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American Repertory Ballet Introduces On Pointe A Free Monthly Enrichment Series on Dance

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is reinventing the community’s inside access to the dance world through a free monthly enrichment series entitled On Pointe.  Held at Princeton Ballet School’s studios at 301 N. Harrison Street in Princeton, ARB brings guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, company performance previews and panel discussions to seasoned dance enthusiasts and new students alike.   This month’s upcoming On Pointe, to be held March 25th at 4pm,  is called “Dancing Your Way Into College,” and aims to aid students and their parents who are about to embark on the college admissions process.  Panelists will include Robin Moscato, Director of Financial Aid at Princeton University, Tova Meyer, Assistant Director of Admissions at Princeton University, and Molly Dunne, Associate Director of College Counseling at the Lawrenceville School.  The free panel is open to the public and will help students and their parents learn how schools consider dance training and other talents in the application process; understand different avenues and options for dancing in college; and navigate the financial aid process. 

ARB launched the On Pointe series in October 2010 as part of the organization’s larger strategy to make ballet more accessible to the community.  Through the On Pointe series, company blogs, online resources, and other “Access and Enrichment” initiatives, ARB aims to build dance enthusiasts and nurture appreciation for the art form as a whole.  Past On Pointe events have packed the school’s largest studio with students, parents and community members, and have included a “Meet the Company” session; a “Behind-the-Scenes look at the new Nutcracker’s wardrobe and sets”; a lecture/demonstration about Twyla Tharp’s choreography; and sneak peeks and discussions about the company’s new choreography.  Upcoming On Pointe events will feature College of New Jersey professor, Michael Robertson, who will give a lecture on Philip Jerry’s ballet adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and Jonathan Benjamin, who will give an in-depth look into the music of “Jelly Roll” Morton, whose compositions were the inspiration for Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls.  The company’s premiere of Eight Jelly Rolls this May will feature live music.  “The On Pointe series is important to me as a way to interact with our public in a more ‘hands-on’ way,” says Company Director Douglas Martin.  “It allows us a forum for arts information and interaction.”
ARB's Upcoming Performances and Events:
American Repertory Ballet will open its spring season March 5, 2011 at Raritan Valley Community College, premiering Douglas Martin's Ephemeral Possessions and Patrick Corbin's Follia in addition to the classical ballet Glazunov Variations and the compelling narrative ballet Our Town. ARB will host its annual gala and performance, entitled Renaissance, on March 12, 2011 at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. The company will premiere Twyla Tharp's Eight Jelly Rolls at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre in New Brunswick on May 21-22. The company also hosts its free community enrichment series, On Pointe, in its Princeton studios each month. For more information on ARB's upcoming season, please visit

About American Repertory Ballet
American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs.  The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the newly launched On Pointe series.  The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today.  The company is now in its 37th Season and is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet.  The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig.

ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past twodecades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council.  ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008.