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MISSION: Ballet Renaissance is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to educating and inspiring youth and the community through the art of classical ballet.


HISTORY: Established in Michigan in June of 1997, Ballet Renaissance has a long 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 to modern challenges. A long history of alliances with various artists and organizations, poises Ballet Renaissance for its current partnerships. In 2011, Ballet Renaissance expanded the scope of its mission, and established a second branch in Colorado.

 

MICHIGAN                                                                                                 COLORADO

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Colorado

Ms. Brianna                            Mr. Radek

Ms. Brianna Furnish, Founder

Ms. Furnish is a native of Dallas, Texas and the daughter of a classically trained modern dancer who taught Martha Graham technique at Southern Methodist University. After dancing alongside her mother from an early age, Furnish, following in her mother's footsteps, began formal studies in the Graham technique at age 5, under the tutelage of Juilliard graduate, Ms. Jerry Bywaters Cochran.  At age thirteen, Furnish was encouraged to begin ballet training as a means for augmenting her chances for a professional modern dance career. She began private studies with Denise and Evelyn Brown and a year later began training on talent scholarship with Dallas Ballet’s professional program, under the direction of Royal Danish Ballet‘s Flemming and Vivi Flindt. It was there that she first met and trained with the late great Madame Nathalie Krassovska, former prima ballerina with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, who became a significant mentor in Furnish’s personal and professional life. A year later, after relatively little ballet training, Furnish was accepted to the acclaimed School of American Ballet in New York, where she had the exceptional opportunity to study with such ballet greats as Mme. Alexandra Danilova, Suki Shorer, Mme. Antonina Tumkovsky, Andrei Kramerevsky and Stanley Williams. She was then accepted to train an additional year at North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under the careful attention of former New York City Ballet principal dancer, Ms. Melissa Hayden. Furnish danced for several regional companies in Dallas and Tennessee, including Krassovska’s Ballet Jeunesse and Tennessee Ballet (Memphis), while continuing private instruction with both Mme. Krassovska and the late Robert Scevers (Harkness Ballet). It is Krassovska and Scevers, along with Danilova, Hayden and Bywaters, who Furnish attributes with having shaped her own teaching style most profoundly. After moving to Detroit to pursue medical studies at Wayne State University, Furnish became involved with the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance,  where she taught ballet for the college and was given the opportunity to stage a ballet for Detroit Public School's "All City" High School dancers and teach a special ballet outreach series.  Inspired by the passion of Detroit students, Furnish founded Ballet Renaissance in June of 1997, as a means of fostering local talent and inspiring community. She taught college ballet as Adjunct Professor for Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Dance (1996-2004), served as full time high school ballet instructor for Fraser’s Arts Academy in the Woods (2006-2007), and as Ballet Master Class Instructor throughout the Detroit Public Schools (1996-2011). In 2006, after ten years of work in the city, Furnish completed a degree in Dance from Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee Department of Dance, the school through which her inspiration for “Ballet Renaissance” had originated. In 2011, along with Co-Director, Mr. Radoslaw Kokoszka, Furnish had the opportunity to establish a second branch of Ballet Renaissance in northern Colorado.

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Mr. Radoslaw Kokoszka

Mr. Kokoszka is a native of Wodzislaw Sl., Poland. He began his early ballet training as a boarding student at the Ludomir Rozycki Ballet School in Bytom, Poland .  At age 13, he moved to the United States with his family, settling in Hamtramck, MI, and was introduced to Ballet Renaissance through the 1999 American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. He trained and performed as Furnish’s ballet partner and founded the first annual Ballet Renaissance Summer Intensive for Kids. He received numerous talent scholarships and trained at a number of prestigious professional schools including: the Harid Conservatory (FLA), Boston Ballet (MA), Kirov Academy (Washington, DC) and the renowned School of American Ballet (New York), from which he graduated. Mr. Kokoszka was part of New York Choreographic Institute before dancing professionally for Carolina Ballet, New York’s emerging Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where he had the great honor of performing George Balanchine’s Don Quixote for the annual acclaimed Edinburgh Dance Festival in Scotland (2006). Kokoszka has trained and performed alongside the world’s greatest talents, and brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to Ballet Renaissance.

