Master Class with Anne-Sophie Rodriguez

Anne-Sophie Rodriquez, who was recently featured in Pointe Magazine, will teach a ballet technique class on Saturday, November 21 at 3:00 pm.

Anne-Sophie was born in France and started her studies there, most notably with Colette Armand at whose school Rosella Hightower often guest taught. After moving to the United States, she trained at the San Francisco Ballet School with teachers including Irina Jacobson, Jorge Esquivel and Vassilii Mountian. She studied most deeply with Larisa Sklyanskaya whom she credits for instilling in her a wealth of technical and artistic knowledge. Anne-Sophie graduated from Boston Ballet School where she had relocated to study with acclaimed teacher Madame Tatiana Nicolaevna Legat.

She then performed with distinguished companies such as Boston Ballet (AD: Anna-Marie Holmes), Tulsa Ballet (AD: Marcello Angelini), the Norwegian National Ballet (AD: Espen Giljane), the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Ballet Internationale (AD: Eldar Aliev). As a freelancer, many principal and soloist roles were created on her during her time with New York City contemporary companies Janusphere Dance Company and compani javedani.

Eager to pass on the vast knowledge gained from her genius teachers as well as her own experience, Anne-Sophie began teaching when her mentor Edward Ellison opened the Ellison Ballet, his highly esteemed school in New York City, and entrusted her with his students. For the remainder of her years in New York City, she continued to teach, coach, and choreograph for Ellison Ballet and also taught at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and Ballet Arts, as well as privately. Additionally, she was Pentacle’s Behind the Scenes Choreography Mentor at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

For more than a decade, she has prepared many students for the Youth America Grand Prix competitions including choreographing contemporary pieces. Several of these beloved students have placed very well in the semi-finals and finals, including 2007 Bronze Medal winner Christina Schifano and 2015 San Francisco Semi-Final Grand Prix Winner and NYC Final Silver Medalist Rio Anderson whom she coached in her self-choreographed contemporary work.

Saturday, November 21      3:00 – 4:30 pm (ET)
Tuition: In  studio with Anne-Sophie on Screen (limit 7)…$20
            Zoom (limit 10)…$15

To register, go to Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal, make a free account if you don’t have one and add yourself as a student, click on “Register for Classes,” click on “2020/21 Master Class Series” Tab, check the class you would like to take, and click “Submit.” In the next screen, click on “Finish Registration Now.” If you are taken to “Amherst Ballet Registration” page, click on the check box to accept the terms and conditions and click “Process Registration.” You’ll then have a choice of paying the tuition online with credit card or send in/bring a check to 29 Strong St., Amherst, MA. 01002.

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