Sunday, July 16th  9:30AM – 11:00AM   - Paul Taylor Modern Dance Technique, Teacher Ruth Andrien

Academy of Performing Arts - 5 Giddiah Hill Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

This class will focus on modern technique and the Taylor style, taught by distinguished Taylor alumna Ruth Andrien, Director of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. With Mr. Taylor’s dances in the repertoire of many of the most acclaimed ballet companies in the world, even the most dedicated ballet dancer will want to be familiar with Taylor style.

Thursday, July 27th   3:30PM – 5:00PM - Ballet Intermediate to Advanced Level, Teacher Lia Cirio

Reaching Heart School of Ballet -  27 Route 28, West Harwich, MA 02671

Principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, Lia Cirio, will teach an intermediate to advanced level ballet class for students ages 13 and up.


About the Master Teachers:

Ruth Andrien danced with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1974 – 1983, originating roles in such works Esplanade,  Runes, Airs, Imagesand Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal). She has restaged Mr. Taylor’s work for professional companies and universities around the world. Ms. Andrien has been on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Swarthmore College, Harvard University, MIT, Southern Methodist University, The School at Jacobs Pillow, New York State Summer School of the Arts, The Taylor School and the American Dance Festival, where she directed the Paul Taylor Project for the past three years. She has worked closely with The American Dance Legacy Institute at Brown University, which focuses on preservation and access to American dance heritage. She served as master teacher for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts in Miami and for the U.S. State Department’s cultural exchange program in Tunisia. She was the recipient of Towson University’s Rosenberg Award for Distinguished Artists in 2002 and the Balasaraswati/Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 2009 with Carolyn Adams and Sharon Kinney. Ms. Andrien received her MFA in Dance at Hollins University in 2007. She became Rehearsal Director of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in 2010.

Lia Cirio began her training at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre with Lori Ardis. She continued at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover, where she also studied privately with Theresa Crawford and Rafael Grigorian. At the age of 16, she was awarded a Level One award from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist. Additionally, she received the top scholarship and Founders' Award presented by Barbara Weisberger at the Regional Dance America Festival. The same year, she was invited by Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet II, and was Boston Ballet's Princess Grace nominee for 2004. She was promoted to Boston Ballet's corps de ballet in 2004, to second soloist in 2006, and to soloist in 2007.  From 2008-2009, Cirio toured with Trey McIntyre Project, performing throughout the United States and worldwide. She danced principal roles in McIntyre's “Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry,” and “A Day in the Life,” and originated roles in various new works by McIntyre. She returned to Boston Ballet for the 2009-2010 season and was named principal dancer in 2010.  Her repertory with Boston Ballet includes featured and principal roles in many classic ballets: La Bayadere (Nikiya), Don Quixote (Kitri), Etudes (the Ballerina), Swan Lake (Odette/Odile),The Sleeping Beauty(Aurora), Les Sylphides (the Sylph), Giselle (Myrtha) and The Nutcracker. Cirio was named in Dance Magazine's first "On the Rise" feature article, and has been featured in additional articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and on the cover of Pointe.