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michigan

Ms. Shirel                                       Ms. Betty                                        Ms. Lisa

Ms. Shirel Jones - Detroit Instructor

Ms. Shirel Jones, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad moved to New York with her family when she was three years old and took her first ballet class in a mirrorless church auditorium, in TriBeCa Manhattan, where the backs of chairs were used as ballet barres. This was one of the few classes her parents could afford at the time. In this improvised studio, a passionate teacher ignited Jones’ love for dance, which still burns strong today. Jones went on to train at the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts (the “Fame” high school), the Dance Theatre of Harlem (NYC), the Alvin Ailey School (NYC), American Ballet Theater (NYC), and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PA). She continued her studies on the collegiate level at the California Institute of the Arts, earning a bachelor’s degree in performance and choreography. Along her path as a performing artist, she fortuitously discovered a special talent and affection for teaching dance to children. She began her journey as teacher in New York, but she eventually sought to make a larger impact in a city with a budding art scene, and a need for more early arts educators, Detroit, MI. To this end, Jones relocated to Detroit and established an arts program for young children, Lil Dumplins, where students explore the Arts (dance, music and visual art) through play. Her young children’s teaching technique is play-based stemming from her belief that children gain a love and deeper understanding for the art of dance if they are having fun and release themselves uninhibited into the art form. She is also an accomplished and highly skilled classical ballet instructor, with a generous spirit and rigorous teaching style, and we are thrilled to welcome her as lead instructor at our Detroit Central Site, kicking off our 20th anniversary year.

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Ms. Elizabeth Crall Mawhinney - Detroit Instructor

 

Ms. MaWhinney began her dance training in Mansfield, Ohio, at the Ethyl Battin Dance Academy and attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet in NYC and Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts. She received a B.A. degree in dance and an M.A. degree in theatre, respectively, from Butler University and The Ohio State University. Her performing credits include dancing with the Ruth Page Chicago Opera Ballet, Radio City Ballet, Emily Frankel Dance Drama Company of NYC, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and summer stock companies under Equity contract in Minneapolis, Seattle, Ohio, New Jersey, and Indiana. In Detroit she is a member of the adjunct faculties of Marygrove College, Wayne State University, and Ballet Renaissance. Previous faculty positions include teaching and/or developing courses in dance and theatre movement for Radford University in Virginia, University of Oregon, Butler University, and Wayne State University where she was also a faculty member of the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive for several years. While tenured at Butler University she was resident choreographer for the Butler Ballet and received grant support for dance history research conducted in France. After moving to Detroit in 1987, she served on the Board of Directors of the former Michigan Dance Association and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Detroit Dance Collective. She is a long time supporter of, and instructor for, Ballet Renaissance, and a member of Ballet Renaissance's Advisory Board.

 

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Ms. Lisa Levy - Detroit Instructor

Ms. Levy is a metro Detroit native who grew up in Farmington Hills, MI. She discovered dance at age 4 years old, falling in love with ballet immediately and insisted that her parents sign her up for classes. She attributes the bulk of her early studies to Detroit’s Carole Cotter (a former Boston Ballet ballerina), for whom Levy also taught children’s classes. Later, Levy studied with the late acclaimed ballet instructor, Mr. Iacob Lascu (Marygrove College and Oakland University Dance Departments), and as a high school student,  had the privilege to perform as a corps de ballet member for Lascu’s well-respected production of “The Nutcracker.”  Levy supplemented her classical training with various Summer Ballet Intensives, including those at Marygrove College and the International Ballet Seminar (instructors: Gelsey Kirkland, Janina Cunova, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Audre Deckmann Mendel, Ute Mitreuter, Victoria Rockhill-Schneider, Jurgen Schneider, Mark Spivak, Margarita Zagurskaya). She holds an Associate Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology). She has a long history of work with agencies that assist children facing particularly difficult challenges, including agencies which assist children in crisis and children with autism. At Ballet Renaissance, her passion for ballet meets her commitment to help children. Levy has taught for Ballet Renaissance since 2011 and is a particularly generous, patient, committed and significant member of our Michigan Ballet Renaissance family.

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DANCE WITH US

Admission

If you are interested in participating, please fill out  reach us form , and Ballet Renaissance will contact you directly with further information. Class assignment is initially based upon the age of the student (does not apply to adult students). Ballet Renaissance instructors will make final class placement recommendations based on observation of each individual student during the first several weeks of classes.

Photo: Andrew Shafer

Dress Code

At Ballet Renaissance "Every day is picture day!"  Aesthetics is an important part of the classroom environment and the art of classical ballet. There is a dress code for all children's ballet and teen ballet classes. There is no admission to class without proper dress code. (Adult Ballet students may wear appropriate ballet classroom attire of his or her choosing. We do require all adult students to wear proper ballet shoes for class – pink for ladies, and black or white for men).

