Cerwinski Leads CRYB’s New Choreography Workshop

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet recently held a New Choreography workshop for its students.

The workshop gives CRYB intermediate and advanced students an opportunity to work one-on-one with choreographers and also expands CRYB’s repertoire with new and original choreography. The workshop was made possible through funding from the Rollin A. and Annie P. Fancher fund, and the Sarita Hopkins Weeks Fine Arts fund from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Michael Cerwinski, dancer and choreographer in New York City has set a modern work on CRYB students, which will be premiered at their Spring Gala Performance on May 31.

“This is an invaluable experience for our students because they are not only experiencing another dance style besides classical ballet, but also have the opportunity to see how a new work is produced as Michael set the piece on the dancers while here,” said Elizabeth Bush, CRYB executive director. “They had to learn the choreography on the spot, and be flexible enough to experiment with different combinations of steps.”

“Although our school emphasizes classical training, in today’s work professional ballet dancers are expected to perform new choreography and contemporary styles alongside their classical repertoire,” said Monika Alch, artistic director. “Our dancers have the experience of learning new vocabulary and the challenge of learning it on the spot and finishing a work in three days.”

Also setting a piece during this week was CRYB graduate Brittany Bush who is now dancing with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, Mass. This work is a contemporary ballet pointe piece, which will also be performed on the May 31 Spring Gala. Both Bush and Cerwinski will return in early spring to rehearse and clean the works before their premiere.

CRYB is the area’s premier school for classical ballet training and enrolls students throughout the year. For information on classes call CRYB at 664-9766.