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S: BALLET APETREI ~ St. Tammany's Own Resident Company

FC: BALLET APETREI | BALLET APETREI | St. Tammany's Own Resident Company

1: BALLET APETREI | St. Tammany's Own Resident Company

2: BALLET APETREI is a non-profit company founded in 1988 by Kelly and Constantin Apetrei, whose purpose is to give young, talented dancers the opportunity to train in a professional environment, and to bring to our area fine performances by these young people as well as international guest artists.

3: Constantin Apetrei Founder & Artistic Director Constantin Apetrei was chosen at the age of ten to attend the George Enesco Choreography and Arts Academy in Romania. Seven years later, he was one of only four students selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. In 1977, Constantin graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet with honors. Thereafter, he joined the Fantasio Ballet in Romania. In 1982, while performing in the United States on tour with Fantasio, Constantin defected. From 1982 to 1988, he performed with various ballet companies in the U.S. including the Dallas Ballet. Constantin retired from dancing in 1988, when he located to Mandeville and opened his own school, The Apetrei Dancenter, and founded BALLET APETREI. Inc., the nonprofit company. Kelly Apetrei Co-founder & Ballet Mistress Kelly Fortier Apetrei, a native of New Orleans, studied, trained and danced professionally in the New Orleans area until 1984. Kelly also studied with the Houston Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, and other professional artists in NYC. She performed as a soloist with the Dallas Opera. She retired from dancing with the birth of the Apetreis' first son in 1988. The Apetreis now have four sons, and have operated The Apetrei Dancenter and BALLET APETREI for over twenty years.

4: BALLET APETREI Company Dancers 2009-2010

5: Education

7: BALLET APETREI company dancers are admitted by audition only, and must commit to a year-long, rigorous instruction and rehearsal schedule.

8: Every summer, BALLET APETREI conducts a six week long "Summer Intensive Study" program. In addition to instruction by Kelly and Constantin Apetrei, students are introduced to the technique and choreography of visiting international guest artists. The summer session concludes with a company-wide performance showcasing works by these visiting artists, along with a signature Apetrei presentation.

9: International Guest Artists & Instructors

10: Sergiu Brindusa and Beth Moore ~ Husband and wife team married in 2005, and welcomed their first child in 2006. Their first introduction was at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., where they were both on full artistic and academic scholarships. | Ms. Moore received her earliest dance training in her native Atlanta, Georgia, with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater. She also studied with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet, all on full scholarship, and at age 14 was a semi-finalist in the 1994 Jackson, Mississippi International Ballet Competition. | Mr. Brindusa received his earliest training in his native Romania at the institute of Music and Choreography in Bucharest. He came to the United States at age 14 to enter the Kirov Academy, graduating with the highest artistic achievement diploma. He danced on numerous occasions alongside stars of The Kirov Ballet, and was twice a finalist at the world-renowned International Ballet Competitions -in 2000 in New York, and in 2002 in Jackson Mississippi. | Brindusa and Moore both joined the Orlando Ballet in 1998, their paths crossing for the second time. They were featured in many leading, principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. They continue to perform as guest artists. The couple have been the recipients of numerous community awards since opening their academy.

11: ~Luis Fuente Fuente was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, with whom he danced for 12 years, and later served as Ballet Master for three years. He was recognized nationally and internationally in roles created especially for him by Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey. He was principal dancer for the National Ballet of Washington, Holland's Het Nationale Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Nationl Ballet of Spain, Ballet Classico y Contemporaneo de Madrid, Antonio's Ballet de Madrid, as well as the Touring Company of Ballet Stars. Throughout his career, he also has been invited as guest artist for countless dance companies in Europe and the United States. Fuente was coached by the greatest names in the dance world: Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, George Ballanchine, Frederick Franklin, Ben Stevenson, and Antony Tudor among others. Fuente has served as director and resident choreographer for the National Ballet of Spain, He has worked extensively for television, taught throughout Europe and the U.S., and coached professional dancers in major companies all over the world. | Lucia Kuimova-Pettigrew~ Kuimova-Pettigrew is a native of Perm Russia, where she graduated from ballet school, then joined the Chamber Ballet, performing as a principal dancer from 1978-1984. She attended Perm University of Art, where she received a master's degree in ballet and choreography. She was on the faculty at the Ballet Department of the University and toured extensively as a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet in Japan, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Poland, Romania, and the United States. Kuimova-Pettigrew then joined the teaching staff of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington, where she remained for twelve years. She has taught and choreographed for the Dance Chance program, PNB school performances, open classes and outreach programs. She was a guest teacher at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington, Olympic Ballet,and the Tacoma Contemporary Ballet. For the last few years, she has taught at the American Academy of Ballet's summer program in New York City. After Hurricane Katrina, Kuimova-Pettigrew moved to Mandeville with her husband and son, and is currently on the teaching staff of the Apetrei Dancenter.

