The Bolshoi Ballet Academy
The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training, has produced numerous world-class dancers, teachers, and choreographers.
With its 235-year history, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy is steeped in a rich cultural tradition with a strong curriculum and a pedagogy that focuses on strength, musicality, clarity, and personal expression.
The Sessions will take place as follows:
- June 28 – Aug 6, 2010 – 6-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in a final performance.
- June 28 – July 30, 2010 – 5-Week Intensive Session for those desiring maximum training but no performance.
- June 28 – July 16, 2010 – 3-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in a day of open classes.
- July 19 – Aug 6, 2010 – 3-Week Intensive Session with training culminating in a final performance. (Note that the 3rd week will have substantial class time dedicated to rehearsals)
Students have the option to commute or enroll in a residence program. The Program is open to ages 9 and older. Female and male students are welcome, as are duets, though partnering classes will only be included at the Advanced Level.*
The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training, has produced numerous world-class dancers, teachers, and choreographers. With its 235-year history, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy is steeped in a rich cultural tradition with a strong curriculum and a pedagogy that focuses on strength, musicality, clarity, and personal expression. Most of the Principal Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet graduated from the Academy, and are among the leading dance artists in the world today. Other current alumni include Principal Dancers, Artistic Directors, top ballet educators and scholars in the world. From some of the most accomplished dancers of the 20th century, including Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, to some of the stars of the current generation, including Nina Ananiashvili, Vladimir Malakhov, Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmanski, Polina Semionova, and Nikolai Tsiskaridze, the Academy and its Graduates continue to earn the highest honors and acclaims in the international dance world.
The Summer Intensive incorporates the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet methods and the pedagogy is supervised by the Dean of the Academy, Marina Leonova. Master Teachers will come exclusively from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy to instruct students in Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Variations, Character Dance, Historical Dance, Male Technique and Partnering**.
* Program details are subject to change
** Advanced Level Only
The Summer Intensive is designed to provide expert training for ballet students through unique exposure to the experience and expertise of Master Teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Classes will be conducted in groups, organized by students’ skill levels as demonstrated by their auditions. A student’s level placement may be adjusted during the course of the program at the discretion of the Bolshoi Ballet teachers. At the conclusion of the training program all students will undergo final interviews with the Master Teachers, who will provide the students with an assessment of their progress and advice for furthering their training.
A Final Performance will give students enrolled in the six-week and the second three-week sessions the opportunity to showcase their repertoire for invited guests and professional ballet teachers. An open-class, which parents are welcome to attend, will be held at the conclusion of the first three weeks of the program.
Students will have a unique opportunity to audition for enrollment in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Furthermore, one Female and one Male Student, enrolled in a five or six-week session of the Summer Intensive, will be selected to go to Moscow to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at their Gala Performance!
Accommodations in Moscow will be provided at no cost to the students!