Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

"Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell"

A Three-Week Intensive Ballet Course

July 30 – August 18, 2007

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has developed a teaching partnership with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell and invites you to audition for the national summer ballet training program, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. This three-week intensive ballet course taught by Suzanne Farrell will be presented July 30 – August 18, 2007, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A limited number of students will be accepted into this program.
To participate in the program, students must complete and submit the application materials and attend an audition class at one of the sites. Videotapes will only be accepted from those students who live more than 150 miles from an audition site. See videotape section of this form for requirements. Students will receive confirmation notification of their audition site before the audition class.
Those selected to participate in the summer program will be notified by February 16, 2007.
Eligibility Requirements:
Male and female students ages 14-18 (as of August 18, 2007)

Intermediate and advanced levels

At least five years of ballet training (four years on pointe for females)
Audition Dates and Sites:

Washington, DC

Friday, January 5

3:00 – 5:00 pm and 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Kennedy Center

2700 F Street NW

Opera House Stage Door

New York City, NY

Sunday, January 7

1:00 – 3:00 pm and 3:30 – 5:30 pm

City Center

130 West 56th Street

San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, January 10

6:30 – 8:30 pm

San Francisco Ballet

455 Franklin Street

Seattle, WA

Friday, January 12

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Ballet

301 Mercer Street

Boston, MA

Sunday, January 21

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Boston Ballet

19 Clarendon Street

Minneapolis, MN

Monday, January 22

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Hennepin Center for the Arts

528 Hennepin Avenue

Fort Worth, TX

Wednesday, January 24

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Texas Ballet Theater

6845 Green Oaks Road

Tampa Bay, FL

Saturday, January 27

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place


Call the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811 or visit the Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell website at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/farrell/home.html

Please note: audition sites will not have audition information. Please contact the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811 or fax (202) 416-8853.
To Apply and Participate in an Audition Class:
1) Complete, sign, and mail or fax the application and waiver form. Applications will be accepted as long as space remains available to: The Kennedy Center, “Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell”, P.O. Box 101510, Arlington, VA 22210 or fax to (202) 416-8853.
2) Attend audition class of your choice. Space is limited. (Audition classes are taught by Suzanne Farrell.)
3) Arrive 45 minutes prior to the audition dressed for the class and have ready to submit:

  • copy of birth certificate or other official documentation of age

  • current photos (may be snapshots): a headshot and full-length shot in arabesque wearing practice clothes and on pointe.

  • $25 application fee; cash or check payable to the Kennedy Center (sorry, no credit cards)

To Apply by Videotape:
1) If you live more than 150 miles from all audition sites you may submit a videotape for consideration. The complete audition packet will be accepted as long as space remains available, and must include:

  • one videotape

  • copy of birth certificate or other official documentation of age

  • current photos (may be snapshots): a headshot and full-length shot in arabesque wearing practice clothes

and on pointe.

  • $25 application fee; check payable to the Kennedy Center (sorry, no credit cards)

2) The videotape must have been taken within the last 6 months. Tapes will be considered if the student is the only featured dancer and is dressed in practice clothes. The student should include a wide range of dancing through a condensed ballet class and an optional brief variation. Female dancers should wear pointe shoes in videotape (no ballet slippers). Tapes must be 20-30 minutes in length.

Summer Course:
The three-week intensive ballet course will be held Monday, July 30 -Saturday, August 18, 2007. Twelve classes will be held weekly, Monday through Saturday. All classes will be taught by Suzanne Farrell and will take place in rehearsal rooms at the Kennedy Center. Supervised accommodation will be provided at a resident hotel located approximately five blocks (10 minute walk) from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Students accepted into the program must commit to participating in the entire three-week program. No one will be permitted to begin the program after Monday, July 30 or permitted to leave the program before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18.
Tuition: $1000 includes 12 classes per week and selected activities during the day designed to enhance and extend the student's study of ballet.
Housing: $1,400 includes accommodations (students will be housed in triples), supervision, and selected activities.
Students notified of their acceptance must send a nonrefundable payment of $500 by March 12, 2007. Students who need to be housed should also send an additional nonrefundable deposit of $250 by March 12, 2007. The balance will be due by June 8, 2007.
Limited need-based financial aid will be available. If the student is selected, financial aid forms will be sent with the acceptance information. From this form the amount of financial aid possible will be determined.
Call the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811.

