KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The school, performing company and arts and fitness center that make up Kingsport Ballet continue on their trajectory of growth, sustainability, and aim to provide high value to the community they serve.
The Company launched its 2017-2018 season with the addition of a newly recruited instructor and choreographer who relocated to Kingsport in September of 2017 from Rome, Italy.
Maestro Odoardo Bordoni will bring with him several decades of experience as award-winning performer and choreographer, published author in pas de deux methodology, and international instructor with a strong Vaganova pedigree.
During his early years, Maestro Bordoni significantly added to his Italian ballet training by being awarded an internship with the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, as one of the first foreign students to be accepted. He continued his studies there, performing in productions and competitions with some of the leading Russian ballet companies and personalities of the 1980s and 90s.
Maestro Bordoni’s duties at Kingsport Ballet include assisting Artistic Director and Ballet Mistress, Valeria Sinyavskaya with training students and choreographing and rehearsing for productions. He will offer instruction in pas de deux, character dance, and ballet and pointe for various age groups. His specialty (and frequently awarded area of expertise) includes the fine art of re-staging lesser-known ballet classics and short ballets, in addition to contemporary choreography.
Kingsport Ballet is under the management of Bertina Dew and the artistic direction of Valeria Sinyavksaya.
The organization is funded for operating support by the Tennessee Arts Commission under an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the General Assembly. Outreach programs are funded in part by the TAC’s Funds for At Risk Youth, the City of Kingsport and the Massengil De-Friece Foundation, among other generous supporters.
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