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Ballet students attending intensive programs

Five students of the Red Chair School of Performing Arts in Burbank will be attending summer ballet intensive programs across the United States.

They are Faye Bosco, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Briggs, Rose Filichia, Lena Harris and Ryan Sinton.

Each girl had to audition along with many other students to be selected for their prospective programs. Auditions were conducted all across the country.


“We are delighted to have so many of our young dancers participate in these incredible summer ballet intensive programs,” said Jennifer Bosco, American Ballet Theatre certified ballet teacher and co-owner of the Red Chair School of Performing Arts. “It is through all of their hard work and dedication during the year that has brought them to this level of proficiency.”

Faye Bosco, 12, Jennifer Bosco’s daughter, has been dancing since she was 2. After participating in one of the 18-city nationwide auditions, Faye was accepted to the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at the University of Alabama. This three-week program for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12 to18 features a comprehensive ballet curriculum taught by New York-based American Ballet Theatre staff and dancers.

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Briggs, 13, auditioned and was accepted to both the Brigham Young University Summer Ballet Workshop in Provo, Utah, and the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at the University of Alabama, which she attended last year. She will only attend the Brigham Young Workshop because was chosen to be a member of the Burbank High School dance team, which also has a summer training program.

Rose Filichia, 10, auditioned at Cal State Long Beach and was accepted to the American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer Workshop in New York City. This two-week intensive day program taught by American Ballet Theatre artistic staff, American Ballet Theatre alumni, guest teachers and pianists including Franco De Vita, principal of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis School at American Ballet Theatre, will be attended by 120 young dancers ages 9 to 11.


Lena Harris, 9, has been dancing since she was 3 when she began taking classes through the Burbank Parks and Recreation programs. Lena has done some tap dancing, but has focused on ballet the last two years at the Red Chair School. Lena attended an audition in Los Angeles for the Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Program in Portland where she was the youngest dancer among 100 teens and adults. These were auditions not only for the summer program, but also those for the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Lena was accepted to the five- week pre-professional program including regular ballet curriculum.

Ryan Sinton, 13, has been taking ballet classes for about nine years. Ryan auditioned for three summer ballet programs, was accepted to two and decided to attend the summer program at the Jillana School in Taos, N.M. She was also accepted to the Brigham Young University Program, but because of a timing conflict, could not participate. The Jillana School is an intensive summer ballet program for young pre-professionals.

For more information on the Red Chair School of Performing Arts, call (818) 842-5500 or visit


Burbank Family Martial Arts team strikes gold

The Burbank Family Martial Arts tournament team recently won gold in team synchronized forms at the Disneyland Martial Arts Festival in Anaheim.

The tournament drew competitors from all over the world including Australia and Mexico.

Those competing on the local team were students and instructors ranging in ages from 8 to 20.


For more information on classes, call (818) 566-8676 or visit


Student is teaching English in Hong Kong

Burbank resident and Seattle Pacific University senior Jacqueline Frankian is spending part of her summer break volunteering with Chinese students on a short-term mission project in Hong Kong.

She is volunteering at Hong Kong’s English Language Institute-China. Along with four other students, she is serving as an English teacher and summer camp counselor for Chinese middle and high school students.

Her trip is part of Seattle Pacific Reachout International, a short-term missions program for students. Students must raise their own money for airfare, training, room and board and team expenses.