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From Studio to Stage

A Unique Program in Ballet Performance
Ages 12-24
June 29 – July 25, 2015

“Dancing is about having such control of your body and your technique that it becomes the language of your soul.” - Xiomara Reyes, 2015 Artistic Director

Join American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Xiomara Reyes for this exceptional program designed to provide a rigorous technical schedule, individual coaching and daily intensive rehearsals culminating in a professionally produced full-length ballet.


Xiomara Reyes, 2015 Artistic Director

Born in Cuba, Xiomara Reyes joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in January 2001 and quickly rose to Principal Dancer in 2003.  Her roles with the Company include a leading role in Allegro Brillante, a Shade in La Bayadère, Zina in The Bright Stream, the first and fourth movements in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Cinderella in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Cinderella in James Kudelka's Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, Medora, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, a leading role in Désir, Who Was She? in Dim Lustre, Kitri and Amour in Don Quixote, Sibyl in Dorian, Titania in The Dream, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, the peasant pas de deux, Moyna and Giselle in Giselle, Le Grand Pas de Deux, His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter, Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas,, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Prudence in Lady of the Camellias, Manon in Manon, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country, His Wife in The Moor's Pavane, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Kevin McKenzie's The Nutcracker, Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, the Debutante in Offenbach in the Underworld, Desdemona is Othello, Olga in Onegin, the Ballerina in Petrouchka, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, Raymonda in Raymonda, the Cowgirl in Rodeo, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Romeo's Farewell to Juliet), a Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Young Girl in Le Spectre de la Rose, the pas de trois and the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, Sylvia in Sylvia, the third movement in Symphony in C, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and roles in Birthday Offering,The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Clear, Duets, Études, The Garden of Villandry, Glow - Stop, The Leaves Are Fading, Majisimo, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Piano Concerto #1 and Without Words.  She created leading roles in Seven Sonatas, Triptych and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.

Reyes early career began at Cuba's National Ballet School. Upon her graduation, she danced as a soloist with La Joven Guardia, the second company of Cuba's National Ballet. Two years later she was invited to appear with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium. She danced with this company for seven years rising to the rank of First Soloist.  Her repertoire with these companies included Nikiya in La Bayadère, Cinderella in Cinderella, Kitri in Don Quixote, Swanilda in Coppélia, Giselle in Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. She also performed principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Paolo Bortoluzzi, and Christopher D'Amboise, among others. With the Royal Ballet of Flanders she danced in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has danced as a guest in France with the Jeune Ballet de France, in Italy with Balleto Del Sud, in Greece with the Nafsika Dance Theater, in Korea at the International Dance Festival and in Russia with the Bashkirian State Ballet.

Her awards include: the Gold Medal for the Best Soloist at the International Ballet Competition of Chiclayo, Peru (1996), Best Couple Prize at the XIV International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria (1990), Silver Medal at the Cinquienne Concours International de Danse de Paris (1992), and Second Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (1995).

Photo: Gene Schiavone

A letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Students,

When I agreed to be Artistic Director for From Studio to Stage, I felt honored and excited about having the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge of ballet. 

I have been fortunate enough to have had an amazing career that has allowed me to travel around the world doing what I love best, dancing.

My strong Cuban training opened the door to an international career where I continued to grow as an artist as I worked alongside the ballet world’s elite. These experiences have given me a great insight into what dancing means.

Dancing for me is the harmonious conversation between body and soul. It is flying transported by the wings of music, free from the constraints of time and space. Dancing is being able to connect to a source that is the alpha and omega of any movement. It is being submerged in a river of ever changing emotions that represent the fluidity of the moment. It is the joy of being alive and present. 

Through the years it has been my passion to imbue each step with awareness. Dancing is about having such control of your body and your technique that it becomes the language of your soul. After working time and time again with amazing artists, this is the core of what I have learned, and the core of what I would love to share with you during our time together in Hartford. I hope that at the end of that time, you would have sampled the joy of sharing your passion for dance and have a clear understanding that there is something unique in you, and that dancing is one amazing way of expressing that uniqueness. My personal goal will be to help you realize that that passion and understanding of your uniqueness, will bring your dancing to a whole new level of expression and technique.

I am looking forward to the amazing adventure we will partake on together.

With love, and joy for what we do, 
Xiomara Reyes


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From Studio to Stage Program Details

Students will:

  • Participate in a rigorous technical 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 Artistic Director, Xiomara Reyes.

  • 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 National Ballet School of Cuba 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.

2015 AUDITION DATES

Registration 30 minutes prior to audition time at each site.

Hartford, Conn.

The Hartt School

Performing Arts Center

January 11, 2:00 – 3 p.m. (FSTS II)

                    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (FSTS)

February 15, 2:00 – 3 p.m. (FSTS II)

                     3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (FSTS)

March 15, 2:00 – 3 p.m. (FSTS II)

                 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (FSTS)

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Ballet

January 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

New York City, N.Y.

Joffrey Ballet School

January 25, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Boston, MA

Newton Studio - Boston Ballet

January 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Chicago, IL

Chicago Academy for the Arts

February 6, 4:30 – 6:00 (*Ages 14 & up)

                   7-8:00 p.m. (*Ages 8 – 14)

San Francisco, CA

ODC Dance Commons

February 8, 1:30 – 3:00 (*Ages 14 & up)

                    5-6:00 p.m. (*Ages 8 – 14)

Los Angeles, CA

LA County High School for the Arts

February 9, 1:30 – 3:00 (*Ages 14 & up)

                    5-6:00 p.m. (*Ages 8 – 14)

Philadelphia, Pa.

Pennsylvania Ballet

February 15, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Shreveport, La.

Shreveport Dance Academy

February 22, 1 – 2:15 p.m. (FSTS II)

                      2:30 – 4:00 p.m. (FSTS)

Miami, FL

Artistic Dance Center

February 22, 2 – 3 p.m. (FSTS II)

                      3 – 4 p.m. (FSTS)


Full and partial merit-based scholarship opportunities available
Room and Board available.
2- and 3-week options available.

[*The audition age breakdown at these three locations differs from our actual summer program ages. Despite audition breakdown, accepted dancers will be placed in FSTS II if they are 8-11 years old and FSTS if they are 12 years old and up and have pointe experience.]

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 2014

  • From Studio to Stage Artistic Director Angel Corella
  • Don Quixote
  • From Studio to Stage II Artistic Director Jessica Kilpatrick
  • Encounters with Alice

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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