2019 Summer Programs

2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE

June 24 - July 19 (ages 11 and up)

July 1 - July 19 (ages 9 and up)

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (no classes on July 4)

Three years previous ballet training required.

Join us in our spacious studios in Wilmington's Grand Opera House! Our Summer Intensive gives students ages 9 and up a chance to develop their technique and artistry and further their dance education. Classes will include ballet, pointe, variations, boys class, contemporary, character, yoga, musical theatre, conditioning, and more!

Summer Intensive students will present a performance on the last day of the program.

To inquire about housing, please email jbeatson@firststateballet.com.

Tuition

Four week session       $1,300 (ages 11 and up)

Three week session     $1,050 (ages 9 and up)

The program is designed to conclude in a performance the last day of the intensive. However, two or one week sessions are available if desired (please indicate which weeks on your registration):

Two weeks $750

One week $400

Tuition for Boys Program*

Four week session:     $850

Three week session:   $700

Limited scholarships are available for boys. Please email inquiries to jbeatson@firststateballet.com by May 1, 2019. *excluding boys who are currently part of the FSBT Boys Scholarship Program.

  • Registration with a $100 non-refundable deposit is due by May 1, 2019.

  • Registrations with $100 deposit received by March 15, 2019 will receive a $75 discount on tuition.

  • Tuition balance is due by June 1, 2019.

  • Deposits are non-refundable.

Students are placed in classes based on age, experience and current ability. Faculty and programming subject to change. Any questions? Please email jbeatson@firststateballet.com or call 302-658-7897 x3851.

FSBT Faculty will be joined by experienced and distinguished guest teachers including (as of January 2019):

KATHERINE BARKMAN (Ballet, Pointe, Variations)

KATHERINE BARKMAN  joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, soon after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads — the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria.  Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philippines in 2015 and began her professional career as a principal dancer of Ballet Manila, one of the most eminent classical ballet companies in Asia. At 18, she was the youngest artist to assume this position with the company.  Since then, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in  Swan Lake,  Kitri in  Don Quixote,  Giselle in  Giselle,  Aurora in  The Sleeping Beauty,  the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in  The Nutcracker,  Juliet in  Romeo and Juliet,  Nikiya in  La Bayadere,  and   Medora in  Le Corsaire . She has also performed the lead in popular masterpieces such as  Grand Pas Classique ,  The Dying Swan ,  Paquita,  and Balanchine’s  Tarantella , as well as in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy ( The Distance Between ), Martin Lawrance ( Rebel, Aria ), Ernest Mandap ( The Woman Who Wants to Speak with the Wind ), and Augustus Damian III ( KBJP ).  Her other major awards from international competitions include: Grand Prix Cup, 2015 Asian Grand Prix (Hong Kong); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New Orleans, USA); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division and Bronze Medal, Senior Women’s Contemporary, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany), and Bronze Medal, 2015  Concorso Internazionale di Danza  (Spoleto, Italy).  As an international guest principal, Barkman has participated in festivals, gala performances, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and across the United States.  Photo by Mark Sumaylo Photography

KATHERINE BARKMAN joined The Washington Ballet in October 2018, soon after winning consecutive Silver Medals from two of the world’s most prestigious ballet Olympiads — the XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and the XXVIII Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria.

Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philippines in 2015 and began her professional career as a principal dancer of Ballet Manila, one of the most eminent classical ballet companies in Asia. At 18, she was the youngest artist to assume this position with the company.

Since then, Barkman has debuted in the classical roles of Odette/ Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Nikiya in La Bayadere, and Medora in Le Corsaire. She has also performed the lead in popular masterpieces such as Grand Pas Classique, The Dying Swan, Paquita, and Balanchine’s Tarantella, as well as in the world premiere of contemporary choreographies by Simon Hoy (The Distance Between), Martin Lawrance (Rebel, Aria), Ernest Mandap (The Woman Who Wants to Speak with the Wind), and Augustus Damian III (KBJP).

Her other major awards from international competitions include: Grand Prix Cup, 2015 Asian Grand Prix (Hong Kong); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division, 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New Orleans, USA); Gold Medal, Senior Women’s Classical Division and Bronze Medal, Senior Women’s Contemporary, 2015 TANZOLYMP Festival (Berlin, Germany), and Bronze Medal, 2015 Concorso Internazionale di Danza (Spoleto, Italy).

