Buckman Dance Conservatory

The Buckman Dance Conservatory at St. Mary’s Episcopal School offers a positive environment where dancers develop strong technique, confidence and respect. Dancers are instilled with artistry of ballet, modern and jazz. From creative movement for three year olds to advanced, pre-professional training, the Buckman Dance Conservatory, under the guidance and direction of Mandy Possel, provides encouraging instruction and a number of performance opportunities. Click here to download registration form or register online at the link below.  

 

Join us!

Buckman Dance Conservatory Summer Dance Intensive!
August 5 - 8, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For dancers age 12 and up with three years of dance experience. Click here to register.

 

Buckman Dance Conservtory Open House 

August 17, 2019, Learn about St. Mary’s new dance school!

-Magic Carpet Ride Explores Ballet, 10 a.m. Age two to eight

-Intermediate Preview with Mandy Possel, 11 a.m. Age eight to 12

-Jazz Preview with Steven Prince Tate, 12 p.m. Age eight and up

-Advanced Preview with Mandy Possel, 1 p.m. Advanced dancers age 12 and up

Fall 2019 Classes

Class:  Creative Movement 1 (3 years) 
Hours/Week: 45 minutes
Dress:  Pink camisole leotard, matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights or white bobby socks, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun or away from face.
Schedule:  3:45 p.m. Mondays or 9 a.m. Saturdays
Tuition:  $275
Description:  Creative movement with beginner elements of ballet


Class:  Creative Movement 2 (4-5 years or JK/SK) 
Hours/Week: 45 minutes
Dress:  White camisole leotard, matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights or white bobby socks, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun or away from face.
Schedule:  3:45 p.m. Tuesdays or 9:45 a.m. Saturdays
Tuition:  $275
Description:  Creative movement with beginner elements of ballet 

Class:  Ballet Fundamentals (6 to 7 years or 1st Grade)
Hours/Week: 1
Dress:  Light blue camisole leotard with matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun or away from face. 
Schedule:  3:45 p.m. Wednesdays or 10:30 a.m. Saturdays
Tuition:  $325
Description: Ballet basics and creative movement

Class:  Level 1 (8 years or 2nd Grade)
Hours/Week: 1
Dress:  White camisole leotard, matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  4:30 p.m. Mondays or 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Tuition:  $375
Description:  Ballet basics

Class:  Level 2 (Completion of Level 1 or equivalent of one year of ballet) 
Hours/Week: 2
Dress:  Lavender camisole leotard, matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule: 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:45 p.m. Fridays
Tuition:  $450
Description:  Ballet fundamentals

Class:  Level 3 (Completion of Level 2 or equivalent of three years of ballet)
Hours/Week: 4
Dress:  Eggplant camisole leotard, matching skirt, pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  5:30 – 7 p.m. Mondays, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays
Tuition:  $950 
Description:  Ballet, pre-pointe and jazz - Placement by audition

Class: Level 4 (Completion of Level 3 or equivalent of four years ballet)
Hours/Week:  7
Dress:  Camisole leotard (matching skirt optional), pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Saturdays
Tuition:  $1,250
Description:  Ballet, pointe and jazz - Placement by audition

Class: Advance Level Modern Only
Hours/Week:  1
Dress:  Any camisole leotard, black shorts or tights (optional), pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  4:45 p.m. Fridays
Tuition:  $450
Description:  Modern technique for advanced level dancers (Level 3 and up)

Class: Advance Level Jazz Only
Hours/Week:  2
Dress:  Any camisole leotard (matching skirt optional), pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays
Tuition:  $615
Description:  Jazz for advanced level dancers (Level 3 and up)

Class: Open Level Ballet (ages 10 and up)
Hours/Week:  1
Dress:  Any camisole leotard (matching skirt optional), pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  5:45 p.m. Fridays
Tuition:  $250
Description:  Ballet basics for students ages 10 and up

 

Attire for all boys: Black shorts, tights or pants, solid color shirt, ballet shoes. 

Performances and Events

Buckman Dance Conservatory Intensive
August 5 - 8, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For dancers age 12 and up with three years of dance experience. Click here to register.

