Sydney Upchurch, the Prix de Lausanne Candidate We Should All Be Watching

@dancing_sydney 

Prix de Lausanne, the equivalent of the Olympics for young dancers, is a prestigious ballet competition known for making future ballet superstar recently announced their list of 81 finalists. One of the finalists and the only African American selected to participate at the Prix de Lausanne, Sydney Upchurch (age 15), is a talented young dancer from Cary Ballet. Under the keen direction of Mariaelena Ruiz (YAGP Finals Outstanding Teacher), Sydney will be competing against some of the most gifted and ferocious young dancers of the ballet world. She will be going up against the crème de la crème representing 17 countries from around the world. This year Prix de Lausanne selected 49 girls and 32 boys to contest for the coveted top prizes over the first week of February 2022. 

Right before the selections were announced, Ashley Lorraine Baker was able to photograph Sydney in her hometown of Cary, North Carolina during rehearsal for  Balanchine’s Serenade, staged by the one and only Suzanne Farrell. 

 

Sydney and Nathan rehearsing Balanchine’s Serenade staged by Suzanne Farrell. Photo by Ashley Lorraine Baker

Here is a quick interview with the beautiful young American ballerina:

Click the photo below to help Sydney get to Prix!

A Ballet LookBook: Profile Joshua O’Connor

Style is such an important part of the human experience. Clothing is the art we wear and if ballet is a part of who you are, then dance wear is, too. As the dance industry has continued to grow, we have seen dance wear evolve. We now have dance wear that is as beautiful and diverse as the dancers who wear it. 

This LookBook series chronicles dancers we love in the dance wear they love. 

A Ballet Magazine met up with Cary Ballet’s Joshua O’connor on a sunny morning in the West End of Pittsburgh at the beautiful Studio 436, which is the home studio of photographer Elizabeth Craig. Joshua and his mother were let into the studio by the studio owner and waited patiently as we arrived late. 

We were both in Pittsburgh for the regional Youth American Grand Prix competition. Joshua had gotten in the day before and had made time for us to shoot prior to competing. I could hear Joshua and his mother in the studio warming up as I walked up the stairs. I was so embarrassed at being late, but was met with such kindness and excitement from Joshua. He was all smiles and jovial laughter that billowed in the intimate studio space. 

Light filled the room as he began taking out his tights options. I had asked him to bring tights that were bright and reminded him of spring.  I always ask the dancers I work with what music they would like to listen to while we shoot. He delightfully chose 80’s pop classics. The shoot was filled with air guitar, lip singing, really singing and beautiful movement. 

These looks are a collection of Joshua’s bright and vibrant spirit.

Tights: Yumiko | MStevens | Wear NM

Shoes: So Danca

Want to be photographed by me for the next A Ballet LookBook? Have images you want to submit for A Ballet LookBook? Email me at here to submit!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE SUMMER COURSES!

Right now a lot of the ballet world is scrambling as they commit to summer intensives. If you are late to the game, don’t worry! You haven’t missed out. These are amazing courses that still have auditions. These award-winning teachers are based around the US and will help you on your ballet journey.

Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet (Orange County, CA)

SPRING AND SUMMER INTENSIVES AT ELITE CLASSICAL COACHING!

(Dallas/Frisco, TX)
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MARCH 8-11
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Tues/Thurs 8:30-2:00 (with breaks)


(Classes are Central Standard Time as class is located in Frisco TX at Legacy Dance Center) 


PRICE: $200/zoom, $375/in-person 
Daily rates offered as well! $90 for Zoom and $120 in-person  


Email info@eliteclassicalcoaching.com to apply/reserve your spot today!

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JUNIOR (ages 9-12 + advanced 8 year olds would be considered)
June 7-11
July 12-16
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Aug 2-13

Cary Conservatory
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Session I (2 weeks)
June 28 – July 10

Session II (3 weeks)
July 12 – July 31

Session III (5 weeks)
June 28 – July 31

Session IV (Prix Challenge Week)
August 2 – 7

Session V (6 weeks)
June 28 – August 7


Ballet Chicago, for that Balanchine Experience (Chicago, IL)
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THE BALLET CLINIC
PROGRAMS

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MAINTENANCE COURSES
MAINTENANCE 1 June 14-18, 2021
Stay in shape before leaving for a summer course. This course offers a 2 hour ballet class every day, plus 1 hour a day of either contemporary, modern, conditioning, stretching, pointe.
Only 14 students will be accepted.
15 Hours of Training /

MAINTENANCE 2 June 21-25, 2021
Stay in shape before leaving for a summer course. This course offers a 2 hour ballet class every day, plus 1 hour a day of either contemporary, modern, conditioning, stretching, pointe.
Only 14 students will be accepted.
15 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 1
July  11-17, 2021. 
This seven-day course is geared for students who show exceptional potential in ballet who are interested in progressing their training through safe and effective methodologies. The Young Dancer Program is geared for students ages 7-11 who show exceptional potential in ballet. This is by audition only. To audition please follow the directions at the bottom of this page.

Only 14 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 2
July 25-31, 2021
This seven-day course is geared for comp jazz students ages
7-13 who are looking to supplement their training with ballet technique. This program is geared for students who compete at high levels. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 3
 August 15-21, 2021
This seven-day course is geared for comp jazz/ contemporary students ages 7-13 who are looking to supplement their training with ballet technique. This program is geared for students who compete at high levels. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training

PROGRAM 4
August 23-27 & August 30 – September 3, 2021
This ten day course is designed to get dancers back in shape for the 2021-2022 season. This program is designed for Clinic Students who are returning from summer intensives, or are new to the program. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
20 Hours of Training per Week /