PPA’s Ballet Ensemble gives students additional education and performance opportunities, separate from Progressions Performing Arts regular class program, in the discipline of ballet.
Performances – Auditions are open to all PPA students within specific levels for performances each year. Auditions for all performances are for role placement only. All auditioning students are accepted.
Our annual Christmas tradition of the Nutcracker takes place each December. Auditions are held in August and September for levels Pre-Ballet through level 8. Five year olds from the Combo 5 classes are by invitation only.
We would like to take this time to introduce our newest ballet instructors, Priscilla Nathan-Murphy and Michelle Kaase. We are very excited to have these two diverse and wonderful teachers join our staff of excellent instructors.
Ms. Priscilla has a long and prestigious reputation as a gifted teacher and choreographer not only in the Houston area but also around the globe. Her training and certification with both the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi and the Cechetti Ballet Method in London have laid her foundation of experience as a teacher. Please see our website for her full bio.
Michelle Kaase is one of PPA’s own accomplished dancers, Michelle grew up training at PPA where she won many awards and recognition. She has a BFA in dance from TCU and is pursuing her master’s degree.
Both of these teachers join our existing instructors, Emily Roy, Page Brill and Adrian Ciobanu to round out an outstanding ballet program. Many of you may not know some of these other teachers if you exclusively had Ms. Lauren for classes and Nutcracker. As a result, this year may start out with a lot of new faces. Ms. Emily will be teaching both Monday and Wednesday this year and Mr. Adrian will be teaching some new levels. Ms. Page may be the most familiar face because of her strong presence in past Nutcracker’s and teaching with Ms. Lauren.
We encourage you and your children to get to know the teachers they will be instructed by this year. Ballet has many styles and methods developed over the years by great masters and mistresses of the art. Vaganova, Cecchetti, Bournonville, Royal Academy, and Balanchine are all well respected techniques in their own right and they do have differences. Because of these variances, there may be new teaching styles of which you and your child are unfamiliar. These changes in technical approach may cause the levels that were established by Ms. Lauren to be changed by the current teacher. This is not a reflection on your child’s abilities but rather a refining of the levels to match up with the experience of these new teachers.
We believe the new influence with these instructors will expose our students to the full spectrum of ballet as an art form. Change is not easy but it also is an opportunity for growth and progress. Please give this process time and be patient and positive.