Saturday, July 14

Indiana Ballet Conservatory Announces New Studios

IBC student, Elise Shea                                                          Siggul/VAM Productions 2012
The Indiana Ballet Conservatory announces an open house Fri., July 27, 5 - 7 pm to introduce its new studios located at 849 W. Carmel Drive and allow students to enroll for the fall semester.

All students enrolled in the fall semester will participate in The Nutcracker performed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Tobias Theater in December.

Since opening in 2010, the world-class faculty, consisting of Alyona Yakovleva, Tatiana Pali, Sergey Sergiev and Hailey Agran, has garnered both international attention and hometown support. Each year the number of students has consistently increased. Over the summer semester, IBC tripled the enrollment of its student body.

Students were invited April 25 to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix International NYC Finals, the largest international student ballet scholarship competition in the world. With more than 115 ensembles from America, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Korea, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland, IBC placed in the top 12 with an ensemble piece created by faculty member, Sergey Sergiev, and danced by senior-level students Sterling Manka, Mark Pecar, and Alex Ray.

Sergiev was named the Outstanding Choreographer at this year's YAGP Indianapolis regional competition, which he received also in 2009 as well as the Choreography Award at the World Ballet Competition in 2010. In 2011, IBC earned the Outstanding School Award, while Yakovleva and Pali both received Outstanding Teacher awards.

The general public is welcome to attend an informal End-of-Summer Gala Friday, July 27, 7 pm at the new studios. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. 

For open house and 2012-13 enrollment information, visit

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