NYC Ballet’s Ellen Bar & Sean Suozzi
N.Y. Export: OPUS JAZZ Choreography Workshop, Master Classes, Movie Screening and Q&A
We are thrilled to announce a very special Master Class Series with Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi! Both original cast members of New York City Ballet’s premiere of N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, Bar and Suozzi will teach a repertoire class featuring Jerome Robbins’s choreography from the original “ballet in sneakers,” followed by a screening of the 2010 live action film which they co-created and produced, and a Q&A pizza party! Keep the excitement going with a technique class the following morning to round out a truly once-in-a-lifetime weekend with two amazing artists!
Super fun fact: The original premiere of N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz occurred in 1958 at the very first Spoleto Festival in Italy!
Ellen Bar attended the School of American Ballet for eight years before she was asked to join the New York City Ballet as a corps member in 1998 and promoted to Soloist in 2006. During her 14-year career with the company, Ellen danced featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others. In 2005, Ellen danced in the stage revival of Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz, during which she and fellow soloist Sean Suozzi developed the idea to re-imagine the ballet for film, shot on location in present-day New York City. Together, they developed and produced the feature-length 35mm film adaptation NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ and the accompanying documentary A BALLET IN SNEAKERS, which premiered at South by Southwest 2010, where it won an Audience Award, and aired on PBS’ Great Performances. In 2011, Ellen retired from dancing and became the Director of Media Projects for New York City Ballet, where she developed, produced and directed film and video content for the company. Ellen is a member of the Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC, a nonprofit research and advocacy group for the New York dance community, and serves on the Advisory Board of NYU Tisch’s Dance Media program. In 2014, Ellen produced the feature documentary film BALLET 422, which premiered in competition at Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically nationwide by Magnolia Pictures. Ellen is now working as a freelance film producer and as a consultant to nonprofits for video content strategy and development.
Sean Suozzi was born in Glen Cove, New York, and began his dance training at the age of seven with Joyce DiLauro. Mr. Suozzi trained for four years at the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Connecticut with Sharon Dante, Joan Kunsch, Eleanor D’Antuono, Alexei Tchernichov, and Kevin Martin. After attending the 1997 summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Mr. Suozzi was invited to continue his studies in the SAB winter session as a scholarship student. At SAB, he studied with Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Susan Pilarre, among other SAB teachers. Mr. Suozzi was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in April 1999 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000. In May 2007, Mr. Suozzi was promoted to soloist. Sean has been featured in many ballets of George Balanchine, Angelin Preljocaj, Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Jerome Robbins, and many others. While dancing, Sean also co-developed and co-produced the narrative dance film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ.