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BA LLET A PETR EI St. Tammany’s Own Resident Company 829 Asbury Drive ~ Mandeville, LA 70471 985.624.3622 FAX 985.845.2791

Welcome to the 2011-2012 season of the ballet! As we


end our 2010-2011 season, we would like to thank


patronage this year, and that you will invite friends


financially, in time and effort, or by attending our performances. We hope you will continue your

• PICTURES online!


those who have contributed generously, whether

Annual Tea

and family to do the same. We have much in store for the next season, both at the studio, and on stage! Be sure to mark your calendars now and join us for

great new events like the Nutcracker Tea and

Nutcracker Visits the Dancenter …it’s going to be a fantastic year!!

~B Baalllleett A Appeettrreeii

• We’d like to thank our SPONSORS & Membership! • 2011-2012 APETREI CALENDAR

“Kingdom of the Shades” La Bayadere 2011

• DANCENTER POLICIES/ UNIFORM ORDERS…order form attached! • Upcoming Events…

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“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” ~Unknown

BALLET APETREI Company Dancers 2009-2010

BALLET APETREI Company Dancers 2010-2011

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Zelenka Membership GRANDE PLIE Constantin and Kelly Apetrei

Kent and Marla Fowler Nick and Michelle Pecoraro

Become a Member Today! We are also seeking support from the businesses in our community. Anyone with interest in becoming a CORPORATE SPONSOR should contact

PRINCIPAL Donald and Judi Kuebel Mr. and Mrs. Harvey O’Neill Greg and Suzanne Leighton SOLOIST Craig and Shawn Landwehr

Ballet Apetrei would simply not exist without the generous support of individual patrons and corporate sponsors! This is your chance to play a starring role in supporting the arts in St. Tammany Parish. A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE will be conducted in October, however we encourage you to sign up now! Memberships are for one full year, beginning with your sign up date, so you may join at any time. A membership form is found at the end of this newsletter.

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Greg and Robin Eckert Lisa Klein

BALLET APETREI Membership/Sponsorship

Garry and Mary Ellen Jordan

Mark and Janice Boegel Kelli Blessey Clint and Mary Bravo Brian and Riva Caldwell Steven and Leslie Cassanova Aaron and Mary Chabaud Dr. and Mrs. James Christopher Mark and Juliette Clark Robert and Monica Contreras Erik and Lorrie Cook Roger and Rhonda Maduell

GOLD SLIPPER Rick and Stephanie Danielson Malcolm and Kathy delaHoussaye Ricky and Michelle deZayas Lloyd and Norma Lee Gautreaux Renee and Megan Guillot David and Monique Hebert Lenny and Pam Jones Bruce and Suzanne Lambert Arthur and Debby Leith Rich and Nancy Mauti Blake and Robin Gutierrez

Joe and Nikki Mena Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Olexa Carl and Karen Rewarts Heather Rietschel Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ruli Amanda Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Edward Valentine Jim and Jennifer Wieseneck Emmanuel and Laura Zulueta Scott and Sheila Faulk

Frank and Julie Arena David and Mary Braddick Susan Larsen Daigle Gerald and Betty Deffez Beth Ferrando Randall and Monique Foto John and Margaret Fowler Butch and Beth Geohegan

SILVER SLIPPER Regan and Jennifer Howell Kadee Krieger Roxanne Malik Craig and Virginia Marcello Heather Mendieta Todd and Claire McCormick Jim and Michelle Nader Sean and Shelley Roberts

Jennifer Poirrier Benjamin and Jennifer Seeger Stephanie Seenappa Linn and Stacey Standridge Larry and Alison Statton Howard and Sharon Stembel Rob and Rachel Waldron

Gail Adams Debrah Culbertson Margaret DiMartino Cristian and Claudia Downing Matt and Amy Gardner Jay and Rita Hauswald Robin Hicks

BRONZE SLIPPER Katie Kane Mrs. Edith D. Kuebel Jerry and Jennifer Lambert Bob and Jeannie Martin Ann McCrimon Joseph and Debbie Novosel Laura Opel

Mary Anne Reidy Heather Riddell Richard Smith Tim and Shelby St. Romain Dana Stiller Gina Stolz

Remember, every contribution, both large and small, goes a long way towards furthering the efforts of this non-profit company and helps to ensure future performances!

Thank You!! .

Thank you for being a part of the APETREI family and for supporting the arts in St. Tammany Parish!

