Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet holds New Choreography workshop

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet recently held a New Choreography workshop for its students.

The workshop gave its intermediate and advanced students an opportunity to work one-on-one with choreographers and also expanded CRYB’s repertoire with new and original choreography.

Michael Cerwinski, dancer and choreographer in New York City has set a modern work on CRYB students, which will be premiered at their Spring Gala Performance on March 31.

CRYB Executive Director Elizabeth Bush said, “This is an invaluable experience for our students because they are not only experiencing another dance style besides classical ballet, but also have the opportunity to see how a new work is produced as Michael set the piece on the dancers while here. They had to learn the choreography on the spot, and be flexible enough to experiment with different combinations of steps.”

Artistic Director Monika Alch said this experience is an important piece of a dancer’s education.

She said, “Although our school emphasizes classical training, in today’s work professional ballet dancers are expected to perform new choreography and contemporary styles alongside their classical repertoire. Our dancers have the experience of learning new vocabulary and the challenge of learning it on the spot and finishing a work in three days.”

CRYB graduate Brittany Bush, who is now dancing with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, Mass., also set a piece, in contemporary ballet pointe style, which will also be performed at the March 31 Spring Gala. Both Bush and Cerwinski will return in early spring to rehearse and clean the works before their premiere.

CRYB provides classical ballet training and enrolls students throughout the year. For information on classes call CRYB at 664-9766.