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  • Intensive Classical Ballet Summer Camp will bring Georgian instructors to Pensacola.

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    May 04, 2023
    Press Release/PSA
    Performing Arts Cultural Exchange - PACE Ballet Theatre - nonprofit
    Media Contact:
    Jessica Langston
    For immediate release:
    April 23, 2023
    Performing Arts Cultural Exchange’s (PACE) summer camp is on pointe:
    Intensive Classical Ballet Summer Camp will bring Georgian instructors to Pensacola.
    If pointe shoes, tutus and pirouettes are your favorite things, get ready for the Performing Arts Cultural Exchange’s Intensive summer camp, set for July 31-Aug. 19 in Pensacola, Fla. Each week offers 30 hours of class time. The camp will feature ballet and character dance instructors Marina Medvetskaya, Nikoloz Makhateli, Natalia Romanova, Yulia Yashina and Denis Simon. Pace Ballet Org is partnering with the City of Pensacola to bring this rare opportunity to residents and guests of the Pensacola, Fla. area.
    PACE Ballet Org's one week camp for 30 hours of lessons per week cost $1,750, two weeks or 60 hours cost $3,550 and three weeks or 90 hours cost $5,350. Transportation to and from the hotel is included for out-of-town students. Registration fee is $50 and is 100% tax deductible with all donations being used to provide underprivileged students The Peggy Willis Classical Ballet Scholarship to attend sessions for their age group. All students who complete their sessions will receive a "Certificate of Participation" for their studies and perform in the Gala.
    Classes: Students will have the chance to participate in three weeks of study, with 30 classes per week. Courses include pointe, character, ballet, repertoire, stage action/pantomime, learn repertory and partnering and rehearsal for a concert at Pensacila SEnger Theatre on August 19th.
    Performing Arts Cultural Exchange is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation offering ballet teaching materials with scholarships as a large part of its mission. Students in the camp will receive study with classically trained professionals.
    Get to know the instructors
    Medvetskaya is from Georgia and spent 30 years as the artistic director for her own theatre, the St. Petersburg Classic Ballet Theater, and soloist for ten years. She is a registered ballet teacher based on the Vaganova’s syllabus. She studied with Vakhtang Chabukiany and earned a certificate with the Conservatory of Classical Ballet.

    Makhateli was a principal dancer for 26 years with the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Georgia USSR, and was trained at the State Choreographic Institute of Georgia. He was a protege of famed Kirov dancer, Vakhtang Chabukiani, and studied the complete eight-year Vaganova syllabus. He studied choreography in St. Petersburg at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, learning the entire Petipa repertoire under Oleg Vinogradov, former artistic director of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet.

    Romanova is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg and studied under Natalia Dudinskaya. She was a soloist with the Saint Petersburg State Ballet Theater of Russia. She is currently a principal dancer with The International Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya.

    Yashina studied at the Bashkir Choreographic College She specializes in choreography, character dance and classical ballet. She has performed principal roles in “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Cinderella”, “La Bayadere”, “Chopinana ” and  “Romeo and Juliet”. She is currently an instructor and performer at the Marinsky Children’s Theatre in St. Petersburg.

    Oreshkevich danced professionally with the renouned Igor Morseev's Dance Theatre for many years headed their Academic Conservatory School for Character Dance education.

    The Summer camp will be held at the Pendacila Parks and Recreation ~ Gull Point Resource Center at 7000 Spanish Trail,  Pensacola, Fla. 32504. The three-week course will conclude with a gala concert performance at the Pensacola Saenger.
    To register, submit video for master classes, and for scholarship information please visit www.paceballet.org.

    Direct questions to Sheila Kleiman at paceballettheatre@yahoo.com



    Sheila Kleiman, Founder & President
    pacewillisballet@yahoo.com, (925) 864-8760