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New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Celebrates 45 Years & Honors Alumni at Elegant Gala

NJDTG Founder Alfredo Corvino with dancers, c. 1969
NJDTE dancers in "Atemporal," choreographed by Nancy Turano, NJDTE Artistic Director. Credits: Denis Vu
NJDTE dancer Marissa Millwater in "The Nutcracker" Credits: Shawna Feola
NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano as a student at NJDTG, c. 1980.
NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano with Ensemble dancers Credits: Juliana Thomas
NJDTE Artistic Director Nancy Turano

In a momentous gathering, NJDTG/NJDTE alumni, dancers and friends join Nancy Turano, now in her 20th year as NJDTE Artistic Director, to celebrate the Ensemble’s 45th anniversary season at a gala reception at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ on Sunday, December 14.

Guests of honor include Andra and Ernesta Corvino, NJDTG founding ballet mistresses and daughters of Founding Artistic Director Alfredo Corvino, plus alumna, guest artist and mentor, Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, a former prima ballerina with New Jersey Ballet. The event, which follows the 2pm performance of NJDTE’s acclaimed The Nutcracker at Wilkins Theater in Union, NJ, features a special guest appearance by and exclusive champage reception with Chris Evert, tennis legend, sponsored by Lisa Miller, NJDTE Board Member and Founder & President of Vie Healthcare.

NJDTE's 45th Annviersary Gala has limited availability. Email to purchase tickets.

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  • VIP Admission ($1,000): Exclusive VIP Champagne Q&A Event with Chris Evert. Gala entrance at 4:15pm
  • General Admission ($100): Cocktail Reception with Chris Evert. Gala entrance at 5:15pm

NJDTE’s The Nutcracker performances are December 13 at 2pm & 7pm and December 14 at 2pm at Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, Union, NJ. Call 908-737-7469 or visit to purchase tickets.



Andra and Ernesta Corvino, performers, ballet mistresses and daughters of the founding director of NJDTG, Alfredo Corvino, co-directed the Dance Circle in New York City with Mr. Corvino from 1968 to 1993. Andra Corvino staged productions for companies and universities around the world and has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School, among other prestigious dance institutions. She is a charter member of Ernesta Corvino's Dance Circle Company, with whom she still performs. She also teaches and coaches privately. Ernesta Corvino studied ballet with Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor, Mr. Corvino and Andra Corvino. At 14, she joined the Maryland Ballet as a soloist and went on to dance with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. In 1981, she formed her own company, Ernesta Corvino’s Dance Circle Company. Currently she teaches in NYC, conducts workshops throughout Europe and is ballet master for the José Limón Dance Company and Pina Bausch/Tanztheater Wuppertal.

Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich studied with Gertrude Weinberg and Alfredo Corvino as a member of NJDTG. At the age of 17, she performed professionally with the New Jersey Ballet Company (NJBC) and then toured internationally with the Pavlova Celebration in leading roles. Sabovick-Bleich held a principal position at NJBC for over 15 years, touring nationally and internationally. She is known for her versatile technique in such roles as Sylvia Pas de Deux and Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo. She has worked with noted choreographers, including Vicente Nebrada, Norbert Vesak, Edward Villella and Robert North. Sabovick-Bleich is currently on faculty for NJDTE, New Jersey School of Ballet and NJBC.

Nancy Turano studied with Pat McCusker and Alfredo Corvino at NJDTG and received her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director with Ballet Hispánico and has danced with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Martine Van Hamel’s New Amsterdam Ballet and Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. As Artistic Director of NJDTE, Turano has created dance education and international exchange programs and has mentored pre-professional dancers. She has also expanded NJDTE to include advanced level programs such as Movement Invention Project (MIP) and Pre-MIP in New York City. Recently, Turano was selected to serve as an adjudicator for YoungArts Miami in search of U.S. Presidential Scholars for the Arts. Turano is on the faculty of the Ailey School and was the founding director of the Harkness Youth Ballet at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 2012, she received the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, recognizing her leadership in developing outstanding dance education programs.


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