La Academia: Pre-Professional Studies (Ages 7-18)
Training eclectic, versatile dancers that stand out in a competitive professional environment for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, familiarity with contemporary technique, and exposure to Spanish dance.
La Academia, Ballet Hispanico's Pre-Professional Program, is a unique intensive training system developed with the full spectrum of the Ballet Hispanico curriculum that aims to produce a well-rounded dancer. After ten years of training in the Pre-Professional Program, a dancer will possess:
- superior classical technique founded in Cuban methodology, a specialty unique to Ballet Hispanico
- a strong understanding of contemporary forms to diversify and strengthen their education
- a musical and multicultural dance perspective to support a versatile career path
Admission to the Pre-Professional Program is by audition only. Contact email@example.com for more details.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015-16 YEAR HAS NOW CLOSED.
Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710.
All Levels Level 1A
Class ScheduleLevel 1B
Class ScheduleLevel 2A
Class ScheduleLevel 2B
Class Schedule Level 3A
Class Schedule Level 3B
Class ScheduleLevel 4A
Class ScheduleClass Attire
Mandatory Student Dress
BalletThe uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispanico serves as the foundation of all the dance techniques. Students develop self-confidence and a mastery of technical skill in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes attention to detail, dynamic movement, musicality, and expressiveness through dance quality. Training draws from the internationally classical Cuban technique, a methodology which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.
PointeMeaning “on the tip,” this classical ballet technique is practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. This ballet technique is taught in combination with our Cuban methodology to strengthen and reinforce the technical abilities of our students.
FlamencoBallet Hispanico’s unique Spanish Dance curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain, including flamenco and Escuela Clásica. This dramatic technique engages the entire body through hand, arm, footwork exercises, and castanet technique. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and teach the history of the art form.
Classical Modern FundamentalsThrough an eclectic approach, the goal of this class is to cement a strong base of classical modern fundamentals that include basic concepts from the modern masters such as Limón and Graham, among others. Students will work on spine articulation, foot articulation in parallel, swings, undercurves, floorwork, and more.
Martha Graham’s unique dance technique broke the mold of classical ballet and remains at the forefront of modern dance. Graham’s deviation from classical ballet and use of specific body movements such as the contraction, release and spiral has profoundly influenced the development of modern dance. This class will strengthen the core as it emphasizes breath, energy and dynamism.
Graham-Based Modern Technique
Modern / Afro-Cuban This course introduces the polyrhythmic movement of Cuba, which is heavily influenced by West African dance. The class emphasizes isolations and proper body alignment and celebrates the stories behind each dance. The class will also challenge students aerobically to build stamina and strength.
Class Attire and Mandatory Student Dress Code
PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMAll students Level 2 and above are required to have a Stretch Out Strap, available for purchase here.
Ballet & Pointe
Females are required to wear pink convertible tights (recommended: Capezio style #1916) and pink ballet slippers (recommended: Capezio style #canvas Juliet-2028/Cobra-2030/Sculpture II 20321).
Level 1A & B- White Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 2A & B- Pink Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 3A & B- Jet Blue Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Level 4A- Deep Purple Capezio Style # TC0002C/TC002 leotard
Females- Level leotard, black flamenco skirt (recommended: Capezio style #9100c/9100), black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes), and castanets (available at Menkes)
Males- White Capezio tactel crew neck style #10358B/10358, black Jazz pants, black dance belt, black flamenco shoes (available at Capezio or Menkes), and castanets (available at Menkes)
Modern & Contemporary
Females - Level leotard, pink convertible tights (recommended: Capezio style #1916), bare feet
Males - White Capezio tactel crew neck style #10358B/10358, black leggings or black convertible opaque tights, bare feet
Where to Purchase
Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at:
- Families will receive a discount at the Capezio located on 201 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th Street. There are 30% Private Shopping Nights offered periodically throughout the year. See our School of Dance staff for details.
- Flamenco shoes and castanets are available at Menkes, 250 West 54th Street, 8th floor (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Please purchase pollopas castanets only. Ballet Hispanico students will receive a discount.