THE UPPER DIVISION

Ages 12 to 18

 

Pre-Professional A & B

The pinnacle of the ICSB syllabus, the levels of the Upper Division are specially designed to provide the very finest dance education to serious ballet students searching for training that pushes them beyond their limits. The challenges placed daily upon the students aim to develop their technique towards a level of virtuosity through the careful guidance of the artistic staff. As the year progresses, students begin learning to execute the multiple pirouette, to find fluidity in their port de bras and more concentrated adagio work in the center by improving upon leg extensions. A basic understanding of pointe work is covered at the onset of the academic year. As the students move up the Pre-Professional levels, intermediate to advanced proficiency in pointe work is expected. In addition, batterie in petit allegro work is a new concept introduced in these levels. The use of épaulement has been fully incorporated into the classical port de bras and Pre-Professional students focus on solidifying the subtleties of their upper body technique. Along with a general elevated level of artistic maturity and musicality, students focus upon technical dynamics, stamina, musical phrasing and versatility. A majority of incoming students will commonly begin their training in the Pre-Professional A level, which will prepare students to tackle specific more advanced Pre-Professional technical concepts, such as technical virtuosity, a high level of stamina, sophisticated musical phrasing, advanced batterie and introduction to grand allegro work, study of classical variations, and the experimentation of conscious artistic choices. The solid ballet technique learned in the Pre-Professional A level provides students with the tools to excel in cutting edge contemporary work by up-and-coming guest choreographers. By the time students arrive at the Pre-Professional B level, dancers learn to break away from the technique and explore the body's full range of movement, develop expression in their movement and cultivate an artistic voice through concept research & development. Fluency in multiple movement languages enable the students to develop versatility as well as virtuosity.

 

The Spring Gala

While sustaining our primary goal in providing exceptional ballet instruction to our students, ICSB creates and produces ballets at the professional standard through the SPRING GALA. The purpose of the Spring Gala is to enrich the educational journeys of our students with opportunities to perform in works that include all aspects of putting together a professional-level production. This may include traditional and original story ballets, full-length or in excerpts as well as classical and contemporary variations.

ICSB knows that such unique performance opportunities are imperative in building a well-rounded dance artist. By building the performance quality of our students, we aim to develop mature dancers who can be a valuable asset in the classics. This quality easily assimilates into a wide repertoire that spans various styles of movement typical of today's ballet companies. These annual performance opportunities will provide them with the necessary experience to be fully prepared for the demands of the dance profession.

 

The Ballet Exams

The International City School of Ballet prepares Upper Division students for a series of annual examinations every year. Ballet Exams are valuable for serious ballet students because they promote the development of strong technique, musicality, and quality of movement. During this exam dancers perform a memorized class that will demonstrate their knowledge of all the concepts each level has worked on during the year. Leaders in ballet education are invited as special guest adjudicators to give invaluable feedback and offer rare insight into the professional world of classical ballet today. 

 

2015 BALLET EXAM GUEST ADJUDICATOR:

Shelly Power | Artistic Director & CEO of the Prix de Lausanne

 

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL A

Ages 12 - 14 (Not limited to specific ages)

Per Monthly Tuition Installment .............. $350

Hours per week: 13.75 approx.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL B

Ages 15 - 18 (Not limited to specific ages)

Per Monthly Tuition Installment .............. $400

Hours per week: 16 approx.

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy

The International City School of Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the aforementioned qualities or characteristics in its recruitment and admission of students, educational policies, scholarship programs, and the operation of any of its school-administered programs.


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