By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff
Lasell has caught the ballet bug. In the past year, there have been major changes to the college, to ensure dance is represented in the performing arts minor, from a three-credit course based on both dancing and the history of dance, to the new-found Lasell College Boston Ballet Club.
The club was founded this semester by Boston Ballet Ambassador, sophomore, Grace Hogan, with the intention to connect students with different backgrounds within the ballet world.
Members of the club are “students who are looking to support ballet and getting involved in a way college students
can, by attending the ballet, taking the class on campus and by having internships with the organization,” according
The club was established as a way to give people who do not consider themselves involved with ballet an opportunity to explore the art form.
Lasell has an existing academic partnership with Boston Ballet Newton. During the summer, Lasell houses Boston
Ballet Newton’s dance intensive students in exchange for the opportunity for students to take a ballet class with instructor, Jamie Brege.
Hogan wishes to increase the connection with Boston Ballet Boston, the largest branch and headquarters of the
organization. Interaction with the Boston Ballet provides “networking opportunities for students to get internships
there and also to share with Boston Ballet some of the rich abilities students have at this school,” said Hogan.
Hogan has an internship with Boston Ballet this semester, and hopes other Lasell students will take advantage of the connections created with the partnership between the club and the organization.
Hogan has planned an upcoming invite-only trip to the Boston Ballet Costume Shop for a small group of students to speak with Howard Merlin, Costume Shop Coordinator, about the company’s costumes and to get a private tour of the facility.
The costume shop is currently looking for interns in the fall, which will provide experience for fashion design students. The Costume Shop is familiar with working with Lasell students and currently employs two fashion design graduates.
But the fashion students are not the only ones who benefit from the partnership with Boston Ballet. In the fall, Hogan hopes to have a group of students visit the Physical Therapy department of Boston Ballet.
“Dancers know their bodies so intricately that the issues they get are a little bit different to handle and take care of,”
By sharing the ballet world with athletic training majors, Hogan hopes they will see that working with dancers “is a
way they could be using their gifts and possibly furthering their career that way.”
Networking with the Physical Therapy department provides Lasell students with opportunities outside the organization. “The people who work at Boston Ballet are not just Boston Ballet sports trainers or Boston Ballet therapists, they are at the biggest hospitals in the city,” Hogan said.
With the development of the club, students now have access to purchasing Boston Ballet performance tickets on
campus. Tickets for Boston Ballet’s production of “Edge of Vision” are available on a first-come first serve basis. Tickets are available for the 7:30 p.m. showings on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.