Summer Programs 2017

Immerse Yourself In An Extraordinary Experience At ECB This Summer.
See how much you’ll improve as a dancer when you enroll in one of Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s summer classes, a dance program that celebrates the tradition of George Balanchine.

Whether you’re a budding ballerina of five or a well-trained young dancer considering a professional career, you’ll find just the right class and the best teachers to help you take the next important steps. Providing the creative vision for the program is our Artistic Director Gloria Govrin, a soloist with the New York City Ballet. The legendary George Balanchine created many major roles for Ms. Govrin, and today she excels as both a teacher and choreographer. All of our professional faculty, many with deep roots in the Balanchine tradition, will provide the nurturing and guidance to enrich your own experience.

ECB is proud to share the exciting news that our guest faculty for the Summer Intensive includes New York City Ballet’s extraordinary principal dancer SARA MEARNS. New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay calls her “the most authoritative, romantically dramatic, and glamorous ballerina in the United States.” She has graced ECB’s “Nutcracker” for the past three years as a guest soloist, winning the hearts of both our audience members and students. There’s no doubt that Ms. Mearns, and our other distinguished guest faculty, will have an impact on every student in our Summer Intensive.

To hold your place in a program, registration requires a 50% deposit and registration form. Forms are available from the ECB office or at

Students not currently studying at ECB must call the school to arrange for a placement class.




GLORIA GOVRIN; Soloist New York City Ballet, ECB Artistic Director
KRYSTIN BARIBAULT: The Hartt School BFA Ballet Pedagogy, ECB Associate Director
LAURA BARNARD: Fontys Dance Academy, the Netherlands; Rotterdam Dance Academy; The Merce Cunningham Studios in NYC.
AMY BRADY: Colby College; jazz and tap professional. Performed in Broadway musicals with Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston
MARYLU CLARK: School of Hartford Ballet’s Teacher Certification Program, ABT Certified in Pre-primary through Level 3 of ABT’s National Training Curriculum
STEPHANIE GAGLIARDI: The Hartt School BFA Ballet Pedagogy, Princeton Ballet School, The American Repertory Ballet, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet

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Gloria Govrin in rehearsal with
George Balanchine

SARA MEARNS: Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet. Recipient of Mae L. Wein Award, School of American Ballet
AMY ALDRIDGE: Principal Dancer Pennsylvania Ballet , and Instructor, School of Pennsylvania Ballet.
MARY ANN LAMB: Broadway actor and dancer. Credits include: Seussical, Contact, Fosse, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Goodbye Girl and numerous other musicals. Screen credits include the film Chicago.
ERAN BUGGE: A master teacher and a member of the Paul Taylor dance company, Ms. Bugge has toured the world performing in more than 50 works by Paul Taylor.
MARTHA CHAMBERLAIN: Former principal dancer Pennsylvania Ballet, principal teacher at The Dance Center, Brandywine Ballet.

Amy Aldridge in “Jewels”

Mary Ann Lamb Edited Class 2015

In Class with Mary Ann Lamb

Sara Mearns in “Mozartiana”

Eran Bugge Paul Taylor Dance Company

Eran Bugge
Paul Taylor Dance Company

Martha Chamberlain
Snow Queen in ECB’s “The Nutcracker”

Storybook Magic Adventure!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Week 1
Mary Poppins – Week 2
Suggested Ages 31/2 -6 (ECB Levels A, B, C)
9 AM-Noon

Week 1 July 3-8 (Monday-Saturday, Tuesday off for July 4th holiday)
Week 2 July 10-14 (Monday-Friday)
$180 per week
Budding ballerinas will sing and dance along with their favorite characters and stories in our popular week-long program.  Inspired by much-loved characters, every day’s program will bring a new and thrilling adventure, complete with Ballet and Jazz classes, games, acting and crafts.  At the end of each week, the Storybook Adventurers will give a presentation for friends and family.

Mariah- Fancy Nancy and Jr Camp 019

Petite Dancer Workshop

Suggested Ages 6-8 (ECB Levels: Children’s D & students new to ECB)
July 31-August 4
9:00 am – Noon
Cost: $180 per week

This program designed to bridge the gap between our young children’s program and our graded classical ballet program. Students new to ECB and those in ECB Level D will enjoy a morning of ballet technique, dances and creative crafts inspired by famous classical ballets.  They will also take an energetic jazz class and recharge with a healthy snack. Please call the school for guidance on placement.

