Ballet for All!
In May of 2015 Amherst Ballet hosted a week of workshop classes with Ilya Kuznetsov, at that time a master teacher at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and owner of Dance Secret, the first independent ballet studio in Moscow for adult students of all levels of training.
Funded in part by a $7,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (the Nan and Matilda Heydt Fund and the James D. Watt Charitable Fund) and with additional scholarship monies provided by the Art Angels and the Hanley Foundation, the classes provided opportunities for dancers of a variety of ages and abilitites to train with this gifted master teacher.
Adult dancers, pre-professional teens, area professional ballet instructors, as well as children of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club gained valuage insight into classical ballet technique, pedagogy, and “the art of the gesture.”
In addition to the classes we also hosted a Dance Dialogue with Ilya at Amherst Media. Ilya spoke in front of a live audience with Amherst Ballet Board President Andrew Fisk about his life in ballet, his philosophy as a pedagogue, and what he sees for the future of the art form. The program aired on Public Access Channel 12 and is available for streaming
We hope that this will be the first of many opportunities to host distinguished masters in the field of dance for the enrichment of our students and our community.