Please note: audition sites will not have audition information. Contact the Kennedy Center Education Department at (202) 416-8811 or fax (202) 416-8853.

Application Form

"Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell"
Student’s Name _____________________________________________ Preferred First Name _______________ ___

Social Security Number___________________________________________________________________________


City_____________________________________State _______________Zip Code____________________________

Home Phone____________________________________________________________________________________

Mother/Guardian Name_________________________ Phone (day)________________(evening)________________

Father/Guardian Name__________________________ Phone (day)________________(evening)________________

Age (between July 30 - Aug 18, 2007)____________________ Birthdate__________________

Sex_____________ Height_______ Weight __________

Current Ballet School______________________________________________________________________________


Phone__________________________________Number of years of ballet study______________________________ Current Teacher(s)_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Other forms of dance studied_______________________________________________________________________

How many classes do you take per week?______________Length of each class?_____________________________

Past Teachers___________________________________________________________________________________


Girls: how many years have you danced on pointe?______________________________________________________

Please list performance experience (if any):

Role Performed Title of Ballet Ballet Company Approximate Dates

Please check the audition site you will attend:

___ New York City, NY (1:00pm) ___ San Francisco, CA ___ Minneapolis, MN

___ New York City, NY (3:30pm) ___ Seattle, WA ___ Tampa Bay, FL

___ Washington DC (3:00pm) ___ Boston, MA ___ Fort Worth, TX

___ Washington DC (5:30pm)

Send completed application and waiver form to:

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

The Kennedy Center

Performance Plus, Education

P.O. Box 101510

Arlington, VA 22210

or fax to:

(202) 416-8853

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted as long as space remains available

Student Waiver Form
In order to participate in an audition class, you must send this signed waiver form with the completed application form. If the Kennedy Center does not have this form by the audition class, you will not be allowed to take the class.
General Information
Student’s Name________________________________________Social Security Number_______________________



Telephone__________________________________________Date of Birth__________________________________


Ballet School____________________________________________________________________________________

Medical Information

Health Plan/Insurance Company______________________________________ Policy Number__________________

Pertinent Medical Information (allergies, medications, etc.)________________________________________________


Emergency Contacts (other than parents):

1) Name________________________________________________________________________________________

Home Telephone______________________________Work Telephone_____________________________________
2) Name________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Telephone______________________________Work Telephone_____________________________________

I/We, the undersigned, parent/guardian(s) of the above-named student (the “Child”), hereby consent to the participation of the Child, as a volunteer, in an Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell audition class (the “Event”) sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, (the “Presenter”) held at __________________________________________________ (the “Site”).

I/We hereby irrevocably consent to and authorize the use and reproduction by the Presenter of any and all photographs, recordings, videotapes and/or other reproductions of likenesses of the Child’s person or characteristics (“reproductions”) which have been secured by or for the Presenter, for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to the Child. All reproductions shall constitute the property of the Presenter, solely and completely. Further, I/We assign and release all rights to said reproductions and authorize the Presenter, or others authorized by it, to exhibit, broadcast, and/or distribute or otherwise further reproduce said reproductions in whole or in part over or in any medium whatsoever, including, without implied limitation, newsletters, radio, newspapers, closed circuit television, film, cable, and television, with or without compensation in perpetuity. I/We also release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless the producers or any persons, or entities acting under their permission or authority from any liability arising from the use of said reproductions.
I/We acknowledge and agree that I/We will be responsible for transporting the Child to and from the Site in order for the Child to participate in the Event. I/We further discharge and release the Kennedy Center and ___________________________________

_________________________________________________ (the Site) and its trustees, officers, and employees, from any and all liability for injury, loss, damage, obligation, expense, or penalty sustained by the Child arising out of or in connection with the Child’s participation in the Event.

In the event that any serious injury shall occur involving the Child, I wish for the Kennedy Center supervisory personnel to take appropriate steps to notify me immediately, but if I am inaccessible for any reason, I authorize whatever medical attention is deemed appropriate for the Child.
____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name Date

________________________________________________ _______________________________

2nd Parent/Guardian Name (if applicable) Date

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