Juniors in the RBC Dance Department participated in a ballet workshop last week taught by guest instructor and master teacher Gabriel Chajnik. Mr. Chajnik is a Juilliard alumnus and former dancer with American Repertory Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theater. He is currently the Director of the new Contemporary Ballet Theater Department for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, located in Deal. Brianna McDonald-Vitale (RBC ‘13,) who also works at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, arranged this unique visit to her alma mater.
To begin the class, Mr. Chajnik led the dancers in a ballet barre warmup, while imparting his vast knowledge and sharing his professional experiences. The students learned a beautiful contemporary ballet phrase in the center, which they performed in small groups. They all enjoyed working with Mr. Chajnik and RBC hopes to welcome him back in the fall for a contemporary ballet choreography workshop.