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. 

Classes resume January 13, 2020.

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Spring 2020 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. Thursday
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. Tuesday
Tuition:  $275
Description:  Creative movement with beginner elements of ballet 

Class:  Creative Movement Combo (3-5 years or PK/JK/SK) (This class is full)
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:  10 a.m. Saturday
Tuition:  $275
Description:  Creative movement with beginner elements of ballet 

Class:  Creative Movement For Boys (3-7 years) 
Hours/Week: 45 minutes
Dress:  Black shorts, tights or pants, solid color shirt, ballet shoes. 
Schedule:  9 a.m. Saturday
Tuition:  $275
Description:  Creative movement with beginner elements of ballet specifically for boys

Class:  Pre-Ballet (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. Wednesday
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:  3:45 p.m. Monday
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: 3:45 p.m. Friday
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:  4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 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:  4:30 – 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 to 2:30 p.m.  Saturday
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:  TBD
Tuition:  $450
Description:  Modern technique for advanced level dancers (Level 3 and up)

Class: Advance Level Jazz Only
Hours/Week:  1
Dress:  Any camisole leotard (matching skirt optional), pink or flesh colored tights, pink ballet shoes, hair in bun.
Schedule:  1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday
Tuition:  $315
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:  TBD
Tuition:  $250
Description:  Ballet basics for students ages 10 and up

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.

Schedule

Classes begin Monday, January 13, 2020.  Last day of spring semester is May 16, 2020.  

Buckman Dance Conservatory will be closed:

January 20, 2020
February 14-17, 2020
March 6-15, 2020
April 10-13, 2020 

The spring show will be Friday, May 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

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.