Director of the 2020 Bochette Summer Program Jennifer (Jenn) FitzGerald began her training in northern California and Walnut Hill for the Arts in Massachusetts in ballet and contemporary ballet. During her time at Walnut Hill she received training from Boston Ballet and was juried by Boston Ballet for her high school finals. She went on to perform at Pennsylvania Ballet, Mid-Illinois Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet, as well as numerous independent contracts in the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, and Japan.
After ballet, Jennifer went into musical theater performing 3 seasons at The Golden Apple dinner theater in Sarasota, 1 season at Tennessee Williams theater in Key West, and 1 season at Naples Dinner theater. Along the way Jennifer toured the entire east coast and Canada in the musical Sweet Charity playing the dance role made famous by Zsa Zsa Gabor.
After retiring from the arts Jennifer received a BA in business administration and 2 AS degrees. She has created 5 businesses since then and currently still has 2, although her passion for dance has finally brought her back to working in the arts.
Jennifer regularly takes ballroom classes and her son attends Dance Bochette. She hopes to bring more to this amazing studio through summer programs and other endeavors through use of her knowledge in business and marketing.
Philip Amer was raised in northern California, where he began his dance training at age four. His early inspirations were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, which prompted him to ask his mother to enroll him in dance. His early training was in Eureka, California with the Redwood Concert Ballet. For several summers he studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, under the direction of Richard Cammack. As a young dancer, he danced with Ballet Celeste International in San Francisco and performed with them in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, Japan.
Early in his professional career, Philip joined the Cleveland Ballet, under the direction of Dennis Nahat, where he had the opportunity to be onstage with notable dancers, such as Cynthia Gregory. After spending a season dancing with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, Philip was offered a position with the Sacramento Ballet. He spent six years there, where he performed an extensive repertoire of Balanchine ballets, including Rubies, Allegro Brilliante, the Four Temperaments and Prodigal Son, among many others. While in the Sacramento Ballet, he also performed principal and soloist roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker. Philip danced in Minneapolis with the James Sewell Ballet, directed by James Sewell, as well as with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, directed by Lise Houlton, former soloist of the American Ballet Theatre and Stuttgart Ballet. Philip performed with San Francisco Opera Ballet in “Aida”, with choreography by Donald Byrd. He also performed a soloist role in the Russian comic opera “Betrothal in a Monastery.” Locally, and most recently, he danced with the San Diego Ballet and performed many contemporary and classical works such as “Firebird.”
Philip has been a guest dancer and teacher at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, instructing classes in ballet and pas de deux. He has been choregraphing for four years, and his works have been performed at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, The Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla, California, and Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana, Mexico. Since moving back to the Bay Area five years ago Philip has danced with Company C Contemporary Ballet in Walnut Creek and has done numerous Nutcracker guest appearances around the bay. He is currently teaching at New West Ballet in San Marcos California.
Ms. Day-Galitz began her ballet training at the age of 4 with Ms. Virginia Niekrasz-Laurent in Eureka, CA. She rose quickly through the ranks and joined Redwood Concert Ballet (RCB) at the age of 14. She became a soloist with RCB at 16. The Director, Ms. Niekrasz-Laurent, saw Ms. Day-Galitz’ passion for choreography, and encouraged her to create new works for Redwood Concert Ballet. Some of Ms. Day-Galitz’ works for RCB were Thriller, Cancionnes, Playing with Heartstrings, The Rainbow’s End, Largo Al Factorum, Station Identification, and Evolution-Revolution. At 19, Ms. Day-Galitz was accepted to the University of California at Irvine’s Dance Program (UCI). While there, she danced professionally with California Theatre Ballet, under the direction of Mr. Donald Bradburn. While there, she performed many of her dream roles; Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker were some of her favorites. She also danced in original works choreographed by Rodger Blum (Absence and Forgetting) and Bernard Johnson (The Juke Joint). While at UCI, Ms. Day-Galitz was fortunate to study extensively with Donald McKayle, Benita Bike, Jillana, Larry Rosenberg, Afshin Mofid, Talley Beatty, Alonso King, Stars of the Bolshoi, Stars of Boston Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Company.
After graduating from UCI Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Dance Choreography and Dance Teaching, Ms. Day-Galitz began dancing professionally for Disneyland Anaheim. She also continued to teach for several local studios in Irvine and Anaheim, CA. in 1994, Ms. Day-Galitz and her husband moved to Boise Idaho, where she started teaching ballet, jazz, and conditioning for dancers at Ballet Idaho School of Dance and Gem State Gymnastics Academy. Ms. Day-Galitz debuted her feature length ballet, Requiem, performed by The Ballet Idaho Youth Company, as well as a featured ballet, Angels Keep Me. She later reset her work, Requiem, for her first Director, Ms. Virginia Niekrasz Laurent and the company of Redwood Concert Ballet. While teaching Master Classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Variations, Ms. Day-Galitz also set two more ballets; Interludes, and a tribute piece to Aretha Franklin entitled Quid Pro Quo. Over the last 3 decades, Ms. Day-Galitz has continued to teach all forms of dance as well as perform in theatre productions in the Boise area. In 2007, Ms. Day-Galitz got to choreograph her first full-length musical, Jekyll and Hyde, for Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre. Other productions Ms. Day-Galitz has been featured in include Bye-Bye Birdie (Rose Alvarez), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly), Kiss Me Kate (Ginger), and Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda Zanders).
Celebrated 68 years in dance education & establishment of Dance Bochette (1951) — Mrs. Bo-Jean has been called “the Dancer’s Teacher” — she believed in blending dance with the student’s goals in life’s pursuits.
Her career included New York shows, Ballet Royal, study in USA and England and certification in Cecchetti Ballet System, Tap and Jazz.
She is honored with separate awards from Florida Dance Masters, Florida Dance Association and Rollins College for Lifetime Acheivement. For community leadership, she is recipient of Alliance “Angel of the Arts” Awards for both Lifetime Acheivement, Teacher of the Year and honored as a “Grand Dame” in 2010.
We honor her spirit by continuing our dedication to exceptional dance training.
Carries on her mothers legacy. She knows all dance subjects. Her early dance training began under her mother, Jeanne. Adult years brought study in USA & Europe, scholarships to Joffery Ballet, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (BFA), & touring internationally with major modern dance companies — Rachel Lampert, May O’Donnell and Mark Morris. Television credits include A&E, PBS, CBS Cable, Bravo, BBC & Ovation.
Alyce is a well respected certified Core Dynamics PILATES instructor, Certified in Cecchetti Ballet & Guest faculty in Modern, Choreography, & Pilates fitness for universities and national dance organizations. She is 2009 & 2011 Angel of the Arts Nominee.
Her concept & collaboration piece, “Salvage”, premiered May 2010 to a standing room only ovation at the Davis Art Center.