<strong>Broadway Performer Karen Maria Pisani to Teach Acting for Dancers in Marblehead School of Ballet's Summer Intensives</strong>

Broadway Performer Karen Maria Pisani to Teach Acting for Dancers in Marblehead School of Ballet’s Summer Intensives

Dancers can expand their skills and technique in the Marblehead School of Ballet’s (MSB) celebrated 2023 Summer Dance Intensives program. Students may apply now to attend this dance and cultural gem’s renowned Summer Dance Intensives program, presented in-studio at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, a historic, scene coastal town located on the North Shore region of Massachusetts.

This year, Broadway performer, dancer, and choreographer Karen Maria Pisani returns to the Marblehead School of Ballet to teach the Acting for Dancers class that will introduce another generation to Broadway.  Pisani’s luminous career includes Dance Captain and performer in the National Touring Company of A Chorus Line and dancing in Gypsy, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof, and Stop the World! I Want to Get Off.  Her lengthy list of credits spans 32 years as choreographer for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the special event at Harvard’s 350th celebration.  Pisani served as Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute/New England with Jacques D’Amboise of the New York City Ballet.  In Washington, D.C., she choreographed the Jack Lemmon segment of the Kennedy Center Honors.

During its 51st anniversary, the Marblehead School of Ballet invites dancers, ages 11 to adult, of all levels to apply to attend the Summer Dance Intensive from July 10 to July 29.  Students may sign up for one, two, three, or a combination of weeks.  During the first two weeks, individualized instruction is provided in ballet, modern technique, Pointe, and variations, as well as in the related disciplines of jazz, Pilates, and more.  Choreography will be the focus of the third week followed by a performance on Saturday, July 29.   
Students enrolled in the Summer Intensive will participate in MSB’s annual excursion to Jacob’s Pillow in Lenox, Massachusetts to see the Dutch National Ballet on Sunday, July 9.  The trip includes a guided tour and the performance.

The Young Dancers’ Summer Intensive for children, ages eight to twelve and over is scheduled from August 7 to August 11.  This intensive offers classes covering ballet technique, improvisation, stretch and strength, rhythm, storytelling through movement, anatomy and more. Students receive individualized attention customized for their personal development.

Dancers of all levels of experience cultivate their technical skills and enrich their understanding and appreciation of the art form with customized, personalized training in small classes taught by leading professionals in the field in the MSB’s summer dance intensive.  “We emphasize correct alignment, musicality, and a graded approach to material allowing dancers the opportunity to extend their skills in a balanced way without injury,” explained Director Paula K. Shiff, who studied at the American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Studio and performed with the Boston Ballet Company.

Learn more about the 2023 Summer Dance Intensive on the Marblehead School of Ballet’s website, https://marbleheadschoolofballet.com/ballet/summer-intensive/.  For further information and to register for the intensives, contact 781-631-6262 or msb@havetodance.com.