Eglevsky Ballet was founded by legendary New York City Ballet principal dancer Andre Eglevsky, one of the greatest dancers of his generation. For over 50 years, Eglevsky Ballet has been bringing balletic artistry of the highest caliber to Long Island and has long been recognized as a prominent, professional company. Eglevsky Ballet continues its annual tradition of The Nutcracker, the largest production on Long Island. In addition, the company boasts a full-time professional training program located in Bethpage. Students from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens travel to the state-of-the-art facility where they may enroll in a pre-professional training program or participate in open classes. Eglevsky Ballet provides professional caliber training for students of all ages and abilities.
Eglevsky Ballet’s mission is to enrich students and community through the disciplines of classical ballet. In addition to The Nutcracker and training program, Eglevsky Ballet presents two summer intensives, a spring production, master classes, performing opportunities, community outreach, and education.
The Board of Directors of Eglevsky Ballet is pleased to announce that Maurice Brandon Curry, has been appointed Executive Artistic Director at Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Curry is the seventh Artistic director in the company’s 54-year history. He comes to Eglevsky with a wealth of experience as a performing artist, educator and administrator. Prior to joining Eglevsky Ballet, Mr. Curry was the Chairperson of the Dance Department for Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Mr. Curry began his training with Ned Williams and continued at The School of American Ballet. As a dancer, he performed with Columbia City Ballet, New York City Ballet and as a guest artist at companies around the world.
Mr. Curry has earned a noted reputation as a dance educator. His former students have or are currently dancing with The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Dutch National Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Smuin Ballet, Momix, numerous regional ballet and modern companies, on Broadway, in film and television and international and national tours.
Mr. Curry has reached out to colleague Ashley Tuttle, former American Ballet Theater principal and Tony Award nominee (“Movin Out”) to join Eglevsky as the first Artist-in-Residence for the 2015/16 season. Ms. Tuttle was invited to join ABT at the age of 16 by Mikhail Baryshnikov and her 17-year career at ABT included such roles as “Juliet” from “Romeo and Juliet”, “Aurora” from “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Giselle” among many others. Mr. Curry has also enlisted the resources of Janice Barringer. Ms. Barringer was a principal dancer and is author of “The Pointe Book”.
This season Eglevsky will present Mr. Curry’s all- new production of THE NUTCRACKER at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, December 19 – 20. This version, created exclusively for the Eglevsky Ballet will feature guest artists from American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet.