Pre-Professional Program (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.
The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Pre-Professional Program is a unique intensive training system developed with the full spectrum of the BH curriculum that aims to produce a well-rounded dancer. After ten years of training in the Pre-Professional Program, a dancer will possess:
Additional classes in Repertory, Improv, and Pas de Deux round out one of the nation's most diverse dance training programs.
Admission to the Pre-Professional Program is by AUDITION only.* Open auditions have now concluded, but private auditions can be conducted by special arrangement. To arrange a private audition, please contact Pre-Professional Coordinator Caridad Martinez at 212-362-6710 x35 or email@example.com.
Please bring with you to the audition:
1) Audition application form (available for download HERE)
2) $20.00 Audition fee (cash only)
3) Two 5x7 photos: tendu a la seconde, headshot (ages 7-8 may bring headshot only)
*Current Ballet Hispanico School of Dance students in the Pre-Professional Program do not need to audition. They may simply register for the program and Ballet Hispanico's Pre-Professional Coordinator will determine their level placement.
If accepted into the Pre-Professional Program, download the registration forms HERE and either:
E-mail to Derek Leyva at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to 212-362-3081
Mail to Ballet Hispanico, 167 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
Drop off at Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, 167 West 89th Street near Amsterdam Ave (Tuesday thru Friday 10AM-5PM)
SCHOLARSHIPS are available for those who qualify. Download the scholarship application form HERE.
Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710.
BalletThe uniquely designed ballet program at Ballet Hispanico serves as the foundation and basis 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.
Spanish Dance and 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, and footwork exercises. Classes feature complex rhythm exercises, full-length choreography, and brief descriptions of the history of the art form and its expressive content. Younger Pre-Professional levels emphasize style and classicism. In Level 4, students focus on the richness and density of the form in preparation for the fusion of the Spanish style with the contemporary technique and repertory classes of Level 5.
Limón-Based Modern TechniqueThis technique encourages students to find their own movement and personal uniqueness. Filled with emotion and passion, Limón technique focuses primarily on fall and rebound, suspense and succession. This modern class builds strength while creating a freeness and exploration of movement in its most natural state.
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.
|WEDS||6:00-7:15PM||Modern 2A (Limón)|
|TUES||6:00-7:15PM||Modern 2B (Limón)|
|THURS||6:00-7:15PM||Modern 2B (Limón)|
|TUES||4:30-5:55PM||Modern 3A (Limón)|
|THURS||4:30-5:55PM||Modern 3A (Limón)|
|TUES||4:30-5:55PM||Modern 3B (Limón)|
|THUR||4:30-5:55PM||Modern 3B (Limón)|
|TUES||6:00-7:30PM||Modern 4A (Graham)|
|THUR||4:30-5:55PM||Modern 4A (Graham)|
|FRI||6:00-7:30PM||Modern 4B (Graham)|
|SAT||2:15-3:45PM||Modern 4B (Graham)|
|MON||6:00-7:30PM||Modern 5A (Graham)|
|TUES||4:30-5:55PM||Improv and Dance Making 5A|
|TUES||6:00-7:30PM||Classical Variations 5A|
|WEDS||6:00-7:30PM||Modern 5A (Graham)|
|FRI||4:30-5:55PM||Improv and Dance Making 5A|
|SAT||2:45-4:15PM||Pas de Deux|
Ballet, Pas de Deux, Pointe, Repertory, Classical Variations
Females are required to wear pink convertible tights and pink ballet slippers.
Level 1A & B- White Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 2A & B- Lavender Capezio Style # CC101c Princess Camisole leotard
Level 3A & B- Royal Capezio Style # CC101 Princess Camisole leotard
Level 4A & B- Plum Capezio Style # BX110 Tank leotard
Level 5A- Black Capezio Style # BX110 Tank leotard
Males All Levels – Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938, black Capezio leggings style # 1562, a black dance belt, white socks and white ballet slippers
Females- Level leotard with black flamenco skirt, black flamenco shoes and castanets (pollopas available at Menkes NY)
Males- Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style #5938, black Capezio leggings style # CC751, a black dance belt , white socks with black flamenco shoes and castanets (pollopas available at Menkes NY)
Limón/Graham Modern (Levels 2A/B, 3A/B, 4A/B and 5A), Improvisation and Dancemaking
Females - Level leotard with pink convertible tights or black footless tights, bare feet
Males - Capezio brand white fitted crew neck tee shirt style # 5938; black Capezio leggings style # CC751, a black dance belt and bare feet
Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at: