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Weekly letter from school directors

Dear RSB Community,

 For the first time in thirty eight years The Raleigh School of Ballet will not present the Student Performance–our annual celebration that showcases the work the students have done during the year. This performance offers our students their first opportunity to be on stage, our parents the opportunity to see their children shine, and final moments for the RSB senior to be together and dance. As we applaud the hard work of all our students, training with focus and enthusiasm even during these difficult times, we want to specifically acknowledge the accomplishments and dedication of our RSB seniors: Eleanor Campbell, Sarah Deming, Sarah Skergan, and Sarah Wooster. It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our graduates. This year is that much more difficult, since we will not have the opportunity to see them perform in RDT’s Spring Repertoire or the RSB Student Performance. These are four remarkable young women and we look forward to honoring them by presenting a video next month highlighting them in excerpts from Ms. Galdy’s ballet, Whimsy.

 June

 We are all looking forward to returning to classes at RSB. The health and safety of RSB families, faculty, and staff are the guiding forces behind reopening the school’s building for in-person classes. As the government allows phase one opening up, we believe that there is still not enough clear information. Even with the guidelines and protocols in place we are concerned that we cannot safely open the studio in the next month. With this in mind we scheduled both children and adult classes, maintenance classes and RSB Summer  Intensive  Reconfigured.   All  are online programs.  

Please email info@raliegballet.com for more information

July & August

We are still planning adult and children’s classes, workshops and intensive programs at The Raleigh School of Ballet studios and/or online via Zoom.

Fall 2020

We are implementing an online program through Akada for fall registration. Beginning Monday, June 1st you will be able to login to Akada to register for classes. Please email info@raleighballet.com for class placements, tuition and registration information.

We thank you all. Your continuous support allows us to maintain our exceptional faculty throughout these difficult times as well as plan for the future. We miss seeing everyone in person and we continue to plan for the day when we are able to be together in one place!

Stay Safe & Well!

Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere

School Directors

 

Weekly Letter From School Directors

Dear RSB Community,

 We are ever hopeful that Summer 2020 will begin as planned in mid-June at the RSB studios.  We will follow the governor’s guidelines for re-opening. More than likely this will reduce  the number  of students, faculty and staff  we are able to have in the building.  We want everyone to be safe! With this in mind, we are taking into consideration how best we can maintain appropriate class sizes, and social distancing  along with adhering to sanitizing/cleaning protocols.  

Reminder : Our plan is to extend the academic year with online classes through Saturday, May 30th We will not hold classes Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th.

Children’s Division Programs for current and new RSB students!

  • Summer Afternoon Children’s Programs do not begin until the week of July 8th but due to the success of  our  Zoom classes, we plan to offer a June online schedule for students in Pre-Ballet & up. We want your input!  Click here for survey
  • Intensive Summer Study, hopefully, begins the week of June 15th. Of course, there is a chance we will need to extend the start and end date. We will offer online maintenance classes, including pointe, stretch & strengthening and modern until the 2020 Summer Intensives begin. Please email us info@raleighballet.com for class placement and registration information 
  • Fall 2020 

    We are implementing an online program through Akada for fall registration. Beginning Monday, June 1st you will be able to login to Akada to complete a registration form, register for classes and make the non-refundable deposit to secure your child’s place in their class(es)

    • Class placements and registration information will be sent via email by May 15th.
    • New students please email: info@raleighballet for class placement information

Adult Division for current and new RSB students!

We will continue to offer  online classes until  we are allowed to hold on-sight classes.

  • New class registration deadline! We appreciate your comments and recommendations and understand that many of you are working from home and often don’t know your work schedule until the morning. Because of this, we are changing our registration  deadline  to register  to 9:00 a.m. the morning of the  class you want to attend.  We hope that this  later time will  give  more of our adults the ability to take our online classes.  We encourage everyone to give it a try.  The first class is free!
  • Summer and Fall 2020 schedule will be available soon.

We thank you all. Your continuous support allows us to maintain our exceptional faculty throughout these difficult times as well as plan for the future. We miss seeing everyone in person and we continue to plan for the day when we are able to be together in one place!

Stay Safe & Well!

Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere

School Directors

 

Letter From Directors

Dear RSB Community,

As we enter our fifth week of Zoom classes, we are amazed to see how quickly this new way of learning has become our new normal!  Of course, online classes will never replace training at the RSB studios, but we have risen to the challenge. It has been fun to think outside the box and work with our students in new ways. Observing the creativity and dedication of our faculty and students  continue to inspire us in so many ways. Thank you to all the teachers, students and parents who are helping us dance together through this crisis!

