Patience Clements


Folly Pianist hired for International Ballet Competition

A re-print from the Post and Courier Sunday March 26, 2006 The USA International Ballet Competition has hired Patience Clements, a Folly Beach resident, as one of the pianists for The International Dance School held in Jackson, Ms. Clements will serve as one of the pianist accompanists for the school, which holds classes June 17, July 1. She has accompanied classes for more than 30 years and has worked with such national troupes as the American Ballet Theatre and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Clements has also produced three compact discs in the series "New Piano Music for the Ballet Class". The event is a two-week Olympic-style ballet competition where future stars vie for gold, silver and bronze medals, cash awards, dance company contracts and scholarships. Designated as the official ballet competition by Congress, the event is held every four years in Jackson in the tradition of ballet competitions held in Varna, Bulgaria and Moscow. The ballet school, which is held in conjuntion with the competition, provides an opportunity for immediate and advanced level students to study with the world's leading ballet teachers.