Westchester Ballet Company

Westchester Ballet Company Founded in 1950, Ossining-based WBC is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the awareness and apprecia
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For 70 years, Ossining-based Westchester Ballet Company (WBC), one of the longest-running regional nonprofit youth ballet companies in the United States, has served our county. WBC, made up of 100 young dancers from across 17 towns and villages in Westchester and Putnam counties, is driven by the belief that the arts are essential for our youth, that dance in particular instills confidence, provid

es foundational well-being, and strengthens our shared community. In addition to cultivating and showcasing dance as an art form, our mission calls on us to create accessibility—that means affordable/no cost access to its performances and affordable/no cost access to school-aged children who would like to dance with WBC. We believe that by eliminating these financial barriers we can further diversify this art form, create meaningful opportunities for our youth, and promote positive social change in our community. For decades WBC’s Nutcracker was hosted by the Westchester County Center in White Plains, attracting an aggregate audience of 150,000+ since 1996. In 2021 Lehman Center for the Performing Arts began hosting our holiday performances.

Merch store is open! Place your order by Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023! https://www.westchesterballet.org/merchYour purchase sup...
11/12/2023

Merch store is open! Place your order by Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023! https://www.westchesterballet.org/merch
Your purchase supports this nonprofit and the work we can do in the community to bring performance opportunities to young dancers.

Dancers of all levels are invited to audition for The Nutcracker! Pre-register by September 16 at: https://www.westchest...
09/05/2023

Dancers of all levels are invited to audition for The Nutcracker! Pre-register by September 16 at: https://www.westchesterballet.org/

Register by Sept. 16!     The new season begins! Auditions are scheduled for Sept. 23 & 24. Nutcracker auditions on September 23 & 24 will mark the official start of the 2023-24 season. We can't wait

08/29/2023

Auditions will be held on Sept. 23 & 24, 2023, in Tarrytown and Ossining. Open to all levels—beginner through advanced. Ages 6 - 18. Register at: https://www.westchesterballet.org/

Successful candidates are invited to join the Company and are cast in its Nutcracker, the region’s biggest, boldest, professionally-produced production of the beloved holiday classic, featuring 85+ youth dancers. Dancing with the Company requires that a dancer be enrolled in a requisite level and number of weekly ballet classes at the school of the dancer’s choosing and that they attend all required Westchester Ballet Company rehearsals and performances for the roles in which they are cast.

Scholarships available to those auditioning with the Company for the first time. Scholarship awards can be used towards participation fees or ballet classes at the school of the recipient’s choosing.

Westchester Ballet Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of creating professional-level performance opportunities for young dancers and for providing affordable access to the arts in our community.

Registration required by September 16.
Visit: https://www.westchesterballet.org/

06/17/2023

What a beautiful night we had at Sleepy Hollow Country Club for Spring Gala 2023. Thank you to all who attended!

06/02/2023

Get your tickets for Spring Gala 2023!

Join us on Wednesday, June 14, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club to support access to and excellence in the arts!

Enjoy a spectacular evening with old friends and new. Watch a live ballet performance, savor exquisite cuisine and cocktails, and take a chance on fun raffles and fabulous silent auction items—all set in one of the most stunning locations in the Hudson Valley.

Westchester Ballet Company plays a critical role every year in providing affordable access to the arts for thousands of people with diverse backgrounds in our community. Help us sustain the mission of this 73-year-old community nonprofit by joining us at Spring Gala 2023!FOR TICKETS, TABLES, and SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT:
https://www.westchesterballet.org/gala-2023

Last year's gala was a sold-out event.
Get your tickets early!

Dominik von Jan will be taking photos again in front of the Gala Flower Wall. Don't miss it!

Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing:
Erina Tanaka
Beth Fritz-Logrea
Jean Logrea
Karen & John Zanzarella

05/17/2023

Peter and (Nick Logrea as)the Wolf! Tonight—Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm in Chappaqua!
Get your tickets at WestchesterBallet.org
Thank you !

SPRING GALA 2023—Join us on Wednesday, June 14, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club to support access to and excellence in the...
05/10/2023

SPRING GALA 2023—Join us on Wednesday, June 14, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club to support access to and excellence in the arts!

2023 Honorees:
Beth Fritz-Logrea, Jean Logrea, Erina Tanaka, Karen and John Zanzarella

Enjoy a spectacular evening with old friends and new. Watch a live ballet performance, savor exquisite cuisine and cocktails, and take a chance on fun raffles and fabulous silent auction items—all set in one of the most stunning locations in the Hudson Valley.
Westchester Ballet Company plays a critical role every year in providing affordable access to the arts for thousands of people with diverse backgrounds in our community. Help us sustain the mission of this 73-year-old community nonprofit by joining us at Spring Gala 2023!

FOR TICKETS, TABLES, and
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT: https://www.westchesterballet.org/gala-2023
Last year's gala was a sold-out event.
Get your tickets early!

Deadline to purchase sponsorships: May 15
Deadline to purchase tickets and tables: June 4
Questions? Contact: [email protected]

05/10/2023

Thank you to Laura Rey Iannarelli of Rey Insurance and the team at Sir Speedy in Pleasantville for their support of Peter and the Wolf & Other Excerpts!