“Everything is beautiful….at the BALLET”

~A Chorus Line

LA BAYADERE Summer Performance 2011

It’s true what they say….everything WAS beautiful at the ballet! On July 21st, art patrons in St. Tammany Parish were once again treated to a performance of the highest caliber when Ballet Apetrei presented “Excerpts from La Bayadere” at the Furhmann Auditorium at the Greater Covington Center in Covington. Set in the Royal India of the past, La Bayadère is a story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice. The ballet relates the drama of a temple dancer (bayadère), Nikiya, who is loved by Solor, a noble warrior. She is also loved by the High Brahmin, but does not love him in return, as she does Solor.

Variations of ”Nikiya” were performed by Bailey Gutierrez, Christina Fowler, and Anna K. Hoz. Variations of “Gamzatti”, Nikiya’s nemesis, were performed by Gabrielle Fourchy, Kaitlyn King, and Allison Eckert. “Solo Gypsies” Monica Bravo and Caroline Leighton were joined by “Bayaderes” Natalie Zimmer, Elizabeth Kuebel, Hannah Waldron, and Rachel Pecoraro. Senior Company dancers also in performance included: Cristina Contreras, Emily Kuebel, Alexis deZayas, Christina Ferrando, Sarah Stembel, Victoria Chabaud, and Kit Braddick. An outstanding production by BALLET APETREI’S Junior Company was an early evening highlight. Junior Company Dancers performing included: Elizabeth Nader, Kimberly Maduell, Sofia Downing, Amanda Foto, Abby Landwehr, Lauren Cassanova, Caroline Hebert, Alexis Gutierrez, Margaret Mena, and Genna Jordan.

Additional program instructors and choreographers ncluded Luis Fuente, former principal dancer and Ballet Master of the Joffrey Ballet, who choreographed a Flamenco number, and Ken Burbin, currently with the Boston Ballet, who choreographed “Serenade for Strings”. Ballet Apetrei's own Kelly Apetrei also staged works for the Junior Company, as well as an original piece choreographed by the “Artists of Ballet Apetrei” Senior Company Dancers. These pieces were all performed as a prelude to the excerpts from La Bayadere, which were arranged by Ballet Apetrei's Artistic Director, Constantin Apetrei, a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Don’t miss the GRANDE ECHAPPE fundraiser and performance…

Saturday, March 10, 2012

OUR NEW COSTUMES!! Direct from the BOSTON BALLET, new costumes were debuted by BALLET APETREI company dancers in our July 21st performance of LA BAYADERE! The transfer was coordinated by Ken Burbin, one of our Summer Intensive Guest Artists, who after years of dancing professionally, now serves as costume coordinator for the BOSTON BALLET.

Mark your calendars now!!!


2ND annual NUTCRACKER TEA will be held on

Sunday, November 27 Patrons will be treated to a delicious afternoon tea along with entertainment from the cast of THE NUTCRACKER. Surprises in store…details to follow!

Swam Lake and

La Bayadere pictures online now!! Visit the


web site to view! ~ “Online Proofing”, then select event!



Friday, Dec. 2nd d 9:30 AM

Would you like your child’s class to attend? Have teachers contact for more information! Flyer attached so you can print and send into school


August 29-September 3 Cast Members from BALLET APETREI’S The Nutcracker will be on hand to visit Mon, Wed 5-6pm Tues,Thurs 4-6pm Sat 9-11 am

Auditions for both THE NUTCRACKER and BALLET APETREI Junior and Senior Companies will take place at the APETREI DANCERNTER STUDIO Saturday, August 27th~Company Dancers 12 and up Saturday, September 10th ~ Nutcracker Auditions ages 5-12 (12 -12:30 5-6 yrs, 12:30-1:00 7-8 yrs, 1:00-1:30 9-12 yrs)

U p c o m i n g )E v e n t s … .)  COMPANY AUDITIONS August 27th  NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS September 10th  MEMBERSHIP DRIVE October 17-22 2nd ANNUAL NUTCRACKER TEA November 27th THE NUTCRACKER December 2nd (School Show) 3rd, 4th

2011-2012 BALLET APETREI BOARD OF DIRECTORS Constantin Apetrei, President Judi Kuebel, Secretary Beth Geohegan, Guild Chair

Michelle DeZayas, Vice-President Robin Gutierrez, Hospitality

Kelly Apetrei, Treasurer Mary Braddick, Membership Marla Fowler, Community/Communications

