KORESH YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Auditions for the 2018-2019 season:
July 21, 2018, 4-7pm at the Koresh School of Dance
*registration form below*
The Koresh Youth Ensemble was formed in the fall of 2008 to give gifted, young dancers more intensive dance training and greater performance opportunities. Students who demonstrate both the talent and desire to become professionals are selected to join the group. The ensemble allows young dancers the chance to show their commitment to dance and strive for excellence in performance, under the direction of some of the most highly respected teachers and choreographers in Philadelphia.
Melissa Rector, assistant artistic director of Koresh Dance Company, oversees the ensemble, teaching and rehearsing with them on a weekly basis. Students also have the opportunity to work with other instructors throughout the year as they prepare for various performances. In the past, they have performed choreography by Roni Koresh, Melissa Rector, Shannon Murphy, Sammy Reyes, Eric Bean, Jr. and Cheryl Carson. Working with instructors from various disciplines allows them to become strong and versatile dancers.
Members of the ensemble have gone on to study at Boston Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, The University of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, among others. Through dance classes, rehearsals and performance, the Koresh Youth Ensemble gives dancers the necessary tools and experiences to become professional dancers.
Koresh Youth Ensemble performs at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia every spring as part of Koresh Dance Company's home season, as well as throughout the year at our Koresh Artist Showcase series. In addition to being featured alongside Koresh Dance Company, this elite group of dancers are given the unque opportunity to perform at festivals in Philadelphia and New York. In the past, they have performed company repertory by Roni Koresh and new choreography by Melissa Rector at these shows.
Our talented students are always thrilled to get as much perofrmance experience as possible to better prepare them for higher education and professional work. To book the Koresh Youth Ensemle for your upcoming event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
>>Watch a selection of Koresh Youth Ensemble: Western Slang (2013) Choreography by Melissa Rector
KYE 2017/18 Performance Schedule
October 21-22 Koresh Artist Showcase Fall Series
December 10 Koresh Winter Celebration Performance
January 20-21 Koresh Artist Showcase Winter Series
March 23-25 Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival
April 7-8 Koresh Artist Showcase Spring Series
April 14 Peridance Spring Choreographer's Showcase
April 26-29 Koresh Home Season Performance
June 9 Koresh School of Dance Recital Performance
Students must be 13-18 years old in order to be eligible. There is a strong emphasis on training as members are required to take a minimum of five classes a week in the children's program at the Koresh School of Dance. Classes include ballet, modern, jazz and company repertory. In addition, they have rehearsal every Sunday. There is a fee for being a member of the ensemble. Please note that specific class requirements may change year to year.
Auditions are held towards the end of summer at the Koresh School of Dance. Dancers are given a modern jazz warm up followed by learning combinations from Artistic Director Melissa Rector and various Koresh School of Dance instructors. Attire is leotard/shirt with tights or leggings, bare feet, hair pulled back. Pre-registration is mandatory. Please email with questions about auditioning and how to register in advance.