Technique & Determination.

Pioneer Valley Ballet's training program uses a unique Listen, Think, & Move philosophy to create determined, strong, and supple dancers who possess poise, confidence, and self-respect.

 

Artistry.

Under the direction of Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, dancers learn both contemporary and classical choreography throughout the year in classes and on-stage.

 

Community.

PVB Dancers join professionals and community members on-stage every season to perform in opulent classic ballets, including our regionally known production of The Nutcracker.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Register to Audition

Online audition registration for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp has closed.  

Don't worry! You can register the day of the audition. Please download and bring a registration form with you to the audition, or plan on filling one out upon your arrival. Online registration has closed. A non-refundable $27 registration fee and $20 costume fee is due per child at registration.

MORE INFO AVAILABLE ABOUT AUDITIONS HERE

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Auditions for Aladdin are 1/10/15

AUDITIONS


Auditions for Aladdin and his Magic Lamp are being held on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Children aged 4.5 – 12 are invited to audition and play a role.  No dance experience necessary.  Advanced dancers (12+ years old and en pointe) should contact the studio for audition information.

WHEN  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Boys & Girls ages 4.5-7
10:30 am Registration
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Auditions

Boys & Girls ages 8-12
(not en pointe)
12:30 pm Registration
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Auditions

WHERE  

PVB Studio, 116 Pleasant Ste, Ste 155, Easthampton, MA 01027

CASTING 

Children who are at least 4.5 by the day of the audition will receive their role the day of the audition.  We cast children based on their experience, age, and aptitude during the audition.  We set children up for success by casting them in roles that are developmentally appropriate for their age, creating a positive audition, rehearsal, and performance environment, and supporting their love of dance.

REGISTRATION

We encourage you to register your child in advance although it is not required.
Register online today.

FEES

Non-refundable $27 registration fee and $20 costume fee per child.

FAQs

My child missed the audition.  Can she or he still participate?
We may still have a few roles available.  Please contact Noelle to discuss opportunities for you child.
My child has no dance experience.  Can she or he still participate?
Yes.  Every child can participate.  We have developmentally and age appropriate roles for all skill levels.
What roles do the children play?
Roles vary depending on the performance but here are a few examples: reindeer and candy canes (The Nutcracker), pearls and sea horses (The Little Mermaid).
What is the rehearsal schedule?
Most dancers rehearse on Saturdays for 45-60 minutes, depending upon the role.  Some groups of dancers rehearse for a little longer, and occasionally on a week night.  Our advanced dancers (on pointe) rehearse all day Saturday in addition to Friday evenings.  During the final week of rehearsals, all dancers attend a mandatory orientation at the Academy of Music and most dancers also participate in one or more dress rehearsals on a week night.  Specific rehearsal schedules will be handed out at the auditions.
How do I get tickets to the performance?
Tickets will be available for purchase in the studio before being sold online and at the Academy of Music. We do not offer complimentary tickets to our community dancers.
How much does it cost to participate?
Registration Fee, $27
Costume Fee, $20
Children will need to provide their own leotards, tights, and ballet slippers to be worn under their costumes for dress rehearsals and performances.  Specific color requirements will be made available shortly after rehearsals begin.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, please call or email our Executive Director to discuss special arrangements for your child.
What happens on the day of auditions?
After registration, your child will be given an audition number to pin to his or her shirt or leotard.  You will all be asked to wait in line, in order of your number for your turn to audition.  Children are brought into the audition hall in groups where they are led through basic dance stretches, are measured for their costumes, and learn choreography to perform.  They audition for Artistic Directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti.  While your child is auditioning, parents attend a mandatory orientation where they review important information about participating in the performance.
What should my child wear to the auditions and rehearsals?
Wear comfortable clothes he or she can move in.  Tights and leotard are not required, but many dancers prefer to wear them.  Ballet slippers are recommended but not required during studio rehearsals.  If your child does not yet own ballet slippers, we suggest waiting until you know the color required for their costume before purchasing.  Children without ballet slippers should wear socks for rehearsal. No bare feet.
Do we get to keep the costumes?
Pioneer Valley Ballet has an extensive collection of costumes that we use every year for our productions. Your costume fee helps off-set the cost of upkeep, cleaning, alterations, and replacements.  Dancers do not keep their costumes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Isabelle Doll Raffle

We are raffling off a limited edition Isabelle American Girl Doll!

