Winners from the BBB Essay Contest 2019

Children, Student, Junior age division:

  • 1st Place - Eilidh Sutherland

  • 2nd Place - Arianna Pazminno

  • 3rd Place - Piper Leistiko & Sophie Malcomson

Children, Student, Junior Foreign Language

  • 1st Place Agnese Piovesana

Honorable Mentions:

  • Manon Barry

  • Lyric Fernandes

  • Julian Graef

  • Luca Khomenko

Senior & Professional Age Division

  • 1st Place - Julia Lauany Duarte

  • 2nd Place - Domsa Radu

  • 3rd Place - Jacqsyn Dieziger & Lucy Sirrs

Honorable Mention

  • Kasper

Senior Foreign Language

  • 1st Place Emiliano Condiago

Honorable Mention

  • Giovanni Giordano

Winners from Ballet Beyond Borders 2019

Open Category Student Age Division

  • Silver- Alejandra Montes de Oca Gomez - Mexico

  • Bronze- Sofia Mortera-Castillejos - Mexico

Open Category Junior Age Division

  • Gold- Ana Wu - Canada - Sponsored by the Montana Club

  • Silver- Julian Graef-USA

  • Bronze- Tony Woodward-USA

Open Category Senior Age Division

  • Silver- Min Ji Seo - Korea

  • Silver - Julia Lauany Duarte - Sponsored by Alpine Physical Therapy

Open Category Professional Age Division

  • Gold - Melissa Hinz - USA

  • Silver - Kasper - USA

  • Bronze - Damon Berry - USA

  • Bronze - Albert Plant - USA

Open Small Groups

  • Silver - Dreams of Andalusian Horses - USA

  • Silver - You Make Me Feel So Young - USA

  • Bronze - I Have a Voice

Open Ensembles

  • Gold - Mi Gente - USA

  • Silver - RED - USA

  • Bronze - Anything Goes - USA

Contemporary Category Children Age Division

  • Gold - Tamara Arandia Montero - Mexico

Contemporary Category Student Age Division

  • Gold - Carolina Costa - Portugal

  • Gold - Lyric Fernandes - USA

  • Silver - Sophie Malcolmson - Canada

  • Bronze - Ava Heales - Canada

Contemporary Category Junior Age Division

  • Gold - Leann Reizer - Israel

  • Silver - Francisco Gomes - Portugal

  • Silver - Ashley Coupal - Canada

  • Bronze - Margarida Goncalves - Portugal

  • Bronze - Arianna Pazmino - Ecuador

Contemporary Category Senior Age Division

  • Gold - Isaiah Kim - USA

  • Silver - Yewon Kim - Korea

  • Bronze - Eunseo Oh - Korea

  • Bronze - Giulia Boscaratto - Italy

Contemporary Category Professional Age Division

  • Gold - Domsa Radu - Romania

  • Silver - Ashley DeGroot - USA

  • Bronze - Emiliano Candiago - Italy

Contemporary Duets

  • Gold - Noi, Uno - Italy

  • Silver - Oyster - Israel

Contemporary Ensemble

  • Gold - Aborted Greatness - Italy

  • Silver - The Last Minute - Italy

Ballet Children Solos

  • Gold - Tamara Arandia Montero - Mexico

Ballet Category Student Solos

  • Gold - Carolina Costa - Portugal

  • Silver - Sophie Malcomson - Canada

  • Bronze - Ava Heales - Canada

Ballet Category Junior Solos

  • Gold - Ashley Coupal - Canada

  • Gold - Francisco Gomes - Portugal

  • Silver - Margarida Goncalves - Portugal

  • Bronze - Selina Kao - USA

  • Arianna Pazmino - Ecuador

Ballet Category Senior Solos

  • Gold - Luke Westerman - USA

  • Silver - Yu Jin Nam - Korea

  • Bronze - Yewon Kim - Korea

  • Bronze - Eunseo Oh - Korea

  • Bronze - Hoelim Sohn - Korea

Ballet Category Professional Solos

  • Ashley DeGroot - USA

Ballet Small Group

  • Gold - Vivid Girls - Korea

  • Bronze - Snowfall - USA

Ballet Duet & Pas de Deux

  • Gold - Carolina Costa & Francisco Gomes - Portugal

  • Silver - Margarida Goncalves & Bernardo Costa - Portugal

  • Bronze - Donovan Jasper & Selina Kao - USA

  • Bronze - Giovanni Giordano & Marsha Kwan - Italy & Canada

Young Choreographer

  • Gold - Domsa Radu - Romania

  • Gold - Isaiah Kim - USA

  • Gold - Marialaura Leoni & Aurora Profili - Italy

