Summer 2006 Newsletter
Dear Goh Ballet Community,
The 2006 Summer Intensive is winding down. As usual, it has been a
tremendously busy, animated and, we hope, enjoyable period for all of our
dancers, who have come from near and far to train with instructors from the
top of the international ballet scene.
This summer has also been marked with performances, competitions and
tremendous local, national and international honours for a number of our
dancers. We want to take a moment to provide you as brief an overview as
possible of all that has happened, as well as of the exciting events to look
forward to as the Goh Ballet embarks on its 30th Anniversary in the
July 2: General School keynote performance, 10th Anniversary Conference –
Vancouver Yan Xin Life Science and Technology Centre at the Hyatt Regency
Martin Fredmann <http://www.gohballet.com/images/martin.JPG> July 3: Start
of Goh Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Martin Fredmann begins 2-week guest
Mr. Fredmann oversaw the renaissance of the Colorado Ballet during his
tenure as Artistic Director from 1987 to 2005. He has been sought as a
teacher internationally over the last three decades. In 2005 he was awarded
the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of
Japan, where he has trained young ballet dancers who now perform on stages
throughout the world. Since 2003, Mr. Fredmann has also acted as Director of
the Japan Grand Prix.
Kirsten Wicklund <http://www.gohballet.com/images/Kirsten.JPG> July 7:
Professional Division performs for a Fairchild Television special at UBC’s
July 10: Goh Ballet professional Division student Kirsten Wicklund, 16, wins
the top prize at the U.S. National Dance Alliance competition in New York
July 11: Maina Gielgud begins 2-week guest instruction.
Maina Gielgud <http://www.gohballet.com/images/maina.JPG> Trained by the
great Russians including Tamara Karsavina and Lubov Egorova, and later
Rosella Hightower, Maina Gielgud has had an incredibly diverse career
creating works with Maurice Bejart’s XXth Century Ballet, and as a principal
with London Festival Ballet and SWRB, an international guest artist, and
partnering Rudolf Nureyev. She then directed The Australian Ballet
(1983-1997) and the Royal Danish Ballet. Free-lancing since 1999, she stages
works (her highly acclaimed Giselle for Boston Ballet and Ballet du Rhin,
and in June 2005, for Houston Ballet where she was Artistic Associate). She
made a comeback as a dancer and actress in Maurice Bejart's L’Heure Exquise,
and now guest teaches and coaches around the world.
July 12: Professional Division students James Stout, 18, Kostya Keshyshev,
19, and Fei Fei Ye,18, leave for Bulgaria for the renowned Varna
International Competition. The Varna International Competition dates back to
1964, and has given rise to mega ballet stars in every decade since then,
such as Mikhail Barishnikov (1966), Vladimir Derevyanko (1978), Canada’s own
Evelyn Hart (1980), Alen Bottaini (1996), and many others.
Kostya Keshyshev <http://www.gohballet.com/images/Kostya.JPG> July 17: Goh
Ballet student Kostyantyn Keshyshev wins $10,000 national scholarship.
Veronica Tennant, Marquita Witham-Lester and Igor Dobrovolskiy, the members
of the Hnatyshyn Foundation ballet jury, found him to be a strong, athletic
performer with many physical attributes. "He definitely has the potential to
become a very fine classical and contemporary dancer. He has already
acquired fine technique, with an elegant style for the classical work and a
dynamic quality in the contemporary."
Tianjin Festival <http://www.gohballet.com/images/tianjin.JPG> July 20:
Four Goh Ballet students, Alyssa Stevens, 17, Kirsten Wicklund, Kostya
Keshyshev and Melissa Ong, 14, receive Advanced Arts Study Awards from the
Vancouver Foundation. The awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, help to
nurture and develop professional performing artists from British Columbia.
July 26: At the invitation of the Chinese Government, 14 dancers leave for
Goh Ballet’s second tour of China this year. They will serve as Canada’s
cultural ambassadors at the opening of a major children’s arts complex, the
International Children’s Village, in Tianjin.
Varna Competition <http://www.gohballet.com/images/varna1.JPG> July 28:
Vancouver Goh Ballet student Fei Fei Ye, 18, was announced as the Bronze
Medal winner at the Varna International Competition.
