The Little Dancer Videoconference

Join HEC-TV Live! via videoconference from the theater at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis for excerpts performed from Ballet Eclectica’s “The Little Dancer” on March 15th. Register with for this interactive distance learning program.

This original story ballet features an artist who would like to fulfill the dream of Degas’ model for The Little Dancer, aged fourteen. The actual model, Marie, was never able to reach her dream to become a famous ballerina and perform all over the world. The artist in our story gives Marie the chance to accomplish her goal by painting her as a dancer into other art masterpieces from America – letting her “dance within” these works of art. The ensemble dancers are arranged by the Painter into a single unified work of art- bringing together harmoniously the forms of dance, art, and music.

Have your students experience the thrill of live dance performance in many styles including traditional ballet as well as modern and contemporary dance. Let them see American works of art come to life through dance. Have your students ask questions of the dancers and choreographers and find out what it’s like to be a student of dance.

HEC-TV Live! Presents Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Little Dancer
Date:  March 15, 2011
Times: 10 to 11:00 a.m. CDT or to 2:00 p.m. CDT
Grade Levels: Morning Program grades 3-8, Afternoon program grades 6-12

The morning program is targeted to students in grades 3-8 while the afternoon program is targeted to students in grades 6-12.  The morning program is designed to give students an appreciation for dance and the artistic works displayed, to see the thrill of dance and the integration of the arts, to pique their curiosity about dance, and learn more about the satisfaction of reaching a goal through the hard work that goes into such a performance. The afternoon program will continue the above ideas and also give students an opportunity to explore the type of dance utilized in the program and the concept of choreography. We’ll also explore the concept of “story” to see how it is created through art, music and dance.

About the Dance Company
Ballet Eclectica, is one of two companies that train and rehearse at COCA. Founded in August 2005, its mission is to augment the educational opportunities and expand training to include public performances for ballet students at COCA. More information about COCA and Ballet Eclectica can be found at

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