Get your tickets for May 17 & 18 at WestchesterBallet.org.

05/09/2023

“FIRST POSITION” IS ALL ABOUT ARTS ENRICHMENT, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, AND BUILDING A NETWORK OF SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Westchester Ballet Company, in collaboration with our community partner Rising Above Boundaries, is currently running a free 12-week ballet program for children 6-9 years of age in Ossining, New York. The spring program began with an orientation on March 27 and runs through June 19, 2023. The weekly, one-hour classes are taught by Bieje Chapman and assisted by Westchester Ballet Company Senior Company dancer Kennedy Keane.

The goal of First Position is to provide children in the community a robust and authentic introduction to ballet so that they might consider it as a pathway for their childhood. Over the past two years, nine young dancers who we have met through our community outreach programming in Ossining have auditioned and been cast in the Company’s production of The Nutcracker. Westchester Ballet Company has provided financial aid and scholarship opportunities for these young dancers so that the addition of ballet as an extracurricular pursuit puts no additional financial burden on their families.

Thank you Kemi Pogue for the opportunity to meet and work with the wonderful children and parents in the RAB program.

https://www.facebook.com/risingaboveboundaries
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05/08/2023

Get your tickets for the special evening performance of Westchester Ballet Company's "Peter and the Wolf and Other Excerpts" on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

Tickets start at $15.

For tickets visit: WestchesterBallet.org/repertoire

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Westchester Ballet Company Scholarship Winners! Based on their performance at auditions h...
03/29/2023

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Westchester Ballet Company Scholarship Winners! Based on their performance at auditions held on March 12, 2023, at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY, and adjudicated by Vladimir Roje, these 12 dancers received financial awards that they may apply to ballet training at the school, program, or summer intensive of their choosing.

Westchester Ballet Company presents Peter and the Wolf & Other Excerpts on May 17 (11:00 am and 7 pm) and May 18 (10:00 ...
03/19/2023

Westchester Ballet Company presents Peter and the Wolf & Other Excerpts on May 17 (11:00 am and 7 pm) and May 18 (10:00 am and 12:00 pm) at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514).

The matinee performances are designed for elementary, kindergarten, and pre-k school groups.

For tickets, visit: https://www.westchesterballet.org/repertoire



Thank you for their support of this community event!

The 2023 WBC Scholarships will be held on Sunday, March 12, at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY, and adjudicated b...
03/10/2023

The 2023 WBC Scholarships will be held on Sunday, March 12, at Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY, and adjudicated by Vladimir Roje, PhD.

Pre-registration is required.

Auditions are open to all boys and girls who are already company members of Westchester Ballet Company for the 2022-23 season, other than dancers who are graduating from high school this spring.

Audition adjudicator Vlady Roje began his ballet training at the National School of Choreography in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2020 he received his PhD in Music and Dance Arts at the National Academy of Music and Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. After his graduation, he performed as a principal dancer with national companies in Bulgaria, Germany, and Austria, as well as at the Carolina Ballet (NC), the New Jersey Ballet Company, and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Throughout his extensive dance career, he has held the leading roles in many classical ballets. As a guest artist, he has traveled extensively throughout Europe and has participated in numerous international galas around the world. Vladimir Roje is a decorated medalist from the 14th International Ballet Competition in Varna (Bulgaria). He has taught Classical Ballet in numerous dance schools in New York, Vermont and Europe. Currently, Vladimir Roje is an Associate Professor in Classical Ballet at Fei Tian College, Middletown, NY.

AWARD REQUIREMENTS
Evaluation criteria and scholarship awards will be made at the sole discretion of the adjudicator. If selected for a scholarship, acceptance of the award requires that the awardee perform with Westchester Ballet Company in the 2023-24 season, as well as meet all training requirements to be a part of the Company.

03/07/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended Casino Night! What an amazing show of support for Westchester Ballet Company and its Scholarship and Financial Assistance Fund! A huge thank you to our sponsors and donors. Your engagement makes all the difference in how we can support young dancers in the community.

02/25/2023

CASINO NIGHT! ONE WEEK COUNTDOWN! Get your tickets today. It's going to be a fun evening of food, drink, music, raffles, and casino-style games to raise money for Westchester Ballet Company’s Scholarship and Financial Assistance Fund. Saturday, March 4, 2023, from 6-9 pm, at the CV Rich Mansion in White Plains. Tickets on sale now at WestchesterBallet.org/casino-night. Help us keep the arts affordable and accessible in our community.

The need is there and the impact is real.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Clover Heating & Cooling
Corporate Plans LLC
Labriola Landscaping
Michael Patrick Consulting
Paraco Gas
Polished Spa Nails
William Raveis Mortgage
The Kelsey Company
Law Offices of David Gladstone
True View Homes

A big THANK YOU to and .realtor for co-hosting this event!

Got My Wings performances are SOLD OUT. Looking forward to seeing our patrons in Katonah tonight for the live premiere o...
02/03/2023

Got My Wings performances are SOLD OUT. Looking forward to seeing our patrons in Katonah tonight for the live premiere of this new ballet.
https://www.gotmywings.org/.

