A Once-In-A-Lifetime International Dance Experience
July 28th, 2014
(Eligible Age: 13 - 20)
Director's Diary of Last Year's Tour
China Tour Video
Slide Show of 2010 Tour
This unique five week program begins in Long Beach, where students train with master teachers,
choreographers and coaches. After three weeks the dancers and
artistic staff fly to China to take advantage of Artistic Director David Wilcox's close ties with China and train with the National Ballet of China Guangzhou, China's second largest professional ballet company. The tour will culminate with a full theater performance in Guangzhou.
Artistic director David Wilcox is the only American choreographer to have staged three
full-length ballets in China.
Over the last 17 years he has produced ten ballet tours to China with American ballet dancers.
Students return from their international ballet experience with
greater knowledge, strength, technique and artistry. More
importantly, this unique program provides young dancers with a
profoundly enhanced view of themselves, of the world, and of life
inside a ballet company.
number of spaces are available for family members to join the dancers
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letters from previous tour participants
Born and raised in Southern California, David
Wilcox trained with Yvonne Cusack and Stanley Holden before starting his professional career in Europe at the age of 18.
He joined the Berlin Ballet as a soloist at the age of 24 and returned to
the U.S. when he was 28 to launch a new career . He founded Long
Beach Ballet Academy in 1981 and a professional company in
1982 which changed its name to the Los Angeles Classical Ballet in 1991.
This company grew into Southern California's largest professional company
over a period of 15 years and attracted over 50,000 audience members
annually. Many of Mr. Wilcox's students have competed in
international ballet competitions, including the International Ballet
Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and the Prix de Lausanne in
Switzerland. He has produced dozens of professional dancers,
students who have joined major companies such as
San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Hamburg Ballet, New
York Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Sacramento Ballet. He has created
and produced more than a dozen full length ballets, three of which were
commissioned by the National Ballet of China in Guangzhou. The list
of international ballet stars with whom he has worked is long, and
includes Vladimir Malakov, Cynthia Harvey, Maya Plisetskaya, Marat
Daukayev, and Patricia Barker. His dancers appeared three times on the
Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2007 he was invited by ballet
presenters in China to be an official conduit from China to the U.S.
ballet world. He has presided over eight successful ballet tours to Taiwan and China
Mr. Zhong graduated from the Shen Yang Arts
Institute in China and
performed for seven years as a soloist with the National Ballet of China, Guangzhou. He was featured as the Golden Idol in La Bayadere Cupid in Don Quixote, the Court Jester in Swan Lake, and
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as many other leading roles. His father is a well-known Chinese choreographer
and Mr. Zhong has continued in his father's footsteps by choreographing for and
competing in several international ballet competitions, finishing in 8th place
at the Shanghai International Ballet Competition in 2005. Mr. Zhong is Resident Choreography of the Long
Englert is a Long Beach Ballet alumni and danced professionally with the Los Angeles
Classical Ballet for six years. She has performed as a soloist with
the Crystal Cathedral and is a co-founder of the Long Beach Ballet
performing company, for which she was artistic director for eight years. She is currently Ballet Mistress for the Long Beach Ballet.
Melissa was a soloist with the
Milwaukee Ballet for five years. She toured to Asia twice as a
featured ballerina with the Long Beach Ballet and is a certified Pilates instructor.
She was the first ballet dancer to make the finals in the TV hit
show "So You Think You Can Dance" and became a top five
finalist. Miss Sandvig is now a free-lance dancer in Los Angeles and on the
faculty of the Long Beach Ballet Academy.
Miss Drilon hails from the Philippines where she was a soloist
with Ballet Philippines. After immigrating to the U.S. she
became a soloist with Ballet West and then with the Long Beach
Ballet under the direction of David Wilcox. She is now
director of Northwest Classical Ballet School in Vancouver
Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 21st Varna International Ballet Competition in 2004. Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2005. Performs the principal roles in “Swan Lake ”, “Cinderella”, “La Bayadere”, “ Giselle”, “ Don Quixote”, “Dream of Red Chamber”, “Mei Lanfang”, “La Sylphide” , “Romeo and Juliet”, the Repertoires “The Butterfly Lovers”, “Yellow River”, “Human Sentiment” and Balanchine’s production “ Theme and Variation”, “Serenade”ect. Has toured to the USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, UK, France as well as the regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
Awarded the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of China’s National Ballet Competition in 1994; Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 9th French International Ballet Competition in 2000. Awarded the Silver Medal in the Senior Division at the 21st Varna International Ballet Competition in 2004. Performs principal roles in “Swan Lake”, “La Sylphide”, “The Nutcracker”, “Turandot”, “ Don Quixote”, “La Bayadere”, “Cinderella” , “Mei Lanfang”, “Giselle”, “Dream of Red Chamber”, “Romeo and Juliet”, the Repertoires “The Yellow River”, “ The Butterfly Lovers”，“Human Sentiment”. the Contemporary dance “ Crossing the Permanent Darkness” ,and Balanchine’s production “ Theme and Variation” , “Serenade” .