2011-2012 APETREI CALENDAR August 8, 2011

studio opens for classes

August 27, 2011

BALLET APETREI company dancer auditions

September 5, 2011

Labor Day Holiday/studio closed

September 10, 2011

Nutcracker auditions (ages 5-12)

September 19-24, 2011

Bring a Friend to Class Week

October 17-22, 2011

BALLET APETREI Membership Drive & Patron Party

November 23-26, 2011

Thanksgiving /studio closed (Wed-Sat)

November 27, 2011

2nd t annual Nutcracker Tea

December 2,3,4, 2011

Nutcracker Performances at St. Joseph’s Abbey

December 15, 2011

Recital forms and fees are due!!

December 24 -January 1 Winter Break/studio closed (Sat-Sat) January 9-14, 2012

Bring a Friend to Class Week

February 20-22, 2012

Mardi Gras /studio closed (Mon-Wed)

March 10, 2012

BALLET APETREI Grande Echappe (Auction & Performance)

April 16 - 21, 2012

Bring a Friend to Class Week

April 22 - 28, 2012

Spring Break/studio closed (Fri-Thurs)

April 30-May 5, 2012

Recital costumes are distributed

May 7-11, 2012

Costumes worn to class/ photos taken in costume

May 19, 2011

Recital dress rehearsal at St. Joseph Abbey (Saturday)

May 20, 2012

Apetrei Dancenter Recital/ St. Joseph Abbey (2 shows)(Sunday)

June 4, 2012

Summer Intensive Workshop Begins

July 2-6, 2012

4th of July Holiday/studio closed

July 20, 2012

Summer Intensive Workshop ends

July 21, 2012

BALLET APETREI Summer Performances

July 23-27, 2012

Summer Dance Camp (3-9 year olds)

APETREI DANCENTER registration began on June 1st! It’s not too late to register for fall classes but please make arrangements ASAP! Contact Kelly Apetrei at (985)624-3622 or

DANCECENTER POLICIES‌ We want our school to be a positive experience where your child can learn and grow to their own personal potential, please help us in achieving this. Our school is a place your child should love and look forward to coming to. It should be a fun place where your child learns A LOT!! We do teach with structure and discipline and a lot of love and care. Your child will learn many lessons in addition to dance including self discipline, work ethic, responsibility, self esteem and working with others. Thank you for sharing your child with us and trusting us with their dance education. We care about your and your child’s experience in our school. We do encourage you to either call us at 624-3622 or ask to have us call you with any questions or concerns. A LOT of FALSE information is shared in the lobby, please ask your instructor or call the Apetreis with any questions you may have. Tuition: August tuition should already have been paid. Your next tuition payment is due on your first dance class in September. Any tuition not paid by the 10th of the month is considered late and is subject to a $10 late fee. All tuition payments should be placed in the tuition box on the wall in the studio lobby. ALL CHECKS should have the students name and what the check is paying for on the memo line of the check. Any cash payments should be paid to your instructor and a receipt of your payment given. All students currently enrolled are responsible for payment for classes from August 2011 through May, 2012. You may pay your tuition monthly, in two payments (Aug-Dec and JanMay), or 1 full payment (Aug-May). Absences: Any missed classes due to illness can and should be made up within a month of the missed class. Please ask your instructor for an appropriate makeup class time. Uniform: All female dancers are required to have hair pulled back in a NEAT and SECURE BUN, no jewelry, no skirts of any kind. Short hair should be pulled off the face with barrettes or a headband. Pre-ballet, Ballet I, II, III classes are required to wear a short sleeve, scooped neck, black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. The same uniform is required for tap and jazz classes. Black jazz pants and black jazz shoes may also be worn for jazz and black tap shoes for tap class. Recital: The Dancenter recital will be held Sunday, May 20, 2012. Information on recital costumes and fees will be distributed in October. All costume and recital fees will be due by December 15 in order for all costumes to be ordered before the Christmas break. Dancers are not required to participate in the recital but are strongly encouraged to do so. Open Classes: the blinds are open the last week of every month for observation week. You may drop your child off for class or you may wait in the lobby. Parents please do not enter the dance studios. The floor is made only for dance shoes. If you would like to speak with your instructor, please do so before or after class in the lobby or ask to be called at home for a conference. Bring a Friend Week: 3 times a year your child is allowed to bring a friend with them to class to participate in their class. We ask that friends only come during these designated weeks.

