Master Class Series
bergenPAC invites students to experience workshops with performing artists who are active in the arts world today. Students learn about the arts from industry professionals including musicians, dancers, actors, managers, producers, and others in the entertainment field.
Master Class Series in Residence
The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is proud and excited to announce another year of Dance Masters in Residence: 90 minute Master Classes, featuring Principal Dancers. Under the Artistic Direction of New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht, this season of Master Classes will feature Principal Dancers in ballet, musical theater and contemporary/jazz.
“There are no words to describe what the Masters of Dance program will bring. The kids will be challenged physically and mentally. They will push their own limits but importantly, they will be inspired to become the best that they can be. Having access and the ability to work with these individuals will help ignite the next generations of artists and audiences alike,” said Daniel Ulbricht. This unique opportunity to work on a regular schedule with some of the world’s foremost dancers and teachers is a first for any private school of dance in the state of New Jersey.
All Master Classes will take place at The Performing Arts School.
Classes are $35 each for non-Performing Arts School students.
5 classes for $150
Performing Arts School and Englewood students are free.
Master Class Schedule
Monday, October 23rd • 6:30PM-8PM
Musical Theater Master Class
Danielle Diniz was born in North Carolina and raised in New Jersey. Danielle started her training at In the Spotlight. Along the way, Danielle studied dancing, acting, singing and musical theatre. She has also appeared on national commercials and television. She has also worked at the prestigious Buck’s County Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Cape Playhouse and more. Most recently, she came of the National Tour of Dirty Dancing. In addition to her dance credits, she also hold a Major in English and Minor in Dance from Cornell University.
Monday, December 4th • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class
Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of two at her mother’s dance studio, Bakersfield Dance Company. At the age of seven, she began studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, for most of the 2000-2001 Winter Term. She returned to SAB during the summers of 2002 and 2003, and that fall began as a full-time student. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009.
Monday, January 29th • 6:30PM-8PM
Jazz/Contemporary Master Class
Kevin started his training at a local jazz studio alongside Miami City Ballet. At the age of 15, he moved to NYC and attended the highly esteemed School of American Ballet. Throughout his training at SAB he had the opportunity to perform with the New York City Ballet in several performances Choreographered by Eliot Field for his NYCB debut of Organon. Kevin performed throughout Europe with the tour West Side Story, danced in Japan and Orlando for Disney, and performed for the Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC featuring the Rockettes. Kevin has taught Master Classes and Workshops throughout the United States and South America.
Monday, March 5th • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class
Sara Mearns was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and began her dance training at the age of three with Ann Brodie at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, also in Columbia. At the age of 13, Ms. Mearns trained with Patricia McBride at Dance Place, the School of North Carolina Dance Theatre, in Charlotte. She continued her studies at age 14 with Stanislav Issaev at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Ms. Mearns entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2003 Ms. Mearns became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. As an apprentice, Ms. Mearns danced a featured role in Michel Fokine's Chopiniana, performed by SAB as part of New York City Ballet's 2004 winter season. In June of 2004, Ms. Mearns joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In March of 2006 she was promoted to soloist and in June 2008, Ms. Mearns was promoted to principal dancer.
Monday, April 23rd • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class
Born in Miami, Florida, Craig Salstein began his training at the Ballet Academy of Miami at the age of eight and continued his training with the Miami City Ballet. In 1995, he was the Grand Champion of Ed McMahon's Star Search. He is also one of a set of triplets. For two summers he trained with The Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive as a National Training Scholar. He joined Miami City Ballet in 1999 and American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 2000. In 2002 he joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre and was promoted to Soloist in March 2007.
Monday, May 21st • 6:30PM-8PM
Ballet Master Class
Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studied at Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.
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