Bosman guests at Butler 

Xavier DeMar, a Broad Ripple High School junior, and Riley Moyand, from Naperville (Ill.) Central High School, mirror “the dream” span of the 53 participants in the third annual Summer Intensive at the Jordan Academy of Dance at Butler University.

For both, the five-week on-campus residential intensive has been “a constant discovery to not only being a good dancer, but to becoming a good person,” DeMar says.

This is what Nataly North-Lowder wants participants to get out of JAD’s Summer Intensive. As director, she’s been building an increasingly prestigious roster of guest artists onto a solid base of JAD’s regular faculty.

Snaring Petrus Bosman as this year’s “star” teacher, choreographer and dance historian is her most exciting coup.

Bosman, who recently retired from a 17-year-tenure as artistic director of the Virginia School of the Arts, had a prestigious 18-year career with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden under the direction of Sir Frederick Ashton. Following retirement as a performer, Bosman traveled the world as a teacher, choreographer and repetiteur, mounting both his new works and classics on a variety of companies before building the Virginia school as one of the destination places for serious dancers to train.

I’m very inspired,” Bosman enthuses. “The kids come because they want it. And the faculty here is so together. That attitude brushes off on the kids.”

“I not only asked him to choreograph three works for the public performance, but to share with the students during three special lectures his experiences, especially working with Ashton, Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn,” explains North-Lowder, who originally trained under Bosman.

“I’ve already asked Petrus to come back next year.”

“I’ve already accepted.”

The public programs are the highlight, coming at the end of the intensive. Students aged 11 to 18 will be showcased in Bosman’s choreography for the Pas De Deux from La Fille Mal Gardee, excerpts from Napoli and Pachabel’s Canon along with works by guest artists and regular JAD faculty members.

The other 2007 guest artists are Bud Kerwin, Butler University professor emeritus and artistic director of Columbus Ballet; Michelle Merrel, principal dancer with Miami City Ballet; and Derek Reid, who serves with Butler University, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens and Ballet Met.

Public performances, fully costumed under the direction of Nataly North-Lowder and lighted by Laura Glover, are in Lilly Hall, Studio Theatre 310 on the Butler campus, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. and July 27 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 317-940-9536 to reserve.

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