Rhode Island's ballet theatre, a classical dance company, will audition new dancers on Sunday, May 21 at a combined Master Class and Audition which will also include a performance of the company's newest ballet Dream Catcher.
The Master Class will be taught by Clyde Nantais of the Boston Dance Company, a company known for its Balanchine repertoire and its revival of American Classics by Isadora Duncan, Agnes DeMille and Ted Shawn.
Mr. Nantais is known for a teaching style that blends the strength of the Vaganova Technique with the speed, attack, and musicality of Balanchine.
The two-hour Master Class will be followed by a juried audition for new members of Rhode Island's ballet theatre. The
company is looking for classically trained dancers who love to perform. Seven judges will evaluate each dancer's technical skills, artistry, musicality, stage presence, and the ability to quickly learn new choreography.
Following the audition, the company will present Dream Catcher, its newest ballet celebrating the Native American spirit at the Dawn of a New Century. The ballet sold out all four performances last month. It will be performed to give prospective dancers a look at the company.
Nantais was formerly a dancer with Boston Ballet; a faculty member of the Boston Ballet School; Ballet Master of the Boston Conservatory Dance Theatre; and the Principal Guest Teacher of the National Institute of Dance in Taiwan. A native of Pawtucket, RI, Nantais holds a Master of Education in Dance from Temple University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boston Conservatory.
The Audition and Master Class will be held at the Carriage House Theatre, 7 Duncan Avenue, Providence on Sunday, May 21 at 1 PM. The Master Class and Audition are open to all classically trained dancers age 10 and up. Participation fee is $15. Reservations are required. Interested parties may also observe the Master Class and Dream Catcher ballet for $5. For a Reservation Kit, call 401-847-5301 or visit www.riballet.org.