The Midwest Youth Ballet Company presents its premiere Fall Gala event on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Lake Michigan College, Mendel Main Stage. The evening is hosted by Nancy Gitlin, Group Exercise/Dance Supervisor at the Benton Harbor Saint Joseph YMCA, in what we hope becomes a Southwest Michigan tradition.
The matinee will be family centered and delight young and old alike. The evening performance is a black tie event which includes cocktail reception and the premiere debut of the MYBC dancers. The cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 6:00 pm and will lead into a celebration of classical ballet. The performance will hold a number of announcements, honors and special musical guests. The annual gala is an opportunity for those invested in the arts to help with the MYBC mission of spreading dance education and providing opportunities for youth to perform classical ballet.
Artistic Director, Dr. Sarah Gendernalik had this to say about the evening.
“On behalf of the MYBC, we are delighted to invite the Southwest Michigan community to our premiere gala. The gala is the first, of what we hope to make an annual event. Working with these young dancers has been an amazing experience and I know the community will be blown away by the quality and level of their performance.”
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Over 40 students, ages 4-18, will perform a wide variety of ballet classics, including ensemble numbers from Rodeo, Le Corsaire, and Coppelia. As well as variations from Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle and more. Guest artist, Rudy Davis, from the Chicago Academy of Arts will also perform a Pas De Deux from Romeo and Juliet with local Fusion Center for Dance and Berrien County Dancer, Meredith Gacek.
Tickets for both the matinee (2 pm) and the evening gala (7 pm) are $10 each and can be purchased by calling Fusion Center for Dance or on-line at www.MYBalletCompany.org. Seats are reserved.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
For the last two seasons, the Midwest Youth Ballet Company, has inspired the Southwest Michigan community and beyond with their rendition of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Taking the step this year to become a non-profit, the Company has vowed to spread the love of ballet to the youth in the area and provide performance and learning opportunities for the community as a whole. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Christine Waterhouse and Artistic Director, Dr. Sarah Gendernalik, the Company has renewed its commitment to artistic excellence with imaginative programs that engage new audiences—through close relationships with guest choreographers, providing instructional opportunities to area students, and compelling educational programs that cultivate the next generation of dance lovers.
MORE ABOUT FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, NANCY GITLIN
Nancy is the Group Exercise/Dance Supervisor at the Benton Harbor Saint Joseph YMCA. She is the author of “Frank Hatchett’s Jazz Dance” published by Human Kinetics. Nancy taught at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York City and The Boston Conservatory of Music. She also taught with the legendary Frank Hatchett for many years at countless National Dance Conventions along with the Jazz Dance World Congress. Nancy has created fitness and dance curriculum at various colleges throughout the Mid West. She has also taught numerous Master classes and Workshops across the country. We are excited to announce her as a founding board member of the Midwest Youth Ballet Company.
MORE ABOUT MYBC ARTISITIC DIRECTOR, DR. SARAH GENDERNALIK
Dr. Sarah Gendernalik is from Rockford, IL and moved to St. Joseph with her family in 2015. While growing up, she was classically trained in ballet and became a member of the Rockford Dance Company under the Artistic Direction of Joy Xu and later Margaret Faust. She was an executive member and choreographer of Augustana Dance Company and later studied ballet under the direction of Mim Eichmann at Midwest Ballet Theater in Downers Grove, IL. After graduation from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, she received a full tuition scholarship to Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University through the US Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. She completed her internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego and then served as a Flight Surgeon with Electronic Attack Squadron ONE TWO NINE out of Whidbey Island, WA. Dr. Gendernalik is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise as well as Progressing Ballet Technique.
In addition to her roles at Fusion Center for Dance and Midwest Youth Ballet, Dr. Gendernalik is the Wellness and Aesthetics provider at Family Physicians of St. Joseph. She is passionate about health and wellness, and has combined her previous experience in a pre-professional ballet company with her time as an active duty military officer into well-rounded fitness programs for both youth and adults.
MORE ABOUT MYBC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHRISTINE WATERHOUSE
Christine is the co-owner of Fusion Center for Dance, and has worked in various capacities with numerous non-profit groups in Southwest Michigan. With over 35 years of dance experience in studying and teaching ballet, jazz, and contemporary, Miss Christine has danced with renowned instructors, including Gus Giordano, Audrey Mendel, Patty Obey, Frank Hatchett, and many more. Forming an area youth ballet company has been a life long dream and she is excited to bring together area residents who share her love of dance and passion for enhancing the surrounding community.
For more information about tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or general information about the MYBC, please email: Christine@MYBalletCompany.org.