Chautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet. The North Carolina Dance Theatre presents four performances in Chautauqua’s Amphitheater during its eight-week season, with an average of 10 world premieres by guest and resident choreographers. Preview performances in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, where the company and school study and rehearse daily, have also become anticipated events for Chautauqua fans.
The School of Dance provides a select group of students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. Students work regularly with choreographers Mark Diamond, Bonnefoux, Maris Battaglia and Michael Vernon. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride, they also present ballets by Balanchine and Petipa. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater. The School of Dance also provides instruction for Chautauqua vacationers of all ages. Classes include ballet, modern dance and creative movement. Please see the Special Studies catalog or contact us.
Chautauqua Dance Circle
The Chautauqua Dance Circle (CDC) is a supportive, enthusiastic link between Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Artistic Director of the Dance Program, and the Chautauqua Community, dedicated to assuring that Chautauqua Dance remains competitive with other summer dance programs and continues its tradition of excellence.