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October 31, 2012

TBBS Announces the 2012 Nutcracker performance dates

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TBBS is happy to announce the 2012 Nutcracker! This year’s performances will be held at the Sorenson Center for the Arts and Babson College on December 8 at 7pm and December 9 at 1pm. We are excited for this move to a larger theater and look forward to performing for the Metro West audiences.

June 15, 2012

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

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Congratulations to this year’s graduating seniors:

Amber Romano – Nashville Ballet (second company)
Rachel Smith – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Graduate Program)
Gabrielle Ledoux – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kareem Lewis – Full scholarship to The Hartt School (Dance)

June 7, 2012

TBBS Spring Showcase

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TBBS presented the 2012 Spring Showcase at The Boston Conservatory Theater on May 19 and 20.  Over 80 students in levels 1 through 7 performed.  TBBS advanced students were featured in excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Don Quixote.  Congratulations to all the students on two wonderful performances and thank you to all parents and volunteers who made the performances possible!

March 9, 2012

Youth America Grand Prix

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Congratulations to all students who represented TBBS at the Youth America Grand Prix in Torrington, CT last weekend.

TBBS students performed the “Dance of the Hours” from Coppelia in the Ensemble portion of the competition.  The Ensemble placed 3rd out of 17 groups participating.  Level 7 student, Angelique Scully placed 2nd in the Junior Division out of 79 participants. Level 6 student, Tim Hartshorn placed in the top twelve in the Pre-Competative Division.

March 7, 2012

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

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Artistic Director Trinidad Vives was invited to work with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo as a guest teacher while they toured in the US. In February, she traveled with the company to Costa Mesa, CA and New York City where they performed Cinderella and a mixed repertoire program, including works by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

Read more about Les Ballets de Monte Carlo here –

February 12, 2011

TBBS Youth Ballet Program students preparing for the Youth America Grand Prix

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We are delighted that in the first full year of The Brookline Ballet School’s operation, we are able to send nine talented students to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Regional Semi-finals competition in Torrington, CT on February 18-20.  Students will represent TBBS in each category: Tim Hartshorn, a 10 year-old Brookline resident, will participate in the Male Pre-Competitive Division.  Angelique Scully, 13 years old, will compete in the Female Junior Division and Amber Romano, 16 years old, will compete in the Female Senior Division.  In addition, eight Advanced students will compete together in the Ensemble Division.

The YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world in preliminary competitions, and then the finals are held in New York City.  It is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.

Our artistic directors, Trinidad Vives and Parren Ballard, are currently coaching the students in their classical and contemporary variations in preparation for the Competition.  Parren has created original choreographies for the girls.  Tim will perform an excerpt from Giselle.   For the students, participation gives them the opportunity to enjoy the rich experience of preparing for their performance and then being on stage, helping them develop confidence in their abilities and gain maturity as performing artists.

Tim Hartshorn rehearsing his YAGP solo with Trinidad Vives.

Tim Hartshorn rehearsing his YAGP solo with Trinidad Vives.

Tim Hartshorn works on his arabesque pose with Parren Ballard in preparation for the YAGP.

Tim Hartshorn works on his arabesque pose with Parren Ballard in preparation for the YAGP.

Amber Romano rehearses with Parren Ballard an original choreography created for her for the YAGP.

Amber Romano rehearses with Parren Ballard an original choreography created for her for the YAGP.

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July 1, 2010

Brookline Patch features TBBS Boys’ Ballet classes

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The newly-launched Brookline Patch website opens with a feature article by Neal Simpson on TBBS highlighting the Boys’ Ballet classes.  One of Parren Ballard’s key objectives for the school is to develop fine young male dancers, working with them .  For the full story, including photos and video, go to:

May 7, 2010

May update

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We’ve been so busy with all that’s going on at TBBS that we haven’t had the time to talk to you on the blog.  So let’s catch up a little.

We’ll be happy on Sunday to have Trinidad return from a two-week visit to Munich where she has been guest teaching at the Bayerisches Staatsballett.  She has been fortunate to make this trip during their annual “Ballet Week”, during which there have been nightly performances of each of the ballets produced during the 2009-10 season.  Trinidad has been teaching daily class for the company and a number of visiting dancers.  As during her visit in November, she has been very impressed by the talent and hard work of the company dancers and the wonderful productions.

Congratulations to Tim Hartshorn, who danced last weekend in the Festival Ballet Providence production under the artistic direction of Mihailo Djuric of Cinderella, with choreography and set design by Victor Plotnikov.  Tim is student in our Intermediate and Boys Ballet programs and had a featured role among the students in the production.

