Artisan Ballet Company (ABC) is a non-profit* organization established by Ms. Martha Brem in the year 2000. Artisan Ballet Company's mission is to inspire a love of classical ballet training in dancers by arranging educational and performance experiences while providing the finest education and training necessary to develop future dancers, choreographers, and teachers of tomorrow. Members of Artisan Ballet Company will have exposure to a broad network of distinguished instructors, choreographers, directors, and guest artists throughout the year and during the summer intensives.
Past guest instructors include Dominic Walsh, James Kelly, John Henry Reid, Conner Walsh, Sara Webb, Alex Arizpe, Marlene Torres, Carmen Mathe, Barbara Bears, Flor Patino and others.
Artisan Ballet Company members are selected by audition and must be enrolled at Artisan School of Dance.
In our efforts to bring classical ballet to our community, and in order to provide the best dance education for its members, Artisan Ballet Company presents two performances each year: The Nutcracker, to celebrate the holiday season, and a Spring recital to highlight the year's training and hard work. Artisan Ballet Company would like to thank the following individuals, corporations and foundations for their donations towards our 2015-2016 season:
Grand Allegro $5,000+
Mike and Lisa Beckner
Macquarie Group Foundation
Third Point Hedge Fund
Petite Allegro $2,500-$4,999
Ralph and Elizabeth Fancher
Shell Oil Company
Pam and Steve Hodges
Grand Plié $250-$499
Basye and Laura Barrett
Lakewood Montessori School
Demi Plié $100-$249
Enma and Luis Blanco
Mercy and Stephen den Blanken
Malima and Antoine Colin
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In addition to their year round training, each member of Artisan Ballet Company is required to attend a Summer Intensive program. Artisan School of Dance offers a Summer Intensive Dance Program for all of our students. In addition, many of Artisan Ballet Company's members have been accepted and attended the following Summer Intensives:
American Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre-Young Dancers Workshop, NY; Atlanta Ballet; Boston Ballet; Gelsey Kirkland; Houston Ballet; The Jillana School; Joffrey-Chicago; Joffrey-South; Kansas City Ballet; Magnus Midwest; Milwaukee Ballet; Princeton Ballet School; and the Tulsa Ballet
Former Artisan School of Dance students have been accepted into the Butler University, University of Texas and Sam Houston State University dance programs.