BFan Academy Fall Session has Officially Started!

Last weekend, we kicked off our Academy Fall Session with an Open House Event at our studio! We had delicious snacks, offered example classes, held a raffle for BFan apparel, and there was even a surprise performance by our company dancers. Not only did we get to see our wonderful academy dancers after taking a short break for the summer, but we also were able to meet many new academy dancers that are joining us this week! 

Class with Ms. Hannah

Above: A special ballet class with Executive Director, Ms. Hannah!

Surprise Performance with Ms. Cari and Mr. Natanael

Above: Ms. Cari & Mr. Natanael during their surprise performance for our Open House guests!

Enrollment is still open at the Ballet Fantastique Academy. To enroll your dancer, visit our academy website.

Adult classes are also offered at the Ballet Fantastique Academy.  For more information, visit our academy website.

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Save the Date!

Mark your Calendars!

February at Ballet Fantastique has some great outings for you and your loved ones! Get ready to hit the town and celebrate.

Tales from the Floating World

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Photo: Reathel Geary

Want to come see BFan’s performance inspired by the haunting and powerful music of Portland Taiko and live koto player Mitsuki Dazai? This performance will be outstanding and filled with adventure, romance, and the supernatural!

Performance Dates

Friday Feb 7 @ 7:30pm

Saturday Feb 8 @ 7:30pm

Sunday Feb 9 @ 2:30pm

Soreng Theater, Hult Center

One Eugene Center

Eugene, OR 97401

Cooking with the Choreographers

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Want to spend the night experiencing the Caribbean from the comforts of Eugene? You and your V-Day date will get a chance to experience food from the Caribbean and see some dancing! Don’t miss this one-night event!

Date

Sunday Feb 16 @ 5pm

Party Downtown

55 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

ZORRO: The Ballet Recap

“This ballet was big, bold and beautiful” said Gwen Curran from The Register Guard. “The standing ovation at the end said it best: This is another hit for Ballet Fantastique.”

After long nights of rehearsal, hard work, and much needed volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, ZORRO: The Ballet was a wonderful success! With live music from the band Incendio, and violinist virtuoso Kim Angelis, Ballet Fantastique was able to create another dramatic, all-original ballet production!

Photo: Stephanie Urso

Photo: Stephanie Urso

Alex Notman, Arts Editor for Eugene Weekly, said, “The costumes and choreography were bright, innovative and fearless. All set against a music backdrop by the California-based Incendio Band, an exhilarating mix of Spanish guitar, violin and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll.”

You can read more about what she thought about Zorro here!

This past weekend was also the final days of our 2012 Oregon Ducks Liquid Lightning Football Helmet raffle valued at $1200! The drawing happened during the BFan cast party after the Sunday matinee. Congratulations Brandon Gray on being the raffle winner!

The Official 2012 Oregon Ducks Football Helmet was generously donated by Hydrographics Inc.

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We want to thank everyone who came to ZORRO: The Ballet and to those who contributed and helped make this production possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Excited to see more? Ballet Fantastique’s NEW LEGENDS season continues with Tales from the Floating World, a landmark contemporary ballet inspired by the powerful music of Portland Taiko, award-winning ensemble drummers. You won’t want to miss it!

photo: Reathel Geary

photo: Reathel Geary

You can still buy pro-rated, rest-of-season subscriptions! CLICK HERE!

You can get single Tales from the Floating World tickets here!

Company Dancer Resolutions!

Ballet Fantastique is honored to have two incredibly talented male company artists! This week we wanted to make sure they didn’t feel left out by asking them what their dance resolutions were for this upcoming 13-14 season: NEW LEGENDS. This is what they had to say…

 

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Justin, a BFan company dancer since 2011, said: “I want to achieve a greater level of control, better extensions, and solidify my triple pirouettes.”