Thank you

01/11/2023

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the creative process as Tomiko Magario (http://tomikomagario.com/) works with Westchester Ballet Company dancers to build the choreography for "Got My Wings." The ballet will be performed on February 3, 4, and 5, in Katonah New York.

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out to this powerful piece that is inspired by the writings of Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on death row. This project was created by composer and musician Daniel Blake. The February performances are presented by Creative Alliance Project. To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.gotmywings.org/

Thank you to Dan Blake, Tomiko Magario, Creative Alliance Project, Bethany Arts Community, and the Westchester Ballet CompanySenior Company ensemble for making this work possible.

01/11/2023

Westchester Ballet Company and Creative Alliance Project are pleased to present “Got My Wings” on February 3, 4, and 5 in Katonah, New York. For tickets visit: https://www.gotmywings.org/

Thank you https://www.freejarvis.org/, https://danielblake.net/ and http://tomikomagario.com/ and https://creativeallianceproject.org/



"Got My Wings" is a ballet set to an original score composed and performed by Daniel Blake, with choreography by Tomiko Magario. Following each performance, a panel of formerly incarcerated men and women will share their experiences and reflect on living and coping while in prison.

Daniel Blake was inspired to create “Got My Wings” by the personal and spiritual journey of Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on death row in San Quentin State Prison. Masters tells his story in "That Bird Has My Wings", a memoir written in solitary confinement. While in prison, Jarvis Jay Masters has become a Buddhist and an author. Blake has been able to contact and converse with Masters, developing a relationship despite Masters’ incarceration.

“My heart was opened by his achievement,” says Blake. “That he could write his book in solitary confinement, that he could become connected to his core humanity in those circumstances – it is a deep testament to the potential of the human spirit.”

Choreographer Tomiko Magario describes the ballet as “in service to Blake’s music.” Talking about her creative process, she says that many of the shapes and gestures of the piece were developed in rehearsals. The young dancers of the Westchester Ballet were “open,” they “did not hide behind technique.” Magario wanted to maintain the honest feeling behind the movements. “My job was to make it cohesive,” she said.

That Bird Has My Wings has been selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 2022. While the book is a narrative about Jarvis Jay Masters’ life from early childhood through his time in prison, Blake’s score is not focused on the details of that story.

“I’m dealing with the topic of freedom – freedom from the limitations and strictures placed upon us by the circumstances of our lives, which for him are extraordinary.”

Jarvis Jay Masters, from his cell, also reflects on freedom:

“Sometimes when I refer to home, it means more about what you feel, how you get along with you, and how you cope with the environment you’re in. When I speak of home, I’m speaking of keeping my heart soft and strong, and not letting this place bring the worst out of anybody.”

Daniel Blake, composer, multi-instrumentalist and activist is the producer of three albums of his original music. He has toured with Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, and is a recipient of the 2022 New York State Council On the Arts Fellowship. Tania León, Pulitzer Prize winner and Kennedy Center 2022 honoree, describes Blake as “a talent whose time has come. He is doing great things.” Blake produces the annual Concert To Feed The Hungry. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York and is currently on faculty at the New School for Social Research.

Creative Alliance Project (CreativeAllianceProject.org) encourages broad community engagement with the arts as a means to promote equity and justice. CAP founder, Mindy Yanish, shares Blake’s vision. Reflecting on this project, Yanish says,

“Got My Wings” is the most socially and artistically significant project CAP has produced. It is a privilege to work with an artistic team that is calling attention to injustices embedded in our culture and is dedicated to equity and compassion."

“Got My Wings” will be presented at Katonah Space, 44 Edgemont Road, Katonah, NY, for three performances: Friday, February 3rd at 7 PM, Saturday, February 4th at 7 PM, and Sunday, February 5th at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale at GotMyWings.org in January.

Daniel Blake is available for interviews (718) 490-0163
For more information, contact:
Michael Minard, [email protected] (914) 584-6815

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95 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY
10562

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Monday 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm

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Westchester Ballet Company

Welcome to Westchester Ballet Company (WBC), one of the oldest regional, nonprofit ballet companies in the United States. Founded in 1950 by celebrated ballerina and choreographer Iris Merrick and located in Ossining, New York, the company is comprised of approximately 100 dancers who are selected each September through open auditions held at Logrea Dance Academy, the official school of WBC.

As WBC approaches its 70th anniversary, the company is as vibrant, forward looking, and eager as ever to engage with young dancers and the local community in the pursuit of excellence in dance education and programming.

While the world and how we engage in culture and entertainment has changed dramatically since our founding, WBC is steadfast in its firmly held belief that there is great value in bringing people together through shared, communal performing arts experiences, and that there is an imperative to continue to preserve and pass on the knowledge and wisdom of classical ballet.

To dance is to be fully present in the moment—to manifest something meaningful that was not there before. These truths are at the core of what, how, and why we do what we do. We celebrate and support dance—how it connects us to our past, helps us navigate our present, and allows us to build our future.


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