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Inside Jacob’s Pillow and the World of Dance with Anna-Marie Holmes accompanied by Ramona Pansegrau

June 19, 2016 @ 4:00 am - 1:00 pm

A special presentation giving an inside view of the world of dance through the life of Anna-Marie Holmes from a young girl to a Prima Ballerina, with Holmes’ insights on what directors look for in young dancers today. She will bring two dancers from the Jacob’s Pillow Ballet programs to demonstrate a ballet warm-up. With the help of Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau, she will also show how important music is to dance. Bring your questions and learn the secrets of ballet – and our own Jacob’s Pillow – from the masters.

Program introduced by Sandisfield resident Kit Gill.

Dance and student class groups of 3 or more may purchase tickets at the special discount of $5 per person (children’s price).

Artistic director, choreographer, master teacher, and celebrated ballerina, Anna-Marie Holmes is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary. Her stagings of Russian ballet classics are in the repertoires of leading ballet companies worldwide, and she is a master coach of principals and soloists in companies such as American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet. Holmes is a recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and an Emmy Award for her staging of Le Corsaire for American Ballet Theatre’s PBS Great Performances. A guest artist at Jacob’s Pillow in 1968 and 1969, this is Holmes’s 16th season as Ballet Program Director.

Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau comes to Kansas City via the Boston and Tulsa ballet companies, where she held the positions of principal pianist, solo pianist, music director, and conductor respectively. Pansegrau was on the faculty at Aspen/Snowmass Dance Festival for 11 years, served on the faculty and as music director of seven International Ballet Competitions, and taught at the Boston Conservatory. She has been called one of the best ballet pianists in the world. Robert Joffrey said of her ballet class, “The perfect music for every combination.”

Tickets for events at the Sandisfield Arts Center are available online or may be purchased at the door on the night of the performance on a first come-first served basis. ONLINE TICKETS ARE RECOMMENDED TO INSURE A SEAT.

Children 12 and under are admitted FREE, unless otherwise noted, when space allows.


June 19, 2016
4:00 am - 1:00 pm
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