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Stars of American Ballet

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
08:15pm

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Founded and directed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht, Stars of American Ballet features dancers from some of the country’s top ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. This merging of stunning talent provides an opportunity for varied genres, styles and traditions all in one performance. This evening will include Balanchine's complete "Apollo" as well as works by choreographers Jerome Robbins and Justin Peck. An alumnus of the Chautauqua School of Dance, Mr. Ulbricht will also be featured as a visiting faculty member while at Chautauqua, and will present a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in Smith-Wilkes Hall before this performance. Join us for what The Boston Globe calls an "unapologetic showcase of virtuosity"!

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DanielUlbrichtDaniel Ulbricht

Daniel Ulbricht was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. 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. Mr. Ulbricht has dances featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets including George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3, The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons; and Peter Martins’ Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet among many others. He has also performed at numerous national and international festivals and galas. Presently, Mr. Ulbricht is the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet and the Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also the founder, producer, and director of “Dance Against Cancer” a benefit for the American Cancer Society.  Mr. Ulbricht is also the founder and director of “STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET”, a dance ensemble devoted to presenting high caliber dance performances, as well as education and outreach programs.


TeresaReichlenTeresa Reichlen

Ms. Reichlen was born in Clifton, Virginia. She began her dance training at the age of 10 at the Russell School of Ballet with Thomas and Illona Russell, Mary Rogers, and Margaret McGarry. In 1999, Ms. Reichlen studied at the summer program of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She entered SAB full time in the fall of the same year. In October 2000, Ms. Reichlen became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2001 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Ms. Reichlen
was promoted to the rank of soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to
Principal Dancer. Ms. Reichlen has been featured in a number of ballets including Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Episodes, Firebird, The Four Temperaments, Jewels, Kammermusik No. 2, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3, Union Jack, Vienna Waltzes, Western Symphony, Who Cares?,As well as works created by other prominent choreographers: Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Ulysses Dove and William Forsythe.


AskLaCourAsk La Cour

Mr. La Cour was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and began his dance training at the age of nine at the Royal Danish Ballet School, where he studied with Niels Balle, Adam Lüders, and Colleen Neary. He joined the Royal Danish Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000. Mr. la Cour joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in the fall of 2002 and was promoted to the rank of soloist in May 2005.While at the Royal Danish Ballet, Mr. la Cour performed featured roles in August Bournonville's Napoli (Pas de Six), John Cranko's Onegin (Lensky), Peter Martins' Hallelujah Junction and Swan Lake (Hungarian), John Neumeier's Romeo and Juliet (Monk), Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker (Spanish), and Lila York's Concerto in Pieces (Pas de Trois). Since joining NYCB Mr. la Cour has danced leading roles in Balanchine’s Chaconne, Concerto Barocco,Cortège Hongrois, Jewels, Episodes, Firebird, The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prodigal Son, Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze", Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3, Vienna Waltzes, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Western Symphony, and Who Cares? Additionally, Mr. la Cour has been featured in the works by Jerome Robbins and has originated roles in ballets by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon.


UnityPhelanUnity Phelan

Unity Phelan was born in Princeton, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School, where her teachers included Douglas Martin, Maria Youskevitch, and Mary Barton. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Ms. Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009. She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013. In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to soloist.


JosephGattiJoseph Gatti

Joseph Gatti was born in Warwick, New York and raised in Orlando, Florida where he began his training with Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. He was an apprentice with Orlando Ballet from 2001 – 2003 under the direction of Fernando Bujones.  At the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York, he was awarded the Gold Medal and a Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. After graduating with honors, he received the 2004 Dame Ruth Railton Award for Excellence in Dance. He then joined the American Ballet Theater Studio Company for their 2004 - 2005 season.  In 2005 Joseph became the first American male dancer to win the prestigious Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition.  Joseph was nominated as best male dancer for the 2006 “Benois de la Danse” in Moscow, Russia. He then received the Bronze Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition and a Silver Medal at the Seoul International Ballet Competition in Korea in 2006. Joseph entered the first World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, where he received the 2007 Gold Medal.  Mr. Gatti also won the Bronze Medal at the 2010 Istanbul International Ballet Competition. In 2013 he was presented with the Mr. Virtuosity Award and 2014 Best Pas De Duex award  at the Dance Open Ballet Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.  Joseph Gatti formerly danced with Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet as a principal dancer and was First Soloist with Boston Ballet. Mr. Gatti is featured in a video entitled “The Male Ballet Dancer” presented by master teacher Finis Jhung.  He now performs as an International Guest Artist and is also a teacher with the Orlando Ballet School when he is not traveling the world as a guest dancer with renowned professional companies.