Our plan is to extend the academic year with online classes through Saturday, May 30th We will not hold classes Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th.

Moving forward

As well as our “Dancing at a Distance” training is going, we know everyone is looking forward to being back in the studio together. We are ever hopeful that Summer 2020 will begin, as planned, in mid-June at the RSB studios. We have several plans and schedules ready to implement  since it is still unclear when the school will be  allowed to reopen and what social distancing restrictions will need to be in place.

Children’s Division Programs for current and new RSB students!

  • Summer Afternoon Children’s Programs do not begin until the week of July 8th but due to the success of  our  Zoom classes, we plan to offer a June online schedule for students in Pre-Ballet & up. We want your input!  Click here for survey
  • Intensive Summer Study, hopefully, begins the week of June 15th. Of course, there is a chance we will need to extend the start and end date. We will offer online maintenance classes, including pointe, stretch & strengthening and modern until the 2020 Summer Intensives begin. Please email us info@raleighballet.com for class placement and registration information 
  • Fall 2020 children’s schedule is now available on our website!  Class placements and registration information will be sent to current RSB families via email by May 15th. New families please email us info@raleighballet.com for class placement and registration information.

Adult Division for current and new RSB students!

We will continue to offer  online classes until  we are allowed to hold on-sight classes.

  • Beginning Saturday, May 2nd, we added Hong Yang’s  Advanced Intermediate class to the online Adult schedule. 
  • New class registration deadline! We appreciate your comments and recommendations and understand that many of you are working from home and often don’t know your work schedule until the morning. Because of this, we are changing our registration  deadline  to register  to 8:00 a.m. the morning of the  class you want to attend.  We hope that this  later time will  give  more of our adults the ability to take our online classes.  We encourage everyone to give it a try.  The first class is free!
  • Summer and Fall 2020 schedule will be available soon.

We thank you all. Your continuous support allows us to maintain our exceptional faculty throughout these difficult times as well as plan for the future. We miss seeing everyone in person and we continue to plan for the day when we are able to be together in one place!

Stay Safe & Well!

Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere

School Directors

5/4 Letter from school directors

Dear RSB Community,

As we enter our fifth week of Zoom classes, we are amazed to see how quickly this new way of learning has become our new normal!  Of course, online classes will never replace training at the RSB studios, but we have risen to the challenge. It has been fun to think outside the box and work with our students in new ways. Observing the creativity and dedication of our faculty and students  continue to inspire us in so many ways. Thank you to all the teachers, students and parents who are helping us dance together through this crisis!

Our plan is to extend the academic year with online classes through Saturday, May 30th We will not hold classes Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th.

Moving forward

As well as our “Dancing at a Distance” training is going, we know everyone is looking forward to being back in the studio together. We are ever hopeful that Summer 2020 will begin, as planned, in mid-June at the RSB studios. We have several plans and schedules ready to implement  since it is still unclear when the school will be  allowed to reopen and what social distancing restrictions will need to be in place.

Children’s Division Programs for current and new RSB students!

  • Summer Afternoon Children’s Programs do not begin until the week of July 8th but due to the success of  our  Zoom classes, we plan to offer a June online schedule for students in Pre-Ballet & up. We want your input!  Click here for survey
  • Intensive Summer Study, hopefully, begins the week of June 15th. Of course, there is a chance we will need to extend the start and end date. We will offer online maintenance classes, including pointe, stretch & strengthening and modern until the 2020 Summer Intensives begin. Please email us info@raleighballet.com for class placement and registration information 
  • Fall 2020 children’s schedule is now available on our website!  Class placements and registration information will be sent to current RSB families via email by May 15th. New families please email us info@raleighballet.com for class placement and registration information.

Adult Division for current and new RSB students!

We will continue to offer  online classes until  we are allowed to hold on-sight classes.

  • Beginning Saturday, May 2nd, we added Hong Yang’s  Advanced Intermediate class to the online Adult schedule. 
  • New class registration deadline! We appreciate your comments and recommendations and understand that many of you are working from home and often don’t know your work schedule until the morning. Because of this, we are changing our registration  deadline  to register  to 8:00 a.m. the morning of the  class you want to attend.  We hope that this  later time will  give  more of our adults the ability to take our online classes.  We encourage everyone to give it a try.  The first class is free!
  • Summer and Fall 2020 schedule will be available soon.

We thank you all. Your continuous support allows us to maintain our exceptional faculty throughout these difficult times as well as plan for the future. We miss seeing everyone in person and we continue to plan for the day when we are able to be together in one place!