As an international guest principal, Barkman has participated in festivals, gala performances, and full-length productions in Russia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and across the United States.

Photo by Mark Sumaylo Photography

ANDREW MATTE (Contemporary)

ANDREW MATTE , a New Hampshire native, began his training at Londonderry Dance Academy with Barbara Mullen. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Hartford, where he continued his training under Samantha Dunster and esteemed guests Angel Corella and Xiomara Reyes. Andrew is a company member with First State Ballet Theatre, where he has performed such roles as Rothbart in  Swan Lake , Bacchus in  Walpurgisnacht , Hilarion in  Giselle,  and Tybalt in  Romeo and Juliet . Andrew has created new contemporary pieces for First State Ballet Theatre, Londonderry Dance Academy, Washington College, and for students entering the Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition.

ANDREW MATTE, a New Hampshire native, began his training at Londonderry Dance Academy with Barbara Mullen. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Hartford, where he continued his training under Samantha Dunster and esteemed guests Angel Corella and Xiomara Reyes. Andrew is a company member with First State Ballet Theatre, where he has performed such roles as Rothbart in Swan Lake, Bacchus in Walpurgisnacht, Hilarion in Giselle, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Andrew has created new contemporary pieces for First State Ballet Theatre, Londonderry Dance Academy, Washington College, and for students entering the Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition.

MARLA FRIEDMAN (Yoga)

Bio Coming Soon!

LUBA GULYAEVA (Ballet, Pointe, Variations)

LUBA GULYAEVA  graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Her instructors include the famous N.V. Baltacheyeva, assistant to A.Y. Vaganova. Ms. Gulyaeva joined the Kirov (Maryinsky) Ballet Company where she performed in ballets such as  La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Legend of Love, Cinderella  and many others.  Ms. Gulyaeva was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to be a member of the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre School of Classical Ballet, where she gave classes to the American Ballet Theatre dancers. Ms. Gulyaeva was ballet coach at the Steps Ballet Studio in New York City, and has privately coached participants of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS and the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently she guest teaches all over the United States and is well known as one of the finest teachers of the Vaganova ballet system and classical repertory.

LUBA GULYAEVA graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg, Russia). Her instructors include the famous N.V. Baltacheyeva, assistant to A.Y. Vaganova. Ms. Gulyaeva joined the Kirov (Maryinsky) Ballet Company where she performed in ballets such as La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Legend of Love, Cinderella and many others.

Ms. Gulyaeva was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to be a member of the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre School of Classical Ballet, where she gave classes to the American Ballet Theatre dancers. Ms. Gulyaeva was ballet coach at the Steps Ballet Studio in New York City, and has privately coached participants of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS and the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently she guest teaches all over the United States and is well known as one of the finest teachers of the Vaganova ballet system and classical repertory.

SONNY LEO (Musical Theatre, Jazz)

SONNY LEO  is a Wilmington native and has been teaching for The Anna Marie Dance Studio for over 35 years. Although Delaware has been his home, his performing career has taken him across the country and back. Sonny’s professional performing credits span over three decades as well, including touring with Freda Payne in the Broadway production of  Sophisticated Ladies , working with Anthony Newley in the pre-Broadway show  Chaplin , and working with many other greats, including Maurice Hines and Dee Hoty. Locally, Mr. Leo has been a featured performer at The Walnut Street Theater in  42nd Street ,  State Fair ,  Forbidden Broadway ,  Oliver  and  Elf, The Musical , to name a few. Other local performing credits include productions at The Kimmel Center, Society Hill Playhouse and Act II Playhouse, where he will be performing the role of Cosme McMoon in their 2019 production of  Souvenir .   When not on stage, Mr. Leo is the resident choreographer and music director for The Cape and Sword Drama Society at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He continues to teach dance and coach singing privately to aspiring amateur and professional performers. Most recently Sonny choreographed the Delaware Theatre Company’s 2018 spring musical,  Honk! .

