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"So, What Do You Do Over the Summer?"

SIStudents from Milwaukee Ballet's Summer Intensive 2010

The questions begin as soon as our performance season ends – “What do you over the summer?”; “When do you come back to start work on the new season”; “Do you just vacation the whole summer or do you take on a summer job?”

The answers vary depending on who you ask. With the 2010-11 performance season officially wrapped, you won’t see our dancers on a Milwaukee stage again until Dracula. Some of the Company uses this time kick up their ballet shoes and let their bodies rest, and some travel, dancing as guest artists for professional companies all over the world. Some teach ballet in their hometown studios as they visit with family, and some retrun to the classroom, working towards degrees. I’ve invited a few of the dancers to be guest bloggers over the summer so hopefully you’ll be able to hear about their adventures in their own words.

As for the administrative staff, most of us are year-round employees. After the final curtain closes, our work continues. The Marketing Department is busy creating all the images you’ll see in your mailboxes and up on billboards over the next year. The Development Department is already deeply involved in planning all the events for the upcoming season. Can you believe the venue for next year’s Ballet Ball has already been booked?

The Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy staff is incredibly busy this time of year. Soon the hallways will be filled with hundreds of eager young dancers taking classes through Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive program. This summer’s program is filled to capacity, and we’re looking forward to hosting a record number of talented young dancers from over 20 states, Brazil, Serbia, Japan and France. You can see these bright young stars in action in their final performance, Emergence, on July 29 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center (sponsored by our friends at Hupy and Abraham s.c.). If Summer Intensive sounds a little, well, intense for you or your budding ballerina/ballerino, you can sign up for any of our summer classes at milwaukeeballetschool.org.

The Education Department hosted 20 students from all three Relevé schools, ALBA, Allen-Field and Dover, in our first Summer Relevé Scholarship Program! This mini-intensive included a stretch and strengthening class, a full ballet class and ballet history. Relevé Coordinator, Lori Flanigan brought in recent Milwaukee Ballet II graduate Victoria Zures to assist her and together they had a fun week working with the kids from our year-round program. This is the first time we have offered this program, funded by MPS Partnership for the Arts and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, and we were ecstatic to have so many little dancers here each night – voluntarily continuing their study of ballet (including 3 boys!) Go MPS kids!

As you can see, Milwaukee Ballet keeps our doors open over the summer months. Stop by our studios and say hello, sign up for a class at Milwaukee Ballet School, and stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook and Twitter. October will be here before you know it!

Leslie Rivers
Marketing Associate