Ballet Class

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.

~Martha Graham

Toddler

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it.

 

Preschool-K

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it.

 

Keeping focus during drills is hard at 3 and 4 years old, but these little guys are showing off their newest trick. Rock and rolls are great to work developmentally towards backwards somersaults and candlestick holds. Great job!!

Posted by BC Dance: The Ballet Conservatory of Dance Music & Art on Monday, February 5, 2018

Elementary

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it.

 

Elementary-Middle

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it.

 

Middle-High School

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it.

 

Working with a Lengend! Ballet Ensemble dancers rehearse with resident choreographer and teacher Norman Walker in his revised piece "Schertzo and Ramonza" premiering Friday, June 14th in Arabian Nights: A Night at the Ballet. This piece is created for 6 female dancers and 1 male dancers, Bo Brinton from San Diego Ballet. Tickets are on sale now @tututix You don't want to miss this! 🎶 #bcdance #ballet #balletensemble #pointe #ballerinas #dancecompany #dance

Posted by BC Dance: The Ballet Conservatory of Dance Music & Art on Thursday, April 4, 2019

Cory J. Fragoso-Gram

Cory J Fragoso-Gram began his dance training at the pre-professional academy Canton Ballet, in Canton, OH, under the directorship of Cassandra Crowley: There he was notably given the rare opportunity of intense study in pointework, an area of the art form unique to few male dancers.

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Training progressively, Mr. Cory also studied with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School; danced on scholarship at The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York City; and graduated high school from The Harid Conservatory, the prestigious arts institution in Boca Raton, FL. After receiving a full four-year scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
Having already performed in the corps de ballet of Indianapolis’s premier ballet company, Ballet International, Mr. Cory was scouted in 2000 by Dayton Ballet and began his professional career. In Dayton, he performed leading roles in ballets by renowned choreographers and directors Luis Fuente, Steven Mills, Septime Webber, Robert Joffrey, Dermont Burke, Mark Diamond, and Jeffery Graham-Hughes.

Mr. Cory left his professional career in the fall of 2004 after receiving a full stipend scholarship to the M.F.A. program at University of Arizona’s School of Dance. There he continued to develop his teaching and choreographic skill while performing leading roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Melissa Lowe, Paul Sanasardo, James Clouser, and Jory Hancock.

After graduating with his Masters of Fine Arts in 2007, Mr. Cory took up a directorship position at Dance Makers Studio in Yuma, Arizona, and in 2008 resumed his professional career with Ballet Tucson under the directorship of Mary Beth Cabana. In 2010 he left the company to take an adjunct faculty position with Pima Community College, where he continued to instruct dance technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and dance conditioning until 2012. He has continued dancing as a guest artist with Art.If.Act Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company in Tucson, and Ballet Tucson.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and love for the arts with you at BC Dance.

Mr. Cory has trained extensively in the pedagogical art of dance and has been practicing as an instructor since 2001. He has thoroughly enjoyed working through Tucson and Phoenix with the students and families since 2004.

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Norman Walker

Renowned teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator, Mr. Walker studied Dance with Gertrude Shurr, May O’Donnell, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, Valentina Pereyslavic, Nala Najan, and many others.

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He has taught for the O’Donnell-Shurr Studio, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, New Zealand School of Dance, Ballet Philippines, H. S. Of Performing Arts in NYC, Utah State Univ., Butler University, and was Chair of Performing Arts at Adelphi University. He has taught all over the world. Mr. Walker was Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and School, was chosen as Dancer of the Month for Dance Magazine, is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in Who’s Who in America.

As a dancer he was the lead dancer in his own company and with May O’Donnell Dance Company. He has appeared or was guest artist with Yurok and Guest Artists, Pearl Lang and Company, Pauline Koner and Company, Boston Ballet, Ballet Philippines, among others.

Mr. Walker and his partner, Cora Cahan, have appeared as Guest Artists with the Shreveport Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic Symphony. He has restaged several works of Ted Shawn for a number of companies as well as dancing Shawn’s roles.

As a choreographer of over 245 ballets and modern dance pieces, from major solos to full-evening works he has created works for such companies as Norman Walker Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Bathsheba and Bat-Dor Companies, Boston Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, Adelphi Dance Theatre, Dennis Wayne’s Dancers, National Ballet of China, and many more internationally.