Talking the Bronx 04.03.13

Talking the Bronx 04.03.13

School of American Ballet’s Community Auditions

School of American Ballet
The School of American Ballet is holding community auditions in the Bronx. Photo: Rosalie O’Connor

The School of American Ballet (SAB), the country’s most prominent ballet academy, will hold special free auditions for boys and girls ages 6 to 10 in the Bronx on Sun., Apr. 28th at Bronx Dance Theatre, located at 585 East 187th Street, on the 2nd floor (between Arthur Avenue and Hoffman Boulevard).

The auditions will take place at 3:30 p.m. for ages 6 and 7, and at 4:00 p.m. for ages 8-10.

SAB’s auditioners will look for young girls and boys who are interested in pursuing focused ballet training. Previous dance training is not necessary, but children must be 6 by Sept. 1, 2013, to audition for the 2013-14 Winter Term. Children selected for admission will begin classes at the School’s Lincoln Center headquarters this fall. Boys attend tuition-free as part of a special Boys Program and financial aid is available for girls.

The School of American Ballet has been the leading academy for classical ballet training in the United States since its founding in 1934 by Lincoln Kirstein and the renowned choreographer George Balanchine.

Over the past 79 years, the Manhattan-based school—which is both the official academy of New York City Ballet and a constituent member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—has enrolled some 17,000 students, with more than 2,000 having become professional dancers at New York City Ballet and countless other companies around the U.S. and abroad.

Today, SAB-trained dancers appear on the rosters of more than 65 U.S. and one dozen international companies. New York-area children enrolled at SAB are featured annually in New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center.

Boys should wear shorts and t-shirts, and girls should wear bathing suits or leotards to the audition.

Optional pre-registration is currently available at, and those who pre-register will receive priority check-in at each audition location.



The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society

Lunch by Sharon Gumerove, former President of The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society and a current board member.

The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society (NYBZPS) invites Bronx residents to join their organization.

The NYBZPS was founded in 1953 by a group interested in sharing their love of photography. The NYBZPS offers opportunities for photographers to improve their skills, share ideas and show their work. In addition to presentations by photographers (like Lou Jones, Jon Ortner and Joe LeFevre), the NYBZPS offers instructional presentations, workshops and monthly digital competitions.

Members receive feedback on their work from judges outside of the club.

Additional activities include exhibits and field trips.

Membership includes photographers whose experience range from beginner to professional, with an equally diverse assortment of photographic interests. Members work in color, black and white and digital manipulation, and create images of wildlife, scenic, nature, abstracts and more.

The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society meets twice a month on Saturday mornings from September to June at the Fordham Preparatory School (Room 243) on the Fordham University Campus.

For more information or to join The New York Botanical Zoological Photographic Society, please visit


Nominees for Veteran’s Hall of Fame

Nominate a veteran for induction into the State Hall of Fame.

The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

“The Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame gives us the opportunity to not only pay tribute to all of those who serve, but also to recognize an individual whose sacrifice and service has helped make our nation and our community a better place to live,” said Sen. Rivera. The Senate will honor distinguished veterans throughout our state at a ceremony in Albany on May 21, 2013.

Each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special on-line exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York veterans.

Last year, Senator Rivera inducted Latanga Blair into the Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Ms. Blair is a veteran who serves as a Veterans Affairs Volunteer at the James A. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center. Her efforts at the VA focus on informing female veterans of assistance and benefit programs they are entitled to receive.

Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2013.

For nomination forms, please visit or call 718-933-2034.

Run for the Wild

2013 WCS Run for the Wild at The Bronx Zoo is just around the corner.


The Wild Life Conservatory Society (WCS) invites residents to its 2013 WCS Run for the Wild at The Bronx Zoo. This year’s 5K Run/Walk, dedicated to saving elephants, takes place on Sat., Apr 27th.

The event will have two start times, one for runners at 8:00 a.m., and a second for Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m. Registration for the WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo is $35 for adults, $25 for children (3–15) and $25 for seniors (65+).

The WCS asks that all adults and senior registrants must also raise at least $30 before the run in order to participate on April 27th. The minimum fundraising requirement is waived for children.

All registered adults and seniors who meet the $30 fundraising requirement will receive:

• Entrance to either the 5K or Family Fun Run

• Complimentary Bronx Zoo admission for the entire day

• A commemorative WCS Run for the Wild t-shirt

For more information, please visit

Business and Innovation Conference

Congressman Charles B. Rangel will be hosting the Business and Innovation Conference on Thurs., Apr. 4th, from 9:30 a.m. to1 p.m. at the Lovinger Theatre in the Music Building at Lehman College, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West.

It will feature presentations by the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank and the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency David Hinson who will provide info on a wide range of topics and answer individual questions. Also present for the discussion will be John Mallano, U.S. Small Business Administration; Madeline Márquez, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; and Rogina Coar-Smith, Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Minority and Women Business Enterprises Business.

For more information or to register, please visit

Mentoring Program

A mentoring program is being offered for high school students.

The Young Scholars Immersion Program, a program coordinated by Kingsbridge Heights Community Center and Manhattan College, provides year-round mentoring and opportunities for disadvantaged students in the Bronx.

The program is currently seeking more high school applicants.

Student who join their program get the chance to visit college campuses, participate in writing and study workshops and receive support from tutors at the College’s Center for Academic Success.

For more information, contact Neil Bogan at or call 718.884.0700 ext. 116.

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