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From Studio to Stage
Ages 12-24

Under the direction of Ángel Corella, 2014 From Studio to Stage was a resounding success culminating in a full-length production of Don Quixote.
Click here to view footage from the rehearsal process for this exciting event!

The 2015 From Studio to Stage guest director will be announced shortly.

Ángel Corella, 2014 Artistic Director

Ángel Corella, 2014 Artistic Director

Ángel Corella is currently the Artistic Director and principal dancer of Barcelona Ballet, as well as a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.  He has been honored with the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse award for his performance of Jerome Robbins’ Other Dancer with Julie Kent, and has also been bestowed the National Award of Spain.

Corella was born and raised in Madrid and began his training with Karemia Moreno and Victor Ullate.  He began winning dance awards at a young age; his first prizes included the First Prize in the National Ballet Competition of Spain in 1991, and the Grand Prix and Gold Medal at the Concours International de Danse de Paris three years later.

When the world-renowned, Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova saw the young Corella in competition, she contacted the artistic director of American Ballet Theatre and recommended that he be auditioned for the company.  He was accepted into ABT as a soloist in April 1995.  The following August, Corella was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.

Ángel Corella has performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet in London, the La Scala Ballet in Milan, the New York City Ballet, the Australian Ballet, the Ballet of Tokyo, the Asami Maki Ballet, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, and the National Ballet of Chile. In March 2008, Corella made his debut with the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, dancing the role of Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.

Corella has performed in numerous festivals, galas, and special performances around the world, including The Kings of the Dance which premiered in February 2006 at the Orange Country Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, immediately followed by an East Coast premiere at City Center.  He performed alongside dancers Gudrun Bojesen of The Royal Danish Ballet; Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg of The Royal Ballet, London; Ethan Stiefel of ABT; and Nikolay Tsiskaridze of the Bolshoi Ballet.  In 2007, Kings of the Dance toured to Russia with performances in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Perm, Russia. The next year, Ángel Corella was the sole returning original cast member to perform it at the Mariinsky Festival.  Prior to 2008, he toured Spain extensively with his own company Ángel Corella & Stars of the American Ballet.  He is now the Artistic Director of Barcelona Ballet.

In recent years, Corella has danced for Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States. He has performed all of the classics; some of his most famous roles including Conrad, Ali the Slave, and Birbanto in Le Corsaire, Basilio in Don Quixote, and Franz in Coppélia.  Ángel Corella has received critical acclaim for his technique, musicality, and for his sensitive, dramatic interpretations of roles in ballets by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, specifically in Romeo and Juliet and more recently, Manon.  Corella has had the opportunity to partner many well-known ballerinas including Alessandra Ferri, Xiomara Reyes, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Diana Vishneva, Alina Cojocara, and Paloma Herrera, among others. 

Corella has also made multiple television appearances, including Kennedy Center Honors in 1996, Sesame Street in 1998, Charlie Rose in 2001, a presentation of documentary film Born To Be Wild – The Leading Men Of American Ballet Theatre in 2000, and Emmy Award-winning PBS presentation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, with Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in 2005.  His awards include National Ballet Competition of Spain - First prize, May 1991; Concours International de Danse de Paris - Grand Prix / Gold Medal, December 1994; Prix Benois de la Danse, 200; National Award of Spain, 2003; Dance Europe Magazine Dancer of the Year Award, 2007; Leonid Massine Award, 2008; and International Medal of Arts, Madrid, Spain, 2009.

A letter from the Artistic Director

Dear students,

I am delighted to be part of From Studio to Stage in 2014. For many years I had the opportunity to perform as a principle with the best companies around the world (American Ballet Theater, Royal Ballet of London, and Kirov Ballet) and nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing my knowledge with those excited to learn. Having worked with the worlds elite dancers and most respected teachers I am thrilled to pass on my experience. My primary goal will not only be to help you use and understand the different techniques from international schools, but also show you how to transform steps into art. Together we will discover how to most effectively approach rehearsals, the process of assuming a character, and how best to maximize your training. So that you may unleash your star potential and enjoy the experience of performing as much as I do. 

Ángel Corella

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From Studio to Stage Program Details

Students will:

  • Participate in a rigorous, 9:00 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday, schedule of ballet technique, pointe, variations, contemporary technique, composition and body conditioning.
  • Work in daily intensive rehearsals and perform in a professionally produced Full-Length Ballet at the culmination of the program. (4-week participants only)
  • Be coached in a classical variation by the Artistic Director.
  • Perform a classical variation on stage and receive constructive feedback from a panel of faculty. (3 and 4-week participants only)
  • Work with Vicente Hernandez, the founder of Preparacion Fisica of the Cuban National Ballet School to increase turn-out, extension, strength and stamina and build your body into a strong and healthy instrument.
  • Build confidence for the stage.

Highlights of this unique program

  • Full and partial merit-based scholarship opportunities available.
  • Located in state-of-the-art facilities of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, two hours away from NYC and Boston.
  • Train from 9:00 to 5:30, Monday through Saturday. (Regardless of how many weeks you participate, classes will be held daily from 9:00-5:30)
  • Opportunities for 2, 3 or 4 week options.
  • Secure, supervised housing available.
  • Daily transportation, meals, and linens included in housing packages. (Box lunches provided under the housing packages. Commuter students should bring their own packed lunch everyday.)
  • Excursions to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and other area attractions.
  • Weekly group dance talks and films.
  • Individualized coaching in a classical variation and panel feedback.
Registration 30 minutes prior to audition time

Hartford, CT
The Hartt School
Performing Arts Center
35 Westbourne Pkwy
Hartford, CT 06112

January 12, 2:00 – 5:00
March 2, 2:00 – 5:00
New York City, NY
Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

January 26, 2:00-5:00
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Ballet School
504 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

February 9, 2:00 – 5:00
Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Dance Academy
2537 E. 70th St.
Shreveport, LA 71105

February 9, 2:00 – 5:00
Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Ballet School
Official School of Ballet Fleming
1802 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

February 15, 2:30 – 5:00
Richmond, VA
The Richmond Ballet School
407 East Canal St.
Richmond, VA 23219

February 16, 2:00 – 5:00
Lewis Center, OH
North Pointe Dance Academy
500 Orange Point Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035

February 16 2:00 – 5:00
Orlando, FL
The Central Florida Ballet
3306 Maggie Blvd.
Suite B
Orlando, FL 32811

February 22, 2:00 – 5:00
Miami, FL
Artistic Dance Center
10181 NW 58th St.
Doral, FL 33178

February 23, 2:00 – 5:00

Hartford, CT
The Hartt School
Performing Arts Center
35 Westbourne Pkwy
Hartford, CT 06112

March 23, 2:00-5:00
Full and Partial merit-based scholarship opportunities available


  • Registration Fee $50.00
  • 4 Week Tuition $1800.00
  • 3 Week Tuition $1500.00
  • 2 Week Tuition $1100.00
  • Audition Fee $25.00

Two, three, and four week options are available


  • 4 Week Board $2,275.00
  • 3 Week Board $1,975.00
  • 2 Week Board $1,375.00

Housing and an improved meal plan are available on the beautiful and safe University of Hartford campus.  Students will be supervised by capable and knowledgeable staff.

From Studio to Stage: Past Years

Summer 2013

  • Artistic Director Laura Alonso
  • Le Corsaire

Summer 2012

  • Artistic Director Bruce Marks
  • Coppelia

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at (860) 768-6000 or dancedesk@hartford.edu

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