Stay Safe & Well!

Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere

School Directors

 

4/11 Letter to Adults From School Directors

Dear Adult Students,
Several weeks ago we shut our doors due to the Coronavirus crisis. At that time we hoped the closure would be for just a few weeks and that we would be back in our studios soon. As we all continued to deal with this unprecedented global emergency we began to realize that life as we know it was not going to be the same and that adjustments would have to be made to keep things going.
With the constraints of social distancing and stay at home orders, we decided that we would need to be creative to keep RSB students dancing!
Hopefully, many of you have taken advantage of the videos and tutorial instruction created by Ms. Marvel that we started posting a couple of weeks ago on the RSB YouTube channel: The Raleigh School of Ballet. Be on the lookout for more videos to be posted in the upcoming weeks.
Taking the next step
Since our last email, we went into high gear planning, organizing, and implementing RSB’s Distance Learning Program with online classes for both children and adults using Zoom. This week we were excited to welcome both current and new adult students into our online classes!
How To Register for  Adult Classes
In addition to Adult Ballet we are also offering special Stretch & Strengthening classes that you are welcome to join. We are pleased to offer one free trial class that may be used for either an online Ballet or Stretch & Strengthening class.
The buttons below will take you to PayPal and allow you to purchase classes.
  • Please click here  for specific instructions on how to register
  • Please click here and to view online class schedule.
  • Please click here for The Raleigh School of Ballet Distance Learning Guidelines and Instructions.
Lastly
Our families have been wonderful – providing encouragement and offering suggestions.  We appreciate  everyone’s support and understanding as we try our best to navigate this difficult and unclear path. The RSB directors, faculty, and staff miss seeing all of you at the studio and we look forward to the time we can re-open our doors. We want our families to be safe and stay healthy, so we will base our decision about when to open on recommendations from the governor’s office.
Now, more than ever, we hope the physical power and beauty of dance inspires and brings joy to you all.
We regularly check the school’s email, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere
School Directors

April 5th RSB Updates

Dear RSB Community,

Three weeks ago we shut our doors due to the Coronavirus crisis. At that time, we hoped the closure would be for just a few weeks and that we would be back in our studios soon. As we all continued to deal with this unprecedented global emergency we began to realize that life as we know it was not going to be the same and that adjustments would have to be made to keep things going.
With the constraints of social distancing and stay at home orders, we decided that we would need to be creative to keep RSB students dancing, keep them connected with their teachers, and allow them to continue their dance training in a familiar atmosphere.

Hopefully, many of you have taken advantage of the videos and tutorial instruction created by Ms. Marvel that we started posting a couple of weeks ago on the RSB YouTube channel: The Raleigh School of Ballet. Be on the lookout for more videos to be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Taking the next step
Since our last email, we went into high gear planning, organizing, and implementing RSB’s Distance Learning Program with online classes using Zoom.

Classes for Our Children’s Division
We started our online classes with a trial class last Saturday for RDT dancers. On Monday, March 30th we began classes for Pre-Ballet through Professional Division levels. It has been a big learning curve for all of us! The RSB faculty has been amazing, adapting and adjusting very quickly to this new way of teaching. It has been wonderful to see the students from our Children’s Division. Watching them dancing together at a distance is so heartwarming. We have adapted our schedule to accommodate more classes.
Please click here for our Children’s Division Schedule for the week of April 6 – 12.

Adult online classes begin Monday, April 6th.
We are excited to welcome our adults back into class! In addition to Adult Ballet we are also offering special Stretch & Strengthening classes that you are welcome to join. We are pleased to offer one free trial class that may be used for either an online Ballet or Stretch & Strengthening class.

How To Register for  Adult Classes
The buttons below will take you to PayPal and allow you to purchase classes. Please click here for specific instructions on how to register and to view the modified online schedule.

Lastly
Our families have been wonderful – providing encouragement and offering suggestions.  We appreciate  everyone’s support and understanding as we try our best to navigate this difficult and unclear path. Thank you to all who are able to continue to pay your tuition. The RSB directors, faculty, and staff miss seeing all of you at the studio and we look forward to the time we can re-open our doors. We want our families to be safe and stay healthy, so we will base our decision about when to open on recommendations from the governor’s office.

Now, more than ever, we hope the physical power and beauty of dance inspires and brings joy to you all.
We regularly check the school’s email, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Susan Galdy & Mary LeGere
School Directors

Professional Division Audition

Professional Division Scholarship Audition for the 2020/2021 school year – Friday, February 21st 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.

