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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:22 pm 

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Claudia Rudolf Barrett announces revised school name ballet tech of ohio

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Maineville, Ohio February 15, 2010

Claudia Rudolf Barrett, who in 1993 founded her school, ballet tech ohio, announces the recent revision of her school name. "I added the word "of" before the geographic identifier ohio, which occurred after communications with Ballet Tech Foundation in New York," states Barrett

"I originally owned the trademark name "ballet tech," and in 1997, I created a performing outlet for my pre-professional dancers, the ballet tech ohio performing arts association (btopaa)." adds Barrett.

In 2001, riding upon Barrett's reputation and associations with professionals in the dance world, the btopaa established the annual Gala of International Ballet Stars.

Additionally, in 2001 Ms. Barrett and Elliot Feld of New York entered into an agreement for the purchase of her trademark name "ballet tech" with the stipulation that Ms. Barrett may continue using her original trademark name with one geographic identifier, and that she/her family may use the trademark name if owning or associated with an organization.

In September 2006 Ms. Barrett resigned (due to artistic differences) from the non-profit performing organization btopaa which she had founded to refocus upon her original vision and the core values of her school; namely to inspire and educate pre-professional dancers and the public about the art of classical ballet through performances with guest artists in the field.

In 2007 btopaa moved to Kennedy Heights and began doing business as ballet tech cincinnati. This was confusing to many people, including the press, and many people felt it was trademark infringement.

In January of this year Ms. Barrett was informed by Ballet Tech in New York, that ballet tech cincinnati (btopaa) will be dropping the name "ballet tech" altogether, and begin phasing in a new name no later than August, 30, 2010.

ballet tech of ohio remains at it's location in Maineville, where Ms. Barrett continues as artistic director, teacher, choreographer, and producer, along with an array of world renowned professionals who teach students from ages 2 years to adult. Ms. Barrett's school offers classes in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, variations, tap, jazz, modern, and ball room dancing, as well as classes in Tae-Kwon-Do, and a Boy's Conditioning class that's not only fun, but also provides a great opportunity for boys to improve upon their sports abilities.

Barrett's students have since performed, among others productions, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Danceland, The Nutcracker, Hot Summer Aronoff which showcased the choreography of a variety of talented artists, Summer Spectacular and the production of Spring Loose with Les Sylphides and the debut of Spiralia, a ballet Barrett created in collaboration with husband, Ian Barrett and Cindy Matyi, artist/musician and author of the children's book, Little Town of Spirals. Ms. Matyi also performed with her band Silver Arm, and was available to sign copies of her book.

During the actual performance of Spiralia, images of Ms. Matyi’s artwork were displayed behind the dancers on stage creating a stunning visual effect.

Ms. Barrett's students have been awarded professional contracts or scholarships to prestigious schools throughout the United States and have been award winning dancers in the Youth America Grand Prix.

In October 2006 Ms. Barrett implemented the school's program Grow A Great Dancer which uses the holistic approach of nurturing the dancer in mind, body and spirit. This program offers parents/students educational information in dance nutrition and injury prevention which is coordinated by a registered nurse, a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, (IADMS).

Ms. Barrett entered into collaboration with former dancer and world renowned physiotherapist Lisa Howell using her Perfect Pointe System. Ms. Barrett, in collaboration with Laura Hughes of AVO dance studio, hosted Ms. Howell's workshops when she visited the USA in 2008 from her home base in Australia.

Ms. Barrett also collaborates with Deb Vogel a former dancer and world renowned neuromuscular specialist from Oberlin, Ohio who teaches students how to "Dance Smart." They are in the process of scheduling a workshop later this year.

Barrett promotes injury prevention, detection and treatment by scheduling visits with physical therapist Heather Walter to evaluate students for injuries and follow up to appropriate healthcare professionals.

"My career as a dancer was curtailed by an injury at age 26. I know of so many professional dancers whose career ended due to an injury. I want to make sure that my students avoid injuries whether they desire to go on to a professional career or just want to dance, and starting them early with good habits will benefit them for a lifetime." states Barrett.

