IBC Summer Gala set for July 13


Antony Holshouser enjoyed his experience with the Carmel-based Indiana Ballet Conservatory summer program so much that he decided to return.

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“It’s very intensive. You really learn a lot from the teachers, the program and all the classes here,” said Holshouser, 17, who attends Academy of Russian Classical Ballet in Redmond, Wash. “It’s really fun and engaging.”

The summer intensive program concludes with the Fourth Annual Summer Gala at 7 p.m. July 13 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St., Carmel.

“It was exciting because I just like performing. It’s just fun,” Holshouser said of his 2016 appearance in the gala.

There will be a special performance by Lasha Khozashvili, a principal dancer from the Boston Ballet, and Maria Baranova, a soloist from Boston Ballet. Khozashvili regularly performs in IBC’s “The Nutcracker.”

“It’s an opportunity to see them alone on the stage,” IBC Executive Director Jenny Okamoto said. “I think they will do a contemporary piece as well.”

Students will do excerpts from “Le Corsaire,” prepared by founding Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall.

“We’re going to do some original contemporary (pieces) like we always do,” Okamoto said. “We create the new pieces for the kids during the summer intensive.”

Okamoto said approximately 65 students from across the U.S. and Canada attend the session.

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Eli Diersing, 17, is from Bloomington but attends the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. This was his first time attending the IBC summer intensive program. He will head to another summer intensive program in Grand Rapids, Mich., following the gala.

“I’m very excited to perform in the gala,” said Diersing, adding he made several new friends during the program.

Diersing has been dancing for 10 years but has become more serious in the past five years.

Tickets are $25. For more, visit indianaballetconservatory.org.