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New Ballet Ensemble Dancers Perform with Yo-Yo Ma

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Nov 07, 2012
Memphis, TN

On Tuesday, October 23 world renowned chellist, Yo-Yo Ma, performed with teenage members of the New Ballet Ensemble (Memphis, TN) at Colonial Middle School. Ma performed a duet with student dancer TJ Benson, with Ma accompanying Denson's interpretation of The Swan.

Ma explained the experience to Memphis's The Commerical Appeal, saying "I was looking at his energy and thinking character. I was trying to read all the nuances of what he may be trying to express. Should I push him along? Should I give him encouragement? Should I give him space to be vulnerable?"

Benson said of the duet, "It was an honor and great experience to dance beside the world famous chellist Yo-Yo Ma." According to The Commerical Appeal, this was Benson's first performance in front of a large audience.

Over 50% of the students who performed with Ma in October are on full scholarship to New Ballet Ensemble and study dance up to 20 hours per week.

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About New Ballet Ensemble and School

Founded in 2001, The New Ballet Ensemble and School is a Community School of the Arts and Arts Education program with a professional performing ensemble. Unique to Memphis and to communities across America, New Ballet is a bridge-building Arts training organization that serves youth from every corner of the city and in its entirety.  Children and adults come together on a daily basis in an arts space where the common denominator is excellence and innovation in dance. The bridges that we build in the process remain a principle focus of the organization’s leadership.

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