High School Ballet

School of Dance

High School Ballet

The rigorous and nurturing conservatory approach in our Classical Ballet concentration molds our students into technically advanced dancers and stylistically versatile artists. Our students perform in at least three to four major productions each year. Students also have the chance to choreograph their own short works as they move through their program. Along with our world-class ballet faculty, guest professionals including Christina Johnson, Margaret Tracy, Raymond Lukens, Franco De Vita, Helen Pickett and Sasha Radetsky have visited UNCSA to teach workshops. The School of Dance is open to college-age students, with a program for high school students.

High School Diploma

The high school Classical Ballet program is open to all students of at least 13 years of age and in the ninth grade. Courses focus on ballet and contemporary technique, pointe, ballet partnering, dance composition, improvisation and the command and development of character. All classes are available for a range of technical abilities.

Our students have the opportunity to audition for school performances including “The Nutcracker,” which includes all students in the School of Dance Ballet program. Auditions for specific roles in the time-honored production take place at the beginning of Fall semester. Students also have the chance to perform in works choreographed by college seniors.

Working with our dance curriculum, the high school academic program is an integral component in the education of our students. All 10th grade Classical Ballet students take four academic courses. Students in the 11th grade may take three or four academic courses, and 12th grade students may take between two and four academic courses.

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