Principal Dancer with the National
Ballet of China, Guanghzou. Graduate of the Shen Yang Arts
Institute, Xin Sun joined the Guangzhou Ballet in 1999, was
promoted to soloist in 2001, performed the lead role of Nikya in La Bayadere in 2002 and the title role in Cinderella in 2004. Gold Medalist at the Moscow International Ballet
Competition in 2005. Guest Artist in Long Beach Ballet's
production of The Nutcracker in 2006. Silver
Medalist at the Seoul (Korea) International Ballet Competition
Mr. Kalinin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his dancing career at the age of 4 with his father. He graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow and has performed and toured as s soloist in over 60 countries with the most prestigious dance companies in the Soviet Union. He has taught dance for over 30 years in the US and abroad, including at the Washington D.C. based Kirov Ballet. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on the Life with Bonnie show, and has performed for Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. He was praised in the Reno Gazette Journal as "a choreographer able to set new standards in Russian Dance." Gelsey Kirkland of the New York City Ballet said of him, “Character Dance is greatly needed in this country, and Alexander Kalinin is a true inspiration as an artist and teacher.”
Additional faculty to be announced
NATIONAL AUDITION TOUR 2014
||Sat, Jan 11
||Northwest Classical Ballet
||14511 NE 10th Ave Ste D, Vancouver, WA 98685
||Sun, Jan 12
||Pacific Northwest Ballet
||301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
||Fri, Jan 17
||Dance Theatre Southwest
||4200 Wyoming NE Suite B-2, Albuquerque, NM 87111
||Sat, Jan 18
||School of Ballet Arizona
||2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
||Sat, Jan 25
||4819 Ronson Court, San Diego, CA 92111
||Sun, Jan 26
||1631 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
||Sun, Jan 26
||State Street Ballet
||2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
|Salt Lake City
||Sat, Feb 1
||Rose Wagner PAC Studio B
||50 West 200 South, SLC, UT 84112
||Sun, Feb 2
||Backstage Dance Studio
||3425 Backstage Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89121
||Sat, Feb 15
||Long Beach Ballet
||1122 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807
- Arrive at audition site at least 30 minutes prior to audition start time above.
- All auditions are conducted as a Master Class and are 90 minutes in length.
- Audition fee: $20.00 cash or check made out to Long Beach Ballet.
- Bring photo in arabesque.
- Class begins on flat and progresses to pointe.
- Audition attire: Ladies -- black leotard, pink tights. Men -- white t-shirt, black tights.
If you are unable to attend an
audition, you may also audition by video (DVD or YouTube).
Download and print
out the Video Application.
the form and return to the Long
Beach Ballet with video and support materials.
During the weeks in Long Beach,studenthoused at the beautiful dormitories of
California State University Long Beach, Parkside College. Parkside College is the name of the university's on-campus dormitory and is located 1601 Earl Warren Dr., Long Beach 90815. The residence provides a safe and secure atmosphere with its own
security system, including television monitors and on-campus security
Hotel in Guangzhou is the Eastern Cornucopia. Students stay two to a room. All meals are provided.
All meals are provided for dorm students
in Long Beach. Non-dorm students will be expected to bring a
sack lunch. In China the meals are
spectacularly diverse, delicious, and healthy.
Transportation that is provided as part of
the program includes
--Airport pick-up the day before the program begins (additional fee
--Daily transportation between the dorms and the studios for students
residing at the dorms
--Transportation from dorms to LAX (dorm students only)
--Round trip airline travel between Los Angeles and China
--All transportation in China
Transportation that is not provided:
--Transportation to Los Angeles/Long Beach from the dancers home town.
--Transportation from LAX at the conclusion of the tour.
$1,900 Five week tuition (Long Beach and China)
$1,400 Airfare LAX-Guangzhou-LAX (Approximate. Final amount determined Feb. 2014)
$ 950 Two weeks accommodations, meals, local transportation in China.
$85.00 registration fee.
$1,500 Three weeks dormitory housing and meals in Long Beach.
number of spaces are available for family members to join the dancers
during the tour in China.
pay for Airfare to China, China Expenses (2 weeks), and Visa Fee --
registration fee of $85.00 and non-refundable program fee deposit of $200.00 due upon acceptance to ensure a place
in the program.
50% of balance due no later than April 1st.
due no later than June 1st.
All participants must have a valid passport by May 1st, 2014.
2013 Class Schedule
Class Attire Requirements