Acclaimed dancer to teach Westminster master class

Neighbors

September 13, 1999|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STEPHEN GREENSTON, a principal dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany and a freelance choreographer, will share his talents with dancers in Carroll County this month, thanks to his long-time friendship with Patty Neivert, director of the Patty Neivert School of Dance.

Greenston and Neivert were dance partners in the '70s and have stayed in touch since. When Neivert learned that her old friend would be in the United States to teach master classes at Goucher College, she called him and asked him to work with dancers in Westminster, too.

Greenston agreed, and so for two hours on Sept. 25, 15 advanced students will watch and work with a man who has performed as a soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, the National Ballet of Washington and the Maryland Ballet.

"Dance is an international language, but this is a chance for dancers in Carroll County to see if the instruction that they have received is the real thing," said Neivert.

"You want to be prepared to dance anywhere, but that is hard to do if you haven't been out of Westminster," Neivert added. "Working with Stephen Greenston will let local dancers test what they have learned."

The class size will be limited to 15, and Neivert is offering the opportunity to dancers from any dance studio in Carroll County.

Greenston's dance experiences are varied and rich. He is negotiating a contract with the Royal Ballet in England to choreograph a piece for its repertoire.

He has done similar work for the Washington Ballet, which premiered his choreography at the Kennedy Center last spring.

"We're all excited about dancing with a teacher who is this great," said Nikki Biden, daughter of Nita and Thom Biden; she and her twin sister, Ashley, are advanced students at Neivert's school.

"When you dance with a teacher, you incorporate their style into yours. Working with someone with international experience will add to my style and probably make me question some of it, too," she said.

Greenston will teach a master class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Patty Neivert School of Dance in Westminster. Students must audition for a space.

The cost is $20 per student. Information: 410-857-9476.

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Pub Date: 9/13/99

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