La Academia: Pre-Professional Studies (Ages 7-23)

 

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 Hispánico's Pre-Professional Program, is a unique intensive training system developed with the full spectrum of the Ballet Hispánico curriculum that aims to produce a well-rounded dancer. After ten years of training in the Pre-Professional Program, a dancer will possess:

 
SCHOOL YEAR 2018-19 - Registration Begins June 12

 

AUDITIONS

Admission to La Academia is by audition only. Students can audition by attending an open call audition, scheduling a class audition appointment, or submitting a video audition. Interested in auditioning? Download our application and video submission instructions HERE.

Open Call Auditions:
La Academia and Nuestro Futuro Scholarship Auditions are on June 20, 2018.

Auditions Schedule:

Video Auditions:
Please refer to our audition application for instructions on how to submit a video audition. You can access the application by clicking HERE.

Requirements:
Download and completed School of Dance Audition Form HERE
$20 audition fee
Attire: Females in pink tights, ballet shoes, and leotard.
Males in fitted t-shirt and leggings.

Open and class auditions take place at:
Ballet Hispánico
167 West 89th Street, NYC

 

School of Dance Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 2:00PM-7:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM-4:00PM. 

Financial Aid Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Financial Aid Scholarship applications are part of the program registration form. To apply for a Financial Aid Scholarship, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Completed Registration Form
  • 2017 IRS 1040 tax return forms
  • Completed Financial Aid Application Parts I and II


Applications are not considered complete unless all forms are submitted together. incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Questions? E-mail  school@ballethispanico.org for assistance. 
 
Class schedule subject to change.

Classical Ballet Technique

The Classical Ballet program at Ballet Hispánico is designed to serve as the foundation of the performer’s technique. Students are introduced to a ballet curriculum that enables them to develop a holistic understanding and mastery of technical skills in a disciplined yet nurturing environment. The program emphasizes clarity of line, execution and precision, dynamic movement, musicality, and artistic expression. Our curriculum draws from the internationally renowned Cuban methodology, which emphasizes plasticity and virtuosity to create proficient and powerful dancers.

Pointe

As part of a complete training in the Classical Ballet technique, we encourage young dancers to master the use of pointe shoes. The use of pointe shoes emerged in the sixteenth century as a tool for choreographic storytelling. At Ballet Hispánico, we value the strength and articulation these reinforced shoes (pointe shoes) give the developing artist’s legs, feet, and line.

Flamenco

Spanish Dance forms have been the backbone of the School of Dance since its founding in the early 1970s. Our curriculum incorporates varied regional dance styles from Spain, including flamenco and escuela clásica. These dramatic techniques engage the entire body through intricate hand, arm, and footwork exercises and castanet mastery. Classes feature training in complex rhythmic exercise, exploring the roots and history of the forms, and learning the traditional dances of the Spanish regions.

Latino Folk Forms: Afro-Cuban

The study of Latino Folk Forms expands the student’s rhythmic awareness and broadens their cultural examination of the Hispanic diaspora. Afro-Cuban classes are based on West African influenced music and Cuban dance. The study emphasizes isolations, spinal articulations with proper body alignment, and celebrates the heritage of fusion in the culture. The classes are an aerobic challenge for the students and help build stamina, strength, and accuracy.

Modern Dance: Fundamentals

Modern dance fundamentals are necessary for the career of the young dancer; they build abstract thinking, kinetic dynamics, and spatial nuance. Through an eclectic approach, the class cements a strong base that includes concepts and movement vocabulary from the techniques of Jose Limón and Martha Graham. Students learn the basics of body alignment specific to the genre, while supporting their ongoing articulation of the spine and parallel hip placement.


Modern: Graham

Martha Graham’s unique dance technique broke the mold of classical ballet and remains at the forefront of modern dance training. Graham’s use of specific movements such as the contraction, release, and spiral in both the upper and lower body has profoundly influenced the development of modern dance. This class utilizes the Graham class structure and syllabus and will strengthen the student’s core with its emphasis on breath, energy, and dynamisms.
 

 Level 1A

MON 4:30-5:25PM Flamenco 1A
MON 5:30-6:55PM Ballet 1A
WED 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 1A
WED 6:00-6:55PM Flamenco 1A
WED 7:00-7:30PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning
SAT 2:30-2:55PM Elective: Sevillanas
SAT 3:00-4:25PM Introduction to Spanish Dance

 
 

Level 1B

MON4:30-5:55PMBallet 1B
MON6:00-6:55PMFlamenco 1B
WED4:30-5:25PMFlamenco 1B
WED5:30-6:55PMBallet 1B
WED7:00-7:30PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning
SAT2:30-2:55PMElective: Sevillanas
SAT3:00-4:25PMIntroduction to Spanish Dance

 
 

Level 2A

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2A
TUES 6:00-6:55PM Flamenco 2A
TUES 7:30-8:00PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning
THURS 4:30-5:55PM Afro-Cuban 2A
THURS 6:00-6:55PM Ballet 2A
FRI 4:30-5:55PM Flamenco 2A
FRI 6:00-7:15PM Ballet 2A
SAT 2:30-2:55PM Elective: Sevillanas
SAT 3:00-4:25PM Introduction to Spanish Dance
 