Want the convenience of ordering your dance supplies online? Please visit

and mention referral code TP28734 for a 10% discount(1st time shoppers) and credit for BALLET APETREI! Also, through 8/14, apply code: PSAUG11 for one cent shipping!


Home of Ballet Apetrei

Class Attire & Order Form

Listed below is the uniform required for all Dancenter classes for the 20112012 session. You are not required to purchase the items below from the Dancenter, but, you are required to wear the uniform listed for all classes beginning in August. If you wish to purchase any of the items below, please circle the items you wish to purchase with the size you need. I will order the items requested and you will be notified when you may pick up and pay for your items at the studio. You are also welcome to order from Discount Dance Supply ( – please use referral code TP28734 to receive a 10% discount on your order. Apetrei will also receive points from your order!

Student’s Name: ___________________________________________________________ Age and Level :__________/__________________ Home Address:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Telephone :__________________________________________________ TOTAL AMOUNT DUE:_$_____________________________ PREBALLET, BALLET IA, IB AND IC : BLACK SHORT SLEEVE SCOOP NECK LEOTARD $14.00 Toddler ______ Small______ Medium______ Large______ child sizes PINK FOOTED TIGHTS $8.00 Toddler______ Small______ Medium______ Large______ child sizes PINK BALLET SLIPPERS (not sold at studio) BLACK TAP SHOES (not sold at studio) LEVELS IIA, IIB, IIC AND III : These items are needed for all ballet classes: BLACK SHORT SLEEVE SCOOP NECK LEOTARD $14.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________ $16.00 Adult sizes: Petite_______ Small_______ Med______ Large______ PINK FOOTED TIGHTS

$ 8.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________ $10.00 Adult sizes: small_________ Medium________ Large________


$10.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________

PINK BALLET SLIPPERS (not sold at studio)

The following items are needed for jazz and tap classes only:

BLACK TAP SHOE (not sold at studio) BLACK JAZZ SHOES (not sold at studio) BLACK BOOTLEG JAZZ PANTS $20.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________ Xlarge________ Adult sizes: SM_________ Med________ Lrg________ Xlrg_____ ELITE III: BLACK SHORT SLEEVE SCOOP NECK LEOTARD (wear black leotard on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) $14.00 Child sizes: Small______ Medium______ Large______

$16.00 Adult sizes: Petite_______ Small_______ Med______ Large______

Hunter Green CAPEZIO (Style #CC202) TANK LEOTARD $ (wear green leotard on Monday and Saturday) $23.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________$23.00 Adult sizes: Petite_______ Small_______ Med______ Large______

BALLET IV AND ELITE Tuesday and Friday: (you may wear either of the below) BLACK CAPEZIO (Style #CC202) TANK LEOTARD $23.00 CH: Med_______ Lrg______AD:: P_______ Sm_______ Med______ Lrg______ BLACK REVOLUTION WRAP SKIRT $15.00 SM/MED adult __________ MED/LRG adult___________ BLK DANSKIN NYCB DANCE DRESS (Style #1076)


Adult sizes: petite______ small______ medium_______ large________

Monday & Saturday for BALLET IV: NAVY CAPEZIO (Style #CC202) TANK LEOTARD $23.00 CH: Med_______ Lrg_______ AD:: P______ Sm_______ Med______ Lrg______ NAVY MIRELLA WRAP SKIRT (Style #MS12) $20.00 up to 29” waist __________ up to 33” waist___________ Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday for ELITE: BURG CAPEZIO (Style #CC202) TANK LEOTARD $23.00 CH: Med_______ Lrg_______ AD:: P______ Sm_______ Med______ Lrg______ BURGUNDY MIRELLA WRAP SKIRT (Style #MS12) $20.00 PINK FOOTED TIGHTS PINK CONVERTIBLE TIGHTS

$ 8.00 CH: MED________ LRG________ $10.00 CH: MED________ LRG________

BLACK TAP SHOE (not sold at studio)

$10.00 ADULT: SM_________ MED________ LRG________ $12.00 ADULT: SM_________ MED________ LRG________

PINK BALLET SLIPPERS (not sold at studio) BLACK SLIP-ON JAZZ SHOES (not sold at studio)

BLACK BOOTLEG JAZZ PANTS $20.00 Child sizes: Medium________ Large________ Xlarge________

Adult sizes: SM_________ Med________ Lrg________ Xlrg_____

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