Dear Urbana Fine Arts Center Families,
With the recent updates from our governor concerning closures, the studio will be closed until further notice.
We will be holding classes online starting on March 30.
Please watch your emails, our website and our social media sites for updates.
Dear Urbana Fine Arts Center Families,
In response to growing concern for the COVID-19, we would like all families to know that we have been monitoring the Public Health statements for their recommendations and we have been taking precautions.
For the past week we have been sanitizing the studio daily and every student prior to attending classes is being told to wash their hands or given hand sanitizer.
We have been implementing hygiene practices directly with the students in each class.
At this time, we are remaining open for the remainder of this week, with classes through Saturday March 14th. We will be closed for spring break March 16th through March 21st & will continue to follow the statements and recommendations of the Public Health authorities.
Please make sure that when sending your students to class that they are free of illness. Students with excessive coughing, sneezing, or congestion will not be permitted. Remind your students to not touch their face and to wash their hands frequently. All of these measures will help ensure that we have an environment as safe as possible.
Use discretion regarding your student and their attendance, we will respect your decision. Make-Ups for classes missed will be available per our policy already in place.
We wish everyone a fun, safe, and healthy spring break and look forward to seeing you when our classes resume.
We will keep you updated of any changes to our plans.
Urbana Fine Arts Center
Great Performances From Our Students:
The Urbana Fine Arts Center was well represented at the YAGP 2020 Chicago Regional on February 6,7 and 8 with one ensemble, one duet and three solos.
“Endangered Species”, choreographed by Jade O’Connor.
Victoria Bagby and Natalie Pociask performed “My Sister’s Keeper”, also choreographed by Jade O’Connor.
Jasmine O’Connor performed a contemporary dance solo, “I Shall Wear a Crown”, choreographed by Corbin Philips.
Victoria Bagby danced “Princess Florine Variation” (M. Petipas), from the Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”, and a contemporary dance solo, “Marionette”, choreographed by Jade O’Connnor.
Top, left to right: Victoria Bagby, Natalie Pociask and Jasmine O'Connor.
Bottom, left to right: Maewn Eagles, Giann Wilson and Elle Graham.
Summer Intensive Opportunity:
After performing her two solos, Victoria Bagby was accepted at the Next Generation Ballet, FL for their Summer Intensive.
Congratulations to Amanda Norcross and Jasmine O'Connor!
Our school has participated in the YAGP January Chicago Regional on January 19 and we are proud to report our achievements.
Amanda Norcross represented our school performing a contemporary piece named “Drift Away” (choreography by Ashley Thopiah) and a classical solo from the ballet Coppelia.
After a flawless performance of "Swanhilda Variation" from the 1st act of Coppelia, Amanda Norcross placed in the top 12 in the senior classical division.
We also participated in the ensemble category with “Polar” a duet choreographed by both Ashley Thopiah and Jade O’Connor and beautifully danced by Amanda Norcross and Jasmine O’Connor.
Our thanks to these two wonderful dancers for their performances and to the teachers and choreographers for all the work.
Amanda Norcross (2nd from the right) on stage receiving a top 12 placement certificate for the senior classical division.
Tap Dance Worskhop with Megan Davis
On Sunday, November 17 we were hosted a Tap Dance Workshop conducted by MEGAN DAVIS .
Students ages 13 and older from different dance studios in the area attended this workshop designed for tap dance students at intermediate and advanced level.
This successful event was possible thanks to TANYA PICARD, who helped us to promote it.
About the Teacher:
MEGAN DAVIS started dancing in Austin, TX studying with Tri-Tone (under Tasha Lawson) and Tapestry Dance Company (under Acia Gray). In 2013, she moved to Chicago to pursue her dance and STEM career, earning a M.S. in pure mathematics in 2017. While studying, she was privileged to perform with MADD Rhythms (under Bril Barrett), Tapman Productions (under Tristan Bruns), and Stone Soup Rhythms (under director Lane Alexander and artist in residence Daniel Borak). Most recently, she performed in “Rhythm ISS… Returns!”, “MADD Rhythms: A Journey of the Dance Through Music”, and at various events for Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Tap and Percussive Arts Festival. She debuted her choreography through Audible Odyssey’s artist in resonance program in “Persist: Tap Dance Made by Women”. In 2017 she was one of 25 dancers chosen to participate in the Jacob’s Pillow summer tap program directed by Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Her choreography has been presented at Navy Pier through the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Tap and Percussive Arts Festival and MADD Rhythms Chicago Tap Summit.
Megan Davis, professional dancer, teacher and choreographer.
MASTER CLASS WITH VALERY LANTRATOV
On Saturday, July 13 we were honored to have Valery Lantratov teaching a ballet master class at our studio.
We are very proud of our students for the excellent work during the class.
About the teacher:
Russian National Ballet Foundation
Valery Lantratov has had a distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. Most recently he has made international headlines for his role as Czar Nicholas II in a production of the new ballet Rasputin, with Farouk Ruzimatov of the Marinsky Theater (Kirov) and for successful international tours of Don Quixote and original choreography for the annual festival for the goddess Aphrodite in Cypruss.
A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet. With the theater he danced principal roles in such ballets as Don Quixote, Copellia and Romeo and Juliet. He has received accolades in the Russian and international press for his strong technique, personality and expressiveness.
In 1993, Lantratov began working for the Kremlin Ballet. This same year, he formed the Russian National Ballet Foundation. He has toured as a solo guest artist in such countries as Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The Russian National Ballet Foundation has toured in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and the United States.
