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UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Program is a unique opportunity for aspiring dancers to explore the world of dance and hone their budding talents. This after-school, pre-professional training program, which has received national recognition for its excellence, is open to third-ninth graders.
No matter what skill level, students will be trained to develop their versatility in dance. Our exceptional faculty teaches courses in ballet technique, pointe and pre pointe, men’s technique, contemporary dance, jazz technique, character, creative movement, music appreciation, acting, clowning and dance history. We train the entire person by training the entire artist.
Students in our Preparatory Dance program get to practice in state-of-the-art UNCSA facilities with live accompaniment, and even get to attend classes and rehearsals of the UNCSA high school and college programs. They also have access to special master classes and workshops held by visiting choreographers and artists. Students will be able to audition for children’s roles in UNCSA’s annual performance of “The Nutracker,” exposing them to the inner workings of a major, professional performance and the opportunity to work alongside remarkable dancers. They will perform in "Drosselmeyer's Nutcracker Tea," "Letters to Santa," the Winter Festival, the end-of-year Workshop Performance and many other concerts presented throughout the year.
Students in the Preparatory Dance Program are uniquely poised to audition for the high-school dance program at UNCSA. Dancers who began their training in Preparatory Dance now work for the American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, the Houston Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and many other dance companies.