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Ballet San Jose is committed to using Ballet SJ School students in all company productions that call for the use of children and young dancers, including the annual production of The Nutcracker. Students from Ballet SJ School and Ballet SJ Trainees appeared in the Ballet San Jose Gala, The Nutcracker, and Serenade so far in the 2013-2014 Season. All students in the Pre-Professional Division will have the opportunity to be cast in The Nutcracker, performed with the professional company each December at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.

Ballet San Jose School students also perform annually at the Ballet SJ School Spring Performances at the California Theatre.

THE 2014 SPRING PERFORMANCES will take place on Sunday, June 1. Tickets are on sale now, please contact the Box Office at 408.288.2800 to purchase.

The 2:00pm Performance will include students from the Primary Division (Primary Boys, Primary A, Primary B and Primary C and the Jr. Pre-Professional Division (Levels 1A, 1A(2), 1B, 2A, 2B, and Jr. Boys), as well as select students from the Senior Pre-Professional Division performing classical and contemporary works, including Mads Eriksen’s Casting Shadows, choreographed for the Trainees. New works will be created for students from all sections Primary Division. A classical showcase for the students in each Level 1 class will choreographed by each class’s instructor and danced to live music. A new ballet will be choreographed for the students in Level 2A and the Junior Boys Class by Dalia Rawson and Mads Eriksen, and Mr. Eriksen will also create a new work for Level 2B.

The 6:00pm Performance will be a full evening performance with one intermission, and will include students from Level 3 and the Senior Pre-Professional Division (Levels 3A, 3B, 4, 5A, 5B, 6, Sr. Gentlemen and Trainees). Waltz of the Hours from Coppelia  Will be danced by the students of Level 3A, and the Mazurka from Act I of Coppelia will be danced by the students of Level 3B. Ms. Rawson will be creating a new neoclassical work set to the St. Paul Suite by Gustav Holst for Level 4, and Mr. Linh will set the Grand Pas Hongroise from Raymonda for the students of Level 5A, with select  Sr. Gentlemen. Students in Levels 5B, 6, the Senior Gentlemen and Trainees will perform in a contemporary ballet entitled Left choreographed by Dalia Rawson to the music of Arvö Pârt. Contemporary and Modern pieces choreographed by James Kopecky, Jazon Escultura and Laura Malpass will be performed by Levels 4, 5A, 5B, and 6. The evening will conclude with a charming performance of Konservatoriet, a less frequently performed classic masterpiece. Choreographed in the Danish style by August Bournonville, and staged by Mads Eriksen formerly of the Royal Danish Ballet, this technically challenging gem will challenge our advanced students to master the delicacy and complexity of Bournonville choreography.

Upcoming Trainee Performances:
April 26, Dance Week Event at Western Ballet, 2:00-3:30. The Trainees will perform a selection of classical and contemporary works, along with schools and professional companies from around the bay, in celebration of National Dance Week.

FREE PERFORMANCE: April 27, sjDANCEco Dance Festival at Santana Row, 10:00-3:30. Celebrate dance week with the Trainees at this free outdoor festival for the whole family!

DANCE ON CENTER SERIES: May 3, 8:00pm. The Trainees along with Principal Dancer Alexsandra Meijer and Soloist Damir Emric will be featured in this curated dance series featuring contemporary female choreographers with a ballet background. To take place at the new Studio B on Center Street in downtown Berkeley, this evening of new dance will feature works by Amy Seiwert, Kathryn Roszak, Lissa Resnick, and Ballet San Jose Trainee Program Director Dalia Rawson, who presents excerpts from No Longer Human through the Rawson Project Contemporary Ballet.

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