International Ballet Company
Who We Are
International Ballet Company (IBC) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. As a branch of the professionally established International Ballet Academy in Cary, North Carolina, it is under the artistic direction of Rossana Nesta Gahagan and Servy Gallardo. IBC’s mission is to produce high caliber dancers that will be prepared to tackle the stylistic complexities of the repertoire of the ballet companies of the 21st Century.
International Ballet Company is unique in our area. The Company provides an environment for young artists to excel in many endeavors, including, of course, dance. Company members are expected to achieve and maintain excellent scholastic reports, as well as becoming responsible citizens. Company members perform community service and represent the youth of Cary when traveling outside the county and state. Members encourage each other and serve as role models for aspiring dancers.
IBC is diverse, representing many cultures and nationalities. There are currently 60 company dancers ranging in age from 11-19 years.
What We Do
Although new, starting in the autumn of 2010, IBC members have received national and international recognition. Since its inception in 2010, IBA company dancers have competed at the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international ballet competition. YAGP has recognized the quality training provided by IBA. In 2015, IBA received the Outstanding School Award and in 2012 and 2013 Rossana Gahagan was recognized at the Outstanding Teacher. IBA is also home to two Youth America Grand Prix Winners: Nicole Fannéy (2015) and Preston Chamblee (2012). Parker Garrison was awarded the Hope Award in 2015. IBA dancers have been awarded full scholarships to such prestigious schools as American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Princess Grace, Ballet West, Orlando Ballet.
Locally, the IBC has performed with the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, raising awareness of the wealth of artistic talent in the area. The company produces and performs in at least two major shows each year. The company also invites guest choreographers to teach and work with them whenever possible. Guest teachers and choreographers include Lauren Lovette, Daniel Ulbricht, Melinda Roy, Sally Rojas, Olivier Pardina, and Olivier Munoz.
What People Think
Mayor of Cary Harold Weinbrecht’s blog, 3/18/12:
“. . . I attended the spectacular performance of the International Ballet Company and the Philharmonic Association. This ballet company is putting Cary on the map by winning national competitions and giving these wonderful performances. The ballet company is run by some of the best teachers in the county. We are blessed to have them here in Cary.”
Where are they now
IBC’s company alumni have received offers from prestigious companies and schools throughout the United States. The following are alumni in professional companies and professional training programs:
- Preston Chamblee: New York City Ballet
- Chandler Proctor: Tulsa Ballet
- Regan Kucera: Colorad0 Ballet Company
- Carmen Felder: Carolina Ballet
- Paul Branco: Sarasota Ballet
- Xavier Nunez: Paris Opera Ballet
- Sarah Salim: New Dialect
- Nate Compiano: Royal Danish Ballet
- Anissa Bailis: Ballet Idaho
- Nicole Fannéy: Trainee Ballet West
- Peyton Anderson: Trainee Washington Ballet
- Madeline Clark: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional Program
- Kiefer Curtis: Carolina Ballet Soloist
- Sydney Ransbury: Trainee Orlando Ballet
- Holly Donnelly: Scholarship to Sarasota Ballet Post Grad Training Program
How You can Help
The Board of Directors of IBC invites you to participate in the achievements of these amazing dancers by your monetary support and/or in-kind donations. Our expenses are great, but the rewards are beyond calculation!
BENEFITS TO DONORS
Aside from the tax benefit, donors will receive recognition in IBC literature and programs, as well as verbal acknowledgment at performances. Donors are also invited and encouraged to observe Company classes and/or rehearsals. This is when one can see the drive and commitment of the members!