Magic Carpet Ride Explores Nutcracker with Buckman Dance Conservatory
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10 a.m. 
Children ages 2 and up are invited to learn about the Nutcracker with the dancers of Buckman Dance Conservatory.

Buckman Dance Conservatory Open House
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come meet the faculty and take classes with the all new Buckman Dance Conservatory!

Buckman Dance Conservatory Holiday Performance 
December 6, 2019, 6 p.m. and December 7, 2019, 2 p.m.
All students in Buckman Dance Conservatory participate in the beloved holiday classic!  

Registration and Information

To register, click here, call (901) 537-1483 or email ballet@stmarysschool.org

Classes meet in the Buckman Performing Arts Center dance studio at St. Mary's Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117.

Siblings receive 10% discount.

Schedule

Classes begin Saturday, August 17, 2019.  Last day of fall semester is December 16, 2019.  
Buckman Dance Conservatory will be closed:
August 31-September 2, 2019
October 10-16, 2019
November 25-30, 2019
December 16, 2019 - Last day

About the Director

Mandy Possel is a professional dancer with more than 25 years of experience in performance, choreography, staging, costuming and teaching. Highlights from her past include earning a B.F.A in Dance from top rated Ohio University in 2007, graduating the Luna Dance Institute in California in 2018 and performing with Lafayette Ballet in Indiana and New Ballet Ensemble in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Possel’s most notable roles include Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring staged by Blakeley McGuire, Elizabeth Corbett’s Almost and Breathe, Francesca Harper’s Fearless Mine and Smelling the Rose, Allan Obuzor’s Elee Madi Eese and McArthur Hambrick’s Arabian.

In 2018 Ms. Possel, joined Roudnev Youth Ballet, where she taught and choreographed for the school and performed as Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday favorite Nutcracker. She has also judged dance competitions, including the Mid-South Fair’s Senior Youth Talent Competition. In 2019, Ms. Possel joined Tennessee Ballet Theatre as a guest artist to perform as Myrtha in their production of Giselle.

Ms. Possel has had the opportunity to study under many great teachers, as well as share the stage with numerous brilliant performers. She has worked with artists in a variety of mediums and methods and is excited to share her love of dance with the Mid-South as Director of the new Buckman Dance Conservatory at St. Mary’s School.

Instilling a love of dance is Ms. Possel’s top priority. She believes that dance should be fun and accessible to all who would like to speak through movement.

 

Faculty

Steven Prince Tate began his dance training at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, where he performed works by River North Dance Company’s Mari Jo Irbe, Bill T. Jones dancer and choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland (CSBB), Cloud Gate Dance Theater and CSU dance professor Chung Fu Chang, Venus Fly Trap B-Girl member Teena “Teena Marie” Custer, Dance Magazine’s “25 Choreographers to Watch” (2006) Ursula Payne and many others. In 2007, Steven received scholarships from the American Dance Festival and apprenticed for Shelter Dance Repertory. He attended the Alvin Ailey school (2011) and Complextions Contemporary Ballet Intensive (2016), performing commissioned works by Rudy Perez, the William Forsythe project, Butoh company Dairahkudakan, Laura Dean, Mark Haim, Hair: the Musical performer Judine Summerville, Kim Neal Nofsinger and Dwight Rhoden. 

In 2010, Steven became a company member for New Ballet Ensemble and School. He has performed in works by Frankfurt Ballet dancers Francesca Harper, Elizabeth Corbett, Pittsburgh Ballet Principle Alan Obuzor, Soloist Kaori Ogasawara, Opera Memphis’ Aida and Roudnev Youth Ballet Nutcracker. Steven has choreographed for New Ballet Ensemble, Hot Foot Honeys, NPC Battle on the Bluff: Fitness Competition, Roudnev Youth Ballet and Bridging Souls Productions. He has taught classes and workshops for the University of Memphis, Project Motion, e.Studios, Sub Royalty Hip-Hop Studio, Young Actors Guild, Kipp Collegiate School, Cotton Tail Christian Academy, Bridging Souls Productions, adjudicated for the NAACP-ACT SO (2015) and developed his own Master Class Workshop “The Move” involving various dance artist in the Memphis area.