May 10, 2021 – For serious ballet students, intensive summer programs can trigger the transition from a recreational hobby to a potential career path. Students often travel far from home, resulting in significant costs to their families for accommodation and tuition. This year, Holt Ballet Conservatory (HBC) has created three special summer programs to feed our community’s ballet appetite. In addition to HBC’s usual exceptional teaching staff, several recent arrivals to Nevada County from the Bay Area and San Diego, will teach in the two-week intensive sessions July 5-16, 2021, with morning sessions designed for more advanced dancers and afternoon sessions for intermediate dancers. Morning and afternoon sessions will benefit from HBC’s excellent staff, complemented by award-winning dancers and choreographers such as Kara davis, Tsal’gyur, and Matt Carney. In addition to the intensive two-week dance session, one week dance camp will be offered to beginner dancers, aged July 6-10 from July 5-9, 2021. The dance camp will include ballet technique, dance history, choreography, tap and modernity, ending with a recital informal for parents. Pre-registration for the two-week intensive camp and dance camp is required, and classes are limited in size.
The Holt Ballet Conservatory is renowned for its quality classical ballet training, and this year, in the face of challenges related to Covid-19, the studio continued with dedicated training, first through Zoom courses, and finally in the studio, with reduced classes, physical distances, and disinfection between classes in accordance with all county health guidelines.
Technical classes are offered every day of the week, and students take one to five classes per week.
Instead of a springtime show in a large auditorium, HBC will present an intimate outdoor garden show this year on June 19, 2021 at the Saint Joseph Cultural Center (410 South Church Street, Grass Valley). The show is produced with the support and collaboration of the Saint-Joseph Cultural Center. The audience will follow the dancers from garden to garden, admiring the beauty of the classical ballet danced among the flowering roses of the heritage gardens. This live show, HBC’s first production in over a year and a half, is long overdue for audiences and dancers alike. Reckoning with COVID has taken its toll on dancers’ minds, and Dances Among the Roses is a welcome antidote to lockdown and zoom classes. All tickets must be purchased in advance from: http://www.holtballetconservatory.org/dances-among-the-roses/
“It is a real joy to see enthusiastic students of all ages devoting themselves to their art form. These students continue to grow in their craft, said Yelena Holt, owner / director of the Holt Ballet Conservatory. “We are determined not to let ballet become a victim of the pandemic in these difficult times.”
Amy Schultze, one of the conservatory’s professional staff and former principal dancer with the Northwest Florida Ballet, notes: “Most of our students have been training several days a week for years and the studio has been like a second home, so it was very heartbreaking when we were closing. We had to adjust course flow due to physical distance and COVID guidelines, but we’re all so grateful to be back in the studio dancing and rehearsing for our next outdoor performance.
For more information contact:
Courses given at
Saint Joseph Cultural Center
410 South Church Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Dances Among the Roses advance tickets only: http://www.holtballetconservatory.org/dances-among-the-roses/
Intensive dance: July 5 to 16, 2021
Dance camp: July 5-9, 2021