A&A BALLET

CONTEMPORARY TEAM

SESSION DATES:

SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 - MAY 30, 2020

 

From September of 2019, we are launching our NEW Contemporary Team. Managed by Jessica Brewster, the team is created for those in mind who would like to continue with our contemporary/open dance track and will take primary classes in Contemporary, Jazz and Hip-Hop. A team of Artistic Consultants has been created to help young dancers with their studies and development:

  • Tess Voelker - Netherlands Dance Theatre 

  • Meredith Harrill - Visceral 

  • Madison Falconer - USC 

 

Dancers can either be a part of our full-time program (Pre-professional Ballet III, IV-B, IV, V, VI, Conservatory, or Youth Company) or only a part of the Contemporary Team (Juniors and Seniors). For the Contemporary Team we start with one, 3-hour practice on Fridays. As we move into our new facilities starting January 2020, additional rehearsals may be added. The Contemporary Team will have multiple opportunities to work with guest choreographers and will participate in three annual productions as well as other events (at no additional fee). Costume and production fees are included in the tuition. One to two contemporary conventions may be scheduled during the year after the discussion with the entire team. 

To be a part of the Contemporary Team dancers must be between the ages 10-24 with some prior training in ballet and contemporary. Dancers must be able to commit for the entire term. 

Regular video conferences, private sessions, seminars, and workshops will be available during the season to help to connect our students with the contemporary dance world. For those who are interested in the team's tryouts, please contact info@aacenterfordance.org

 

Jessica Brewster - A&A Contemporary Team Coordinator 

Known for her contagious energy and dedication to her students, Jessica is passionate about creating a space where dancers can become honest storytellers. Since finding her calling in teaching over eight years ago, she has made it her focus to train students who use a clear vocabulary of refined technique as the backbone for authentic movement.

This drive stems from her own multi-faceted education.  In her formative years, training intensely in both ballet technique at the Faubourg School of Ballet and in the convention circuit with Perseverance Dance Company, she learned the value of placement within the confines of contemporary movement. Her dedication to these disciplines led her to many title wins and afforded her the opportunity to perform the work of such choreographers as Dee Caspary, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, and Travis Wall, and most recently garnered her the recognition as the recipient of numerous choreography awards including one from the Youth America Grand Prix.

 

Now, blending an MFA in Art from the Cranbrook Academy of Art—as well as a Minor in Dance—with lifelong mentorship from such instructors as Watmora Casey, Nickie DelRe, Tatyana Mazur, Missy Ridgway, and Lizzie MacKenzie, Jessica brings a unique voice to the instruction of dance.  Her students are artists who move to be moving. Jessica hopes to impart this rare form of work ethic and open vulnerability into every student that sets foot in her classroom.

CONTEMPORARY TEAM ARTISTIC ADVISORS: 

Tess Voelker - Netherlands Dance Theatre 

Tess has graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts outside of Boston in 2015. While there she was awarded additional training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Julliard School. Upon graduation, Tess trained under Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik as a trainee at Joffrey Ballet Chicago. While there she won the contemporary division of the Chicago Youth American Grand Prix semi finals. Tess then launched her professional career in Germany at Ballett Dortmund under the directorship of Xin Peng Wang. A year later she moved to Holland to pursue her love for contemporary and join Netherlands Dans Theater II with whom she currently dances.

Tess has been very fortunate to perform new creations from Mariana Oliveira, Jeffrey Cirio, and Juliano Nunes as well as perform repertoire from Jacopo Godani, William Forsythe, and Ohad Naharin. Additionally, she has been able to work personally with some of the world's leading choreographers such as Marco Goecke, Hans Van Manen, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Itzik Galil, Marina Mascarell, and of course NDT's director and house choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. Acknowledging all these incredible opportunities, Tess would love to thank the dance world by teaching back all what she has gained throughout these past hectic years. She is proud and excited to be both Alexei and Anna's student and now apart of A&A Ballet.

Meredith Harrill - Visceral 

Meredith Harrill began her dance training at Central Florida Ballet Academy. She continued her training on scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC. Ms. Harrill was a trainee with Joffrey Ballet Chicago (under Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik) and BalletMet Columbus and was given the opportunity to perform with both companies in several productions. Meredith joined State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara in 2013 and was a soloist in several pieces including works by Autumn Eckman, Edgar Zendejas, William Soleau and Gina Patterson. 
Ms. Harrill has received awards from both Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition and has attended summer programs at Lines Ballet, The Juilliard School and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Meredith is in her second season with Visceral Dance Chicago. 

Madison Falconer - USC 

Madison Falconer grew up dancing in her hometown Traverse City, MI before moving to Chicago at age 15 to train at A&A Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. Her training also includes intensive programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet New York, NYCDA at Juilliard, and the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio founded by Claire Bataille. While in Chicago, Falconer choreographed several solo and ensemble works and was recognized as the Outstanding Choreographer at YAGP Semi-finals where she became the youngest choreographer to receive this honor. She graduated summa cum laude from High School (’18) and was accepted with an artistic scholarship into the prestigious BFA Dance program at USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in LA where she will move and study in the fall.

A&A BALLET 

American Rhythm Center

410 S. Michigan Avenue, 3rd FL

Chicago, IL 60605

Tel 312-545-2142 

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