The rigorous and nurturing conservatory approach in our Undergraduate Classical Ballet concentration molds our students into technically advanced dancers and versatile artists. Classical Ballet conservatory students perform in at least three to four major productions each year, with additional performances in smaller venues.
In addition to working with our world class faculty, our students work with many guest artists such as Alexander Brady, Helen Pickett, Diana White and Natalia Makarova, who are invited every year to UNCSA to stage, coach or create new works on our students. The School of Dance offers a top quality ballet program for both college-age and high school students.
Our Classical Ballet degree consists of a mixture of arts and liberal arts academic courses to create well-rounded artists and citizens. Many visiting artists, choreographers and professionals in the field of Ballet take part in the program, giving students a unique window into the profession. The program emphasizes the importance of performance in the development of the dancer, so numerous opportunities are available to our students to perform in major productions.
Your first two years in the Classical Ballet program will consist of progressively complex courses in both ballet technique and contemporary technique. These courses will emphasize the need for a strong, expressive and technically facile ballet dancer, as well as one who is versatile for today’s demands in the profession. The technique of ballet on pointe will be taught, as will ballet partnering and classical variations. Separate classes for men will be offered to focus on the technical, physical and stylistic requirements of male dancers. As part of your degree, you will take liberal arts courses. You will also take courses on the history and evolution of ballet and dance music, and of dance costuming.
In your final years of the Classical Ballet program, you will continue to build on your technique in ballet and contemporary dance, pointe, classical variations and partnering. You will be required to take a course on practical career and business issues. You will continue to learn about the history of dance and be introduced to the various teaching styles and approaches dance instructors employ. In your fourth year, in your pedagogy course you will be expected to construct and teach your own exercises to fellow students. You will also be required to choreograph a short work, selecting the dancers and music, scheduling rehearsals and presenting the work in a public performance. Original choreography is featured at the Emerging Choreographers program in your senior year.
Our Classical Ballet graduates have enjoyed successful careers in dance, including becoming soloists, principal dancers, choreographers and artistic directors with the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, among many others.
A total of 635 dance students from nearly 40 dance schools and companies across North Carolina - the most participants ever - recently attended the 2020 Festival of North Carolina Dance.
Winter Dance will be a spectacle, spanning classical and contemporary ballet to cutting-edge contemporary dance.
High school dance alumna Rebecca Soldinger has found a home in television, working as a producer for the Emmy Award-winning "Rachael Ray" talk show.
Gillian Murphy, principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre studied at UNCSA and won the Princess Grace Award and appeared as a guest artist all over the world.