SVB Summer Intensive
The perfect way to hone your skills and immerse yourself in dance this summer! The SVB Summer Dance Junior Intensive runs Monday-Friday June 12-
June 16 and the SVB Summer Dance Senior Intensive runs Monday-Friday June 19- June 23 at the Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia.
Dancers are split into two levels for instruction.
The Junior Session for girls and boys ages 10-12 is a full day program in the first week focusing on Ballet technique and vocabulary, including pre- Pointe and Variation classes
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $265 wk or $60 day
The Senior Session for girls and boys ages 13-18 is a full day program in the second week with classes in Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Jazz, Modern and Pilates.
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: $265 wk or $60 day
Vaszary Scholarships Available
AMY POTTER- GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Born in Roanoke, VA, Amy Potter took her first ballet class at the age of three and left home at the age of fifteen to train at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. She continued her training with the Boston Ballet trainee program and in 2009 joined Houston Ballet II. During the two years spent in Houston Ballet II, Amy performed principal roles while touring nationally and internationally. Her repertoire with Houston Ballet included contemporary and classical works by Marius Petipa, Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, Ma Cong, Jiri Kylian, and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Amy then went on to join Ballet West in 2011 where she performed as Summer Fairy in Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Cinderella, Beige Couple in Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, Beauty Fairy in Ballet West’s The Sleeping Beauty, and other ballets by Jodie Gates, Helen Pickett, Christopher Ruud, Anna-Marie Holmes, and August Bournonville. After dancing with Ballet West for three years, Ms. Potter then joined Oklahoma City Ballet in 2014 dancing principal roles such as the Pas de Deux in Nacho Duato’s Without Words, Waltz girl in George Balanchine's 'Serenade', ‘That’s Life’ pas de deux in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Sugar Plum Fairy in Robert Mill’s The Nutcracker, Dying Swan variation, and Principal Woman in Stanton Welch’s Play, just to name a few. Amy joined Oklahoma City Ballet in 2014. She was promoted to Soloist in 2015.
RONNIE UNDERWOOD- GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Ronnie Underwood returns to Oklahoma City Ballet as a principal dancer having danced most recently with Ballet West in Salt Lake City and as a featured dancer on the hit WB television series Breaking Pointe. Originally from California, Ronnie grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and received his training from Tulsa School of Ballet, Ballet Hispanico in New York City, and American Ballet Theatre. He began his professional career as an apprentice with Tulsa Ballet before joining Texas Ballet Theater at the age of 19 under the direction of Ben Stevenson. He later danced as a principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Christopher Stowell. Ronnie has performed the leading male role in much of classical and neo-classical ballet’s standard repertoire including Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake, and Apollo. His contemporary repertoire includes works by Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli and Jiri Kylian among others. He has enjoyed numerous opportunities as a guest artist, most notably with the critically acclaimed South African Ballet Theatre dancing the role of Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty. With Oklahoma City Ballet, he has danced Cavalier in The Nutcracker and Peasant Pas de deux in Giselle, in addition to principal roles in Balanchines’ Valse Fantaisie, Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Paquita, and new works from Jessica Lang, Helen Pickett and Artistic Director Robert Mills.
BLAKE NIXON - GUEST INSTRUCTOR
Blake was raised in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated with honors from First Colonial High School and the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) in Norfolk, Virginia. While at GSA, she studied modern dance under Todd Rosenlieb and Deborah Thorpe. Blake’s love of modern dance prompted her to attend James Madison University. While studying at JMU, Blake performed in pieces choreographed by Cynthia Thompson and Ryan Corriston and was asked to dance in an adjudicated concert at the American College Dance Festival. Having a passion for supporting youth within the local Harrisonburg community, Blake earned the Community Engagement Award for the JMU School of Theatre and Dance. Blake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and holds a teaching licensure in Dance Education K-12. Currently, Blake teaches dance at Patrick Henry High School and is a company member with the City Modern Ensemble.
PEDRO SZALAY - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BALLET
A native of Venezuela, Szalay was born to Hungarian parents and is a native of La Guaira , Venezuela where he started dancing in local school by Ms. Machado .He received a scholarship at Ballet Nacional of Caracas, coached by Vladimir Isayev and many other national and international teachers. There he danced many of Nebrada's choreographed pieces. Later he traveled to New York City to be coached by Madame Darvash and performed with New York Dance Theatre directed by Frank Ohman.
After New York, Szalay was company dancer with Richmond Ballet from 1996 to 2006 where he was an inspiration for many choreographers and he danced pieces from Balanchine, Burn, Canaporoli, Lang, Soleau , Stevenson, Orff, Wainrot, Winslett and many others. He was also a guest performer and choreographer with the Latin Ballet of Virginia .
He has guest taught in South Carolina, Philadelphia, Virginia School of the Arts, Washington and Lee University and St. Paul's Ballet Company. Szalay served as a coach, choreographer for the School of Richmond Ballet and other Richmond dance schools. He served as Artistic Advisor for Chesterfield Ballet School . Szalay coached the Wheel Chair Miss Richmond. He currently teaches at The Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia. In summer 2016, he was invited to guest teacher in Murcia, Spain at Robles Ballet School.
Szalay for the past 10 years enhanced the lives of many 4th graders through his instruction of the Minds In Motion program in Richmond, Charlottesville, Martinsville, Salem and Roanoke City Schools. Beginning in 2012, Szalay developed a Spanish language, choreographed movement program called Dance Espanol for 4th graders in public schools. In 2013 created a Ballet program for Middle School in Roanoke City Public Schools.
January 2007, Szalay became Artistic Director of Southwest Virginia Ballet in the Roanoke Valley, since he has brought SVB to be recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2009 he was awarded the Perry F. Kendig Awards for Outstanding Performing Artist and in 2010 named the best Local Celebrity for Charity Events by the Roanoker Magazine.
Szalay is a Resident Artist for Carilion Clinic Healing Art Program. Board member of Thursday Morning Music Club as Dance Chairman - Footnotes and Roanoke City Public School Education Foundation, Inc.
Szalay's choreography credits include : The Long Christmas Ride Home , for Flournoy Playwright Festival, Ties: A Railroad Ballet, Cinderella, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Miss Richmond Pageant(2002-2003), the Miss Virginia Pageant(2009-2012), Like Winter Waiting ( 2012- 2014), Sewing Seeds with Ann Waldrop, Dominos for Charlottesville Ballet. Holidays Pops, Peter and The Wolf, Carmina Burana with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Excerpts of Act II of The Nutcracker, Firebird and Under the Tent with Roanoke Youth Symphony, Nick Cave, Norman Rockwell and many others for Taubman Museum of The Art. La Traviata and South Pacific for Opera Roanoke. His newest project for 2017 is a commission to choreograph for an original score in remembrance of the Virginia Tech tragedy.
ABIGAIL FURRY - BALLET MISTRESS
Abigail is the Ballet Mistress for Southwest Virginia Ballet, where she has been dancing since 2003. She has performed lead roles with SVB, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, an Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and Blue Bird and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in Sleeping Beauty. She earned her master's certification in Pilates from FiTOUR in June 2013. Currently Abigail teaches ballet and pilates at the Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia. She has also taught for the Dance Español program in the Roanoke City public Schools and for the Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion program in Roanoke and Salem area public schools. Abigail has received a number of scholarships from the Footnotes division of the Thursday Morning Music Club for dance. She received her associates of applied science and certificate in accounting from Virginia Western Community College in 2014, and lives in Salem.