Highlights from 2015: We did YAGP in Pittsburgh in February, and the kids danced fabulously. Anna Porch, Ashley Zhang, Aubrey Dorman in the pre-competitive division. In the Junior Division, there was John Foster, Lizzie Phelps, and Charlotte Vogel. In the Senior Division, Ellie Creedon, Brittany Wright, Kimi Maier and Olivia Romano. The girls and John did a group piece choreographed by Suzanne Creedon, that they performed very well. Suzanne also choreographed interesting contemporary solos for the senior girls.
John Foster placed 3rd in the Men's Junior Division in Classical!!
Our Spring Show on May 16th, was Noah's Ark, entitled "Tutu by Two" and you can see details and a newspaper review on teh HGCBT website (task bar above). The show included Act II "Shades" scene of La Bayadere (as the iconic Rainbow), which was taxing on the dancers, while at the same time very educational for them , and stunning to see.
Summer saw 6 weeks of camps and then a fabulous 10 day Intensive with teachers Tony Wilson and Alan Obuzor. We performed at the black box Theater of ADI in Rockville on Aug 19th, as the culmination of the Intensive and the choreographic works of the two guest choreographers. The kids also danced several classical solos and contemporary pieces from YAGP to round out the show. The audience seemed to really enjoy it, and we raised $680 for Madison Fields, a farm project for equine therapy, a division of Madison House Autism Foundation. Photos will be coming!
Youth America Grand Prix in Pittsburgh, 2014
This past weekend, 10 students from HGBA participated in the selection regionals of the largest international student competition in the world, Youth America Grand Prix. There in Pittsburgh, the girls danced so well that they were selected to be in the top 12 of the ensemble category dancing a group piece choreographed by our own 16-year-old Suzanne Creedon, entitled "Alzheimers's" to honor her "Nana", and her family struggle. As well, Danielle Creedon and John Foster, performing a classical Pas de Deux were recognized as a "group" in this same top 12, outdoing some college students who also performed two classical Pas de deux. In essence, they were the first among the three classical pas de deux, admirable for a 12 and 14 year old!
All of the students danced very well, including our first pre-competitor (which means ages 9 - 11), Lizzie Phelps.
The dancers were: Carly Johnson,Suzanne Creedon, Veronica Contreras, Renee Terragno, Hannah Wills, Danielle Creedon, Kimora Maier, Olivia Romano, John Foster, and Lizzie Phelps. Great job, everyone, including the very supportive parents!!
HGBA students auditon at the Kennedy Center
Several HGBA students auditioned September 15th for a rigorous Master Class series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Ballet students must be 14 years old and in High School to audition. Hannah Wills and Suzanne Creedon were both accepted into the program, with Suzanne as an alternate. These wonderfully enriching classes will be taught by ballet masters or principal dancers from several prestigious touring ballet companies while they perform at the Kennedy Center. It is a great honor and wonderful opportunity for both of these accomplished Hope Garden students, who were some of the youngest to audition.
Dancing on the Float on Poolesville Day
HGBA again danced in the parade, on the float lent by Bill Lermont of Bobbinawarra Farm in Bealsville. About 20 younger students in bright costumes sat and waved to the crowd as they floated by, while older students Kimora, Olivia, Ellen, Ellie, and Megan performed elaborate improvisation of stretches and jumps. It was quite a sight, and fun for all. THanks for a great day!
Hope Garden's Danielle Creedon takes third!
At the recent Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Philadelphia, 2012, Miss Danielle Creedon took third place among about 100 Juniors, ages 12 - 14, in the contemporary dance Division. Youth America Grand Prix is the largest International Student Ballet Competition in the world awarding over $250,000 in scholarship money to top ballet students. Also in the top 18, were Veronica Contreras (age 14), Suzanne Creedon (14), Hannah Wills (13), Kimora Maier (12), and Camilla Feeley (12). This is a remarkable accomplishment for these young dancers. They worked hard over the past few months and through the winter break. Congratulations to Mme Ichijo and Hope Garden Ballet Academy!
Located near the Subway sandwich shop in Poolesville, our brand new studios are large, with premier quality sprung floors. The mirrors are 50 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall in one studio, and 15' X 8.5' in the other. There is a pleasant and comfortable waiting area, and a flat screen TV to view past videos of our shows, and soon CNN and Fox News. We had a warm open house on September 9th, where the many helpers of this huge project were thanked, and even a town commissioner attended! Please come by and visit and see our new space.
Hope Garden Moves!
The architectural plans have come alive and we now have our new studios, but we still have build out costs to pay off even though most of it was done by amazing volunteers. So be a part of the dream, the vision, of spacious studios and a safe and artistic environment for the enthusiastic youth and dancers of our area by donating now to our BUILDING FUND. Click on the PayPal button right below, and using your own credit card or PayPal, enter whatever amount you want to give, and we thank you in advance! Please e-mail with questions or suggestions and come see us at the brand new studios, at 19710 Fisher Ave., in Poolesville, MD. We accept any donations at any time as well, you do not have to use PayPal. Thank you!
Hope Garden Summer Classes and Camps: Technique, Movement, and Fun!
Summer ballet camp at Hope Garden Ballet Academy includes ballet technique, ballet related games and crafts. For the younger ones, fun through movement is emphasized, while learning new steps and proper alignment of the body. While fun is the buzz word for the younger ones, intensity is the word for the older students. Not only do they learn more advanced technique and placement, they also experience other dance forms such as jazz or contemporary and character. MORE
About Hope Garden Ballet Academy
At Hope Garden Ballet Academy all students are treated with respect and love: the tiny dancer in a tutu; the teenage athlete who seeks to gain strength and flexibility; the adult who realizes the health benefits of the correct study of classical ballet; and the aspiring professional dancer who will one day grace the stage of a major dance company.
Located in the town of Poolesville, in Upper Montgomery County, Maryland, Hope Garden Ballet Academy has been offering pre-professional as well as recreational classes in Classical Ballet for boys, girls, and adults since 1997. Artistic Director and founder Fran Ichijo has been teaching ballet for 30 years using the Vaganova system. Her dancers have gone on to become soloists and principals at ballet companies around the world. Hope Garden students have qualified for supplemental summer training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet , Bolshoi Academy, The Rock School in Philadelphia, Joffrey, MYB, Gelsey Kirkland, and performed many times with major companies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She shares her passion for dance with kindness and fun.