How do I know which level of technique is appropriate for me?
Boston Ballet School offers four levels of technique for this upcoming summer to suit all levels and abilities:
Beginner Level: This is the ideal level for first time students, or those who would like to return to the dance studio after many years and are looking for a “refresher” course. Barre exercises will focus on developing a foundation in ballet technique and vocabulary. Centre exercises will include elements from barre work, as well as the introduction of concepts of croisé, éffacé and écarté and the introduction and/or review of basic turns and jumps.
Elementary Level: Students are expected to be familiar with all barre exercises, including simple balances; concepts of croisé, éffacé and écarté; and basic turns and jumps. Centre exercises combine elements of the above material into movement phrases of two to four different steps and emphasize increased proficiency.
Intermediate Level: Students are expected to have acquired mastery of all barre exercises, including exercises on relevé, and balances in various poses; mastery of concepts of croisé, éffacé and écarté; and mastery of a variety of turns and jumps. Centre exercises consist of extended combinations of movement, including turns, adagio, and petit and grand allegro, with emphasis on building proficiency.
Advanced Level: This level is for students who are currently studying at a professional level school, or for former professional dancers. Barre exercises include relevé, pirouettes and balances in various positions. Centre work will have extended combinations of movements, including adage, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro. Classes run at a faster pace, with emphasis placed on increased strength and speed.
What do I do on the first day of class?
We recommend that you arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start of class to give you ample time to prepare. Locker rooms for both men and women are available; students are permitted to bring in locks for day use only. It is strongly encouraged that students do not leave valuables unattended. Should you have additional questions, such as which studio you should report to, a studio administrator will be available at the front desk.
Are Pilates mats provided?
Boston Ballet School has a limited number of Pilates mats for student use and recommends that students bring their own.
Is there an end-of-program performance?
Yes, on the last day of ASDP students participating in the Repertoire enrichment will perform in front of an audience of friends and family. Following the informal performance, everyone is invited to a reception.
I am traveling to the Newton area for this program, where can I stay?
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. There are a variety of hotels and housing options in the greater Newton area.
My summer plans have changed. How do I withdraw from ASDP?
Please contact the Office of Administration immediately at 617.456.6333. Tuition for ASDP is non-refundable except in cases of illness or injury as documented by a physician.