Master Class Series

CCB will be hosting its third series of master classes taught by dance professionals throughout the year. This series provides the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists. Master classes are open to students from all schools and studios, but we request that you pre-register. We have live piano accompaniment for all master classes. Please check back in the upcoming weeks and months as we solidify and add classes to our master class series for the 2019-20 season.

Former Master Class Guests:

  • Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director of New York City Ballet & former principal dancer with New York City Ballet

  • Ashley Bouder, current principal dancer with New York City Ballet

  • Katherine Williams, current soloist with American Ballet Theatre

  • Tamako Miyazaki, current company dancer with The Washington Ballet

  • Chandra Moss-Thorne, former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem & Cincinnati Ballet

  • Brian Carey Chung, former dancer with LINES Ballet & Complexions Contemporary Ballet

  • Alexandra Basmagy, current company dancer with American Ballet Theatre

  • Karissa Horowicz, former dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet; MFA in Teaching & Choreography

  • Annalise Woller, former dancer with Dayton Ballet

  • Maggie Kurdirka (Bald Ballerina), former dancer with Joffrey Concert Group

To pre-register for a class, click the button below. You will be directed to our master class calendar. Click on a listed master class to pre-register and add "Family" and "Student" information. Those of you who have a CCB Portal login, you may register from with the Portal.

*Please note that you will not be pre-registered until payment is complete. As soon as we receive receipt of your registration, we will charge the credit card on file for you, and you will receive receipt of payment via email.

2019-20 Master Class Guests

LUCIANA PARIS
(current Soloist with American Ballet Theatre)
October 6th, 2019
11:30 - 1:30 * Advanced Ballet * Ages 14 - adult * $30/dancer

Luciana Paris is a Soloist with American Ballet Theatre. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez. She won a Gold Medal at the Latin American Dance Competition in 1995. In 1996 Paris was invited by Maximilano Guerra to join Ballet Camara and tour with the company in Argentina.

In December 1996 Paris joined Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino as a principal dancer and became Bocca’s dance partner. From 1997 to 2001, Paris and Julio Bocca danced together a vast classical, neoclassical and modern repertoire. Paris went on many national tours in Argentina and international tours around the world with Julio Bocca and the Ballet Argentino. Paris appeared at the 1997 Birmingham Ballet Gala in England dancing the Coppélia Pas de Deux with Julio Bocca.

 

Luciana has been dancing with ABT since 2001, and has been performing as a guest artist throughout the world. Paris's most recent guest appearances include the Ballet Now Gala 2015 in Los Angeles, dancing The Talisman pas de deux with Kleber Rebello, the 5th Buenos Aires International Ballet Gala, dancing Nutcracker pas de deux and Liam Scarlett's With a Chance of Rain, and the Fire Island Dance Festival 20th Anniversary dancing Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene pas de deux with Marcelo Gomes.

 

She was guest artist, partnered by Herman Cornejo, at the Dance Open Ballet Festival 2013 (Saint Petersburg) in Alexei Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur 2013 (Montreal) performing The Black Swan das de deux, and at the Roberto Bolle and Friends Gala at the New York City Center in September 2013 dancing Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite. Paris portrayed the principal role of Nikiya in a full-length production of La Bayadère in Argentina in August 2013, with Herman Cornejo as Solor, and, partnered by Cory Stearns, she danced Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene das de deux at the Brandon Ballet Gala in November 16, 2013. As a Guest Artist she danced for Buffalo Ballet in their Nutcracker Production.

 

In 2017, Luciana was invited to participate in the Australian Ballet Gala, Chile Gala of Ballet Starts, Danzar Por la Paz en Buenos Aires, among others. Luciana was given the dance artistic Achievement Award in 2018 by FINI Dance Festival in New York. In 2012 American Ballet Theatre designated Paris as a Certified Teacher. Luciana has been a guest teacher with American Academy of Ballet since 2016 as well as Fabrica de Arte School, Julio Bocca’s School.

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ZHONG-JING FANG
(current Soloist with American Ballet Theatre)
November 24th, 2019
11:30 - 1:30 * Advanced Ballet * Ages 14 - adult * $30/dancer

Born in Shanghai, China, Zhong-Jing Fang began her ballet studies at the Shanghai Ballet School where she trained for seven years. She then attended the Performing Arts College of Shanghai Drama University, and graduated with a major in ballet.

 

In 2000, Ms. Fang was a winner of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. She received the Rudolph Nureyev Foundation Prize at the Ninth International Ballet Competition in Paris the following year. She has won First Prize in the Junior Division of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, as well as First Prize in the Junior Division of the Shanghai International Ballet School Competition.

 

Ms. Fang was invited to join American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2002, and entered the main company in 2003 as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in September 2018. She has performed in every full-length ballet in the company’s repertoire, and has danced in ballets by Mikhail Fokine, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, and John Neumeier. Ms. Fang has worked with and/or created roles for Natalia Makarova, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Marcelo Gomes, and Alexei Ratmansky. Outside of ABT, Ms. Fang has appeared as a guest artist with Joshua Beamish and Gemma Bond. She has also participated in workshops with performance artist Marina Abramovic.


As a choreographer, Ms. Fang has created ballets for American Ballet Theatre’s “Innovation Initiative,” and also for ABT’s JKO School, for which she commissioned an original score by composer Ian Ng.  In 2015, she choreographed and appeared in a music video produced by artist/photographer Jade Young. Her most recent work, Song Before Spring, co-choreographed with Steven Melendez, was commissioned by New York Theatre Ballet. Her work has also been seen at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series.

CHANDRA MOSS-THORNE
(former dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem & Cincinnati Ballet)
May 2020 TBA

Chandra Moss-Thorne began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Daniel Job and Nicole Sowinska. Chandra attended Butler University graduating with a BA with honors in Dance Pedagogy. Chandra was a company member with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Cincinnati Ballet. As a professional ballet dancer Chandra delighted audiences in many leading roles including Beauty in David Nixon’s Beauty and the Beast, the Lead Pas de deux in Nils Christie’s Sync, Principal in Butler’s Carmina Burana, Choleric in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Fairy Godmother in Morgan’s Cinderella and Lead Mazurka in Franklin’s Coppelia. Her repertoire also includes works by choreographers Stanton Welch, Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Arthur Mitchell, Robert Garland and Geoffrey Holder. Chandra had the privilege of working with numerous Repetiteurs from the Balanchine Trust including Bart Cook, Victoria Simon, Elyse Borne, Susan Hendl, and Suzanne Farrell.

 

As a teacher, she has been on faculty at Goucher College, Towson University, Bryn Mawr College, Cincinnati Ballet Academy and as a guest teacher at numerous schools around the country. Currently she is a Visiting Artist at Stockton University and an Associate in Performance at Swarthmore College. Chandra was the coordinator for CincyDance! the outreach program of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy developing programming and teaching classes.


Chandra is a certified Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

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