This just in... Indianapolis City Ballet Announces a Master Class Series for Indianapolis Dance Students Renowned Teachers from Major Schools and Companies around the World! Following its spectacular debut last September, Indianapolis City Ballet today revealed a new Program as part of its education and outreach initiatives that will begin next month. "It is our intention to present the finest professional ballet program possible in all its various forms" exclaimed Board Chair and founder Robert Hesse, "and as we plan for a future gala performance and the launching of the Indianapolis City Ballet Company, we are pleased to introduce a Master Class Series that draws on our institutional strengths to assist the dance schools and dance students of Indiana". Beginning on Sunday, January 10, 2010 the Indianapolis City Ballet will present nine Master Classes taught by some of the world's most recognized teachers and dancers for the area's ballet students. "This is an effort to unite the dance schools in the Indianapolis area and help each to give their students an even richer learning environment," Dr. Hesse said. The program is being directed by Jolinda Menedez who was a former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and the Bavarian National Ballet in Munich and did major guest appearances in the United States and in Europe. Ms. Menendez has been on the faculty at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts for the past 13 years and is a frequent guest teacher with schools and companies including The Royal Ballet School in London, Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive at all its national sites, the Ben Stevenson Academy at Houston Ballet, English National Ballet School in London, the Joffrey Ballet School and more. "As a teacher, I know that there is never a time to stop learning. This Master Class Series is meant to not only provide students with a new and vital learning experience but also give teachers the opportunity to explore different methods in classical ballet training." The guest teachers for the Indianapolis City Ballet Master Class Series are individually experienced in giving master classes and are renowned in their field. They have been selected to represent the varied techniques, styles and focuses of the dance world. This first set of teachers includes a ballet mistress from a major dance company, leaders of two of the world's most recognized and successful ballet schools, a working contemporary dancer, founder of a major international ballet competition and more. The variety of styles and background is interesting too with teachers who have performed with Australian Ballet, Bavarian National Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, English National Ballet, Parsons Dance Company, the Royal Ballet, and more. This initial series will be developed into an ongoing program according to the needs and response of the dance community. The classes will feature live accompanists, a 90-minute ballet technique class and a question and answer session in which both students and observers/teachers can participate. In order to ensure the most meaningful experience for the students, attendance at the classes will be limited. Enrollment is on a class-by-class basis and is open to intermediate and advanced students for a fee of just $25 per person. Observers will be accommodated on a space-available basis to allow teachers to attend for a fee of $10 per person. Indianapolis City Ballet is pleased to present its Master Class Series at and in conjunction with some of Indianapolis' finest dance studios/schools including: Academy of Dance Arts, Ballet Theatre of Carmel/Performers' Edge, Broad Ripple High School, Central Indiana Academy of Dance, The Dance Refinery, Indianapolis School of Ballet and Jordan Academy of Dance. Two additional classes will be scheduled in September and October and announced separately. The opening class will be on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers with Miguel Quinones. People who attended the Evening with the Stars Gala by Indianapolis City Ballet will remember Miguel for his show-stopping performance in David Parsons"Caught". Additional information about this program, this class and future classes will be available at: www.indianapoliscityballet.org.