  • Silver - Phoenix Banuelos - USA

  • Silver - Walter Barrera - USA

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES 4TH INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL, "BALLET BEYOND BORDERS"

Dancers and VIP Jury Members From More Than 17 countries To Converge In Missoula January 9 - 12, 2019

(Missoula, Mont.) - Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre is proud to announce it will be bringing Ballet Beyond Borders back to Missoula in January 2019. The Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB) experience is a unique combination of dance and diplomacy. This will be the fourth world-class international dance competition and diplomacy conference that RMBT has brought to Missoula with competitors hailing from more than 17 countries. Thanks to the generous support of the Washington Foundation and the Drollinger Family Foundation, the Ballet Beyond Borders International Dance Challenge will be free and open to the public. The only ticketed event as part of the festival will be the final Ballet Beyond Borders Gala on January 12, 2019 at the Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus. Ticket information HERE.
 
BBB has launched careers by offering opportunities to dancers who might otherwise have had none. BBB brings films, authors, dancers, academics, artists, guests, and diplomats into our wintery west. BBB strives to introduce the world to Missoula and Missoula to the world to increase mutual understanding and global harmony.
 
“Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre’s mission is to give our dancers performance opportunities around the world, while also bringing the global community back to Montana. These cultural exchanges are crucial to both our understanding and our positive participation in the global community," said Charlene Campbell Carey, artistic director for Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and President of Ballet Beyond Borders.
 
2019 HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW! Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the inaugural, “Ballet Beyond Borders Young Choreographer Competition.”

  • January 7 – 8, 2019: International artists teaching and performing in the Missoula Public Schools and in Arlee in the lead-up to the opening night!

  • January 9, 2019: “The Silk Road Leads to BBB in Missoula” opening night party and special performances from 6:30pm – 9pm at the MASC Studio. Open to the public.

  • January 9 – 11, 2019: International Dance Challenge: dancers from more than 17 countries to compete on the UM Campus. Schedule to be updated at: http://www.rmbt.org/bbb

  • January 10, 2019: Special Film Presentation, USA Premiere - “Revenge of the Worthless,”followed by question and answer session with fim producer and director Jamal ShahDirector General of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage

  • 9AM – Noon January 12, 2019: BBB Diplomacy Conference, “Creative Crossroads: Cultural Diplomacy in a Changing World.” 

    • Reflections on China: Confucius Institute-sponsored performance and an intimate discussion regarding the continuity provided by the arts from the Cultural Revolution to current times. 

    • “There is room for everyone,” presentation with Ballet Beyond Borders 2018 Peace Prize Winner, Sophie Rebbecca 

    • “The Hidden Tears Project” Panel Discussion with choreographer and filmmaker Jordan Marinov. Stories of human trafficking and ongoing issues related to missing and murdered indigenous women. Ballet Beyond Borders performers, Kya Rae Dede Rose and Clarissa Charlie to be featured on panel.

  • 6PM January 12, 2019: Ballet Beyond Borders Gala, Dennison Theatre. Tickets available HERE.


