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:
Admission to the Pre-Professional Program is by audition only. NYC audition dates and instructions can be found below.
NYC Auditions (all auditions at Ballet Hispanico, 167 West 89th Street)
Friday, September 11
4:00-4:30pm = 7-10 year olds
4:30-5:15pm = 11-13 year olds
5:15-6:30pm = ages 14 and up
Please bring with you to the audition:
1) Audition application form (available for download HERE)
2) $20 Audition Fee, non-refundable (payable by cash, credit card or check)
4) If student dances on pointe, they should bring pointe shoes to the audition
ADMITTED STUDENTS: TO DOWNLOAD THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION FORM AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, CLICK HERE.
To register by email, save completed form as "LAST NAME_Registration 15-16" and attach it to an email sent to Alana Winbush at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: ALL application fields must be completed or your submission will not go through. Forms are also accepted via:
In-person visit or postal mail address: Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, 167 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
FINANCIAL AID is available for those who qualify.
Questions? Contact the School Office at 212-362-6710.
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.
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
Ballet Hispanico school uniform requirements are available at: