Letter from the President

September 3, 2017

Happy Fall wonderful CORPS de Ballet International members!

I hope that the semester/term has begun smoothly for you and that this year will prove to be rewarding for you in your teaching and creative pursuits.  To end that academic year with a bang I want to personally invite each of you to the 2018 CORPS de Ballet International Teachers’ Conference for our 20th annual conference! This is a celebratory year as we’ll see how far this organization has come in the past 20 years and honor the great visionaries that made it possible, and we’ll do it in style with fantastic guest artists’ and member presentations in the one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Florence, Italy. The conference theme is Florence, Italy: A Time to Reflect Upon and Re-examine Ballet’s Rich Historical Roots and the dates of the conference are Wednesday July 18- Saturday July 21, 2018 with the Lifetime Achievement Banquet on Tuesday evening July 17th.

This is our organization’s second European conference and it thrills me to warmly invite all of our European colleagues to come to this important conference.  We hope that having it in Italy will make it easier for all of us to come together for a unique time of sharing, learning, growing, and connecting. 

I feel so very grateful that to help plan and organize this conference, we have a guest conference organizer, Heather Evertsen, a US native, who has lived in Florence for the past 6 years.  Her information, both photo and biography, are online with the conference information and she will be with us the whole time.  We are so lucky!  As we get closer, I will share her direct contact information with those of you who would like to connect with her to ask her any questions.  We will also be in touch with all of the conference attendees through Whatsapp throughout the conference for any updates or additional information. She has already been amazing in helping to nail down a beautiful hotel and another one just around the corner so that we can all be as close as possible throughout the conference (that information is under Hotel and Transportation).  Heather has also arranged opportunities for you to take excursions either the Monday before or the Sunday after the conference.  There is also time during the day on the Tuesday before the Lifetime Achievement Banquet to do some extra activities if you are not on the Board. 

If you’ve ever wanted to go to Venice; see Cinque Terre; go on an exclusive Carrara Tour; take a Tuscan Cooking Class; go on a Florence Bike Tour, Segway Tour, or Vespa Tour; see the Pitti Palace; or take a tour of the Uffizi, we will have prices and information for you so that you can register online or at the conference for these unbelievable trips/activities.  Heather is contributing to the conference itself in amazing ways, but to be willing to arrange side trips for everyone, is going above and beyond.  She has told me that family members that may be traveling with you can also participate in these side excursions (list of activities, photos and prices are listed on the website).

And, if you aren’t interested in extra activities, I can personally attest that Florence itself is something that you will not want to miss and there is plenty to see!  We have given time in the conference schedule for you to soak up the Florentine sun and of course eat a lot of gelato!  But, I highly suggest that you come before the conference or stay after the conference to see everything there is to see in Florence.  If you haven’t been to Florence before, I hope this will be memorable for both the experience of the conference and the immersion in this Renaissance city—the place where the Renaissance was put into motion that ended up establishing dance and ballet as art forms.  This is the place and it is not to be missed!

To kick off this 20th annual conference we will have the annual Lifetime Achievement Award banquet on Tuesday July 17, 2018.  This will be a Renaissance Banquet at the stunningly beautiful Borghese Palace in Florence.  This banquet will probably be the most unique of the past award banquets because we get to dine and celebrate as if we were back in the Renaissance and of course, as per usual, we get to honor an individual nominated and voted for by all the members of this organization. This is always a phenomenal event that no one will want to miss, especially in Italy!

The rest of the conference will be full of wonderful adjudicated member presentations as well as a fantastic Renaissance and Baroque Dance Workshop in which we will dance with renowned experts Marco Bendoni Nartak and Bruna Gondoni. In addition, we will watch portions of the Bolshoi Summer Intensive held for the first year at the famous Hamlyn Ballet School and then we will dance in a Cecchetti class and soak up Cecchetti’s legacy through a presentation by Alessandra Alberti and Elisa Corsini, directors and faculty of the Hamlyn Ballet School. In the works is connecting to the Florence Dance Festival, which will be happening while we are there, so I’m hoping to incorporate some of their classes and a performance into the conference schedule. 

I hope that this letter has given you a little taste of what will be at the 2018 CORPS de Ballet International conference and that you now realize that you can’t miss this!  The postcard will be coming soon and I will keep adding information to the website so that you know what is going on, what options you have (with photos and prices) for pre- or post-conference adventures, and maybe even where you can get the best gelato!

The deadlines for this conference (registration for conference and banquet, hotel registration, etc.) will be MUCH earlier for this conference and the only wiggle room will be for the excursions outside of the conference itself. Everyone will need to be registered and paid for by December 15, 2017 so that everything can be taken care of for each of you.

I loved having so many of you come to Utah this past summer and I look forward to connecting with you in Florence in July 2018! All my best for a wonderful year and arrivederci!







Shani Robison

CORPS de Ballet International President