 

Girl's Dress Code:

Plain black leotard (must be long sleeve), no straps (crop tops, sports bras, etc) should be visible; no skirts, leg warmers or other warm-up attire during the class itself;  pink  tights covering entire foot, pink leather ballet shoes (with draw strings tucked completely and securely inside the shoes); hair secured neatly in an "up do" (off face and back of neck). No jewelry.  All girls are required to purchase a beige-colored camisole leotard. Camisole must be worn under costumes at all times (camisole may also be worn under classroom attire). Camisoles are important for keeping costumes clean and for preventing dancer’s skin from being irritated by the costume.  Camisoles are worn like a bathing suit as a layer of modesty and provide a smooth aesthetic line under both costumes and classroom attire.

 

Boy's Dress Code

Plain white, fitted short sleeve t-shirt, black tights, black leather ballet shoes (dance belt required for teens). Performance costumes are provided by Ballet Renaissance.

Performances

Ballet Renaissance students perform twice annually (winter and spring) and at other times throughout the community.

Costumes / Performance Fee / Fund-Raisers

Ballet Renaissance purchases and maintains all costumes to alleviate the burden on families (and the general waste) of purchasing costumes a child or teen will wear once and outgrow. This model also enables Ballet Renaissance to maintain a full wardrobe of costumes available for encore performances that students are invited to participate in at various community events throughout the year. To support costs associated with purchasing and maintain these costumes, as well as other costs associated with performances and the class season in general, performing students submit a $100 seasonal performance fee (once in the fall and once in the winter/spring). The performance fee may be either be submitted outright or "raised" by participating in the seasonal fund-raiser.

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Tuition

 

Detroit Warren Central Site (Tuesdays & Thursdays) monthly subscription Winter/Spring 2017

10% Discount applies if you subscribe by January 31st 2017.

Please note the date you subscribe will be your monthly billing date.

Children's Ballet 4-5 pm

$90 per month

Preteen / Teen Ballet 5-6:30 pm

$135 per month

Pointe / Prepointe 6:30-7:15 pm

$67.50 per month

Teen Ballet 7:15-8:45 pm

$135 per month

Adult Ballet (Once a Week)

$67.50 per month

Adult Ballet (Twice a Week)

$135 per month

Detroit Warren Central Site (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Monthly tuition & Performance Fee / Fundraiser, winter/spring 2017

Tuition is due by the 15th of each month. 10% Discount Does not apply.

$25 late fee after the 15th will apply

Tuition & Fees

Detroit Warren Central Site (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

tuition & Performance Fee / Fundraiser, winter/spring 2017

10% Discount applies

Full Tuition Payment

Tindal Recreation Center Monthly Tuition

estes park (Tuesdays) tuition is payable every 8 weeks in the form of cash or check to Center Stage

 30 min classes:  $6/class

45 min classes:  $9/class

1 hour classes:  $12/class

1.5 hour classes: $17/class

$20 annual registration fee

10% multiple class discount

Loveland (Mondays & Thursdays) monthly subscription winter/spring 2017

10% Discount applies if you subscribe by January 31st 2017.

Please note the date you subscribe will be your monthly billing date.

Children's Ballet 5-6 pm

$90 per month

Preteen / Teen Ballet 6-7:30 pm

$135 per month

Pointe / Prepointe 7:30-8:30 pm

$90 per month

Loveland (Mondays & Thursdays) Monthly tuition winter/spring 2017

Tuition is due by the 15th of each month. 10% Discount Does not apply.

$25 late fee after the 15th will apply

Tuition & Fees

Loveland (Mondays & Thursdays) tuition winter/spring 2017

10% Discount applies

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Tuition Winter / Spring Season

REACH US

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Estes Park, CO

Loveland, co

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Ballet Renaissance

P.O. Box 3768

Estes Park, CO 80517

 

313-469-0694

970-480-7697

 

balletren@balletren.org

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Alumni

 

 

To make a tax deductible gift to Ballet Renaissance (Michigan or Colorado) click the Donate button below or mail your gift to Ballet Renaissance PO Box 3768 Estes Park, CO 80517. If  your gift is in memory or honor of someone special, please kindly make a note in the memo section of your check. Thank you for your heartfelt, generous gift.

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