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IBE invites educators to bring their students to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Germantown-based International Ballet Exchange (IBE) invites Philadelphia educators to bring their students to a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s famous comedy about mistakes, mischief, and love.
 
The ballet, featuring guest artists Yosbel Delgado-Hernandez, former soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and a youth cast from Wissahickon Dance Academy, will be performed on Tuesday, June 6th at George Washington High School, 10175 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, at 10:00 a.m. The performance is free, but all participating schools must arrange for their students’ transportation.
 
The performance is open to Philadelphia public elementary and middle schools are invited to bring their students to the ballet, as are charter, private, parochial schools and homeschooled children.
 
All participating educators will receive an extensive guide to the ballet that is rich in resources for pre- and post-performance activities.
 
Teachers or school administrators who are interested in bringing classes to IBE’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” should contact IBE at 215-849-7950 or internationalballet@verizon.net.
 
The performance is part of IBE’s Ballet Building Bridges program, which brings ballet into the Philadelphia public schools through twice-annual performances of fully staged ballets that are presented exclusively for school audiences. In December IBE presents “The Nutcracker” with the Donetsk Ballet and a supporting cast of local youth; and each spring it stages a story ballet such as this year’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”
 
IBE’s executive director, Nancy Malmed, notes that IBE has been presenting ballets for the Philadelphia school district since its founding 1998. Says Malmed. “Story ballets are a great way to introduce young people to ballet and the performing arts. Consistently, the teachers who bring their students to IBE’s shows comment on how important it is for the students to experience the ballets and to see peers performing.”
 
Joining the artists on stage will be 35 students from James Blaine Elementary School and Northeast High School who are currently taking ballet lessons in their schools through IBE. The 30-week in-school course, taught by master teachers in residence Cara King, trained in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, and the Kirov-trained Elena Tiuriakulova, uniquely culminates in a turn onstage. “Performance is what make it an art,” says Tiuriakulova, a former prima ballerina.
 
“We have been performing for the Philadelphia schools, teaching ballet in the schools, and incorporating students into the ballets for nearly 20 years. We are fortunate to have support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, as well Union Benevolent Association, Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial and the Seybert Foundation for our work,” says Malmed.
 
To support IBE’s work or to learn more about it, visit www.internationalballet.org.