Photo provided by Beth Pack
En Pointe Indiana Ballet students Clark Rulon of Noblesville (right) and Amelia Courtney earned second place in pas de deux (a dance for two people), with “Flower Festival,” at the Youth America Grand Prix in Kansas City, Mo., and have been invited to compete at the finals in April in New York City.
Photo provided by Beth Pack En Pointe Indiana Ballet students Clark Rulon of Noblesville (right) and Amelia Courtney earned second place in pas de deux (a dance for two people), with “Flower Festival,” at the Youth America Grand Prix in Kansas City, Mo., and have been invited to compete at the finals in April in New York City.

Imagine studying ballet at a dance company here in Noblesville, and getting the opportunity to compete with young ballet dancers all over the nation and then earning an invitation to New York City finals this spring.

En Pointe Indiana Ballet’s dance student Clark Rulon of Noblesville did just that when he was awarded second place in the Male Senior Classical category at the recent Youth America Grand Prix in Kansas City, Mo. He will travel to NYC for the finals April 12-19.

That wasn’t the only award and invitation to NYC earned by dancers from Noblesville’s En Pointe Indiana Ballet school on Stony Creek Way.
“We had a strong presence with 36 dancers,” said Anne Moore, who operates the business side of the ballet school. “Each of them contributed to our success as a school, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with them.”

Josiah Kauffman — who came to En Pointe from Montana and who is living here to study ballet over the past two years at En Pointe Indiana — was awarded first place in Contemporary Senior Male & Female category. Kauffman also earned first place in the Male Senior Classical category of the Grand Prix, also earning him invitations to the finals in NYC.

Rulon and Amelia Courtney, who earned second place in pas de deux (a dance for two people), with “Flower Festival,” will take their dance to the NYC finals. Courtney, who hails from Fort Wayne, joined En Pointe Indiana in August 2018.

Kauffman and Jillian Schene, of Carmel and who has trained with En Pointe Indiana for 2.5 years, earned second place in pas de deux for “Le Corsaire.”

En Pointe’s first-place finish in the Large Ensemble category — featuring “Ellipsis,” a contemporary piece, performed by Hannah Blair, Stella Bubenzer, Courtney Coulombe, Faith Dowty, Sage Grimpe, Erin Hall, Kauffman, Rulon, Riley Savage, Schene and Nievalinda Strong — earned an invitation to NYC. 

En Pointe also earned Best Choreographer award for “Ellipsis,” by William Moore, soloist with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Two En Pointe dancers — Courtney and Schene — stood out among all of the dancers and were both named to the Top 12 in the Female Senior Classical category.

Chris Moore said, “We are so proud of our dancers’ performances. It was a joy to witness each of them compete with themselves to achieve their personal best. Their hard work over the past several months was inspiring. Many people came to us complimenting all of our dancers as they observed and recognized the quality of their technique and individuality,” Chris Moore said. “Our ballet school has beautiful dancers and we are excited to watch them continue to grow and improve every day.”

Kauffman’s dance, that earned him first place in Contemporary Senior Male & Female category, was choreographed by Noblesville’s Robert Moore, who co-owns En Pointe Indiana dance company with his wife, professional ballet dancer, Pollyana Ribeiro. Robert Moore’s brother, Chris Moore and sister-in-law, Anne Moore, also co-own the ballet school.

Chris Moore said, “We are so proud of our dancers’ performances. It was a joy to witness each of them compete with themselves to achieve their personal best. Their hard work over the past several months was inspiring. Many people came to us complimenting all of our dancers as they observed and recognized the quality of their technique and individuality,” He said, “Our ballet school has beautiful dancers and we are excited to watch them continue to grow and improve every day.”

His brother, Robert Moore, a York, Pa., native, who at age 3 moved to Noblesville with his family for his dad’s job with AT&T, moved back to Noblesville with his professional ballerina wife in 2017. 

Robert Moore has fond memories of Noblesville, where he as a youth acted in The Belfry Theatre’s “Bye Bye Birdie” musical, and first fell in love with ballet, studying under now retired White River Ballet Co.’s Shannon Jenkins, who became best friends with Moore’s mother. 

“She found out that I was kind of interested in gymnastics and dabbling in a little bit of ballet. She got wind of that and scooped me up and took me under her wing,” Robert Moore told me during a previous interview. When Jenkins could teach him no more, she pushed him to get advanced training. 
With Jenkins’ encouragement, Robert Moore left home at age 14 to audition and study ballet in a pre-professional program at Harid Ballet Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., to study ballet. He started his dance career at age 18 with Boston Ballet where he met his wife, who was a soloist, and he had just gotten accepted as part of the corps de ballet. Pollyana’s sister, when she came to visit, pointed out Moore in the ballet company. Shortly after they began dating, she was promoted to principal, they got engaged, and were married in 2002 in Brazil. They danced with Boston Ballet for 14 years, moved onto Pittsburgh Ballet for eight years and finished their careers in San Francisco. Pollyana was a full-time teacher for the San Francisco Ballet School, and Robert retired from his stage career with the Smuin Ballet.

Want to catch En Pointe’s next public appearance? The ballet company will present the full-length ballet, “Don Quixote,” directed and staged by Ribeiro and Moore, at 7 p.m. May 31 and 2 p.m. June 1 at Noblesville High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at a ticket link on the events page at www.enpointeindiana.com.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com