Ballet Intensive August 10th-14th, 2015!
plus $30 annual registration fee
Mahwah ~ Wanaque
August 10 ~ 14
Ages 13 & Older
Staff and Guest Artists:
Thomas Garrett a native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, began his training with Dulce Anaya and Laurie Byrd. He attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. He joined Richmond Ballet as an apprentice in 2003 and joined the company in 2005. While dancing with the Richmond Ballet he has performed principal roles in both classical and contemporary productions. Some of his favorite classical roles include Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. While dancing with the Richmond Ballet he has also had the opportunity to dance many ballets by George Balanchine including leads in Duo Concertant, Liebeslieder Walzer, Allegro Brillante and Valse Fantasie. He has performed works of enduring value such as the Head Wrangler in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Adam in John Butler’s After Eden and a principal role in Carmina Burana. Working with many current contemporary choreographers, he has originated roles with Ma Cong, Jessica Lang, Gina Patterson, Mauricio Wainrot, Val Caniparoli, William Soleau and Malcolm Burn. While with the Richmond Ballet he has performed at the Linbury theater in the Royal Opera House in London, in the Chicago Dancing Festival, and multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Most recently he has traveled to China with the Richmond Ballet where she performed as a part of the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival as well is in the cities of Shanghai, Dezhou and Jinan. Separately he has performed at the LABAN Center in London, England, and as a guest artist with VOICE Dance Company in Austin, Texas. He has worked with Jessica Lang Dance in New York City, and performed at Jacob’s Pillow in the full company debut. This fall he is entering his ninth season with Richmond Ballet and embarking on his first season with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Thomas Hanner Born in Hollywood California, Thomas studied with the best of the Russian and Royal Ballet teachers. As a student, he was chosen to appear with the Bolshoi Ballet in Los Angeles. He continued training at age 14 at the School of American Ballet on a Ford Scholarship. He was a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory for 10 years and the University of Maryland for 5 years. He started and directed the Mt. Vernon Ballet Company of Baltimore, which toured in Maryland for 10 years, presenting over 30 performances a year. At age 17 he joined the San Francisco Ballet. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he performed and guested with over 20 professional ballet companies, including the Denver Ballet, San Antonio Ballet, Maryland Ballet, Washington Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. He has been in 60 modern ballets, including numerous works by Balanchine, John Butler, Paul Taylor, Doris Humphrey and Choo San Goh. He performed the Nutcracker Pas de Deux for former President Johnson as part of the Texas celebrations of the U.S. Bicentennial.
Sharon Hockstein Sharon is originally from New York City. She received her first years of Ballet training at the American Ballet Theater School, continued at the School of American Ballet, and studied on scholarship at the Joffery Ballet School and with Robert Denvers. She danced many leading roles in the School of American Ballet Workshop performances, such as George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barroco. Sharon danced professionally with The New York City Ballet performing at Lincoln Center, touring the West Coast, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was a Guest Artist with other choreographers and Ballet companies across the USA, performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.Sharon has over two decades of teaching experience and is on faculty at several dance and performing arts schools around New Jersey. She has been invited as a Master Teacher at various summer Ballet Intensive programs. Additionally, she spent many summers teaching and choreographing both Ballets and full-length Musical Theater productions at a performing arts summer camp. Sharon truly enjoys passing on her love and knowledge of Ballet to the future generations of dancers. She is thrilled to be a part of the King Centre family!
Alison Mixon Alison was a full scholarship student at the Cleveland San Jose Ballet in Cleveland, Ohio and performed in their production of The Nutcracker. She also studied with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, The Perry- Mansfield School of Performing Arts, The School of American Ballet and the Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City to study dance at The Julliard School under the artistic direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She has danced for numerous dance, opera, musical theatre and entertainment companies nationwide and is a model for dance and athletic wear.
Maggie Small Maggie’s training began at the School of Richmond Ballet. While in middle school she participated in the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion program and in high school she was invited to attend the Richmond Ballet’s trainee program. She spent one year at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and completed an apprenticeship at Richmond Ballet before being promoted into the full company. While dancing with the Richmond Ballet she has performed many classical roles including the title role in Cinderella, Swanhilda in Coppelia and the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. She has also had the opportunity to dance leads in many ballets by George Balanchine including Duo Concertant, Serenade, Liebeslieder Waltzer, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments and Apollo. She has performed in works of enduring value such as Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and John Butler’s Carmina Burana and Eve in After Eden. She has originated roles with many contemporary choreographers such as Ma Cong, Jessica Lang, Gina Patterson, Mauricio Wainrot, Val Caniparoli, William Soleau and Malcolm Burn. While with the Richmond Ballet, Maggie has performed at the Linbury Theatre in the Royal Opera House in London, in the Chicago Dancing Festival, in the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri and multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Most recently she has traveled to China with the Richmond Ballet where she performed as a part of the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival as well is in the cities of Shanghai, Dezhou and Jinan. She has spent summers working with National Choreographers Initiative, VOICE Dance Company and Jessica Lang Dance, with whom she performed at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2012 she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as “Richmond’s Home Grown Ballerina.” She will begin her ninth season with the Richmond Ballet in August.