International Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive begins June 5, and we are excited to announce our faculty for the three week program for intermediate and advanced dance students!
Our guest faculty will include Yumelia Garcia for Ballet, Variations, and Strength and Stretching; Elizabeth Dennen for Beginning Modern; and Sharon Gerber & Tommy Pryde for Music for Dancers. Also teaching will be our own Vlada Kysselova for Ballet and Pointe; Alexander Tressor for Ballet Repertory, and Character; Juliana Jordan for Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary; and Gordon Owens for Musical Theatre/ Jazz and Acting.
Elizabeth Dennen, Sharon Gerber, and Tommy Pryde are local artists who recently performed in International Ballet's Swan Lake, Act III & Other Works at the Peace Center for the Performing Art's Gunter Theatre.
Alexander Tressor will teach during Week 1; Yumelia Garcia will join us for Weeks 2 & 3.
Since retiring from Joffrey Ballet in 2014, Yumelia Garcia has not let the grass grow under her feet. While currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she also continues to make guest performances, from Florida to Alaska. Ms. Garcia continues her close collaboration with the Jacksonville Symphony this holiday season as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, after stunning performances in Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella during Jacksonville’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Garcia was included in the Chicago Sun-Times' best performances of the year 2015, for Day of the Gypsy at the Harris Theater, a ballet created by Gordon Pierce Schmidt. She recently worked in New York with Kathryn Posin Dance Company and Meredith Monk in a commissioned ballet for the Harkness Dance Festival in Manhattan. Yumelia has taught for Joffrey Ballet’s teaching workshop in San Antonio, TX, and the Joffrey Academy in Chicago, as well as teaching and coaching for ballet schools across the country, from Buffalo, NY, to Los Angeles, CA.
Yumelia Garcia was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received her professional training at the Escuela de Ballet Gustavo Franklin (Vaganova school). Graduating with honors, Vicente Nebrada invited her to join the National Ballet of Caracas at the tender age of 15, and promoted her to soloist one year later. Ms. Garcia began her U.S. career with Heinz Pohl at Ohio Ballet, and soon thereafter she joined Milwaukee Ballet and became principal dancer. In her tenure with Milwaukee Ballet, Kathryn Posin created Scheherazade on Garcia, and she performed the classical principal roles of Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Carmen, a breath-taking performance elevating Garcia to a Milwaukee favorite. Garcia later moved on to Ballet Florida, where she was featured in contemporary and classical works, including Cleopatra, by Ben Stevenson. In 2009, Ms. Garcia was invited by Ashley Wheater to join Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, where she hit the stage to critical acclaim in principal roles such as Valencienne in The Merry Widow and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Most notably, her performance in Ashton’s Cinderella was featured in Pointe Magazine as one of the “Best Performances of the Year 2010,” and the Chicago Tribune included her as one of the best dancers of the year for 2010 and 2011.
Yumelia Garcia's remarkable versatility, technical prowess, and intensity have given her extensive experience with works by choreographers that include Alonzo King, Choo San Goh, David Parsons, Jean Paul Comelin, Mark Godden, George Balanchine, Trey McIntyre, Jimmy Gamonet, Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Robert Joffrey and Val Caniparoli.