In 1997, Russian president Boris Yeltsin named Valery Lantratov “ People’s Artist of Russia,” the Russian Federation’s highest artistic honor.
Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts- GITIS.* For three years, Mr. Lantratov served as a guest instructor at the Boston Ballet.
With his Russian National Ballet Foundation, Lantratov is able to realize his goal of introducing new audiences throughout the world to some of the finest classical works of Russia. “No matter what might happen between the countries in the world, dance can deliver peace, compassion and art—eternal values.”
*GITIS' ballet department was founded in 1946 under A. Gorsky, R. Zakharov and Leonid Lavaovsky of the Bolshoi Ballet with equal state funding to the Bolshoi. It is the only institute in Russia to offer a diploma in choreography and direction for ballet theatre. Its distinguished ballet masters include Vladimir Vassiliev (director of the Bolshoi, retired), Nadja Pavlova (prima ballerina absoluta of the Bolshoi, retired) and Katirina Maximova (prima ballerina absoluta of the Bolshoi, retired).
Andrew Cribbett's 2019 Workshop:
For the past two years, we have been hosting a Modern dance Workshop conducted by Andrew Cribbett.
Andrew Cribbett came to our studio on June 27 and 28 to teach two classes to students ages 7 to 12 and two classes to students ages 13 and up.
The event was broadcasted at the local news by WCIA.
About the Teacher:
Andrew Cribbett, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, began his dance training at the age of six. He trained with Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center in Savoy, IL. At the age of 16, he received a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D. C. He attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of High School. Andrew has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at Washington School of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and Faubourg Ballet Chicago. He is
a professional dancer with the Eisenhower Dance Company and a proud teacher.
Currently , Mr. Cribbett is
directing a Black Box Theatre, based in Detroit.
SUMMER INTENSIVES 2019:
This summer we are offering intensive training to our ballet students and we have brought several guest teachers.
Two of them are internationally renowned ballet teachers and came to our studio to share their knowledge with our students during our first two weeks.
Olena Nalyvaico, a former professional ballet dancer from Ukraine was at the studio on June 11 and 12 for ballet, pointe and variation classes.
From June 26 to 28 we were honored with the visit of Watmora Casey. Mr. Casey is the artistic director of Fauburg Theatre and has been recognized as outsanding teacher by various organizations like the Youth American Grand Prix and Dance Teacher Magazine to name a few. His students have gone out to dance in international professional dance companies.
Our summer intensives continue until August 2 featuring classes for students ages 9 to 12 in the mornings and classes for students ages 13 and older in the afternoons. Classes will be conducted by our staff, as well as by other guest teachers.
Intermediate/Advanced Tap Classes
We are proud to announce that Tanya Picard will be teaching the Intermediate/Advanced Tap Class at our studio this summer!
Our summer session will run from June 10 to August 2nd and the Intermediate/Advanced Tap class will take place every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
For registration and information: www.urbanafineartscenter.com
TANYA PICARD is a master teacher and choreographer from the Chicago area. She began dancing at the age of five, and has studied at Gus Giordano Dance in Chicago; modern at the Martha Graham Dance Center in New York; tap with Bob Audy and Charles “Cookie” Cook in New York, as well as Lane Alexander and Chicago Human Rhythm Project in Chicago; and jazz with dance legend Luigi. She currently teaches workshops in Luigi Technique both locally and elsewhere in the U.S. Tanya did her graduate work in directing at the University of Minnesota and served as the Artistic Director of Pasticcio Dance Ensemble and Danza, both contemporary companies. While in Minneapolis, she also worked as a choreographer for the Renaissance Faires in Chicago and Boston, creating the original “Gypsy Dancers.” Her academic area is dance history, with a particular interest in early 20th century dance. She was delighted to discover Jennifer Sprowl’s classes in Isadora Duncan technique at the Joffrey Ballet, and has been studying with Jennifer ever since and is active in Duncan Dance Chicago. Beginning in 2011, Tanya has created unique pieces that fuse text, tap, modern, jazz dance, and music that have been presented at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois. She is an active participant in Chicago Human Rhythm Project and studies and works with renowned tap dancer Jimmy Payne, Jr., who has created several pieces for Impulse Tap Ensemble. Her favorite quote is, “To dance, put your hand over your heart and listen to the sound of your soul.”
We got invited to the YAGP 2019 New York Finals!
After a beautiful performance at the YAGP Chicago Regional on January 12, our Ensemble piece "Unaffected When We Join" was invited to perform at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York in April.
Congratulations to our students and our thanks to Andrew Cribbet for choreographing such a beautiful piece.
Jade O'Connor, Jasmine O'Connor and John Tubbs - Urbana Fine Arts Center students performing "Unaffected When we Join".
Andrew Cribbet - Choreographer.
Bolshoi Academy Summer Intensive Scholarship
Also, after a polished performance of the "Paquita Pas de Trois Variation" at the YAGP 2019 Chicago Regional, our student John Tubbs was offered a scholarship to attend the Bolshoi Academy summer intensive in Connecticut.
Congratualtions to our talented and dedicate student and thanks to his supportive parents, John and Catherine.
John Tubbs and Luciana Rezende.
We are proud of our students that participated in the YAGP 2019 Chicago Regional.
Congratulations to our students Lily Summers, Victoria Bagby, Jasmine O'Connor, Jade O'Connor and John Tubbs for the great work and beautiful pergformances in solos and group pieces.
Thank you so much parents and friends for supporting our wonderful students.
From left to right: John Tubbs, Jasmine O'Connor, Victoria Bagby, Jade O'Connor and Lily Summers.