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Ballet Yuma Brings In Acclaimed Choreographer Eva L. Stone to Conduct Master Classes in Modern Dance

Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014 | By Kass Hall

Yuma, Arizona – Eva L. Stone, acclaimed dancer, teacher, choreographer, and current faculty member at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division, will be teaching master classes for Ballet Yuma at Yuma Ballet Academy studios, located at 3942 S Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, on Thursday, October 2nd, Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Ballet Yuma will offer the Thursday, October 2nd class to the public for a nominal fee of $25.00 per dancer. Dancers should come prepared for a modern dance class. Times are as follows:

  • Intermediate level master class for ages 12 and up will be held from 6:00-7:30
  • Advanced level master class for ages 14 and up will be held from 7:30-9:00.

Ms. Stone received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. She trained at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School and Harvard University with dance greats such as Daniel Nagrin, David Gordon, Viola Farber, Wendy Perron, and Gus Solomons, Jr. Ms. Stone also performed professionally with companies in both Boston and Los Angeles. Upon completing a Master of Arts Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company which she reestablished in Seattle, Washington in 1995. It was during this time that she began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Ms. Stone is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Professional Division), Bellevue College and for Spectrum Dance Theater Academy Division.

Ms. Stone has a very diverse and innovative portfolio, having created commissioned works for Spectrum Dance Theater, South Bay Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Peninsula Dance Theater, Ballet Folsom, NewDance Company (NY) and part of a collaborative effort with Seattle Dance Project on the critically acclaimed Project Orpheus at ACT Theater. Her work

has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Stone also had the extraordinary opportunity to assist Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida. Her other projects include choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions. Ms. Stone is the producer/curator of Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, Washington. This highly anticipated and critically acclaimed event brings the best of local, regional, national and international contemporary dance companies together for a unique series of performances, lectures and master classes and has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We are very pleased to bring a master teacher of this caliber to our community, and to share her talents with dancers from all studios,” says Kathleen Sinclair, Artistic Director for Ballet Yuma. “Our mission includes cultivating the art of dance through professional-caliber instruction for young dancers, and this is one of the ways that we are able to fulfil our purpose. Ballet Yuma is committed to providing its dancers with a very diversified training experience, which includes such things as bringing in professional guest artists, commissioning works from exceptionally innovative and talented choreographers, and employing acclaimed master teachers from across the country. It is this exposure that really helps them to grow and mature as young artists.”

For more information on Ballet Yuma’s public master class session on October 2, 2014 with Eva L. Stone, please contact Kathleen Sinclair at 928-314-4762.

For information on how you can become involved or to become a patron and supporter, please contact Executive Director Jim Hall, Sr. at 928-581-0927 or

Ballet Yuma is supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, as well as a grant from the Yuma Community Foundation.