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About En Avant Foundation

The goal of “En Avant” is to reaffirm the importance of quality, integrity, musicality and artistic meaning in classical ballet, thus achieving excitement in performance.

The utilization of former leading dancers, other artists and related professionals who epitomize excellence, will be called upon within a caring environment to provide specialized coaching in master classes and in workshops in order to achieve that goal.

A mentoring program attached to the awarding, worldwide, of scholarships to particularly prodigious young dancers who possess talent, dedication and need, will encourage the future of the art form.

"If we can work towards encouraging
artistic fearlessness in our young dancers
we might be heading in the right direction."

- Steven Heathcote, former principal dancer, Australian Ballet

Artistic Director

Cynthia Harvey

Biography

Trained with Christine Walton in Novato, California, Cynthia Harvey’s style marked her as one of the most versatile and valued artists. Ms. Harvey danced virtually every ballerina role with American Ballet Theatre and also had the distinction of being invited by Sir Anthony Dowell to be a principal ballerina of The Royal Ballet - the first American dancer to have that honor.

Harvey performed as guest artist with Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends and numerous internationally known ballet companies before retiring in 1996.

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Advisory Board

Darcey Bussell, CBE

Biography

Darcey Bussell was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School during which time the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan noticed her exceptional technique and in 1988 gave her the leading role in his ballet ‘The Prince of The Pagodas’, causing her to move to The Royal Ballet from Sadler’s Well Royal Ballet after only one year. A year later in December 1989, on the opening night of the show she was promoted to Principal, at the time the youngest ballerina to be given this honour.

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Ángel Corella

Biography

Born and raised in Madrid Corella trained with Karemia Moreno and Victor Ullate  and began winning dance awards at a young age.

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Isabelle Guérin

Biography

Raised in Rambouillet, France, Isabelle Guérin began her ballet training at age 7 with local teachers. After attending the Conservatoire de Paris, where she was awarded the first Prize in 1977, she joined the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. One year later, at age 17, Ms. Guérin enrolled the Paris Opera Ballet. She is only “Quadrille” (the lowest rank of the Paris Opera Ballet hierarchy) when she is chosen by Kenneth McMillan to dance Spring Pas de quatre in his ballet The Four Seasons and by Pierre Lacotte to dance Sylphide’s Scottish Pas de deux. Still a corps de ballet member, Ms. Guérin dances her first leading roles as soloist: Carabosse in Rosella Hightower’s Sleeping Beauty (1982) and Kitri in Rudolf Noureev’s Don Quichotte. In 1984, Ms. Guérin won the Silver Medal at the International Paris Ballet Competition.

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Dr. Linda Hamilton, Ph.D.

Biography

Linda Hamilton, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York where she specializes in the performing arts. She danced with New York City Ballet (NYCB), while attending both college and graduate school full-time to get her doctorate in Clinical and Research Psychology.

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Steven Heathcote

Biography

Steven Heathcote, who spent 24 years dancing with the Australian Ballet -- 20 of them as principal artist -- has received three Helpmann Awards, two Mo Awards and an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. In 1991, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to dance.  

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Desmond Kelly, OBE

Biography

Born and trained in Zimbabwe, Desmond Kelly began his professional career with London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) and became principal dancer at 21 before working with many international companies including Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet.

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Edward Villella

Biography

Edward Villella has been recognized as the greatest male ballet dancer ever produced in America. A star at the New York City Ballet, he has received nearly every important honor given to artists in the United States. He showed the world that a tough brash kid out of Maritime College could turn into a major artist, and in doing so, changed the way men danced in America as well as the way male dancers were perceived. He has lectured all over the world.

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