IBE BRINGS BALLET TO PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Since 1999 IBE has brought its unique 30-week ballet course to schools in the Philadelphia School District.
The students study ballet with IBE’s master teaching artists in residence, learning about body awareness, focus, and the vocabulary and mathematics of dance and music.
They also have an opportunity to put these skills to use: at the close of the year, they perform on stage with the youth cast and guest artists in a fully staged ballet for a school district audience.
With choreography set specifically for them, the “residency” students are incorporated into ballets such as Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Wonderland, La Boutique Fantasque, and IBE’s own opera-based ballets, Carmen and Porgy and Bess. Along with ballet fundamentals, the students experience teamwork, work towards a long-term goal, and gain confidence.
IBE provides ballet slippers and dance attire. Costumes for the performance are fashioned individually for the students by IBE’s wardrobe mistress.
Current residency sites
James Blaine Elementary School
John B. Kelly Elementary School
Thomas Mifflin Elementary School
IBE Teachers in Residence
Elena Tiuriakulova has been teaching in IBE’s residencies since 2003. Former principal dancer with the Kyrgyzstan Opera and Ballet, dancing the lead in, among others, La Fille Mal Gardée, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Giselle and Swan Lake, she received her training from the world-famous Kirov (now Mariinsky) Choreographic Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she graduated with honors. She received her practical training at the Mariinski Theater of Opera and Ballet. She became Principal Dancer at the Kygyz State Theater of Opera and Ballet, dancing the lead roles in all of the major ballets for twenty years, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora inSleeping Beauty, Nikia in La Bayadere and many more. She received many honors including “Honored Artist of Ballet of the Kyrgyz Republic” in 1982 and “Laureate of the Prize of Youth Union of Kyrgyzstan for Excellence in performance” in 1980.
Cara King specializes in teaching ballet and creative movement to young children. After teaching ballet for the Settlement Music School (Germantown) school partnership program, she joined IBE in 2011. Ms. King completed the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in the United States and England, participated in summer intensives at the Pennsylvania Central Youth Ballet, and earned a degree in dance from Hope College.
Christina Castro-Tauser earned her MFA at Temple University and was the recipient of the Rose Vernick MFA Choreographic Achievement Award. Excerpts of her Thesis ¿Que Pasa Ahora? were showcased at the ACDA 2018 Mid-Atlantic North Conference, and as part of the Artist Bash at the Barnes Foundations. Recently her essay “Embodiment in the Public Art of Jody Pinto” was published in Dancer-Citizen. Christina is also the founding director of Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble, adjunct faculty at Temple University and Teaching Artist for Taller Puertorriqueno. Prior to her years in Philadelphia, she was the Director of the Gainesville Ballet Junior Company and an Instructor for the Gainesville School of Ballet for eight years. Christina received her BA in Dance from Point Park University. She was an apprentice at the Colorado Ballet where she choreographed Cafe con Leche for the Colorado ballet studio Company. She has trained with Laura Alonzo at Centro Pro Danza Havana Cuba, Minnesota Dance theater and Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive.
Nancy Malmed, founding executive director of IBE and the artistic director of Wissahickon Dance Academy, annually choreographs and stages IBE’s spring ballets, among them Alice in Wonderland, The Four Seasons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gaîté Parisienne, La Boutique Fantasque, La Fille Mal Gardée, and two original ballets she has set to opera: Carmen and Porgy and Bess. She holds a master’s degree in dance from Temple University
Elena Tiuriakulova teaching IBE residency students at George Washington (2013)
Students from George Washington performed in IBE's Carmen (May 2015)
Ashley and Silvina
IBE Residency Students
Simon Gratz High School
IBE residency students from George Washington H.S. in "Gaite Parisienne"