Nadine Cole founded the New World Youth Ballet in l994, to provide a performance venue for the talented young dancers she was teaching at her Arcata-based school, the Academy of Ballet Arts. Since that time the NWYB, a non-profit organization, has staged an evening-length performance each spring in the Van Duzer Theater. Earlier productions have included Les Sylphides, acts from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the full-length Coppélia and Midsummer Night's Dream, excerpts from Paquita and Don Quixote, and contemporary ballets choreographed by Nadine Cole and HSU's Linda Sievers.
Nadine Cole began her performing career with the Chicago Opera Ballet, and founded her first school and company in the l950's. Her comprehensive program of dance and music was featured in Dance Magazine, and in 1962 her work attracted the attention of George Balanchine, who invited her to participate in his famous teaching seminars. The Balanchine stylefast and full of vitalitystrongly impressed her. After her marriage to the late William Cole, a professor of music and professional opera singer, Ms. Cole continued to provide her talents as a teacher and choreographer to the Universities of Indiana, Notre Dame, and New York; the colleges of St. Mary's, Hartwick, and Vassar; the Robertson School of the Arts, and the Tri Cities Opera. With her husband and family, she traveled and studied dance abroad, in Germany, France, Spain, and England.
As the director of a thriving ballet company and school, Nadine is in the studio six and sometimes seven days a week, teaching class and rehearsing the company. Over the summer she offers a four week dance camp, with junior and senior levels, for dancers 8 years and older. And just as summer dance camp is winding down, her NWYB company dancers, who for the past three summers have attended 5-week ballet intensives in New York and San Francisco, are returning home and anxious to be in class again, to keep up what they've learned over the summer. Nadine then has a special two-week session for them, before the school-year starts and regular daily ballet classes begin once again. "It's a busy schedule," says Nadine, "but to have students performing at a high level and with such strong commitment is what every teacher dreams of. I'm proud of all these dancers, from the beginning levels to the advanced."
As with previous NWYB productions, Hansel and Gretel has been made possible through the valiant efforts of parents, friends, and community members. Gracing this production with their fine work are local artists Marsha Thonson, Henry Robertson, Melinna Gyenis, and Amy Uyeki. The valued support of Wildberries Marketplace, Kelly-Thonson Printing, and Mr. James Cooney has once again been an indispensable boon.