M.A. school plans Dance Week festivities

National Dance Week 2019 at The Marblehead School of BalletNational Dance Week will soon return on April 19-28. Many studios and dance programs across America are gearing up to celebrate. One of these is The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) in Massachusetts. 


To thank the public for its support for 47 years, MSB will offer special discounts from Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27. It will also present a preview performance of new works in progress.


“During National Dance Week, the Marblehead School of Ballet takes pride in joining other organizations across the country in celebrating and spotlighting the importance of dance in our society,” said MSB and North Shore Civic Ballet (NSCB) Artistic Director Paula K. Shiff. “We want to introduce people of all ages — children, teenagers, adults and seniors — to dance and the school’s programs in ballet, creative movement, stretch and strength, partner dancing and more.”


According to Shiff, this is the time to try something different or revisit a dance style you want to further explore. 


“During National Dance Week, new students may attend a class for only $5 with advanced registration, or they may watch a class and learn about the school’s dance events and activities taking place throughout the year,” explained Shiff.


Students currently enrolled in the school may bring a friend to a class for the reduced fee of $5. They may attend classes in ballet, Barre, stretch and strength, creative movement, ballroom, Argentine tango, swing, salsa and more. Newcomers to the school are invited to arrange a complimentary consultation with Shiff to discuss their dance future.


For a class schedule, information about private lessons and other details, call 781-631-6262, send an e-mail to msb@havetodance.com or visit the organization’s website at www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com.  


Then the community is invited to see a sneak peak of new modern dance works at the studio, located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. NSCB dancers Alex Berg and Nica Mele will perform two original pieces, Celeste and Zuhandenheit, both choreographed by Ivan Korn. 


Celeste, inspired by Radio Tarifa’s music, revolves around a summertime landscape, where time expands due to the length of the day. The impending end triggers a sense of anticipation.


On the other hand, Korn described Zuhandenheit as a dance piece with “a combative edge”. 


He explained, “With a steady grip and sharp movements, the dancers sculpt the space. As if a ghost of exile lurks in the air, the dance unfolds the sense of achieving a goal through strife.”


The performance is free and open to the public. Shiff said, “The North Shore Civic Ballet is delighted to share our new choreography with the public. New choreography encourages the dancers to develop further their artistic and technical skills.”


For more information on MSB, NSCB or their National Dance Week festivities, head to www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com.


Meanwhile, for others across the country, the National Dance Foundation encourages you to bring dance into your own local community for National Dance Week. The foundation suggests planning a dance mob and performing at a school, daycare or nursing home. For further ideas, head to www.nationaldancefoundation.org.


Photo: During National Dance Week, NSCB dancers Nica Mele and Alex Berg will perform Celeste and Zuhandenheit at the Marblehead School of Ballet. Photo courtesy of NSCB.

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