MUST-SEE GLOBAL STARS!
Jorge Barani: Cuban principal dancer to star in Ballet Beyond Borders Gala
Patric Palkens: Boston Ballet principal dancer originally from Lewistown, Montana
 
Competitors registered as of December 18th, 2018 include some of the best talent in the world from the following nations:
 

  • KOREA - 8 Ballerinas from Seoul Art High School 

  • ISRAEL - Director Moran Barak of Unison Dance School & her dancers presenting Ohad Naharins spectacular choreography in the Contemporary category

  • GEORGIA REPUBLIC - Director of the National Company David Potskishvili & his daughter Miriam will be performing in all categories of BBB. 

  • CHINA - Classical, Contemporary & Choreography from the dancers and Directors of the Beijing Normal University  

  • BRAZIL – Julia Lauany Duarte, from Sao Paolo -  returning winner last year!

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: Kasper – hip hop artist from the Debbie Allen Studio.

  • LOS ANGELES, CA: Phoenix Banuelos, hip hop artist

  • ROMANIAN SUPERSTAR COUPLE – Radu Domsa and Alina Ciceo, former Ballet Beyond Borders champions

  • CANADA - many dancers from both The Goh Academy and Pro Arte Studios

  • VENICE ITALY – 9 dancers from the Dance City Studios

  • PAKISTAN NATIONAL ART TROUPE will be bringing drummers and a feature film with the director and producer, Sayed Jamal Shah, in attendance. Shah is the Director General of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts & Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage for the Government of Pakistan.

  • TATARSTAN, RUSSIA – as a direct result from the RMBT U.S. State Department tour this Fall, a group of ten performers and artistic leaders from Tatarstan, Russia will participate in Ballet Beyond Borders. The founders of the Kazan music and dance festival which hosted RMBT this Fall will be in attendance at BBB events in Missoula.

  • VERACRUZ MEXICO – 5 ballerinas and Director Daniela Orlo, The Esculela Cubana de Ballet de Veracruz 

  • NATIVE AMERICANS FROM THE SALISH KOOTENAI AND BLACKFEET NATIONS 

 
Additional performers from San Diego, San Francisco, Spokane, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, Indiana and more than 40 artists from the state of Montana.
Photos available HERE.
 
THE BBB 2019 VIP JURY INCLUDES:
 
Caridad Martinez: National Ballet of Cuba prima ballerina and world-renowned master coach.
Chan Han Goh: Artistic director of The Goh Academy in Vancouver, Canada and former prima ballerina at The National Ballet of Canada
Charla Glenn: South African globally-recognized master coach to stars such as Michaela De Prince, Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Juilliard
Colleen O’Callaghan: former ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre Company and master teacher at ABT Summer Intensives
Greg Begley: former principal dancer & ballet master with Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago
Ming Yan Cui: former ballerina at the National Ballet of China, master teacher
Andile Ndlovu: principal dancer at the Washington Ballet, Ballet Beyond Borders gold medal winner from South Africa
Jordan Marinov: contemporary choreographer & director of “The Hidden Tears Project.”
Juliette Crump: former University of Montana Dance faculty and NEA dance panel member for more than 7 years
Enrique Manuel Perez Cancio Cantero: current ballet master and choreographer at the Annarella Sanchez Academy in Portugal
Louie Plant: champion Salish Kootenai Fancy Dancer
 
For updated schedule and additional information on 2019 Ballet Beyond Borders events, visit
http://www.rmbt.org and click on “Ballet Beyond Borders.”
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Revenge of the Worthless at the Roxy

FREE and open to the public at the Roxy Theater. Doors open at 7pm. Revenge of the Worthless - a film by Jamal Shah who is the Director General of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts. Conceived against the backdrop of the terrorism ridden Swat, the film narrates the true stories of a few individuals caught int he painful war market and the unprecedented handling of the horrific insurgency, the biggest exodus of population and their resettlement by the armed forces. Q & A to follow with the director Jamal Shah

BALLET BEYOND BORDERS 2019 ESSAY CONTEST!

