ensemble in playing “Ichabod’s Entangoment” and “The Incredibles” and also entertained the audience with Palladio, Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra, 1st Mvt. by Karl Jenkins , Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov , arranged by Carrie Lane Gruselle, and Contrasts in E Minor by Franicis Feese. The talent and dedication of these young string players is memorable. The director of the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony is Cheryl Ciano Havens.

"Ichabod's Entangoments" is a collaboration with the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony, which will perform contemporary composer Kirt Mosier's "Two Scenes from the Hollow" live.  The tango-flavored work is loosely based on the ending of Washington Irving’s, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, in which Ichabod Crane encounters the supernatural while traveling home through the woods. The piece will feature partnering work with a senior company dancer and professional guest artist Todd Hall.

Cheryl Havens, directory of the Symphony brought the “The Incredibles” composition to the attention of our choreographers. Her musicians love to play this piece and we have found our dancers love to move to it. The piece is from the of the Disney animated feature by the same name about a family of superheroes. Enjoy this exciting, fast paced piece
composed by .

“Kaleidoscope” is a contemporary ballet, with 6 dancers, which recreates the magical spectacle of colors created by the childhood toy. Each color of the spectrum is featured as the dancer is spun around in a tube of mirrors. As the viewer looks in one end and the light enters reflecting off the mirrors, a dynamic vision is created and enhanced by the sound of the music. Through choreography, beautiful symmetrical color patterns are created by the dancers.


The ballet score for “Rodeo” was composed by Aaron Copland in 1942, and the ballet was originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille. Prelude will be performing a rendition of the final dance episode, Hoe Down. The enchanting music and down home dancing will bring the audience to an old fashioned country barn dance.

“Cinderella” is a storybook adaption by Prelude Ballet Ensemble set to music from Prokofiev’s Cinderella score. As one of the primary goals of the Ensemble is to introduce new audiences to ballet, we decided to present Cinderella as the story they know and love. We begin the story with Cinderella working but being distracted and engaged by her only friends, the mice and birds. Her stepsisters and stepmother treat Cinderella not as a welcome family member, but a slave. As her sisters and stepmother head off to a Ball hosted by the bachelor Prince, Cinderella is left home alone. Cinderella’s fairy godmother arrives and, with the help of the animals, transforms Cinderella’s rags into riches. At the Ball, Cinderella captivates the Prince, but the magic ends at midnight and their evening ends abruptly. Finally, using the slipper Cinderella leaves behind, the Prince searches the countryside looking for the girl whose foot fits the slipper. Aided by her friends, Cinderella thwarts the efforts of her stepmother to silence her and reunites with the Prince.

Spring 2009

Educational Outreach being scheduled presenting "Peter and the Wolf"

The Ensemble has prepared "Peter and the Wolf" as an educational outreach program to present to schools and other organizations interested in learning about dance and music. Interested parties can contact us for more information. [email protected]



January 31         3:00 PM      Ridgefield Girl Scouts
February 6         10:00 AM    Melrose School
February 20         9:00 AM    New Fairfield Schools

November 21 and 22

Annual Pie Bake fundraiser for Thanksgiving
Thank you to all who contributed in any way to our Pie Fundraiser.  Whether you baked, bought a pie or donated food, we sincerely appreciate everyone's help.  Special thanks to the Brewster Elks Lodge who allowed us to use their kitchen and to Outhouse orchards and Stuart's Farm who donated apples for our fabulous apple pie.

Our fourth annual "Pie Bake".  We bake homemade pies for Thanksgiving dinner at the Elks Lodge in Brewster, NY.  A big Thank you to Elks 2101 for allowing us to use their kitchen !!!!

November 8 and 9

Peter & the Wolf at Danbury Mall
4:00 PM on Saturday November 8 and 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 9
Prelude Ballet Ensemble will be presenting Peter & the Wolf:  a story by Prokoviev about a young boy playing with animals in the meadow near his home where each character is represented by a specific musical instrument.



