Nouveau Chamber Ballet 2019 Summer Intensive

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Hi Friends,

Renee and I are setting up this fund to help fund the dance dreams of some very talented young dancers that we are fortunate to teach. We are hoping to raise $5000 to offer full and partial scholarships for the Summer Program that Renee and I are teaching at and helping to organize. These kids work so hard and deserve every opportunity we can give them to succeed. Whether they go on to be professional dancers or not, we know that they will be more successful for having had an education in the arts. To quote the late, great Arthur Mitchell “The art’s ignite the mind”

As many of you know, a few months ago our previous Artistic Dir. Arthur Mitchell passed away. We grieved his passing, but celebrated his amazing life. Renee and I both realized just how fortunate we were to have worked with a man who truly understood the power of the Arts to change individual lives and the greater world itself. That good fortune comes with a price and that price is to share what we have learned and to carry on with the mission. Mr. Mitchel always told us “that there is something greater than yourselves” to work towards and to strive for. 

Renee and I have embraced our legacy and have had the good fortune of collaborating with Artistic Dir. Lois Ellyn and The Nouveau Chamber Ballet for the past few years. She is a another direct descendant of George Balanchine and is an incredible woman! When she asked us to undertake the organization of this Summer Program we were honored but also hyper aware of the challenges. Happily, with the help of some incredible volunteer staff we have made some tremendous progress and are putting the finishing touches on the schedule and locking down our amazing faculty who have been so generous with their time and willingness to fit us into their schedules. 

So if you would like to help with a donation no amount is too small. But we know that the struggle is real!!! So if you can’t donate at this time please spread the word about the Summer Intensive and this Go Fund me. 

FYI: I will update you all with the recipients of the scholarship as we reward them. Thank you for your support. 
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Hello Friends and Family,

We are just under a week away from the start of our Summer Program and I'd like to thank all of our supporters who have generously donated so far. Your generosity means everything!!! There is still time though, so please share and donate if you can.

I have already introduced you to our first two scholarship recipients Rhyann Diaz and Emma Hayes. Two incredible young ladies with talent to spare!
Meet our third young dancer, Camille Williamson. She is a joy to work with, she's talented and tough as nails. I have had the pleasure of seeing her rise to the occasion under some tough circumstances that would have stressed out a professional dancer. She has earned this scholarship with talent, grit and courage. Here is Camille in her own words:

My name is Camille Williamson. I am 13 years old. I started ballet at the age of 8. At that time I started doing a few types of dance, but my heart stayed with ballet. I quickly fell in love with the challenge that ballet had to offer. I always remember looking up to older dancers, wishing I could have the same beauty, grace, and work ethic. I soon learned that I will never improve by wishing, and I had to start working. I signed up for many classes and I told myself to push for my goal. I never saw improvement on a daily basis, but sometimes I could catch a hint of improvement. Ballet takes more than just moving your body, it takes love, anger, pain and dedication. The biggest part of finding yourself in your dancing is feeling what’s inside you. Ballet is such a difficult matter because it challenges your brain and your body. This has taught me significant things in life. Ballet has been alongside me in my life for a tremendous amount of time. It has shaped me into the person I am today. I think I have gained so much from my amazing teachers and supporters. I wouldn’t be the same without them. They are all so supportive and nurturing. My teachers have taught me not only proper technique, but they have taught me about self-confidence and kindness. I have had so many fun memories that I cherish in class. Every time I step foot into my ballet studio I already know I am going to take some very important information home with me. That doesn’t always mean a technique correction, but maybe a story or a memory. That is what makes a good dance studio. Since I started at Nouveau Chamber ballet I have had so many opportunities on stage. I have gained more self-confidence when performing. I feel like I have grown miles by performing on stage. I am so thankful and overwhelmed with excitement that I got a scholarship to this summer intensive. Thank you so much!!!!!
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So we are less than 1 month away from the start of the Nouveau Chamber Ballet 2019 Summer Intensive and I am thrilled to introduce you to our 2nd Scholarship Recipient Ms. Emma Hayes.

Emma is tenacious, tire-less, totally committed to her task and just a terrific young dancer. She is a great influence on her peers and I absolutely believe that Emma may one day be President of the United States. She can do whatever she puts her mind to. (see the attached letter for some insight into this young lady and her love for ballet)

Please help us hit our goal! So far, we have raised $1015 and I am hoping that we can double that amount so that we can assist more deserving young dancers attend the program. It is not too late to make a difference.


My name is Emma Hayes. I am seventeen years old and I have been dancing ballet for eleven years. Over this period of time, I came to realize that ballet is truly the perfect balance of beauty, grace, self-discipline, and hard work. As any dancer could attest, improvement in dancing does not take place without dedication and this dedication is only fueled by passion and self-discipline. In order to improve, one must truly love dancing enough to want to put in the amount of effort it requires. The freedom of expression and enjoyment I experience within each movement in an adagio or a grand allegro or even a petit allegro combined with the multitude of corrections running through my mind with every step is what fuels me to continue and reach my greatest potential as a dancer. If nothing else, ballet has certainly taught me the importance and rewards of hard work and determination which are valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
My ballet instructor, Lois Ellyn, has always emphasized the importance to be the music, rather than to just dance to the music. With every class I take and every piece I perform, I strive to accomplish this. My goal is for the audience to see the music take shape on stage with each of my movements. Of course, this can only be achieved through practice, practice, and more practice. Luckily, I have been given a great opportunity to further my skills during the Nouveau Chamber Ballet 2019 Summer Intensive. I have also been honored to receive a partial scholarship which I am incredibly grateful for and certainly do not intend to waste. I am so excited to work hard this summer and, hopefully, have immense improvement to show for it.
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Yet another donation has come in and we are so grateful. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives to who give selflessly to support our mission of educating these young aspiring dancers. Thank you to everyone who has donated and to those who plan to any amount is important. Besides, if you are interested in helping out in other ways please reach out.
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Hi you lovely people you! We have our 6th donation and are really beginning to hit our stride. With the summer program a few months away, Renee and I would love to be able to offer a few more aspiring dancers a chance to attend the Nouveau Chamber Ballet Summer Program. Every single dollar and cent will be used to pay for a portion of a young dancers tuition. Whatever you can manage would be greatly appreciated and no amount is too small. Thank you for supporting the ARTS!!!!


ps. The picture is of Rhyann Diaz, she is a gifted young dancer with loads of talent and our first scholarship recipient. More updates will follow...
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