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Holt Ballet Conservatory & The Movement Alliance form collaboration

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The Movement Alliance (TMA) School and Holt Ballet Conservatory (HBC) are joining together to teach dance at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall.

Yelena Holt, who created a nationally recognized dance program at Nevada Union High School, opened her new conservatory on July 5. She plans to prepare her students for professional careers in dance or coach them for college dance scholarships and dance related degrees.

Many of the dancers Yelena Holt trained in her years at NUHS received admittance to prestigious colleges, universities, and pre-professional dance programs and earned dance scholarships to help pay their tuition bills.

Offering classical ballet, from ages seven through adults, her new conservatory will make her professional workplace experience, her formal education, and her nationwide professional dance contacts available to all interested dancers in Nevada County.

The Movement Alliance, under the direction of Lovie Bucknell, was founded as a dance theatre company in 2002, with the support of Associate Director, Marni Marshall and Associate Choreographer, Marissa Hernandez.

To enable dancers in the company to work in their field of experience, expertise, and education, TMA founded The Movement Alliance Dance School in 2008. It offers classes in modern, jazz, creative movement, hip-hop, pilates for dancers and dance fusion.

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The Movement Alliance also sponsors master classes/professional workshops with the support of The Center for the Arts and the Associate Students of Sierra College (ASSC) to also host touring companies.

TMA School is thrilled to welcome HBC into it’s non-profit organization, and to have the opportunity to share two performance opportunities per year for dance students – at the school in a theatre-in-the-round. “I have been a fan of Yelena Holt for over a decade, having inherited many of her former high school students in my Sierra College dance classes,” said Bucknell . “With this exciting collaboration, we are now thoroughly able to train ‘the whole child’ in the beginning, and prepare them for bright futures; either dancing professionally, or dancing to ‘fuel their souls’ with healthy habits to physically last a lifetime.”

Both organizations share in the philosophy of college and professional preparation being the best and wisest foundation for today’s working dancer.

All the teachers of this joint effort are either highly certificated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in dance from colleges and universities and trained in nationally recognized dance methodologies (pedagogy) for dance, or are in a sponsorship with a master mentor teacher who guides them through all aspects of teaching their classes.

“A child develops good habits and forms strong bones and muscles due to his teacher’s knowledge and informed applications. This prevents a lifetime of dance limitations or even injury,” said Holt. “Our joint effort is passionately committed to the continuous dance methods researching and staff training that make skilled and effective dance teachers and beautiful dancers.”

The classes are offered at 212 Spring Street, Nevada City, in the Odd Fellows Lodge.

“Up a steep and winding stairway, the space offers a sprung wood floor to protect bones in the legs and feet, 25-foot ceilings to facilitate ‘leaps to die for,’ a newly installed Marley-type floor, new barres and mirrors, and 2,100-square-feet of dance space,” said Holt. “We’re ready for action! We’re very excited to begin this adventure. If you ever dreamed of being able to fly, learning the mysteries of being an accomplished dancer is a great way to grow wings!”

Yelena Holt trained with Barbara Crockett School of Ballet, Sacramento, performed with the Sacramento Ballet, has a credential and masters in English Literature, and certification in dance, from the University of California, Berkeley, has a State of California Life Credential In English, Speech and Debate, and Theater/Dance.

She was a member of The Magic Theater Association in Old Sacramento and The Davis Light Opera Co., and owned Nevada County School of Ballet from 1982-1985.

She directed the Bear River High School Dance Program from 1988-1994 and the Nevada Union High School Dance Program from 1992- 2010.

The Movement Alliance Dance Co. & School and Holt Ballet Academy


Aug. 15: Fall Session Classes begin


Professional Dance Company to perform at The Center for the Arts Friday or Saturday Sept. 23 or Sept. 24

Facilitator: Lovie Bucknell

Master Classes. TBA


6 p.m. Tues Dec. 6: Holiday Show – A Theater in the Round

TMA School, Holt Ballet Academy, and Sierra College Dance Club


7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28: The Movement Alliance Dance Theatre Co. 10 Year Anniversary Concert

with live musical accompaniment by Jonathan Richman and Jay Wilkinson, with TMA Jr Co premiers

The Center for the Arts

Friday night Gala proceeding show; Saturday Q & A with the company

Winter/Spring session classes begin


Professional dance company to perform at The Center For The Arts. TBA

Facilitator: Lovie Bucknell


April 20-29: National Dance Week. Popular events include a Master Class with Bay Area University Instructor. TBA

n Free classes to new students of selected classes

n Noon to 2 p.m., April 25: Free outdoor celebration at Sierra College Nevada County Campus.


6 p.m. Tues., May 8: Spring Show-A Theater in the Round

TMA School, Holt Ballet Academy, and Sierra College Dance Club

Junior Company Scholarship Fund Benefit

Junior Company Auditions


Summer Session Classes Begin