FSPA Welcomes Alum Melissa Chapski to Summer Ballet Guest Faculty
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Ballet Conservatory will welcome former student, Melissa Chapski, as a guest faculty member for the Summer Intensive ballet Program from July 12-July 23.
Melissa Chapski was born in Medfield, Massachusetts. She began her early training with Cheryl Madeux at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and was a member of the conservatory program until 2012. In 2015, she graduated from the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City under the guidance of Erin Forrest and Edward Ellison. That same year, she was awarded a gold medal at Indianapolis International Ballet Competition and Youth American Grand Prix’s Boston regional, and a contract to the Dutch National Ballet’s junior company at YAGP Finals where she placed top 12. Chapski danced two seasons in Dutch National’s junior company followed by three seasons in the corps de ballet.
Chapski has appeared as a guest artist in galas in London, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, China, America, and The Netherlands. The galas include two for YAGP; one in Tampa, Florida in 2018, and the other in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2016. Another gala was the performance in the interlude at Prix de Lausanne where she danced a duet from Hans van Manen. Chapski’s repertoire includes Hans van Manen’s duet ‘Trois Gnossiennes’, demi-soloists in George Balanchine’s Symphony in 3 Movements, Pas de Cinq in David Dawson’s Giselle, the 6 brides in Swan Lake, and Little Red Riding Hood in Sleeping Beauty. She is now dancing with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich after joining the company in April. Chapski was also featured as ‘Emma’ in the movie High Strung: Free Dance and has done ad campaigns for Huawei Mobile, Nikon Europe, Discount Dance Supply, Capezio, and Russian Pointe.
FSPA’s Ballet conservatory Program offers classical ballet education of the highest quality. Under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) dancer Cheryl Madeux, an extensive range of training and performance experiences provides exceptional opportunities for students of all ages and levels interested in the study of classical ballet. The FSPA Ballet curriculum is based on the foundations of the ABT National Training Curriculum. All teachers on the FSPA Conservatory Track have been certified in the NTC program.
The pre-professional summer intensive offers a four-week program for the dedicated and serious ballet student wanting to further ballet training and performance skills. A rigorous schedule of classical ballet technique, pointe, modern, and dance history is provided. Students are divided by their current ballet level for technique, pointe, select variations, and choreography to ensure and maintain a challenging curriculum for every dancer.
For more information about FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory program or other classes in the performing arts, call 508-528-8668, visit www.FSPAonline.com, or stop by 38 Main Street in Franklin. Follow FSPA on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.