at the Detroit Opera House

BALLET RENAISSANCE

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Mr. Radoslaw Kokoszka & Ms. Brianna Furnish, Co-Directors

SUMMER BALLET 2014 - Detroit, Michigan

Join us for summer ballet classes weekday evenings - July 7-31, 2014

Summer Season concludes with performance Saturday August 2, at Campus Martius Park

Classes meet at Detroit Opera House Ford Center for Arts and Learning

*contact balletren@balletren.org for more information*

Mission

Ballet Renaissance is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to establishing quality affordable ballet training and performance opportunities for dancers of all ages and experience levels in a manner that creates safe spaces, inspires community and fosters peace.

History

Born out of Furnish's personal and professional experiences with classical ballet, commingled with her experiences in Detroit, Michigan, Ballet Renaissance has a 18 year history of building bridges that span urban and suburban communities, uniting individuals in common vision. Sustaining the traditional, Ballet Renaissance remains open to new visions of hope and creative solutions for today's problems. Inspired by two teaching assignments for the Detroit Public Schools and Michigan Opera Theatre (1996-1997), Ballet Renaissance was housed five years at Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee Department of Dance (1998-2003) and later at the all new Boll Family YMCA downtown. A long history of sustaining alliances with local artists and organizations, poised Ballet Renaissance for its current partnership programs, including outreach to public and charter schools and central training at the Detroit Opera House. In 2006, Mr. Radoslaw Kokoszka, returned to Ballet Renaissance after dancing professionally in New York and joined Furnish as Co-Director. Together the two are committed to exploring and developing new and creative ways for establishing and sustaining Ballet in Detroit. Most recently Furnish and Kokoszka have expanded Ballet Renaissance's scope and mission, by establishing a second branch of Ballet Renaissance in northern Colorado.

 

Testimonials

"There is always that one teacher you will always remember who helped to change your life. Brianna Furnish and Ballet Renaissance is that for me. When I was a teenager and all I wanted to do was dance my heart out, she provided me a means of expression and a platform to do so through classical ballet. Ms. Brianna (affectionately known by her students) helped to foster my creativity through strong support, mentorship and friendship. Had she and Ballet Renaissance not been in my life, I don't think I would have reached the successes I have today."

 

-Naima Mora

America's Next Top Model 2005

 

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"Ballet Renaissance has been very instrumental in the Detroit community. It is one of the only Ballet Schools that teaches Classical Ballet. My daughter Chloe Wright has been a member of the school since she was three years old. Her confidence, showmanship, technical skills, love of classical music, and ability to perform on a grand stage at The Detroit Institute of Arts or several venues during "Noel Night." Chloe has had invaluable experience with performing and promoting the wonderful things that go on at Ballet Renaissance like performing for children at The Children's Hospital or assisting Mr. Radek at The Charles H. Wright African-American Museum by teaching a class to promote classical ballet. Lastly, Chloe and I Love Miss Brianna and Mr. Radek, their dedication, professionalism, commitment, and experience is unrivaled."

 

Thank You, Carrie Wright

Ballet Renaissance Parent

 

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"We have enjoyed performances by Ballet Renaissance in Detroit for the past nine years. For example, we loved the exquisite "Ballet with Bach" performances at the Detroit Institute of Arts auditorium last June. Ballet Renaissance provides a wonderful opportunity for students in Detroit of all ages, economic and racial backgrounds to gain affordable, professional ballet training and performance opportunities. The whole process, we are pleased to note, is characterized by love, support, safety and appreciation of all who participate. We are enthusiastic supporters of this fine Detroit arts organization."

 

Dr. and Mrs. Philip Clampitt

Ballet Renaissance Supporters

 

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"This program offers a wonderful foundation for dancers and cultivates their growth.

I am amazed every time I hear my girls using the correct & proper terminology of the positions and movements of ballet! Their grace is beautiful & it's attributed to the wonderfully talented instructors at Ballet Ren!

 

I can't say enough about having this jewel right here in the city of Detroit! I don't have to drive far distances to get to this program..it's right here! The culture & arts that my daughters are exposed to right here in their backyard is fabulous. From this, they have such a positive image of Detroit that unfortunately so many others don't have.

 

We do our best to spread the word of Ballet Renaissance. It's definitely been a treasure to us, our family & friends!"

 

Fondly,

 

Andrea Henson

Ballet Renaissance Parent

 

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"My daughter has been dancing with Ballet Renaissance for the past three years. She was looking for a way to diversify her 12 years of Cecchetti ballet with a more contemporary form. Little did we realize how much BR would help Maggie grow in more ways than just her dance. Her travel from the suburbs to Detroit downtown has allowed her to navigate the city and become comfortable there, as well as to meet a group of teens from different schools who share her love of dance. She's discovered the art of partnering as well as new exciting ballet techniques. In the past year, she has started to assistant teach with a few classes of the younger dancers. She now feels, not only a part of this "family", but committed to its mission."

 

Anne Stafford

Ballet Renaissance Parent

 

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"Fall/Winter 2011 was the 1st time my 2 daughters ever took a ballet class. I was so proud of them, and could see the enjoyment in their faces as they'd come home every Wednesday night and show me all the positions, and then teach their little 3 year old sister. Even she knows the names of the positions, and tries to practice with them at home. The ultimate joy for me was seeing my 2 girls on stage for the winter performance at the Charles H. Wright African American museum. I admit there were more than a few tears shed as I watched them dance. I am most grateful that Ballet Renaissance has an outreach program at my daughter's school. Otherwise, I am sure they would have never had this opportunity to experience this beautiful art."

 

Sheri D Conaway

Ballet Renaissance Parent Outreach Program

 

 

 

News

"I've been very pleased.… It's like a jewel in the city,"

Andrea Henson of Detroit, Parent

 

-Detroit Free Press 2012

 

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"She was very shy, but she loved it, and she blossomed and loves coming here"

 

-Onnie Jacque of Detroit, Parent

-Detroit Free Press 2012

 

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"Ballet with a positive core"

 

- National Dance Teacher Magazine 2004

 

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"In Ballet Renaissance children aren't just moving their feet.

They are moving their hearts and souls to the rafters--

to the music of Tchaikovsky and other classical masters"

 

-Detroit News 2001

 

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“The rebirth of Detroit and dance go hand in hand. We have so much talent

and passion here. We feel it is important to empower the voice and the talent

and the energy and the spirit of the community of Detroit”

 

-Brianna Furnish, Founder

-Detroit News 2001

 

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"Through her company Ballet Renaissance, performer and instructor

Brianna Furnish is taking steps to expose classical dance to

a wider, more diverse community"

 

-Hour Detroit 1998

 

 

 

 

 

"In Ballet Renaissance children aren't just moving their feet.

They are moving their hearts and souls to the rafters--

to the music of Tchaikovsky and other classical masters"

Ballet Renaissance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization