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Let's dance: New Greensboro troupes take a bow

Dawn Kane, News and Record | Sep 28, 2022 [Original Article]


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Triad International Ballet, Greensboro based troupe, serves the Piedmont Triad.


Gevorg Khachatryan and Ava Rose Lanzas
Triad International Ballet dancers Gevorg Khachatryan and Ava Rose Lanzas perform during a reception announcing the inaugural season to the audience at the Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center on Aug. 18. WOODY MARSHALL, NEWS & RECORD

We spoke to one of the dancers of new Greensboro troupe, Triad international Ballet: Geneviève Basu's passions lie in classical and Russian ballet.

"Although contemporary ballet is very beautiful and interesting, it was never really my goal," Basu said. "My goal was to dance classical ballet."

Basu discovered both at Artistic Motion School of Arts and its new professional company, Triad International Ballet. Artistic Motion has been around since 2000, teaching a full range of dance classes and styles as well as drama classes. Triad International Ballet started a year ago. This fall, it will present its inaugural season. 

"They are bringing an excellent international flair to Greensboro," said David McAlister of Gate City Dance Theatre. 

Inside its two-story gray building at 800 W. Smith St., Basu dances in a class as Natalya Davison, founder and artistic director, watches.



Alexia Maas, co-founder of Triad International Ballet, announces its inaugural season
Alexia Maas, co-founder of Triad International Ballet, announces its inaugural season to the audience at the Van Dyke Performance Space

Alexia Maas, co-founder of Triad International Ballet, announces its inaugural season to the audience at the Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

"One of the unique aspects of keeping all the teaching under one roof so to speak is that, regardless of which program you are in, you benefit from dancing side by side with company dancers and students from the vocational program," said Alexia Maas of Triad International Ballet. "And you benefit from the same high caliber of international teachers that also teach the company dancers and pre-professional students."

Maas is co-founder and executive director of Triad International Ballet. Lynn Angermeier is co-founder, treasurer and operations manager.


Triad International Ballet dancer Genevieve Basu performs during a reception announcing the inaugural season to the audience at the Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center on Aug. 18.

WOODY MARSHALL, NEWS & RECORD


Now 24, Basu teaches at Artistic Motion and dances with Triad International Ballet. Triad International Ballet supports Triad Ballet School, the pre-professional vocational training program. Basu also coordinates its outreach program called Winston 22. It provides free weekly classes for ages 9 to 18 in East Winston-Salem.



Triad Ballet, Don Quixote.
Don Quixote. Photo by Jacqui Van Lier.

Basu will perform in the classical ballet, "Don Quixote," on Oct. 8 at the Carolina Theatre and Oct. 14 in the High Point Theatre. It tells the classic story by Miguel de Cervantes, with famous music by Ludwig Minkus and based on choreography by Marius Petipa.


Triad International Ballet plans other performances throughout the 2022-23 season, including: "Nutcracker" on Dec. 16 and 18 at Greensboro Day School, "Nutcracker Suite" on Dec. 17 in Winston-Salem, and "Sleeping Beauty" on May 24 and 25 at the Carolina Theatre.


It will perform with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra during its March education concerts for children. 


Its school bases instruction on the program developed by the late Agrippina Vaganova and further developed by Davison and other faculty. Basu came to love that approach at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.

When she arrived in Greensboro a year ago, she took a class with Davison. 


"The way that she approaches ballet and what she values about ballet really resonated with me," Basu said.

From her younger years, she had longed to dance in historical classical ballets such as "Giselle," "Sleeping Beauty," "Nutcracker," "Swan Lake" and "Don Quixote."

Now she will get to dance in these famous classical works with Triad International Ballet

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