 

 

 

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Fabio Simoes, one of BFan’s newest company dancers, said: “It’s going to be a really good season, a new fresh start! I want to get back in shape and focus on getting into the classic scene again, and try to absorb -even more- what people have to give to me!”

 

 

Also, don’t forget about Ballet Fantastique’s upcoming ZORRO® The Ballet premiere! Opening BFan’s NEW LEGENDS season with dramatic all-original choreography, witty storytelling, brilliant live music, and playful dance theater.

You won’t want to miss it! To purchase your tickets now, click here!

What’s in a Company Dancer’s Bag?

As Ballet Fantastique‘s 13-14 Season: NEW LEGENDS jump starts with company dancer rehearsals every day for ZORRO® The Ballet, we were curious about what they carried with them to every practice. We asked some of them if we could take a peek in their dance bags and what we found was both fun and helpful, so we decided to should share them with you!

We took a sneak peek in Leanne's bag to see what she carries in her dance bag at all times!

We took a sneak peek in Leanne’s dance bag to see what she thinks is important to carry around at all times!

Leanne’s bag: Ibuprofen, Biofreeze, Thera-band, skirts, warm-ups, point shoes, foot roller, ballet technique soft shoes, sewing kit, deflated bike tire, deodorant, mint foot spray and perfume, ipod, and CD’s.

Caitlin’s bag: Point shoes, flat shoes, massage ball and Tiger Balm.

Ashley’s bag: Point shoes, soft shoes, gray fleece onesie (that her mom made her), toe tape, Thera-Band, toe spacers, leotards, and tights.

Lydia’s bag: Two pairs of flat shoes, two pairs of point shoes, two sets of toe pads, skirt and shorts, tights, deodorant, baby powder, water, and an old granola bar.

Krislyn (If she had a dance bag): Leg warmers, point shoes, foot spray, sewing kit, and a schedule binder.

INTERN’S NOTEBOOK: Sammy Thom

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All of our trusty interns at Ballet Fantastique’s summer soiree this past July!

When I first walked in the door for my interview at Ballet Fantastique, I met a man with orange pants, a big smile and no shoes. He politely led me upstairs after I removed my own sandals and I sat at a wooden table to wait for my other interviewer. When she appeared she shook my hand, nearly bursting with enthusiasm and kindness, also missing her shoes. I felt instantly comfortable in the studio, channeling my previous years of dance and feeling inspired by the amount of passion in the room. I knew it was where I was supposed to be.

Working with Andrew, Hannah, Donna, my fellow interns and the rest of the BFan family has been one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career thus far. I have had previous internship experience that was disorganized, confusing, frustrating and misleading, but Ballet Fantastique has always found a way to keep me busy and motivated. As an intern, I have a lot of different responsibilities, ranging from bi-weekly office hours doing administrative work, hitting the pavement and getting some face time with current and potential donors, to updating BFan followers on all social media platforms. Lately I have been primarily responsible for renewing corporate trade agreements for fabulous groups and services that supported BFan last season and have agreed to donate again, as well as negotiating advertising placements in our season programs.

My favorite part of being an intern with BFan is that there are never dull moments and always something new to learn. I had never generated a newsletter before, managed an email subscriber list, created a marketing plan, called persistently about a donation request or spoken comfortably with movers and shakers in the community before my experience with BFan. Planning events has been something new for me as well, such as the golf tournament, car wash, summer soiree and our upcoming fall gala.

The hardest part about being an intern has been learning to do something I’ve never done before without a template or set guidelines, taking ownership of that project, and standing by the finished project. Nonprofit work is difficult because you are surrounded by people who aren’t responsible for just one job, but several different tasks all at once. You have to learn how to multi-task, be flexible and willing to do things you may have never thought you’d be asked to do, or heck, even be in charge of. You just have to keep pushing to make yourself better and put out your best work.

I am currently a student at the University of Oregon set to graduate this December, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. After graduation and my time with BFan ends, I aspire to move to California and make my way into the marketing world to do promotions for film. Until then, I can’t wait for you all to see what we have planned for this fall! I can’t wait!