Informational meeting Thursday, February 13th 7:15 p.m.

The Professional Division is a scholarship program for qualified students ages 10 & up with the goal of a performance career in classical ballet or contemporary dance. The purpose of the program is to give the student the necessary training and guidance to achieve this goal.

Former Professional Division students are currently members of American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Please email the school office for additional information: info@raleighballet.com

Congratulations RSB Students who have been accepted into many prestigious summer programs!

Congratulations 2018-2019 Professional Division Students!

Eleanor Campbell, Ava Cook, Natalie Clyburn, Megan Duerr Kaileen Ellul, Caitlin Fountain, Sadie Grider
McKay Lucas, Ava Munn, Olivia Munn, Macy Murray
Hailey Plunkett, Annastasia Shumoski, Rachel Skergan
Sarah Skergan, Sophie Skergan, Allie Swartz, Sarah Wooster

Congratulations to Professional Division Students who have been accepted into the following prestigious summer programs:

Eleanor Campbell will attend Washington Ballet. She was also accepted to Nashville Ballet. Ava Cook was accepted to Nashville Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.
Natalie Clyburn will attend Nashville Ballet. She was accepted to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.
Megan Duerr will attend Charlotte Ballet. She was accepted to Carolina Ballet.
Kaileen Ellul will attend The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was accepted to Carolina Ballet and Charlotte Ballet with a partial scholarship.
Caitlin Fountain will attend Orlando Ballet. She was accepted Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Sadie Grider will attend The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was accepted to Charlotte Ballet and Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory.
McKay Lucas will attend Nashville Ballet.
Ava Munn will attend The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was accepted to Pacific Northwest Ballet, Carolina Ballet with a partial scholarship, and The School of American Ballet with partial scholarship.
Olivia Munn will attend Louisville Ballet with a full tuition scholarship. She was accepted to Carolina Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Macy Murray will attend The School of American Ballet with a partial scholarship. She was accepted to Pacific Northwest Ballet with a partial scholarship.
Hailey Plunkett will attend The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was accepted to Charlotte Ballet.
Annastasia Shumoski will attend Charlotte Ballet. She was accepted to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Rachel Skergan was accepted to Charlotte Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Sarah Skergan will attend Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She was accepted to Charlotte Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sarasota Ballet.
Sophie Skergan will attend The Raleigh School of Ballet. She was accepted to Charlotte Ballet.
Allie Swartz will attend Miami City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. She was accepted to Carolina Ballet with a partial scholarship, Charlotte Ballet with a partial scholarship, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, New York.
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Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker 2017

Congratulations to the following students:

Professional Division students that were invited by Artistic Director Robert Weiss and Co-Artistic Director Zalmann Raffael to augment the corps de ballet.
Abby Grossen, Olivia Munn, Macy Murray & Allie Swartz

Clara – Sadie Grider
Nutcracker Prince – Ben Holton & Everett Jensen
Party Girls – Kelliann Argo, Keira Segars & Ashley Glen Winters
Party Boy – Isaac Bennear, Caleb Power, Zachary Spicer & Zander Stimpson
Gingerbread – Ashley Glen Winters
Truffles – Tova Feldman, Daphne Lin, Kassidy McNeill, Beatrice Sanderson &
Astrid Tauber
Soldiers – Mae Attwood, Evelyn Baker, Ella Cole, Jacqueline Cranfill, Sarah Hughes, Lucinda Lietz, Audrey Lenkus, Gabriela Manriquez, Tabitha Manriquez, Eliza May,
Cora McNeill, Mackenzie Spicer, Camille Thorton & Lilah Upton
Mouse – Marius Dias
Baby Mouse – Kassidy McNeill & Beatrice Sanderson
Bunny – Tova Feldman
Harlequin – Ashley Glen Winters
Arabian Attendants – Gabriela Manriquez & Tabitha Manriquez

Congratulations RSB Students

Congratulations to RSB students who auditioned and were accepted to perform in Raleigh Dance Theatre’s Storybook Tales

 

Kelliann Argo, Alexandra Cataldi, Elizabeth Clemente, Jacqueline Cranfill,
Tova Feldman, Sadie Grider, Sarah Hughes, Zofia Ilika, Daphne Lin,
Gabriella Manriquez, Tabitha Manriquez, Eliza May, Cora McNeill, Kassidy McNeill,
Victoria Niu, Dominik Rouse, Beatrice Sanderson, Sophie Skergan, Keira Segars,
Astrid Tauber, Lilah Upton & Ashley Glen Winters.