12: Aubrey Morgan ~ Morgan trained at the School of American Ballet in New York on full scholarship from 1994-1997. She was awarded the May Wein Award for outstanding promise in Dance in 1997. She was a member of The New York City Ballet from 1996 until 2001 where she performed many roles including: Soloist roles in Apollo, Sleeping Beauty, and Fanfarel. Morgan has taught and choreographed for Schramel Conservatory and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She graduated from The University of New Orleans - Magna Cum Laude in 2006 with a B.A. in English Literature and has performed as a principal dancer both with the New Orleans Ballet Theater in 2006-2008, and the Los Angeles Ballet 2007-2010. Morgan appeared as a guest performer in 2008 on the television show, "So You Think You Can Dance" and is currently appearing on Broadway in "The Phantom of the Opera." | ~ Sergey Kheylik Kheylik trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School from age twelve to fourteen. He then received a scholarship from the Rudolph Nureyev Foundation to continue his training at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School in Austria from 1997 to 2000. He was awarded the Prize of Hope at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland in 2000, and continued his training under Peter Pestov at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany from 2000-2003. He won 1st prize at the Vienna International Ballet Competition in 2001, and received a gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria in 2002. Kheylik has performed professionally with the Vienna State Opera, Carolina Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Cirque du Soleil - Zummanity, and the Hong Kong Ballet. Other credits include his performance in the film: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as the carousel dancer. Kheylik is currently working as a freelance artist sharing his talent all over the world.

13: Performances

14: BALLET APETREI showcases both local talent and international guest artists in several seasonal performances, annually. THE NUTCRACKER has established itself as a Northshore holiday tradition for over twenty years, but our area's best-kept secret is the production which takes place at the end of each summer session. Art patrons are also treated to performances at our Spring fundraiser, THE GRAND ECHAPPE and at other times throughout the year.


17: Premiering in 1988, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, the vision and original creation of BALLET APETREI's Artistic Director, Constantin Apetrei, came to life as a true community collaboration both in terms of financial and artistic support. Featuring Danny Elfman's music from the original movie soundtrack, this "modern-day fairy tale" may one day be extended to a two-act production.

19: GISELLE One of the most romantic of all classical ballets, Giselle tells the story of a simple, peasant girl who is betrayed by love. The ballet deals with the powerful forces of nature, including forest spirits and death. In the end, undying love triumphs over betrayal and vengeance.

20: A northshore tradition for over twenty years, BALLET APETREI presents the only full-length production of this holiday classic in our area. A local cast joins international guest artists in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

21: BALLET APETREI also stages 2nd Act "school shows" as a unique field trip opportunity for local students.

23: Community

24: Habitat for Humanity | BALLET APETREI company dancers are most often found inside the ballet studio, but you may also spot them lending a helping hand in various ways throughout our community. Whether performing construction tasks for a local "Habitat" home, adopting a needy family at Christmas, or sharing storytime with local children, BALLET APETREI dancers serve as role models and are truly community standouts.

25: Barnes & Noble | Bastille Day Celebration

26: THE BERNIE KLEIN UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN'S FUND Bernie Klein was BALLET APETREI Board President in 1988 when Constantin Apetrei created the ballet, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. Bernie not only raised over $50,000 to produce the ballet, but he also worked on every aspect of the production. He helped make it possible for Cosntantin to bring his dream and vision of "Edward" to reality. For this, and his endless support, we are forever grateful to Bernie. | BALLET APETREI has created the BERNIE KLEIN UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN'S FUND to be used to bring the art of ballet to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience it. For every $10 raised, one child from an underprivileged school will be able to attend THE NUTCRACKER or other company performance. Throughout the year, BALLET APETREI presents opportunities to"adopt an angel" by purchasing angel ornaments, company logo car magnets, or our logo theater seat cushions, but general contributions towards this fund are always welcomed and appreciated.

27: Support

28: Thank You! | B | BALLET APETREI would not exist without the generous support of its patrons, both as individual members and as corporate sponsors. Memberships at all levels are available at any time of the year... for more information, please contact: BALLET APETREI 829 Asbury Drive ~ Mandeville, LA 70471 985.624.3422 FAX 985.845.2791 balletapetrei@yahoo.com www.balletapetrei.com

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