Globe North Arts

New director for ballet studio

Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, a former principal dancer, has been named to lead Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead studio. Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, a former principal dancer, has been named to lead Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead studio.
By Wendy Killeen
December 27, 2009

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Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, a former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, will lead Boston Ballet School’s Marblehead studio beginning in January.

“Evelyn’s extensive career and teaching experience, strength in a diverse repertoire, and her tremendous ability to mentor and guide students will make her a perfect fit to support the mission of excellence and access at Boston Ballet School,’’ said Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet artistic director.

Cisneros-Legate will lead the staff of the Marblehead studio - which opened at the Leggs Hill Road YMCA last February - under the direction of Nissinen and Boston Ballet School director Margaret Tracey.

She will oversee the studio’s programs, which include dance classes for all ages, from preschool through adult, and all experience levels. She also will lead a variety of education and outreach programs for the Marblehead community.

Cisneros-Legate danced with the San Francisco Ballet for 23 years, performing leading roles in a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works. She also had numerous ballets created for her.

After her retirement, she worked as an artistic consultant with the San Francisco Ballet. She helped form the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education and served as its education coordinator for seven years. She has taught extensively at dance schools and summer programs across the country.

She is married to Stephen Legate, another former principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, who is opening a chiropractic office in Boston. They and their son and daughter are relocating to Marblehead.

HAVE YOUR IDOL EXPERIENCE: The Real School of Music in Burlington hosts an Open Mic Series the third Sunday of each month.

The school’s Real Room stage is equipped with a keyboard, lights, and sound. Performers of all ages are invited to showcase their talents and bring along family and friends for an afternoon of music.

A different up-and-coming performer is also featured each month.

Instructors Erik Ringstad and Vykki Vox, who are members of the Vykki Vox Band, host and play some of their favorite tunes. They also can back up artists.

The Real School of Music aims to promote the joys and benefits of learning to play and create music, while enriching society by restoring music as an elemental part of cultural expression.

The sessions run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 888-881-7325 or visit

CD TAKES FLIGHT: Ken Langer, a music professor at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, has contributed a musical arrangement to a holiday CD created as a gift for members of the Air Force.

“I’ll Be Home for the Holidays,’’ features the Heritage Brass Quintet, which is part of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band.

The CD features traditional holiday music, classical arrangements, and background music for a sing-along. Langer’s piece is an arrangement of Mozart’s “Adoramus te, Christe.’’

Langer has taught at Northern Essex since 2005. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kent State University, a master’s degree in music from Radford University, and a doctorate in music theory and composition from Kent State. He has published more than 30 works of music.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester presents two holiday exhibits through the end of January. Winter fabrics, placemats, cards, and ornaments by the Folly Cove Designers are on exhibit in the Davis Gallery. Included are the designs Snow Storm, Snow Flurry, Skiers, and Winter Sports, as well as other items from the museum’s permanent collection. An exhibit, “The Winters,’’ is featured in the museum’s library. It includes a selection of items from the archives relating to artists Charles Allan Winter and Alice Beach Winter, who lived and worked on Cape Ann during the early to mid-20th century. . . . Sculpture by Sarah Seabury Ward is on display at True North Gallery in Hamilton throughout January. Ward’s work reflects her affinity for animals, as well as her years of experience as a wildlife handler and nature educator. Five percent of proceeds from the sale of her work benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council, which promotes conservation.

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