Fall 2008


Educational Outreach being scheduled presenting "Peter and the Wolf"

The Ensemble has prepared "Peter and the Wolf" as an educational outreach program to present to schools and other organizations interested in learning about dance and music. Interested parties can contact us for more information. [email protected]



October 28        9:45 AM      Mill Ridge Primary

October 28        1:15 PM      Mill Ridge Primary

November 14     8:45 AM     Center School

November 14     9:45 AM     Center School

November 14     1:15 PM      Huckleberry Hill Elementary

November 14     2:15 PM      Huckleberry Hill Elementary

January 19         7:00 PM      Ridgefield Girl Scouts



June 25, 2008

Auditions held for the 2008/2009 season at Union Hall Dance Studio, North Salem, NY

June 1, 2008

Prelude Ballet Ensemble walked and performed at the Walk for Opportunity supporting Cerebral Palsey

May 2008

Educational outreach performances of Peter and the Wolf

January 26, 2008

Winter Gala

Program:

Aurora – The Sleeping Beauty

Aurora - The Sleeping Beauty is a condensed version of the classic, performed to the music of Tchaikovsky. It will be performed in two acts with an intermission. All the ensemble dancers will perform in this piece. In addition, the cast also includes Aurora’s mother and father, the handsome Prince Florimund, who awakens Aurora from her deep sleep, and four courtiers. To fill these roles the ensemble will draw upon performers form local high schools and/or theater groups. The role of the male Bluebird requires the skills of a male premier danseur who will dance the formal Bluebird Pas de Deux with one of our members. For this roll Todd Hall will be joining us as a guest artist. This is the first time that local audiences will get to enjoy a real grand pas de deux. Choreographer - Cory Ethridge

Brook Green Suite – Music performed by the Westchester/Putnam Youth Symphony

The Brook Green Suite, to music of the same name by composer Gustav Holst, is a neoclassical ballet for 10 dancers in three sections: Prelude, Air and Dance. Each section reflects the distinct moods inherent in the music. The dance movement itself explores various spatial patterns, with an interplay of asymmetry and symmetry, swirls, circles, and lines, as well as timing, unison versus canons. Choreographer – Olenna Truskett

Kaleidescope –

Kaleidoscope is another contemporary ballet, with 6 dancers, which recreates the magical spectacle of colors created by the childhood toy, the kaleidoscope. Each color of the spectrum is featured as the dancer is spun around in a tube of mirrors. As the viewer looks in one end and the light enters, reflecting off the mirrors, a dynamic vision is created and enhanced by the dynamic sound of the musical selection. Through choreography, beautiful symmetrical color patterns will be created by the dancers. The simplistic joy and tranquility that was present as a child looking through the kaleidoscope, will be brought to life on stage. Choreographer – Shannon Cranston

Gestures – Music performed by bassoon soloist, Laura Wenninger

Gestures, performed to the music Rhapsody, is a contemporary ballet for three dancers. The dancers begin intertwined in center stage. Each dancer gradually reveals her character through emotionally charged and highly stylized gestures performed to the disjointed, but warm music of Wilson Osborne. Choreographer – Cory Ethridge

Tutu –

Tutu is an entertaining ballet, showcasing our youngest dancers. Six precocious ballet students, in the absence of their teacher, compete passionately for their favorite tutu. As the piece begins each student is diligently working at the barre under the strict eye of their instructor. When she leaves the room the girls can’t fight the allure of the off limits rehearsal tutus. The girls know the tutus are for the older students, but can’t help wanting to wear one even if just for a moment. Each dancer finds a tutu to wear, only to discover there is a better one… the PINK one. The delicate and graceful nature of the ballerinas is tossed aside as they battle to make the pink one their own. The struggle is exemplified in the musical selection as angst and determination of the students is played out in the short time until the teacher returns, and when she does return… Uh Oh! Choreographer – Shannon Cranston

November 11, 2007

The Ensemble presented Act I of Sleeping Beauty at the Danbury Mall. The preview of our winter gala was very well received. Come and see what happens to Aurora !!!! January 26, 2008

October 27, 2007

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or supported our Masquerade Ball and fundraiser. It was a wonderful evening full of fun, dance and good company. We hope to see you at our next event.

September 8, 2007

First rehearsal for the winter production

August 2007

The Ensemble has prepared "Peter and the Wolf" as an educational outreach program to present to schools and other organizations interested in learning about dance and music. Interested parties can contact us for more information. [email protected]

June 20, 2007

Auditions held for the 2007/2008 season.

May 22, 2007

Educational outreach program on ballet presented to the Pawling School System. Three 45 minute assemblies introduced students to the many facets of the cultural art of ballet.

Contact Us:

P.O. Box 126
Brewster, NY  10509-0126
www.preludeballet.org

Email: [email protected]