The grueling two-week competition saw three Goh Ballet students dancing
nearly a dozen extremely challenging pieces that they have been learning
night and day for weeks under the tutelage of their award-winning coaches at
the Goh Ballet. Luminaries from the entire Vancouver dance scene lent their
hand to this success, including Ballet B.C.’s Artistic Director, John
Alleyne, who contributed a pas de deux from Ballet B.C.’s recent production
of A Streetcar Names Desire, and Danzmode’s Rachel Poirier, who contributed
Innocence, which Fei Fei and her partner Kostyantyn Keshyshev, 19, danced
for the final round that finally brought the medal.
All three Goh Ballet dancers, including soloist James Stout, 18, made it
into the semi-finals of the extremely competitive event, which pared down
103 dancers from 40 countries to the few who eventually took home medals.
The Varna competition is considered one of the four top ballet competitions
in the world, along with Jackson, Moscow and Helsinki.
Fei Fei Ye <http://www.gohballet.com/images/varnametro.JPG> Fei Fei Ye
moved from China to Vancouver in 2002 to enroll in the Goh Ballet Academy's
professional division and since then has been the recipient of many
scholarships and local awards and has competed in the Asian Pacific
International Ballet Competition and was a semi-finalist at the Prix De
Lausanne. This is her first international win and the first Junior Division
winner from Canada in the history of the Varna competition.
August 2: Goh Ballet’s dancers perform in the closing ceremonies at the
Tianjin Gala in China. Only 4 groups out of 250 (from 47 countries) were
selected for this great honour!
August 3-5: Goh Ballet celebrates the success of its Summer Intensive with
presentations for parents and friends of the Academy.
THE UPCOMING 2006/2007 SEASON:
If just reading the events of the last five weeks boggles you, take a look
at what is to come!
2006/2007 will be a year of celebration as the Goh Ballet Academy
commemorates its 30 YEAR success story of becoming not only the premiere
ballet academy in Vancouver, but also of becoming a recognized player on the
international ballet stage, with graduates in major companies across the
continents of the world.
PERFORMANCES: The Goh Ballet Youth Ensemble (composed of rotating dancers
from the PB, PA and YBC professional programs) already has over 50
performances scheduled throughout the Lower Mainland and the Province for
the 2006/2007 season. These include commissioned professional performances,
educational programs at schools, and community events. This busy performance
schedule helps improve the confidence of our dancers, gets them acquainted
with the rigours of company life and also allows audiences to see and
appreciate the professional artistry and technique that they are developing
at the Goh Ballet Academy.
We have great things planned for our annual Christmas Showcase, and with
this being our 30th Anniversary, you can expect amazing performances,
special guests, returning graduates and events surrounding our Year-End
shows in June!
COMPETITIONS: The roster of Goh Ballet’s international award winners
continues to grow. The coming season will see our dancers off to many more
competitions. In the first two months of the new season:
September: Fei Fei Ye, Kostyantyn Keshyshev and James Stout will compete in
Hong Kong at the 2006 Genée International Competition, following on the
heals of Goh’s Céline Gittens, who won in 2005 (and will be joining the
Birmingham Royal Ballet in England in the Fall – CONGRATULATIONS!).
Celine Gittens <http://www.gohballet.com/images/Celine.jpg>
October: James Stout, Melissa Ong and Stephanie Pedlow will compete in the
Beijing Dance Academy’s International Ballet Invitational.
FESTIVALS: Also in the Spring, Goh Ballet students at all levels will be
selected to compete in local festivals, including North America’s largest
amateur dance festival, the Surrey Festival of Dance. Last year saw our
dancers win dozens of first place prizes (and dozens of scholarships!), as
well as the “No Borders” Grand Prize. Dancers also went on to compete and
win at the Provincial competitions!
Registration and auditions for Goh Ballet’s exciting 30th Anniversary year
of training, performances and competitions is currently on-going. We have
two auditions for the professional division scheduled before regular classes
start up again on September 5:
* Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
* Monday, August 4, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
Please contact us by phone or email to register for these auditions,
providing student name, birthdate, phone number and a brief training
history. If you can't make it on either of these dates, please give us a
call and speak with Paul Lee about setting up another audition time. Video
auditions are also accepted in NTSC VHS or DVD, and should include Centre,
Barre and one variation.
General division registration is also on-going for children age 4 and up,
with beginner classes available to children of all ages. Some classes are
already full and others are filling, so please contact Paul Lee in the
office to reserve your space. Adult drop-in classes will resume also on
COMING IN SEPTEMBER: Goh Ballet’s Student Handbook
Goh Ballet Academy
2345 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9, Canada
Phone: 604-872-4014; Fax: 604-872-4011
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