This sweet dancer will be discontinued on December 31, 2014. 

Raffle tickets are available at all PVB events and performances until the final performance of Nutcracker on December 14 after which we will draw one lucky winner. You do not have to be present to win.

All proceeds from this raffle will go directly to The Nutcracker to help cover the cost of new costumes like The Holly Trees.

Isabelle has been cast in The Nutcracker!  


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Behind the Scenes

Rehearsals for The Nutcracker are well underway, filled with laughter, focus, dedication, sweat, and triumph. The littlest ginger breads are skipping about, the polichinelles are goofing off, the party goers are in for a magical surprise, and Clara is sweetly dreaming.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE NUTCRACKER


While the dancers stretch their skills, and determinedly work their choreography, volunteer seamstresses are rapidly stitching as costumes come to life, the production team is planning and building, and the date of opening creeps closer and closer!

Rehearsal for The Nutcracker

Rehearsal for The Nutcracker

You can follow us backstage at instagram or on facebook!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE NUTCRACKER


PVB volunteer, Linda, working on new bodices.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pull out your party dress, dust off your shoes, and shine your tiara! The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea is back! This delightful fundraiser is perfect for tiny tots, sweet fairies, and exuberant dancers.

December 7, 2:30pm

at The Clarion Hotel in Northampton


Children and their grown-ups will enjoy sweets, treats, a mini-performance by PVB dancers, and a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy.  All proceeds benefit Pioneer Valley Ballet programming.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nutcracker Box Office Open


December 12 - 14, 2014
Friday at 4pm and 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1pm and 4:30pm




BOX OFFICE

PVB Studio Box Office located at our studio, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton
Now through November 15:
Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturdays, 10am-4pm
**Phone sales can only be accommodated when there is not a line at the studio. You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in person only.

Academy of Music Theatre Box Office
274 Main Street, Northampton or call 413-584-9032 x105
Tuesday - Friday, 3-6pm,

Online Box Office
Online Box Office opens November 1.

Discounts
Senior and Student discounts available for in-person sales only.
Seniors: $5 discount/ticket. Limited to two senior tickets per order, please.
Students: RUSH tickets (high school & college with ID) will be available at the theater 30-minutes before each show. Tickets are $15 and restricted to the upper balcony.
Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Please email SerahRose to book your group.

Additional Information
All seats are reserved seating.
Tickets are nonrefundable.  No ticket exchanges.
Box office and online sales fees may apply.
No elevator service is available at the theater for loge and upper balcony seats.
The Academy of Music Theatre is wheel chair accessible. Please call to inquire about accessible seating.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PVB awarded MCC Grant

In recognition of its significant role as a cultural ambassador to regional children, Pioneer Valley Ballet has been awarded a Mass Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) Peers Grant to expand its Educational Outreach Program.

Each year PVB hosts developmentally-appropriate school day programs to coordinate with winter and spring productions at Northampton’s Academy of Music. The Educational Outreach Program is led by an experienced educator/dancer who leads students on a journey into the world of ballet, exploring dance vocabulary and popular ballet steps, the many elements of a ballet production, and what it takes to be a dancer. Students meet choreographers and dancers, learn about costume and set design, and see how it all comes together in a captivating performance. Interactive, educational, and entertaining, the program features scenes and performers — including area high school students — from the current production. Since 2008 hundreds of school children from PreK-5th grade have participated, and the numbers keep growing.


“We are thrilled by this affirmation of PVB’s cultural relevance, both to our region and to Massachusetts as a whole,” states PVB executive director SerahRose Roth. “We are grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their commitment to our ballet studio and to regional schoolchildren.” Acknowledging PVB’s ongoing commitment to its outreach program, the award letter noted “MCC staff and panelists were impressed by the work you [PVB] are doing to increase public value for the citizens of Massachusetts.”

More information about participating in PVB's Educational Outreach Program.