DenysDrozdyukDenys Drozdyuk

Denys Drozdyuk started dancing at the age of four in Ukraine.  From then, he has continuously trained in ballroom dance.  He holds a B.F.A.  in Dance form the world-famous Juilliard School in New York City.  He is also a three-time World Ballroom Dance Champion, two-time USA National Ballroom Champion, seven-time German National Ballroom Champion and a Blackpool Dance Festival winner.  Mr. Drozdyuk is also a winner of the popular tv show, “So You Think You Can Dance” in Canada.  Together with Antonina Skobina, he is the co-founding member of “DNA”-an internationally recognized Ballroom Dance Due from the NBC hit television show “World of Dance”.


AbiStaffordAbi Stafford

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Abi Stafford began her dance training at the age of six with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Stafford entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1998. At SAB, she performed the role of Clarinet in Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and a role in Christopher Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet for the SAB's Annual Workshop performances. Ms. Stafford was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November 1999 and joined the corps de ballet in January 2000. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2002 and principal dancer in December 2007.


SaraAdamsSara Adams

Sara Adams was born in Dennis, Massachusetts, and began her dance training at the age of six at the Mid-Cape Ballet Academy. She later studied at the Boston Ballet School, before taking a summer course at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2003. She enrolled as a full-time student at SAB from 2003 to 2008. She became an apprentice with NYCB in June 2008 and became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009. In February 2017, Ms. Adams was promoted to soloist.


AdrianDanchigWaringAdrian Danchig‐Waring

Adrian Danchig‐Waring was born in San Francisco, California. He began his dance training at the age of 11 at Dance Theatre Seven with David Roxander. Mr. Danchig‐ Waring entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in June 2003 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In February of 2009 Mr. Danchig‐Waring was promoted to soloist and became a principal in February 2013.


AntoninaSkobinaAntonina Skobina

Antonina Skobina was born in Ukraine.  Since seven, she has received ballroom dance training in Ukraine, Germany, England, and the United States.  Together with Denys Drozdyuk, she is the co-founding member of “DNA”-an internationally recognized Ballroom Dance Due from the NBC hit television show “World of Dance”.  Ms. Skobina is also a two-time USA National Ballroom Dance Champion, World Championship Finalist, Blackpool Dance Festival winner, and many other prestigious honors.


Ann Kim, cello

A member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 2001, Ann Kim has cultivated an active and diverse career, encompassing solo, chamber music and orchestral accomplishments. She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra twice, making her debut with the orchestra at the age of 12 as a Young Artists Competition winner. In addition, she has soloed with the Princeton University Orchestra, the NJ Symphony Orchestra, the Trenton Symphony Orchestra, and the Concerto Soloists Orchestra of Philadelphia. As a chamber

musician, Ms. Kim has performed in Aspen, CO; Banff, Canada; Salt Lake City, UT; Manchester, VT and extensively throughout New York City. She was also a co-founder of the Equinox String Quartet, which recorded the complete Saint-Saens String Quartets on the Eroica Label.  For several years, Ms. Kim was the cellist for the critically acclaimed crossover band Absolute, with whom she toured worldwide and recorded six CDs.  And in 2002 the group was nominated a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble.  Ms. Kim also performs with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in the summer months. She has degrees from both Princeton and Juilliard, where she studied with the late Harvey Shapiro.

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