We are delighted to welcome Fawn Heart Cronin to TBBS and announce her two exciting new classes starting this week.  Fawn has joined TBBS to teach her Dance Groove classes for youth and adults, at the nexus between dance and aerobic fitness.  For more details, go to the Fitness/Dance Groove page on our website.

Finally, stay tuned for announcements in the coming week:
– Preparations for the end-of-year Youth Ballet Program showcase Sunday June 13
– 2010-11 Youth Ballet Program schedule and enrollment
– July Dance & Movement camp for children 4-8y.

For our Lunchtime guests, we are making some schedule changes in Floor Barre and Mat Pilates, so please check the Schedule or Registration pages for details of the changes.

We’re looking forward to an exciting conclusion to our first season and moving forward towards the summer and fall seasons!

March 20, 2010

TBBS Welcoming Spring!

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Already two months have passed since our opening and we hope you have been enjoying TBBS as much as we have been enjoying your visits. We haven’t been very good correspondents in this space over these two busy months, so time to catch up.  We just sent our second monthly Newsletter, so in case you didn’t receive that, here are the highlights:


The TBBS Summer Intensive Ballet Program for ages 9-19, to be held August 2-28.  Preliminary details are available on the ‘ballet’ webpage.

Auditions will be held on Sunday March 28:
Ages 9-13: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Ages 14-19: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Registration deadline: April 16. To enroll, please complete the enrollment form on the website and return it to TBBS, or call us at 617-879-9988.


There will be no regular Youth Ballet Program classes (Pre-Ballet, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced) during April public school break, Monday April 19 – Sunday April 25.

However, we will offer an April Intensive Ballet Program for intermediate and advanced students, 2 classes a day, Tuesday April 20 through Friday April 23. The tuition for this program is $185.  For more details, please contact TBBS @ 617.879.9988.

Note that during the April Break, all open classes, adult dance and fitness will take place as usual.


Weekend Yoga
We’ve had many requests for yoga classes on the weekends and are pleased to announce that we now offer:
8:30AM Sunrise Flow Yoga with Ross Knights
Sunday 10:30AM (starting March 28)
Alignment Flow Yoga with Cat Murcek, whom we’re happy to introduce as a new yoga instructor joining TBBS.

Mat Pilates 50+/- with Liz Roncka
Tuesday 7:00PM
We have added a 55-minute Pilates mat class focused on safe and appropriate exercises for clients over 50. Clients under the age of 50 who feel they will benefit from a modified mat class are also welcome to attend.

Floor Barre Workout with Amy Robinson
Friday 12:30PM
Amy joins TBBS to bring her special Floor Barre Workout to TBBS on Fridays.  This class has a two-fold purpose. It stands on its own as the most efficient way to develop functional core conditioning, while stretching and strengthening the body with an eye towards proper alignment and posture. For individuals interested in starting to study the art of ballet, floor barre provides the knowledge and tools to make this a rewarding and successful experience. Open to both beginners and returning dancers.

Pre-School classes
The second session of Pre-School classes is now under way.  Places are still available in several of the classes, you can register for the remainder of the session and if space is available you can also take a drop-in class to try.

Note that NO PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED DURING APRIL BREAK, Monday April 19 through Sunday April 24, 2010.

Sebastian goes to Nationals
Associate Director Parren Ballard is preparing Sebastian Serra for the Youth America Grand Prix Competition.  Sebastian, a native of Puerto Rico, has been training with Parren for the past 2 years.  Placing first in both the Classical and Contemporary categories in the New England Regional competition held in Providence in February, Sebastian qualified to compete in the National Finals to be held March 21-27 in New York City.  Parren will travel to New York with Sebastian to coach him in the finals, where he will be performing variations from Flames of Paris and Paquita, as well as original contemporary work.

Looking forward to a great Spring!!

After the torrential rain last weekend, this week’s warmth and sun has filled us with optimism about the coming of Spring.

As always, we welcome your comments and requests and will do our best to adjust our program schedules to meet your dance and fitness needs and aspirations.

Thanks once again for helping make our opening months so successful.  We look forward to seeing you all again soon at TBBS!

January 10, 2010

Opening Eve Staff Get-together

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To celebrate our opening tomorrow morning, the TBBS dance and fitness instructors got together to see the studios and get to know each other.  The studio has really come together in the past week, and everyone is excited to start classes tomorrow.  Pictured below in Studio 2 are (front row) Ross, Michael, Stephanie, Saskia, Julia, Isabel and Lena, (back row) Renee, John, Anita, Michele, Annie, Marianne, Parren, Eve, Sydney, Cecilia and Trinidad.  Ama, Joanne and Liz could not make it to the party, but are also ready to start classes this week.  We hope to see lots of you in the studio very soon, as well.

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