The Professional Stream Program
What is the program?
P.S. is the short name for the Professional Stream. These classes provide a unique training experience that has been designed to begin training for the very young child and continue that training to a professional level. Those students who show a natural propensity for ballet are invited to audition for the program. The classes follow a planned syllabus that instills both artistry and athleticism of ballet in a manner that ensures correct, rapid, safe professional level progress. Dancers are given expanded opportunities to develop their skills. Dancers are accepted as young as 3 and usually not after the age of 10. It is our preference to start as early as possible since young bodies are more easily molded into “ballet” bodies than the older child. In general, first and second-year dancers have one lesson a week with the frequency and length of the lesson increasing as the child advances. Pointe work is usually started around age 10. The program offers different levels of involvement based on the desires of the parents and the child.
Why we have the program
Ballet is an art form that must be mastered in childhood if one is to experience a level of skill that will enable one to pursue a career in ballet. The age at which a high level of skill is now expected by the dance world means that studying in the P.S. program is essential. The P.S. program also allows for very committed and talented dancers to be identified for even further training in the “Youth American Grand Prix.” It is also valuable to receive P.S. training for the many who choose not to enter the ballet world as a profession, yet wish to master the ballet step vocabulary necessary to perform “real” ballets before they move off to college etc.
Who can be in the program?
Dancers are accepted by audition and must have a long-term commitment to ballet and show a high level of interest. Dancers do not have to plan for a career in dance to be in the program. To accommodate varying goals, dancers can attend the minimum number of classes required for their level or add private lessons, additional classes and performance opportunities as best suits their needs. The atmosphere of the classes are carefully cultivated to be a place of support through friendships, encouragement, and connection. We are teaching real ballet but not at the expense of the child’s body, emotional needs or values of the family. The Ballet Theatre School has years of experience in training the talented young dancer in this unique manner. Admittance into the P.S. is by audition only. For further information, see Admittance Policy.
Special guest teachers and workshops for specific skills are offered in the summer.
*See YAGP information section for details.