ACADEMY NEWS

DDA Annual Performance 2017

Friday May 5th, 6 PM at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat

With guest dancers from Paris Opera Ballet Aubane Philbert and Daniel Stokes.

Dubai Dance Academy, along with guest artists from the Paris Opera National Ballet, invite you to an evening of ballet at the Madinat Theatre. Our 5th annual performance 2017 includes both classical repertoire and contemporary creations.

Highlights include Act II from Swan Lake, set to the renowned score by Tchaikovsky, as well as performances by special guest artists Aubane Philbert and Daniel Stokes.

Please come share in our joy as we celebrate another year of growth in the technique and artistry of our students as well as the timeless beauty of ballet.

The show begins at 1800 on Friday, May 5th
Tickets are available for AED 120 and AED 160.

 

January 2017 Ballet Grand Gala

Ballet Grand Gala returns to the UAE with an exclusive selection of classical and modern works performed by Star dancers of one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, Paris Opera National Ballet. The Paris Opera National Ballet, the world’s oldest ballet company, has built a worldwide reputation of the finest and most elegant dancers.

The Ballet Grand Gala program will be offered for the first time in Abu Dhabi on January 5th, and in Dubai on January 6th and 7th.

Do not miss this opportunity to admire these dancers giving life to some of the richest choreographies of the moment.

This year, the gala will feature Etoile dancer Ms. Dorothee Gilbert and other Soloists from the Paris Opera Ballet company. Ms. Gilbert was nominated Etoile in 2007, the highest level of distinction at the Paris Opera, at only 24.

Tickets available at Virgin Megastore, 800Tickets and Madinat Jumeirah theatre ticketing office.

 

January 2016 Paris Opera Ballet Gala

The Paris Opera Ballet, the world’s oldest ballet company, greets the dawn of 2016 in Dubai with three breathtaking performances on 7th-8th January 2016.

Do not miss this opportunity to admire these dancers giving life to some of the richest choreographies of the moment.

Living symbols of gracefulness, athleticism and passion, the dancers will present a series of classical and modern dance masterpieces. Awe-inspiring costumes, exhilarating turns, jaw-dropping jumps and the most elegant lines will be memories you will never forget.

This year, the gala will feature Etoile dancer Ms. Dorothee Gilbert and other Soloists from the Paris Opera Ballet company. Ms. Gilbert was nominated Etoile in 2007, the highest level of distinction at the Paris Opera.

Join us in any of the three performances on 7th-8th January 2016 Madinat Theatre!

Tickets available at Madinat Jumeirah theatre ticketing office.

 

DDA student at the Young American Grand Prix semi-finals

Dubai Dance Academy ballet student, Charlotte Rose, had the honour to participate in the Young American Grand Prix semi-finals in Paris in October 2015. The Young American Grand Prix (YAGP) is one of the world’s most prestigious youth ballet competitions.

Charlotte Rose studies ballet at the Dubai Dance Academy under the tutelage of the Academy’s director, Reiko M Cheong. It takes hours of dedication and work to master ballet and make it look effortless and so graceful.

Listen to Charlotte talking about her passion for ballet to Gulf News journalists.

You can follow Charlotte on Instagram – @charballerina

Watch this space to follow Charlotte and other Dubai Dance Academy as they make their way towards their dream job: being a professional dancer.

(c) Photography: Butch Delatina | Hair & Makeup: Dave Evangelio | Assistants: Darwin Tiambeng & Peter Gole

Unique Ballet Introductory Classes for new students with DDA

Ballet for Pre-Teens (Ages 8-12)  Tuesday 16h45 –18h15

This class is designed to introduce children ages 8-12 to ballet. It is also an ideal class for those who had a brief introduction in their earlier childhood, took a break for a few years, and are now wanting to start anew!  It is an expedited way for them to become familiar with ballet terminology and technique while beginning to build their skill artistically and technically. As the student grows in their knowledge and practice of ballet, they will correspond with the artistic director to determine if and when they should enter the DDA school (levels A through F).


