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Fairfield Natives Launch Ballet School in Norwalk

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Two brothers. One passion – evoking the beauty of learning ballet and teaching lessons from the time-honored dance to the area’s youth is the brain-child of brothers, Adam Holms and Christopher Holms, both Fairfield natives. The two hope to give the gift of ballet and artistic education at the newly-launched the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet located at 327 Main Avenue in Norwalk.

The ballet school will help shape the hearts, minds and talents of the area’s youth. Both Holms have an unparalleled commitment to giving back to the community and teaching the next generation of dancers the power, the energy, and discipline ballet encompasses, as well as the creative freedom it allows. NMYB has designed a curriculum which respects the traditions and canons of classical dance, and their goal is to provide a technically comprehensive and artistically meaningful dance education.

An open house and silent auction to introduce the school will take place on Thursday, May 29th at the studio, 327 Main Avenue, Norwalk. (Additional parking is behind Perry Plaza at 304 Main Avenue). Come early to preview the silent auctions items at 6:30pm, bidding opens at 7:00pm. Some of the silent auction items include pointe shoes autographed by ABT soloist, Misty Copeland, the Executive Director’s week of timeshare resort stay anywhere in the world, baseball bat custom-made by Tucci Lumber, custom-made tutu by Tutu Maria, 3-month gym membership and training session at PHYtness 4U, Gaynor Minden goody bag of ballet items, gift certificate to Sakura Japanese Restaurant, signature NMYB vintage wine, and many more wonderful items.  There will be plenty of activities for the kids including ballet makeovers, batting tokens for the cages at The Batter’s Box as well as some organized games. The Holms’ who are self-funding the school, hope to raise money toward scholarships and building their home studio through the auction as well as donations. Visit their Sponsorship Page for additional information.

While both Adam and Christopher’s career paths have been different, they both share the bond of bringing the world of ballet and artistic inspiration to Norwalk and beyond.

Adam’s career in ballet spans nearly two decades and in addition to his talents as a dancer and performer, he is an accomplished teacher. Adam is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut and has proudly taught ballet in his home state for nearly a decade. His noteworthy teaching credentials include some of the most prestigious nationally and internationally recognized dance organizations. Adam is one of the lead outreach ballet instructors for American Ballet Theatre’s Outreach Department, a judge, master teacher and director of the Annual Ballet Intensive for Sheer Talent, LLC and the Director of Choreography for CLAP American Ballet in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition, he has also worked with his Ecuadorian colleagues to create Arts in Action; an arts education outreach program serving the greater Guayaquil region of Ecuador. Adam brings unique professional ballet connections coupled with an extraordinary educational background to his studio. Above all, his admiration and adoration of his students is unparalleled. His dance moms said it best, “There’s no class like a ‘Mr. Adam’ class.”

Adam attended New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre, to complete his Master of Arts in Ballet Pedagogy and Teaching Dance for the Professions.  Adam is proud to be counted among one of the first professionally ranked dance educators to be nationally certified in all seven levels of American Ballet Theatre’s National Teaching Curriculum®.

Christopher Holms, a career police officer in the City of Norwalk serves as the executive director of the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet. His belief in the transformative study and discipline involved in the fine arts, his strong sense of justice, and his desire to serve his community, help inform his decision to co-found NMYB.

Christopher molded his own idea of what it means to serve his community by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served as a Military Working Dog Handler and Law Enforcement Specialist for four years. After his honorable discharge, he began working as a Patrol Officer for the City of Norwalk and has served the city since 1997.

In teaching D.A.R.E. to the students of the Norwalk Public Schools, Christopher has learned firsthand that one of the most important aspects of teaching is the ability to connect with students. This is similar to the kind of connection a performer shares with their audience. When the connection is engaging, the students and audience members become open to the creative process that often inspires to greatness. Christopher was surprised by the joy of not only connecting with his students, but being inspired by them in return, as well as by their wonderful educators and administrators.

Christopher’s wife, Christina Holms serves as the school’s artistic coordinator and has a successful career as a professional opera singer and voice teacher. To her artistic credit, Christina has performed in productions at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and Playwrights Horizons in New York City as well as numerous others all over the country and in Europe. She has performed fund-raising concerts for a wide variety of charities. Christina has a thriving voice studio and enjoys passing down the tradition and rich history of classical vocal technique to her young students.

When asked about the theory behind classical training, Christina said, “Training in the classical style of any fine aft, whether its music, dance, composition, visual, written or even martial is like participating in a living, breathing history lesson. When examining ballet in this way, you are now learning your art the same way all of the generations of dancers before you have learned it. You’re now part of that living history lesson and that lesson becomes part of you. It’s exciting to know that we have the opportunity to teach the way we were taught and the way our instructors and mentors were taught generations prior.  We are honored to be part of this rich history and to pass down the traditions and technique to the next generation of ballet dancers and artists.”

For more information on the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, please go to www.nmyb.org.

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