Meet our Next New Company Dancer!

BFan is honored to be welcoming two fierce new company artists and incredibly talented teachers to our roster for the 13-14 NEW LEGENDS season. Fabio Simoes (from Portugal) and Lydia Rakov (from NYC) are powerful movers with lots of personality—you won’t want to miss their BFan debut in the ZORRO premiere. In the meantime, here’s more about Fabio…

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BFan: Where are you from?

Fábio: I’m from Montijo, a city very close to the capital, Lisbon, PORTUGAL.

BFan: At which dance schools did you train before coming to BFan?

Fábio: I started my high level studies in National Conservatory Dance School (E.D.C.N.) in Lisbon, Portugal. I finished my education/formation in Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels, Belgium.

BFan: Describe your perfect day.

Fábio: Starting my day by watching the sunrise, rehearse and train all day, pick up some friends and go to beach, watch the sunset while listening to some chill out songs. Then ending the day with a big dinner!

BFan: Proudest moment?

Fábio: When I won my first award, everybody went crazy!

BFan: Wildest dream?

Fábio: As a person who loves adrenaline and radical sports: definitely skydiving.

BFan: Indulgence?

Fábio: hmmmmm…. Maybe everything! (:

BFan: Inspiration?

Fábio: The environment that surrounds me (Life, people, thoughts, pictures, smells, feelings, etc)

BFan: Name one thing you couldn’t live without.

Fábio: No doubt – Dance! but girls too! haha

BFan: Most unforgettable onstage moment?

Fábio: There’s a lot, but one of the unforgettable moments was in Miami at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. It was a dream come true. I was so proud to share the stage with the biggest companies from all over the globe.

Another one was in Serbia, at the International Festival of Choreographic Miniatures. All of the audience started screaming my name way before the judges even announced the winner.

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BFan: Dream role?

Fábio: Good Question. I really don’t have… We make our dreams!

BFan: Lastly, why Ballet Fantastique?

Fábio: I Chose Ballet Fantastique because their concept is great! How they connect and use two styles ­– classical and contemporary­– its something that I was searching for and it really feeds me.
Ballet Fantastique has a work that really interests and motivates me, not only as a dancer and a character, but also as a person, too. It’s an energetic and creative company, and is not afraid to try new things!

Fabio Simoes graduated from the prestigious Escola de Danca do Conservatorio Nacional in Portugal with a Certificate of Dance. During his years at the Conservatorio, he performed in numerous classical ballets and studied extensively in the Vaganova Syllabus. Fabio was then invited to join the National Ballet Company of Portugal, where he danced in Swan Lake beside one of the most famous dancers in the world, Carlos Acosta. Fabio also studied at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels, where he was awarded the Gulbenkian scholarship and worked with such greats as the legendary William Forsythe. Fabio then joined the KamuSuna Ballet in Lisbon, dancing in the contemporary ballet Love The Earth, which toured internationally. Fabio is also a hip-hop performer, and was invited to dance as a Bboy in the 2011 National Championship of DJs in Portugal. Then, with Vortice Dance Company, Fabio also performed in the international tour of Drácula (a co-production with the Macedonian Opera & Ballet). Fabio performed in the opening of the European Capital of Culture, dancing a solo in front of 30,000 people in a performance that was broadcast live to TV audiences all over the world. In 2012, out of intense competition from 76 international choreographers, Fabio earned an almost unprecedented double honor at the Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in Belgrade, Serbia—1st Place Choreography as well as the Best Performer award. Fabio also performed in the ballet Your Majesties, which had its world premiere at the XVII International Ballet Festival of Miami. Recently, Mr. Simoes had the great honor of being an invited guest dancer in the Croatian National Ballet. Fabio joins BFan after an international audition search thanks to a generous grant from theJames F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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