All essays due by January 7th, 2019 10pm Mountain Time 

Please use the link below to upload your essay to dropbox. If you have issues using the link please contact us. Winners will be announced on January 12th, 2019.

https://www.dropbox.com/request/xI2MS8vl7mV5J0lXfxDA


Children, Student, Junior Essay Questions no more than 500 words

1. If you could create a dance for any character, who would it be and why? Feel  very free to choose any character you like — Here are some examples: Peter Rabbit, any character from Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, any character from The Wizard of Oz. And don’t forget the charters who aren’t so nice — The witch in the Wizard of Oz, the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. Plenty of villains in Harry Potter. And then there’s always Captain Hook.

Or,

2. Choose someone you admire in the world of dance. It can be a teacher, a friend, someone you’ve seen on stage or at the movies, someone you’ve read about, or anyone else you choose. Why do you admire them? What can you learn from them

Senior & Professional Essay Question no more than 750 words

According to the The American Civil Liberties Union website, censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal, political, or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. In the United States, censorship by the government is unconstitutional. 


Please write about this issue by answering no less than two of the following questions:

1. How do you see your role in promoting artistic freedom?

2. What does the dance you are bringing to BBB communicate?

3. What is the role of metaphor in art, writing, and/or dance? 

4. Can you think of a time when what you wanted to express was suppressed by an outside source?

5. Can you give an example of censorship?

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BALLET THEATRE WILL PERFORM IN CHINA AND RUSSIA; 2019 BALLET BEYOND BORDERS ANNOUNCED

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BALLET THEATRE WILL PERFORM IN CHINA AND RUSSIA; 2019 BALLET BEYOND BORDERS ANNOUNCED

Performance at The Silk Road Arts Festival, Beijing Normal University, and First Alfia Avzalova Festival

(Missoula, MT.) - Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre (RMBT) is going on the road again this fall to bring Montana to the world. This time to China and Russia.
 
CHINA (September 5-September 18, 2018): as part of a cultural exchange, our RMBT is on its way to the Silk Road Arts Festival in Xian – Shaanxi Province, China. This is the result of a relationship that started back in February of 2015 when RMBT hosted the Shaanxi Performing Arts Group. They traveled across the world to share the ancient art of shadow puppetry. Now, RMBT is taking Montana to them. Under the direction of artistic director Charlene Campbell Carey, RMBT’s Montana themed ballets offer the flavor of Montana. No RMBT cultural exchange would be complete without the participation of the Native Americans. Four championship dancers from the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes will be participating. 
 
After the Silk Road Arts Festival, the group travels to Beijing to take their unique program to Chongqing’s Southwest University of Politics and Law and Beijing Normal University. These performances are sponsored in part by the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana under the direction of Suhan Chen.

RUSSIA (October 6,-October 26, 2018): RMBT has received a U.S. State Department grant to participate in the first Alfia Avzalova Festival in Kazan, Russia. RMBT was the only US arts group to be invited to perform at the festival. In addition to Montanathemed ballets and championship Native American dancers, this diplomatic,cultural tour will include renowned singer Suzanne Carey, a native Montana who now stings professionally in Vienna, Austria.
 

SAVE THE DATE
January 9-12, 2019
Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB)

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre is proud to announce it will be bringing Ballet Beyond Borders back to Missoula in January 2019. The Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB) experience is a unique combination of dance and diplomacy. This will be the fourth world-class international dance competition and diplomacy conference that RMBT has brought to Missoula. Participants come from all over the world to perform, exchange ideas, make new friendships, and cement old ones. BBB has launched careers by offering opportunities to dancers who might otherwise have had none. BBB brings films, authors, dancers, academics, artists, guests, and diplomats into our wintery west. BBB strives to introduce the world to Missoula and Missoula to the world to increase mutual understanding and global harmony.
 
“Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre’s mission is to give our dancers performance opportunities around the world, while also bringing the global community back to Montana. These cultural exchanges are crucial to both our understanding and our positive participation in the global community.” Charlene Campbell Carey, artistic director for Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and President of Ballet Beyond Borders.