"Everyone may not choose to be a professional dancer, but dancing without injury, without pain can be accessible to all." (Deb Vogel)

"Any school can train a student. However, not everyone can teach appropriately and safely. At ballet tech of ohio we offer programs of study in a unique and nurturing environment. Our faculty cultivates respect for the art of dance while adhering to the philosophy of our name. Merging, the classical and traditional in synergy with the Internet and today's cutting edge technology, offering unique, collaborative programs not found elsewhere." states, Barrett.

Additionally, in October 2006, Ms. Barrett implemented her Grow A Great Reader program where she has affiliations with Hooked on Phonics, I See Me Books, Jennie Moore and her Usborne Books & More and Cindy Matyi.

At select performances ballet tech of ohio offers sponsored book giveaways and opportunities for audience members to meet the author. Students and area schools participated in the Sleeping Beauty poster contest, which was quite popular and the winners’ art work can be found on the school's website.

Ms. Barrett, the recipient of the Post-Corbett 2001 Award for Individual Achievement in the Arts, received her initial training at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) under Oleg Sabline and David McLain. Subsequently she earned her BAS and MFA from CCM under Corbett Scholarships, studying with McLain, Dame Alicia Markova, P.W. Manchester, Frederic Franklin and James Truitte as well as many guest artists. A Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, gave Barrett the opportunity to study with Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Andre Eglevsky, Antonina Toumkovsky and Stanley Williams. As an original dancer, soloist and Ballet Mistress of the Cincinnati Ballet Company from 1963 until 1990, Ms Barrett worked under five artistic directors and with teachers and choreographers from major companies around the world.

In September, 2008 Ms. Barrett was invited to participate in the Cincinnati Salsa Festival. Closing the festival was legendary salsa headliner Lalo Rodriquez a three time Grammy Winner!

In March, 2009 Barrett was invited to participate in the 2nd annual production "Small Streams-2” by Cincinnati Choreographers’ Collective, under the Co-Direction of Diane Germaine and Ka-Ron Brown Lehman, Choreographers. Featuring new and known gems by 8 contemporary and classical choreographers and performed by some of the areas super star dancers

A unique "cross-arts" happening, was presented at bto in November of 2009, featuring renowned RiverSpan Sculptor, Justin Poole, creating a clay sculptor entitled "Beyond Degas" from a live model, while bto dancers presented excerpts of classical and contemporary works, all of which resulted in kudos from attendees.

Additional ballets Barrett created for her ballet tech of ohio pre-professionals include My Many Colored Days to the music of Richard Einhorn played by the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Appalachian Spring and A Soldier's Tale with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, A Stone's Throw and Nuada (both with Celtic themes), The Conductors, a ballet about one family's escape to the North through the Underground Railroad, Thank You, Edgar!, The Mask, The Fantastic Toy Shop, Peter and the Wolf and Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and Carmina Burana to the accompaniment of the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra, Nutcracker Treats, Green Legs & Ham and Happily Ever After. Barrett, further challenged her dancers with La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia and La Sylphide.

A founding member of the Greater Milford Events and Arts Council (GMEAC), Barrett, continues her mission to promote the arts in the outlying Cincinnati areas.

Ms. Barrett will be a guest speaker/teacher for "Celebrate New Life," a Christian Dance, Drama, Mime and Seder Meal Conference, March 4 -6, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. For more information go online to Kingdom Institute International.

For A Very Moving Experience come see ballet tech of ohio perform its annual spring production, Maidens, Mozart and More, where students dance with professionals, May 1, 2010 at River Hills Christian Church (6300 Price Road, Loveland, Oh. 45140) at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Tickets: Adults: $15, Students and Seniors: $10. (513) 683-6860.

ballet tech of ohio's International Summer Intensive, June l4 - July 30, 2010, will include a special three day workshop with Valery Vasilievich Lantratov, whose distinguished career as a dancer in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and Ekaterina Maximova and international tours with Rudolf Nureyev led him to receive the title of People's Artist of Russia later to found the Russian National Ballet Foundation.

Visit the school's popular YouTube® video channel and view evidence of the high caliber talent of ballet tech of ohio students.

To learn more visit the school's website at

Whether the student seeks training to be a professional dancer, or just wants to take a dance class, ballet tech of ohio is Where Dance Happens.


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