SONNY LEO is a Wilmington native and has been teaching for The Anna Marie Dance Studio for over 35 years. Although Delaware has been his home, his performing career has taken him across the country and back. Sonny’s professional performing credits span over three decades as well, including touring with Freda Payne in the Broadway production of Sophisticated Ladies, working with Anthony Newley in the pre-Broadway show Chaplin, and working with many other greats, including Maurice Hines and Dee Hoty. Locally, Mr. Leo has been a featured performer at The Walnut Street Theater in 42nd Street, State Fair, Forbidden Broadway, Oliver and Elf, The Musical, to name a few. Other local performing credits include productions at The Kimmel Center, Society Hill Playhouse and Act II Playhouse, where he will be performing the role of Cosme McMoon in their 2019 production of Souvenir.

When not on stage, Mr. Leo is the resident choreographer and music director for The Cape and Sword Drama Society at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He continues to teach dance and coach singing privately to aspiring amateur and professional performers. Most recently Sonny choreographed the Delaware Theatre Company’s 2018 spring musical, Honk!.

CLYDE EVANS JR. (Hip Hop)

Clyde Evans, Jr. began dancing Hip-Hop at 11 years old. Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Evans immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s, where he began to learn how to break dance. It was the Hip-Hop phenomenon of “Breakin” that inspired him to dance and allowed him to fit in to the American culture. His circle of friends encouraged him to dance on a popular kid’s television program  Dance Party USA , where he met Rennie Harris, who is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Dance Theater. In 1991, Evans became a founding member and lead dancer in Harris’ company. In 2001 he formed Chosen Dance Company with the mission of presenting Hip-Hop in a way that is constructive and uplifting to its audience. This attitude has allowed him to teach and perform Hip-Hop all over the world, and appear in movies and videos with renowned celebrities including Robert Redford, Jill Scott, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and most recently M. Night Shyamalan. From the summer intensive dance program at Bates College, recreational centers in the inner city, to America’s Best Dance Crew, Evans continues to teach Hip-Hop at all levels throughout Philadelphia and now at Wesleyan and Drexel Universities on the East Coast.

Clyde Evans, Jr. began dancing Hip-Hop at 11 years old. Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Evans immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s, where he began to learn how to break dance. It was the Hip-Hop phenomenon of “Breakin” that inspired him to dance and allowed him to fit in to the American culture. His circle of friends encouraged him to dance on a popular kid’s television program Dance Party USA, where he met Rennie Harris, who is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Dance Theater. In 1991, Evans became a founding member and lead dancer in Harris’ company. In 2001 he formed Chosen Dance Company with the mission of presenting Hip-Hop in a way that is constructive and uplifting to its audience. This attitude has allowed him to teach and perform Hip-Hop all over the world, and appear in movies and videos with renowned celebrities including Robert Redford, Jill Scott, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and most recently M. Night Shyamalan. From the summer intensive dance program at Bates College, recreational centers in the inner city, to America’s Best Dance Crew, Evans continues to teach Hip-Hop at all levels throughout Philadelphia and now at Wesleyan and Drexel Universities on the East Coast.

Photos by Tisa Della-Volpe.

2019 CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

August 19-24, 2019

Students will spend a week with choreographer Viktor Plotnikov creating a new contemporary piece and working with FSBT faculty to learn pieces from the classical repertoire.

FSBT students were invited to compete with Mr. Plotnikov's pieces at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in 2017 and 2018, and placed both years in the Top 12 Ensembles. FSBT students won the Gold Medal at the 2018 World Ballet Competition with their performance of Mr. Plotnikov's piece, "Hope."

Participating dancers must be registered FSBT students and approved by the School Director.

The FSBT student ensemble won the Gold Medal at the 2018 World Ballet Competition and placed in the YAGP Finals Top 12 Ensembles with Viktor Plotnikov’s “Hope.”  Photo by Michael Cairns.

The FSBT student ensemble won the Gold Medal at the 2018 World Ballet Competition and placed in the YAGP Finals Top 12 Ensembles with Viktor Plotnikov’s “Hope.”

Photo by Michael Cairns.

Viktor Plotnikov’s “Eddy” placed in the Top 12 Ensembles at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York.  Photo by Leigh Minor.

Viktor Plotnikov’s “Eddy” placed in the Top 12 Ensembles at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York.

Photo by Leigh Minor.