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Media Contacts:
Kathy Weber
406-698-3150
kathyweberbates@gmail.com

Charlene Campbell Carey
406-370-0564
rockymountainballet@mail.com

Winners of BBB

Congratulations to the dancers and groups who received gold, silver and bronze at BBB 2018

 

Open Category:

Children solos: 

  • Silver:  Sofia Motera, Valeria Zambrano

 

Junior Solos:

  • Silver:  Crystal Priske
  • Bronze:  Julia Duarte

 

Senior Solos:

  • Gold:  Isaiah Kim
  • Silver:  Nashalymar Ramirez

 

Professional Solos:

  • Gold:  Eva Branco
  • Gold:  Kasper Horton
  • Silver:  Robert Parot Jr
  • Bronze:  Rodney Firststrike

Duets:

  • Gold:  Melissa Hinz & Ikolo Griffin
  • Silver:  Panagiaota, Peggy Bousounis & Joseph Penaloza
  • Bronze:  Melissa Hinz & Jesssi Trauth

Small Groups:

  • Gold:  Centro de Artes Escenicas – Panama  La Espina
  • Silver:  Ballet Arts Academy   Reset

Ensembles:

  • Silver:  Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre  Tangos con Bastones

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Contemporary Category:

Children Solos:

  • Gold:  Tamara Arandia Montero

 

Student Solo:

  • Gold:  Alessandra Rubini
  • Silver:  Dimitri Govertsen-Donaldson
  • Bronze:  Luca Khomenko
  • Bronze:  Andrea Ortega Delfin

Junior Solo:

  • Gold:  Ruby Jenni
  • Silver:  Sophia Makarenko
  • Bronze:  Ricardo Forbes

Senior Solo:

  • Gold:  Jose Garrido
  • Silver:  Eduardo Neves
  • Bronze:  Celine Armellin

Professional Solo:

  • Gold:  Radu Domsa
  • Silver:  Eva Brando
  • Bronze:  Emiliano Candiago

Duets:

  • Gold:  Celine Armellin & Emiliano Candiago
  • Silver:  Aline Ciceo & Radu Domsa
  • Bronze:  Eva Branco & Eduardo Neves

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Ballet Category:

Children Solo:

  • Gold:  Sophia Reid-Gantzert
  • Silver:  Tamara Arandia Montero
  • Bronze:  Sofia Ruvalcaba

Student Solo:

  • Gold:  Maria Fernanda Pardo
  • Silver:  Monica Sanchez
  • Silver:  Selina Kao
  • Bronze:  Andrea Ortega Delfin

 

Junior Solo:

  • Gold:  Paloma Ramirez Azambuja
  • Silver:  Ricardo Forbes
  • Bronze:  Donovan Jasper

 

Senior Solo:

  • Gold:  Joshua Kiesel
  • Gold:  Nikolia Mamalakis
  • Gold:  Eunji Kim
  • Silver:  Lope Lim
  • Silver:  SeoHui Kong

Professional Solo:

  • Gold:  Eva Branco
  • Silver:  Katy Clay

Groups:

  • Gold: Seoul Arts High School   -  Nori
  • Silver:  Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre   The Engelmann Spruce & her Dazzling Compaians
  • Bronze:  Doris Topete    Baikal

 

Pas de Deux:

  • Silver:  Sophia Makarenko & Cassia Slager
  • Bronze:  Ava Tooke & Annabelle Thomas

 

GRAND PRIX:  Solieh Samudio & Melissa Gaona Zapata

 

BBB Finalists

Children Contemporary Solos

#168 Tamara Arandia Montero

 

Student Contemporary Solos

#136 Dmitri Govertson-Donaldson

#163 Andrea Ortega Delfin

#174 Monica Sanchez

#143 Luca Khomenko

 

Junior Contemporary Solos

#101 Paloma Ramirez Azambuja

#198 Ricardo Forbes

#114 Sophia Makarenko - Optimist

#182 Natalia Velarde 

#117 Arianna Pazmino

#103 Julia Duarte

#112 Hope Magee

#141 Ruby Jenni

#140 Ellie Jenni

#128 Naomi Byrne

 

