Upcoming Events at the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory

Published on 30 June 2015 in Events

Patel Conservatory offers summer Jazz Intensive

July 27 - 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; concert on Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. 
WHERE: TECO Theater 
DETAILS: Students in grade seven through college who are interested in hands-on, in-depth exposure to the jazz music art form are invited to participate in the Patel Conservatory Jazz Intensive. 
Students will receive five full days of intense instruction in ear training, sight reading and improvisation. Their instruction will also include playing in small combo and big bands with some of the area’s best teaching artists, culminating in a final jam session open to the public. 
Jazz Intensive tuition is $275. Registration and more information are available at www.patelconservatory. org and by calling 813.222.1002. 
Regularly priced tickets for the concert are $15 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at the www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply. 
Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. 

Patel Conservatory presents Summer Fantasy 

Friday, July 24, at 7 p.m. 
WHERE: Ferguson Hall 
DETAILS: More than 200 pre-professional ballet students from all across the globe will perform classical and contemporary pieces in this spectacular show. These dancers were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants to come to the Patel Conservatory to train and perform. 
Regularly priced tickets are $15- $22 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. 
The Patel Conservatory offers summer camps and classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Registration and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002. Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. 

Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory presents Shrek the Musical 

The Patel Conservatory will present Dreamworks’ Shrek the Musical, performed by students in grade seven through college, July 16-19 and 23-26 in the Straz Center’s TECO Theater. 
Everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, and his friends Princess Fiona and donkey meet up with storybook pals like Pinocchio and the Pied Piper in this hilarious Tony Award ®-winning show. Students will perform in the charming musical after spending four intensive weeks advancing their acting, music and movement skills, preparing for this full-length, fullyproduced production. 
Directed by Patel Conservatory Theater Chair Suzanne Livesay, Shrek the Musical will appeal to all age groups. The snappy books and lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, with music by Jeanine Tesori. 
Performances of Shrek the Musical are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Regularly priced tickets to start at $20 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org
Audition and registration information for participation in Shrek the Musical is available by calling 813.222.1002 and at www.patelconservatory. org. The fully accredited Patel Conservatory offers summer camps and classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 50,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community. 
Events, days, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. 

The Athletic Angles Association Unites Gospel and Sports 

The Athletic Angels Association, in partnership with the City of Tampa is currently creating opportunities for the community to unite with the common goal of sharing the gospel through the medium of sports such as Kickball, Flag Football, Basketball and others! 
Scripture tells us in (Matthew 4:19) And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 
“Our mission is to use the sports platform to bring the inner city community and local churches, in the Tampa Area, together for a positive Christian fellowship,” says Commissioner Ainsley Blackmon. “We have started our 1st inaugural flag football and basketball league and we are changing lives one person at a time.” 
Thursday night basketball league games are played from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at MLK Recreation Complex and their flag football league games are played Saturday afternoons at Lincoln Garden Park from 12 noon – 2 p.m. 
The Athletic Angels Association was established to help all involved grow physically, socially and, most importantly, spiritually. This platform gives people of God a chance to fellowship with their fellow peers, relating to one another, and more importantly, reaching out to their friends by sharing the fabulous Word of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening, sports-related environment. 
“Our hope is as fishers of men we can use this bait as a platform for saving lives and allowing each person to grow into a relationship with each other and Jesus Christ,” says president Devonne Stokes. “As you may very well know, sports can be a common denominator for all levels of interest, bringing in the lords sheep and piercing their hearts with his word. We encourage you to help us continue to use and build on this bridge to win souls for Christ.” For more information please email AthleticAngelsAssociation@writeme.com, or athleticangelsassociation@gmail.com or visit www.TheAthleticAngels.com

Philip Neal named Patel Conservatory Dance Department Chair and Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet 

Straz Center President/CEO Judy Lisi announced today that Philip Neal has been named chair of the Patel Conservatory Dance Department and artistic director of Next Generation Ballet (NGB). 
Neal officially begins his tenure in Tampa on June 15, and as previously announced, will lead the month-long NGB Summer Intensive program while now also overseeing a full slate of summer camps and classes and preparing for the fall 2015 session and beyond. 
“We are so fortunate that Philip has agreed to join us at the Straz Center and lead the dance department at the Patel Conservatory,” said Lisi. “His wealth of experience and depth of knowledge as a teacher, repetiteur, choreographer and dancer will be of incalculable value to our students. I am confident that Philip will build on NGB’s rock-solid foundation and prove to be an enormous asset to Tampa’s cultural community.” 
Neal comes to the Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory following a storied 23-year tenancy with New York City Ballet. He is a sought-after instructor and has worked with numerous companies and schools, including Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He is a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and the Jerome Robbins Rights Trust, staging the ballets of both legendary choreographers throughout the world. As a choreographer, he has been commissioned to craft five original works for Richmond Ballet and invited to participate in the New York Choreographic Institute. 
Neal began his dance training at age 11 at the School of Richmond Ballet, where he was recognized by Edward Villella and offered a summer scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In addition to his training in New York and Richmond, he studied at the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
He joined New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1987. In the spring of 1991, he was promoted to the rank of soloist, and was promoted to the rank of principal dancer during the 1992-1993 season. During his career he performed a multitude of Balanchine’s finest works, including, among many others Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Mozartiana, Serenade and Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. Neal was featured in many Robbins’ ballets including Dances at a Gathering, The Goldberg Variations and I’m Old Fashioned. He has been a guest performer with the Kirov Ballet and with the Paris Opera Ballet. 
The Patel Conservatory is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Patel Conservatory Dance Department, official school of NGB, offers instruction for both pre-professional training and enrichment for students from age three through college. NGB prepares serious young dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities and is committed to their artistic, personal and professional development. Many NGB students have placed highly at major ballet competitions and have gone on to dance with companies around the globe. 
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Patel Conservatory, visit www.strazcenter.org.
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