Lisa’s Blog

Summer at Ballet Virginia

Summer is just around the corner and if ever there was a year to celebrate summer this is it! We’re thrilled to be in the studios with our dancers. We continue to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines for Virginia and we’re happy that all our faculty are fully vaccinated.

 

There is something for every dancer from ages 18 months through adults at Ballet Virginia. Read on for details on each program. Continuous training over the summer is strongly encouraged to maintain technique, strength, stamina and flexibility. All dancers will remain in their current level when registering for summer.

 

Six-Week Summer Session: June 21 to July 31

 

This program offers training during weekday evenings and Saturdays, much like the academy year at both our Norfolk and Virginia Beach locations. Summer is also a great time for new students to experience what Ballet Virginia has to offer. We offer classes for ages 18 months through adults during this session. Attend the entire session or a minimum of three weeks.

 

This program is a great choice for families that want to have their days free to enjoy other summer activities. We’ve also noticed that many students make great progress during the summer months without the added obligations of academic schooling.

 

Summer FLEX Program: June 21 to July 30

 

This program offers additional training to Levels 5 and up (or by invitation) for dancers interested in pre-professional training. Summer FLEX meets Monday through Friday from 1 PM to 4 PM. Classes in ballet, pointe, variations, modern and more will be offered. This program is to be taken in tandem with the student’s summer session classes. Attend the entire session or a minimum of three weeks.

 

This program is a great choice for dancers who would benefit from the experience of a summer intensive as it is combined with their evening classes to give them a full day of training.

 

Camps, Workshops and Intensives: June 28 to August 20

 

Ballet Virginia’s week-long programs offer challenging and age-appropriate training in ballet and other dance forms along with a performance each Friday for family and friends.

 

We start with our much-loved “Storybook Camps”. This is a lovely half-day camp that’s a perfect introduction to summer camps for ages 4 to 7. Along with a daily ballet class these little campers will create characters, make their own costumes and create a ballet to perform on Fridays. Sign up soon as these camps tend to fill.

 

June 28 to July 2

Storybook Camp in Norfolk: 9 AM to Noon for ages 4 to 5 OR 9 AM to 1 PM for ages 6 to 7. This camp week is full.

July 26 to July 30

Storybook Camp in Virginia Beach: 9 AM to Noon for ages 4 to 5 OR 9 AM to 1 PM for age 6 to 7. There are three spots left in this camp.

 

As our dancers mature, they are ready for a full-day of dancing. Workshops 1 and 2 offer a daily ballet class along with pointe or pre-pointe, modern, choreography and more. Each workshop ends with a performance on Friday.

 

August 2 to 6

Workshop 1 – 9 AM to 5 PM for Levels 1 through 4 or ages 7 to 14 with prior training

 

August 9 to 13

Workshop 2  – 9 AM to 5 PM ($375) for Levels 3 through 7 or ages 10 to 15 with prior training

 

The Intensive is tailored to high intermediate and advanced pre-professional dancers. This rigorous week of dance offers a daily ballet class along with pointe, conditioning, modern and choreography.

 

August 16 to 20

Pre-Professional Intensive (level 5 and up or by invitation, must be placed if new student); 9 AM to 5 PM

 

 

We hope that with all the wonderful programs you will be able to make dance a part of your summer.

 

For more information:

WEBSITE: Summer Programs Main Page

CALL: 757-446-1401

EMAIL: academy@balletvirginia.org

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating our Ballet Virginia 2021 Seniors

We are so proud of you all and have truly enjoyed watching you grow up! It’s been a year like no other but you all have danced through it with grace and positivity.

 

We asked all our graduating high school seniors what’s next for them and to share something special about their time at Ballet Virginia. Read on to get to know these impressive young people.

 

Amy Strickland

 

I’m going to ODU this fall and I’m planning on becoming a physical therapist.

Being at Ballet Virginia has helped me learn how to work and stay positive even when things are difficult or feel stagnant.

 

 

 

 

 


Charlotte Mann

 

I will be attending the College of William and Mary this fall to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

 

 

Some of my favorite memories at Ballet Virginia are from performing in “The Nutcracker” as a ‘Party Girl’ and part of the ‘Marzipan Corps’, as well as having the opportunity to teach in the Children’s Program this past year.


Delia Allen

 

I am attending Virginia Tech for Fashion Merchandising and Design.

 

 

 

Some of my favorite memories at Ballet Virginia were the time we had a lock-in and slept over at the studio, when we went to SERBA for the weekend, and when I got to play the role Clara in the Nutcracker. As well as the countless rehearsal memories, dressing room memories, and forever friends.


 


Emily Kodolitsch

 

 

I will be attending the College of Charleston and majoring in Biology.

Some of my favorite memories at Ballet Virginia are when I was helping teach younger dancers. I have learned a lot from them and have been
given the opportunity to teach my own class.

 

 

 

 

 


Imani David

 

My future plans is becoming a professional dancer and also a fashion designer

 

 

 

My favorite memory at Ballet Virginia is when we learned my first variation ever LOL. It was Kitri!


Jazzmin Smeltzer

 

Jazzmin will be attending Lancaster Bible College in the fall. She will be majoring in Elementary Education.  She will be continuing her dancing at college.

Jazzmin learned to keep going no matter what.  One of her fond memories was the December 2020 piece they performed for a virtual audience from Ms. Julia’s class.

 

 

 


Kaylee Bejarano

 

I will be attending Clemson University next fall to study business

Something special about Ballet Virginia is how much of a second family it has become for me. Being there so often, I have been able to grow really close with the other dancers and make a lot of great friendships that I am so thankful for.

 

 

 


Leah Trimble

Next year I will be attending college at James Madison University. I’m majoring in kinesiology and hope to one day do physical therapy on dancers.

My favorite memory will always be getting to perform Gardenia in The Nutcracker. It was a role where I felt like I could truly let go and dance. I’ll never forget how free and happy I felt in those magical moments.

 

-Compiled by Lisa McCarty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Forward with an Updated Logo

BALLET VIRGINIA UPDATES LOGO

 

Our old logo

Our old logo was created in 2008 by Bart Morris and has served us well for many years. We’ve grown a bit attached to it since it reminds us of all the good things that have happened since Ballet Virginia began.

Our new logo!

But, as we look forward after a challenging year, we think it’s time for an update. With the help of Evolv Design, Ballet Virginia’s logo has been updated but still resembles our old logo so there’s no confusion. The new logo has a modern and more sophisticated font for our name all encompassed in a purple circle.

Really cool about our new logo is that it has a dynamic version which you will soon see on our website and everywhere else online. Our designer, Patrick McCarty, suggested this to evoke movement since that’s what dance is all about.

The updated logo will slowly replace the old logo as need dictates and budget allows. We’ll be selling shirts with the new logo soon. Be on the lookout and make sure to get yourself one.

Lastly, much thanks to Patrick McCarty from Evolv Design for making Ballet Virginia look so good in print and online. He’s been doing our print and web design at a deeply discounted rate for years and we are grateful to him and all the other people who’ve helped us out along the way.