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Dance Power for New Brunswick
E-mail: Nicole Plett@princetoninfo.com
A Very Special Evening with Gregory Hines," American
Repertory Ballet’s State Theater benefit for Dance Power, demonstrates
a special connection between the pre-eminent tap dancer of his generation,
a Tony Award winner who is also a star of Broadway, film, and television,
and New Brunswick’s innovative ballet training program for public
This is Hines’s third appearance on behalf of Dance Power, of which
he is the national honorary chair. Dance Power is the longest running
art/public school partnership in New Jersey. It probably helps that
Gregory Hines spent part of his childhood in the same household as
his cousin Richard Nurse, retired assistant dean of admissions for
Rutgers University and former American Repertory Ballet board member
who continues to serve on the steering committee of the DancePower.
As boys the two took some of their first dance steps together —
before Nurse ceded the field of competition to his cousin.
The benefit evening, Thursday, May 4, offers a 6 p.m. pre-performance
dinner at SoHo on George, what promises to be an exhilarating dance
performance, and a post-performance reception with Gregory Hines at
the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick. Tickets for the full evening are
$250, or $150 to attend the performance and Hyatt reception only.
Founded in 1986, Dance Power is entirely tuition-free, and has provided
classical ballet training to more than 1,600 New Brunswick public
school students since its inception.
The rigorous, in-studio experience of Dance Power affords classical
ballet training to New Brunswick public school students within the
professional environment of the American Repertory Ballet studios.
Entry to the program begins in the third grade; each year in the fall
45 new students are admitted to the program. Third graders receive
free transportation to and from Princeton Ballet School in New Brunswick
and are provided dancewear, ballet slippers, a pre-class snack, and
25 weeks of one-hour ballet classes.
Students who want to continue their training beyond this third grade
experience can receive tuition-free training throughout their tenure
in the New Brunswick public schools, with advanced level students
training three to four times weekly at the school. Performance experience
enhances the training of in-studio Dance Power students who participate
in an annual performance in June. More advanced students appear with
ARB in "The Nutcracker" and other productions.
In addition, every Dance Power student attends two ARB performances
annually. Currently there are 34 students ages 9 to 15 in the continuing
program. The New Brunswick public school system is a demonstrated
arts leader and has included dance as part of its school curriculum
for over 10 years.
Repertory Ballet , State Theater, Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick,
877-782-8311. The benefit evening offers a 6 p.m. pre-performance
dinner at SoHo on George, a dance performance by the star of stage,
screen, and television, and a post-performance reception with Gregory
Hines at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, to benefit the Dance Power
endowment. $150 & $250. Thursday, May 4, at 6 & 8 p.m.
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