Young Professionals Workshop

(Suggested Ages 8-12) ECB Levels 1-4
Ballet, Jazz and Character
Time 12:30-4:30

Week 1 July 17-21
Week 2 July 24-28

Students will build skills and advance quickly in an age-appropriate, pre-professional morning program. Through daily Ballet, Character and Jazz classes, young dancers discover the joys of artistic expression and the sense of achievement that comes from hard work. Funky, energetic jazz classes add another lively dimension to the program.
Cost: Each Week $240, Both Weeks $460


Pre-Professional Intermediate/Advanced July Summer Workshop

ECB Levels 5-7 or call for placement
9 am to noon

Week 1 July 3-8 (Monday-Saturday, Tues. off for July 4th holiday)
Week 2 July 10-14
Week 3 July 17-21
Week 4 July 24-28

Intermediate and advanced dancers are invited to train with Artistic Director Gloria Govrin and Associate Director Krystin Baribault in a 4-week course designed to develop technique, strength and artistry.  Classes including Ballet, Pointe and Variations will help motivate students to advance with confidence.
Cost: $165 per week, $610 all 4 weeks.

Summer Intensive 2017


Many of today’s best ballet dancers — those with versatility, exquisite control, and musicality — are following in the footsteps of the legendary George Balanchine. Our Artistic Director, Gloria Govrin, provides the creative vision for our program.
There is no better way for a young dancer to experience Balanchine than from three master teachers who were either students of “Mr. B” or members of companies that embraced his choreography.

Faculty for the intensive will include New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Amy Aldridge & Former New York City Ballet Soloist and ECB Artistic Director Gloria Govrin. New York City Ballet principal, Sara Mearns, has been called “the great American ballerina of our era” by Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times. Amy Aldridge from Pennsylvania Ballet is known for her dynamic and expressive roles in all the major Balanchine ballets, and has been a principal with the company for fifteen years. Former New York City Ballet Soloist and master teacher Ms. Govrin (ECB Artistic Director) learned the art of teaching from George Balanchine himself. Mr. B often choreographed roles specifically for Ms. Govrin because of her vibrant stage presence, strength, stature and stamina.

Under the guidance of these exceptional artists and teachers, students will discover their own artistic styles while becoming a part of a living legacy.

Program Highlight: Broadway Styles
In addition to studying ballet, students will take a Broadway Styles class. American musical stage professional, Mary Ann Lamb will bring the high energy of Broadway dance theater to the Intensive through technique and repertory classes.

ECB Levels 5, 6, 7 or call for placement
9 am to 3:30 pm
Week 1 July 31-August 4
Week 2 August 7-11
Cost: $380 per week; 4 weeks of the July Workshop plus 2 weeks of the Intensive – $1,320

NEW – ESSENTRICS Adult Fitness

ESSENTRICS is a combination of strengthening and stretching based on elements of ballet, principles of physiotherapy, and gentle movements of Tai Chi.  This dynamic combination develops strong, lean, flexible muscles with rapid improvements to you posture and the shape of your body – changes that you will feel and see.  Improving your flexibility while toning is liberating and you’ll find each class an enjoyable experience you’ll want to continue.

Diane Laurent – Certified Essentrics Trainer Bio

FREE Introductory Class – Wednesday, June 14 6:15-7:30 pm

To register:, 860-800-2030

Summer Schedule

Teen/Adult Evening Classes

July 5– August 15 (starts Wed. due to July 4th holiday)
Contemporary Ballet – Mon. 6-7:30 pm
Intermediate Ballet – Tues. 6-7:30 pm
Beginner Ballet – Weds. 6-7:30 pm
Intermediate Jazz – Thurs. 6-7:30 pm
Cost: $20.00 per 1.5 hour class

Our teen/adult program offers classes for beginners who are eager to learn the basics of dance or for one-time dancers who want to rekindle their former interest.  The program combines fitness and artistic fulfillment in a friendly, supportive environment.  Dancers leave their class feeling energized and motivated to learn more.

Stephanie Contemporary

Stephanie Gagliardi
Adult Program Instructor
Photo by Dan Fine