Level 2B

TUES 4:30-5:55PM Flamenco 2B
TUES 6:00-7:25PM Ballet 2B
TUES 7:30-7:55PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning
THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet 2B
THURS6:00-7:25PMAfro-Cuban 2B
FRI 4:30-5:55PM Ballet 2B
FRI6:00-7:25 PMFlamenco 2B
SAT2:30-2:55PMElective: Sevillanas
SAT3:00-4:25PMIntroduction to Spanish Dance
 

Level 3A

TUES5:00-6:25PMBallet/Pointe 3A
TUES6:30-8:00PMModern 3A
WED4:30-5:55PMBallet/Pointe 3A
WED6:00-7:25PM Modern 3A
THURS4:30-5:55PMBallet 3A
THURS6:00-7:25PMFlamenco 3A
SAT10:00-11:25PMFlamenco 3A
SAT11:30-12:55PMBallet 3A & 3B
 SAT2:30-2:55PMElective: Sevillanas
SAT2:30-3:55PMElective: Pointe & Classical Variations
SAT3:00-4:25PMIntroduction to Spanish Dance

 

Level 3B

TUES 5:00-6:25PM Flamenco 3B
TUES 6:30-8:00PM Ballet/Pointe 3B
TUES 8:00-8:30PM Elective: Boys Class
WED 5:00-6:25PM Modern 3B
WED 6:30-7:55PM Ballet 3B
WED 7:30-7:55PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning 3B
WED8:00-8:30PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning 3B
FRI5:00-6:25PMModern 3B
FRI6:30-8:00PMBallet 3B
SAT11:30-12:55PMBallet 3A & 3B
SAT1:00-2:25PMFlamenco 3B
SAT2:30-2:55PMElective: Sevillanas
SAT2:30-3:55PMElective: Pointe & Classical Variations
SAT3:00-4:25PMIntroduction to Spanish Dance
SAT4:30-5:00 PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning


 

Level 4A

MON5:00-6:25PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B
MON6:30-7:55PMFlamenco 4A
TUES8:00-8:30PMElective: Boys Class
WED6:30-7:55PMBallet/Pointe 4A
WED8:00-8:30PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning 3B
THURS5:00-6:25PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B (4B Optional)
THURS6:30-8:00PMModern 4A
FRI5:00-6:25PMBallet/Pointe 4A
FRI6:30-8:00PMModern 4A
SAT11:15-12:40PMBallet/Pointe 4A & 4B
SAT12:30-2:10PMRepertory Workshop
SAT2:30-2:55PMElective: Sevillanas
SAT3:00-4:25PMIntroduction to Spanish Dance
SAT4:30-5:00 PMElective: Stretch & Conditioning

 

Level 4B

MON 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe 4A & 4B
MON 6:30-7:55PM Modern 4B
TUES 5:00-6:25PM Ballet 4B
WED5:00-6:25PM Ballet 4B & PS
WED 6:30-7:55PM Modern 4B
FRI 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe 4B
SAT 11:15-12:25PM Ballet/Pointe 4A & 4B
SAT 2:30-2:55PM Elective: Sevillanas
SAT 3:00-4:25PM Introduction to Spanish Dance
SAT 4:30-5:00PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning

 

 


 

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES LEVEL  A


MON 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe
MON 6:30-8:00PM Modern
TUES 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
TUES 6:30-8:00PM Flamenco
TUES 8:00-8:30PM Elective: Boys Class
WED 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe 4B (Optional)
WED 7:00-8:30PM Elective: Pointe & Classical Variations
THURS 5:00-6:25PM Modern
THURS 6:30-8:00PM Ballet/Pointe
FRI 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
FRI 6:30-8:00PM Flamenco
SAT 10:45-12:40PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
SAT 12:45-2:10PM Repertory Workshop
SAT 2:30-2:55PM Elective: Sevillanas
SAT 3:00-4:25PM Specialized Studies in Spanish Dance
SAT 4:30-5:00PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning

 

 

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES LEVEL  B


MON 5:00-6:25PM Modern
MON 6:30-8:00PM Ballet/Pointe
TUES 6:30-8:00PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
TUES 6:30-8:00PM Flamenco
TUES 8:00-8:30PM Elective: Boys Class
WED 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe 4B (Optional)
WED 7:00-8:30PM Elective: Pointe & Classical Variations
THURS 5:00-6:25PM Modern
THURS 6:30-8:00PM Ballet/Pointe
FRI 5:00-6:25PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
FRI 6:30-8:00PM Flamenco
SAT 10:45-12:40PM Ballet/Pointe PSA & PSB
SAT 12:45-2:10PM Repertory Workshop
SAT 2:30-2:55PM Elective: Sevillanas
SAT 3:00-4:25PM Specialized Studies in Spanish Dance
SAT 4:30-5:00PM Elective: Stretch & Conditioning

 


 


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