BalletNova and Chamber Dance Project Announce New Partnership

BalletNova and Chamber Dance Project Announce New Partnership

Falls Church, VA.  BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) and the Chamber Dance Project (CDP) are pleased to announce their new partnership. The CDP will be the Resident Company at BalletNova for their June 2014 season, starting with a launch event on October 19 at the BNCD studios from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Diane Coburn Bruning, acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director of CDP will work with former BalletNova dancer (and current Washington Ballet trainee) Giselle Macdonald and preview a section of her new male duet featuring Luis Torres and Luis Andile, followed by a discussion on the evolution of the classical pas de deux to the contemporary, interacting with the audience to create a contemporary duet spontaneously.  Admission is free but seating is limited, so please email your reservation to BalletNova at specialevents@BalletNova.org

BNCD will be home for CDP’s rehearsals and open studio rehearsal events with their dancers and musicians.  Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning* and CDP dancers will offer master classes in contemporary ballet, partnering and choreography for BNCD’s Pre-Professional dancers.  Diane will also present an evening about Dance in Colleges that will be free and open to the public, giving guidance and advice to parents and high school students about choosing a college with a dance major.

Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings heightening the impact on audiences. Their work is a celebration of outstanding artists and designers collaborating on works which have a contemporary relevance and resonance. They are devoted to supporting the creation of new choreographic works and musical scores and to their performance with other contemporary works onstage as well as in film. They utilize the intimate and interactive settings of the rehearsal studio, educational classroom and the theater to share our creative process.www.chamberdance.org.

BalletNova Center for Dance is the premier dance training facility in Northern Virginia with over 1500 students of all ages. BNCD is dedicated to serving as a center for dance excellence, educating and mentoring dancers in a positive, nurturing environment and preserving the traditions of classical ballet through quality dance productions and education. BNCD is in the process of raising fund to turn their 2500 square foot Studio F into a black box theater for dance.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Diane Coburn Bruning, dcb@chamberdance.org or Kaila Miller, kmiller@BalletNova.org703-778-3005.

* Diane Coburn Bruning, Founder and Artistic Director is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight National Fellowship, Dewar’s Young Artist Award, and fellowships from Sundance and Yale University School of Drama.  Diane has received support from Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Heathcote Foundation, David Howard Foundation and The Carlisle Project.

Diane just received a 2013 Strauss Fellowship for her choreography. Diane has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Aspen Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Memphis, Daghdha Dance (Ireland), Minnesota Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Studio Theatre among others. She has worked on productions with Pittsburgh Opera (Aida), Glimmerglass Festival (Beatrice and Benedict) and Washington National Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Don Giovanni, Manon Lescaut). She received a Helen Hayes nomination for her choreography in the musical Improbable Frequencies for Solas Nua.  Vogue Television featured her and Dance Magazine named her as one of “25 to Watch.” Her works appeared in the International Ballet Festival in Colombia, South American and her major work, Boots, was premiered near Berlin in 2010 with Ballet Magdeburg.

Diane recently worked on new production of Wallenstein directed by Michael Kahn at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and is in pre-production for a film short, Pendulum, based upon two Edgar Allan Poe stories collaborating with composer Daron Hagen who also scored her Sundance film, Prufrock.

Ramblin’ Suite, originally created for The Atlanta Ballet with The Red Clay Ramblers playing live, was also performed by Milwaukee Ballet receiving standing ovations every night. She has done commercial work for Nickelodeon, People Magazine, Lord and Taylor, Lladro and others. Diane choreographed the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson for Studio Theatre and two productions for Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C.  She choreographed three operas at the Kennedy Center for the Washington National Opera with her work on Don Giovanni simulcast at Nationals Stadium.

Diane graduated with honors from Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts, receiving their Alumni Achievement Award, and from NYU with a Masters in choreography. She studied composition with Bessie Schoenberg and music with Juli Nunlist.  Receiving a post-graduate fellowship from Yale University School of Drama, Diane studied with renowned designers Jennifer Tipton and Ming Cho Lee.

Diane is in demand as a guest artist and teacher having worked at over twenty conservatory and university dance departments including Juilliard, Tisch/NYU, and Butler University with recent residencies at Skidmore College, Elon University, University of Richmond and George Mason University. She was a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute and New York City Ballet and has served on many grant panels.  She has mentored choreographers through her direction of the Craft of Choreography Conference, her helping found Pacifica Choreography Project, and by leading choreographic workshops for Minnesota Dance Alliance, the School of the Washington Ballet and many universities.  Diane is a member of AGMA and an associate member of SDC.

BalletNova Center for Dance. From its inception in 1981, BalletNova Center for Dance (formerly known as the Arlington Center for Dance/Center Dance Company) has served as a center for excellence in dance training and performing in Northern Virginia.

A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, BalletNova Center for Dance is dedicated to educating and mentoring dancers in a positive, nurturing environment and preserving the traditions of classical ballet through quality dance productions and education. The Center has been a part of the Northern Virginia arts and cultural community for over 30 years producing accessible and affordable dance performances that inspire and entertain. We present two major theatrical performances each year – the popular production of The Nutcracker which has become an annual tradition is enjoyed by over 4,500 people each year.  And the Spring Concert which offers a mixed repertoire performance featuring the BalletNova company dancers along with local professional dancers and choreographers.

With more than 1500 students, the Center is well-known for its children’s pre-professional classical ballet curriculum and also offers a wide range of recreational classes, including modern, jazz, tap and hip hop for youth and teen dancers, as well as one of the most comprehensive adult dance programs in the DC metropolitan area.

In July of 2008, BalletNova Center for Dance moved to a new state-of-the-art dance facility in Falls Church, Virginia. With 6 fully-equipped spacious dance studios, including a 2500 square foot special event/studio performance space, the facility is the largest professional dance and rehearsal space in Northern Virginia.

In 2012 BalletNova received a grant from the Phillip Graham Foundation to assist in building out the largest studio in a black box theater for dance.  The theater will be open to the local dance community for rental, and is designed specifically to accommodate dance – with a large performing space, spring floors, Marley dance overlay, and seating with excellent sight lines. Fundraising is underway to complete the Studio F theater.

BalletNova reaches out to the community with programs such as Girl Scout “Behind the Scenes” events, free performance tickets to local shelters and children’s organizations, and over $50,000 in financial aid and scholarships for deserving students in 2013. BalletNova is supported in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission on the Arts, and Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development, Arlington Commission for the Arts.

For more information about BalletNova classes, performances and programs, please visit the website atwww.BalletNova.org, call 703-778-3008, or email info@BalletNova.org.


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