Senior Contemporary Solos

#193 Eduardo Neves - My Way

#177 Jose Garrido - Catching the Dream

#116 Ignacio Riviera 

#154 Maddie Sager

#186 Sophia Karasso

#118 Celine Armellin

 

Professional Contemporary Solos

#184 Eva Branco

#188 Radu Domsa

#187 Alina Ciceo

#199 Ivan Herazo

#119 Emiliano Candiago - Dejavu

#102 Katy Clay

 

Contemporary Duet

#15 Eva Branco & Eduardo Neves

#19 Celine Armellin & Emiliano Candiago - Breathing

#17 Alina Ciceo & Radu Domsa

 

Ballet Groups

#22 Nori - The Moment of Joy

#20 Baikal

#21 the Engelmann Spruce & Her Dazzling Companions

 

Ballet Juniors

#101 Paloma Ramirez Azambuja - Satanella

#117 Arianna Pazmino - Le Corsaire - Odalisque 3

#198 Ricardo Forbes - Talisman

#109 Donovan Jasper - Nutcracker Cavalier

#182 Natalia Velarde - Variation Gamzatti

#160 Ava Tooke - Gaite Parisienne

#103 Julia Duarte - Bridesmaid 2nd Variation

#120 Rafaella Esposito - The City

 

Ballet Pas de Deux/Duet

#27 - Munecos (Dolls)

#23 - Clair de Lune

#24 - Pink Panther

 

Ballet Children

#194 Sophia Reid-Gantzert - The Dancing Alarm Clock

#168 Tamara Amanda Montero 

#173 Sofia Ruvalcaba

#192 Valeria Zambrano 

 

Ballet Student

#110 Selina Kao

#174 Monica Sanchez

#163 Andrea Ortega Delfin

#169 Maria Fernanda Pardo

#164 Alejandro Fonseca

#165 Paulina Guerra

#172 Alessandra Rubini - The Jury decided this piece will compete in the Contemporary Student - Finals

 

Ballet Senior

#190 Lope Lim - Pas d’Esclave Variation

#195 Nikolia Mamalakis - Dulcinea

#191 Joshua Kiesel - Don Quixote Basilio Variation

#121 Sumin Han - Queen of Dryads

#123 Eunji Kim - The Nutcracker Suite

#124 SeoHui Kong - Aurora Variation 

#122 Subin Jeong - Pizzicato

#115 Cassia Slager - Nikiya Death Variation Act 3 La Bayadere

#125 Jung Won Park - Coppelia

#116 Ignacio Riviera - Flames of Paris

#193 Eduardo Neves - Paquita

 

Ballet Professional

#184 Eva Branco - Kitri

#102 Katy Clay - Liberated

 

New Event During BBB

Where Dance and Storytelling Meet

If dance is, in part, the physical expression of inner emotion, then learning self-expression in other artistic forms (writing, in this case) will enhance your ability to convey emotion through movement.

In this workshop, we will learn how to use journalling to improve your dancing by examining the inner life of the iconic characters behind ballet’s great stories. Whether your character is a hunter, a swan, a princess or a puppet, we will use writing to delve into their stories and, by doing so, enrich the dance.

This workshop will be taught by Laurie Horowitz

Date, Time and Location To Be Announced

 

Merritt Moore to be a guest at BBB

An EXTRAORDINARY Role Model is coming to Ballet Beyond Borders in Montana! 
Merritt Moore has achieved an "Impossible"career as a professional ballet dancer & as an academic quantum physicist. Her path leads from Boston Ballet to Europe & the English National Ballet to Cum Laude physics at Harvard & PhD candidate at Oxford and possibly next as an astronaut! Merritt will be performing in the Gala, serving on the jury & spending time with the youth in Montana & our BBB global community onstage and off during the Art of Diplomacy special events and academic discussions, BRAVO & WELCOME MERRITT!

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