Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announces the appointment of new Boston Ballet School Administrative Director Michele Carreiro. Carreiro, together with Boston Ballet School Associate Director Margaret Tracey, will lead the four locations of Boston Ballet School and the community outreach programs, which comprise the official school of Boston Ballet and the largest ballet school in North America.
Additionally, Boston Ballet School announces programs for the 2009-2010 school year with the expansion and refinement of several School and community outreach programs. This expansion is designed to provide greater access and enrichment for students of all ages and levels at the four studio locations in Boston, Newton, Norwell, and Marblehead.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Michele to Boston Ballet School and know her role here will be essential to the continued success of Boston Ballet and the School,” said Nissinen. “Under the direction of Margaret and Michele, Boston Ballet School will remain a home to dancers of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds providing the opportunity to train in state-of-the-art facilities under a world-renowned faculty.”
Carreiro is a seasoned arts administrator and leader with a fitting mix of education, dance and business experience. She joins Boston Ballet School from Wunderman/Young and Rubicam Brands, a global marketing agency, where she worked as Vice President, Account Director leading strategic marketing efforts on the agency’s Financial Service sector accounts, such as Citibank. Carreiro has also worked with Ballet Hispanico of New York, where she managed company activities including arts education residences and community outreach programs. In addition, she worked at Symphony Space in New York City and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. She holds an M.B.A. with a specialization in Arts Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
Boston Ballet School is comprised of four studio locations offering a progressive dance education curriculum for ages 2 – adult. Boston Ballet School also brings dance to the community through outreach programs which include Citydance, Adaptive Dance and Taking Steps at the four studio locations, community centers and Boston Public Schools. Through these diverse offering of programs, Boston Ballet School reaches and instructs more than 10,000 students each year.
For the upcoming 2009-2010 school year, Boston Ballet School has refined its Classical Ballet Program, developing stronger, more uniform curriculum for each level of this core program at all four studio locations. Additionally, the Modern Dance Program is expanding to provide a broader range of experience for students ages 5-adult, and Boston Ballet School will launch a new Pre-professional Program designed for students in pursuit of pre-professional training experience and personalized career preparation.
Boston Ballet School’s community programs are also expanding. At the Marblehead location, Boston Ballet School’s Citydance program will offer workshops to public schools on the North Shore for a second year. The Adaptive Dance program will expand to the Marblehead studios, adding a class at that location beginning in September 2009.
For more information about Boston Ballet School’s programs for the 2009-2010 school year please visit bostonballet.org/school.
Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in North America. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers.
Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is made up of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with Boston Ballet and as an independent group, presenting lecture-demonstrations and unique programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. The Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education is the largest ballet school in North America. In service of its mission to bring the highest quality arts education to all, it reaches and instructs more than 10,000 students of all ages each year through Boston Ballet School, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance education programs are held at four major ballet studio locations, in community centers, and throughout the Boston Public Schools.