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Averitt welcomes Latvian ballet teacher
Ballet Intensive camp begins Monday
W Regina Kaupuza
Regina Kaupuza - photo by Special

Regina Kaupuza, an established choreographer and dancer from Latvia, will be in Statesboro for the first time to teach at the Statesboro Youth Ballet Summer Intensive program.
The Averitt Center’s Ballet Summer Intensive Begins Monday and runs through July 24.
Kaupuza is a graduate of Riga Choreography School, where she studied ballet from Inna Baranovska, Valintins Blinovs, Alexanders Lembergs and Irena Strode. In 1999, she earned her Master’s degree in choreography from JVLMA and many of her students became principal dancers of European ballet theaters.
Since 2000, she has organized performing tours to Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine and Slovakia. Kaupuza is the coach of Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theater, Manager of Riga Choreography School, Educator of Latvian Music Academy Department of Choreography and president of Latvian Ballet and Dance Guild.
Her time in Statesboro will focus extensively on pointe work and classical ballet variations. In addition to teaching, Kaupuza will share her coaching expertise with regional ballet instructors and dance enthusiasts.
“I’m very excited for Statesboro Youth Ballet students to have this unique opportunity to take classes from such a high caliber ballet professional,” said Jurijs Safonovs, director of the Statesboro Youth Ballet. “Regina has been a leader in the professional ballet world in Latvia for many years. Her level of expertise is enormous; from teaching students at Riga Choreography School to coaching seasoned ballet artists at National Ballet Theatre. Mrs. Kaupuza has been training future ballet instructors since 2000 and her students are dancing and instructing today’s youth all over the world. Having Mrs. Kaupuza with us this summer is an exceptional event for our growing dance community.”
A meet and greet with the public is set for July 22 at 6 p.m. at the Whitaker Black Box Theater on West Main Street in Statesboro.
Requirements for the two week intensive include being at least 13, pointe abilities for girls, and at least 2 years of ballet experience for boys.
To register, contact Jurijs Safonovs at jsafonovs@averittcenterforthearts.org. Call (912) 212-2787 or visit www.averittcenterforthearts.org for more information.

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