Ballet for Teenagers (Ages 13-18) Tuesday 18h15-19h45
This class is designed to introduce teenagers (ages 13-18) to ballet. It is also an ideal class for those who had a brief introduction in their earlier childhood, took a break for a few years, and are now wanting to start anew! It is an expedited way for them to become familiar with ballet terminology and technique while beginning to build their skill artistically and technically. As the student grows in their knowledge and practice of ballet, they will correspond with the artistic director to determine if and when they should enter the DDA school (levels – A through E).

Welcome to the new Academic Year 2015~2016

2015 Academy Performance

2015 Academy Performance

Defile (opening)
Classical ballet (repertoire) variations
Contemporary dance variations
Don Quixote Act II – The Dream
Don Quixote Act III – The Wedding 

With guest dancers from San Francisco ballet

Friday 15th May 2015

Madinat Theater, Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Our annual show is a chance for the students to show the hard work they have put into their ballet classes and the progress made over the last year.
It is my belief that the opportunity to perform on a professional stage is of great importance to the ballet education of my students.

Reiko MC, Director of the Dubai Dance Academy

 

Meet the guest dancers:

Mathilde Froustey was born in Bordeaux, France, and received her training at the Marseille National School of Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet School. At age 17, she joined Paris Opéra Ballet, where she was a soloist. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2013.
At San Francisco Ballet, Froustey has danced principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina and Sugar Plum Fairy), Caprice, The Fifth Season, and Trio; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet; Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) Kingdom of the Shades, Act II from La Bayadère; and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Shostakovich Trilogy (Symphony #9 and Chamber Symphony).
In addition, she has danced lead roles in Cranko’s Onegin, Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias,Nureyev’s La Bayadère, Don Quixote (Kitri), Nutcracker, Raymonda, and Swan Lake; Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, Balanchine’s Serenade, Lacotte’s Paquita and La Sylphide; McGregor’s L’Anatomie de la Sensation and Genus; and works by Serge Lifar and Roland Petit, among others.
She was honored with a Paris Ballet Donation Foundation dance prize and a gold medal at the Varna International Competition, both in 2004; the Ballet2000 dance prize in 2007; and Danza & Danza’s best foreign dancer award in 2013.

 

Carlo Di Lanno was born in Naples, Italy, and trained at La Scala Ballet School. He danced with La Scala Ballet and Staatsballett Berlin before joining San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2014.
At age 20, Di Lanno made his debut as Siegfried in Nureyev’s Swan Lake, partnering Polina Semionova, and danced Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH with Svetlana Zakharova. He has performed principal or featured roles in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (pas de six), Eifman’s Tchaikovsky (Jungermann), Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Basilio)Balanchine’s “Diamonds” (principal) and Theme and Variations (principal), Dell’ Ara’s Excelsior (pas de cinq), MacMillan’s L’histoire de Manon  (Three Gentlemen), Petit’s Pink Floyd Ballet (principal), Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons(Green), and Vikharev’s Raymonda (grand pas classique).
He has performed on tour in Belo Horizonte, Sao Paolo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hong Kong; Tokyo; Astana, Kazakhstan; Muscat, Oman; and Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre).

 

 

Ballet Gala with Stars from Paris Opera National Ballet

The second annual Ballet gala with stars from Paris Opera Ballet once again brings the beauty of French classical ballet to Dubai audience.

In an outstanding and joyful evening of dance, artists from Paris Opera will perform a selection of classical and contemporary works from the Paris Opera National Repertoire. The Gala will feature Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette, two outstanding dancers who hold the honor of the Etoile title, awarded as the highest level of achievement within the Paris Opera. Soloists from Paris Opera will also perform representing the next generation of dancers from what is considered to be the one of the greatest ballet companies in the world!!

Organizer of Ballet Gala with Stars from Paris Opera National Ballet

Reiko MC, director of the Dubai Dance Academy

DDA Performance 2014 Highlight

DDA Performance 2014 Highlight

Ballet Workshop with Nicolas Maire June 23rd – 28th

Nicolas Maire

Finalist and winner of three prizes at the Prix de Lausanne in 1994 and jury of the Prix de Lausanne in 2003
Nicolas brought one of the most leading choreographer Nacho Duato movements to Dubai!!
23-28 June 2014