|This album presents the artistry of Whit Kellogg and Antoinette Peloso in a diverse repertoire arranged for the ballet class. Entries for barre & centre can be interchanged and used for combinations other than those designated on the disc. This CD features longer bands with no repeats. We hope these selections will inspire teachers and students alike.|
Whit Kellogg has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff for over twenty years. Primarily involved with dancers and choreographers, he has in the process worked with a vast array of singers intimately involved with most choreographic efforts. For nineteen years he was musical director of the Chautauqua Summer Dance Program and performed as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony. He also plays for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the School of American Ballet for whom he recently performed Chopiniana at the Juilliard Theater. For two summers he has been on the coaching staff of the Bel Canto Institute in New Paltz, New York. He can be seen in MGM's film adaptation of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation".
Antoinette Peloso was a long-time member and principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Company at New York's Lincoln Center. During her tenure she had the opportunity to work with opera's brightest stars as well as many ballet luminaries, including; George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Antony Tudor, Natalia Makarova, Fernando Bujones and Antony Dowell. Born and raised in New Mexico, at age thirteen Antoinette auditioned for and won admission to England's Royal Ballet School. Over the next five years she received extensive training in classical and character techniques. Working with the Royal Ballets' top coaches and teachers, she was schooled in the Vaganova and Cechetti methods. After graduating with Honors she returned to the United States and began dancing professionally in New York. In addition to her seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, Antoinette has been a guest artist with numerous ballet companies, dancing roles in; Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus and Les Sylphides, among others. In recent years she has been teaching Technique & Pointe classes in New York.
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