Verb Ballets Masterclass Workshop December 29-30, 2016

Verb Ballets is excited to offer a Masterclass Workshop on Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th at Verb Ballets Studio in Shaker Heights. This full day program includes classes in ballet, pointe, variations, jazz/contemporary dance and modern. Classes will be taught by professionals Pamela Pribisco, Richard Dickinson, Antwon Duncan, Aseelah Shareef and Kelly Korfhage. These classes are recommended for all students ages 12+ and are open to all dancers who would like to attend from local studios, colleges or community. Cost is $75 per day and includes lunch and snacks. Registration for one or both days available. Pre-registration required.
Contact Desmond Davis, Coordinator of Education & Outreach at email or 216-397-3757 for more information.

Thursday Class Schedule
Classical Ballet 10:00-11:30 am
Pam Pribisco
The class will work on grace, precision of movement and elaborate formal gestures, steps and poses. Coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm and musicality are all emphasized. Emphasis is on correct body placement and developing a love of dance.
11:30-11:45am Break
Pointe Technique 11:45-12:45 pm
Pam Pribisco
This class is designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
12:45-1:15pm Lunch provided
Contemporary & Jazz 1:15-2:45 pm
Antwon Duncan
Explore elements of contemporary dance, the unique ways in which the body expresses techniques and focus on movement from the inside out. The class will consist of a warm-up followed by exercises that emphasize extension, release, weight, momentum, and force, culminating in long movement phrases.
Friday Class Schedule
Classical Ballet 10:00-11:30 am
Richard Dickinson
The class will work on grace, precision of movement and elaborate formal gestures, steps and poses. Coordination, strength, flexibility, rhythm and musicality are all emphasized. Emphasis is on correct body placement and developing a love of dance.
11:30-11:45am Break
Variations 11:45-12:45 pm
Kelly Korfhage
The class introduces ballet students to the famous choreography of classical ballets. Students will gain knowledge of many famous ballets while learning to perform challenging variations. This class builds strength, poise and awareness of the true aspects of performance.
12:45-1:15pm Lunch provided
Modern 1:15-2:45 pm
Aseelah Shareef
This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns.

Dance Professionals

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Pamela Pribisco was a principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet for ten years. She served as Ballet Mistress for the Cleveland Ballet, American Ballroom Theater, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, for which she choreographed and staged numerous pieces in their repertoire. Pribisco has been Company Teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Company Teacher and Ballet Mistress for Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has choreographed original productions of Peter Pan and Peter and the Wolf for young audiences and has written articles for Pointe Magazine advising young dancers on their careers. She teaches annually at The School at Jacob's Pillow and guest teaches nationally.
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Richard Dickinson
A former dancer with Ohio Ballet in Akron, OH, Dickinson’s association with that company began in 1988.  He later became ballet master and director of company touring.  Richard has served as Artistic  Associate for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He currently is Associate Director of Verb Ballets. He was most recently the Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve, in Youngstown, OH and the Artistic Director of Great Lakes Festival Ballet (Warren, OH).  Dickinson has also directed Boston Ballet II and was a soloist with Boston Ballet for eight years. At age fifteen, he joined the Pasadena Dance Theatre and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Choreographer Award for a work premiered by the same company.  He performed in the PBS television production of Frankie and Johnny with the Chicago Ballet and danced principal roles in Asian, European and American tours with Rudolf Nureyev and the Boston Ballet. In addition to an extensive dance career, including principal and soloist roles with Ohio Ballet, Boston Ballet, Honolulu City Ballet, various regional companies and Chamber Dance Theatre in Milwaukee, where he was also Artistic Director. Dickinson has adjudicated four Regional Dance America festivals held throughout the United States.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University in 2005.
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Antwon Duncan is a Cleveland native and has had a myriad of opportunities to share and hone his talent. Antwon received a BA in Dance from the University of Akron where he was a three time recipient of the dancer of the year award. Once launching into his professional career he performed regionally in several shows including Plato in Cats and Larry in A Chorus Line. Shifting from musical theatre Antwon focused on concert dance where he danced with Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater and Verb Ballets. He also had the wonderful opportunity to dance for Stilletto Entertainment on Holland America Cruise Lines. After deciding to focus primarily on teaching, he has been seen at many studios on staff and doing master classes some of which include Lisa's School of Dance, Martell School of Dance, the DNA of Dance, and Starmaker Performing Arts Center. Antwon is the proud Artistic Director of Constellations Performing Arts Company.
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Kelly Korfhage
Kelly Korfhage, originally from Cleveland, Ohio began her training at age 10 under Joanne H. Morscher and Ana Lobe. She attended summer intensives at ABT Detroit, CPYB, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She went on to further her dance education at the University of Cincinati-College Conservatory of Music as a Corbett Award scholarship recipient, and graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in ballet performance. While there, Kelly had the pleasure of performing principal roles in Giselle, Victoria Morgan’s Unseen, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Following graduation, become a member of Kansas City Ballet's second company for two seasons. As a KCB2 she had the opportunity to perform with the company in repertoire such as Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland), George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Adam Hougland's Rite of Spring. This is Kelly's first season with Verb Ballets.
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Aseelah Shareef
Aseelah Shareef is a dancer, educator, and arts/non-profit administrator. Her dance training began at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL,
during which time her artistic study led her to the prestigious Alvin Ailey Summer Dance
Program. She has performed with Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (2002-03) under
the leadership of Cleveland son, Michael Medcalf, and experienced the world one stage at a time with Washington DC based, Step Afrika! (2007- 2014). Aseelah is currently working as Director of Programs at Karamu House, Inc.  Her additional experience includes former Dance Director of Cleveland School of the Arts, Project Manager for Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Department of Arts Education, Adjunct Professor of Dance at Cuyahoga Community College and dance master-teaching artist for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning - formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. She maintains her dance training through the Lester Horton technique (modern) and West African dance study. Aseelah is a graduate of The Florida State University, receiving a MA in Arts Administration and a BS in Exercise Science.

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