DARLEEN CALLAGHAN / SCHOOL DIRECTOR

 
Class Offerings at Miami City Ballet School
 

Children's Division
Student Division
Pre-Professional Division
     Student Ensemble

The Children's Division:
The Children's Division offers introductory classes to students ages 0-7. This division is a prelude to formal dance instruction. It introduces children to the basic steps and terminology, music, rhythm and movement, while promoting creativity and group interaction. Auditions are not required for the Children's Division.

Classes offered in this division include:

Creative Movement
For 3-4 year-olds.
Meets once a week for 45 minutes.

Ballet Preparatory I
For 5 year-olds.
Meets once a week for 45 minutes.

Ballet Preparatory II
For 6-7 year-olds.
Meets once a week for one hour. (Students have the option to enroll in two classes per week as well).
Emphasis on basic ballet technique.


Student Division:
The Student Division offers classes to students ages 7-12. This division introduces the MCB School syllabus with an emphasis on proper technique, body alignment, and increasing the ballet vocabulary. Modern, Jazz, Character, and Pointe classes are introduced at the higher levels. Auditions are required for admission to the Student Division.

Classes offered in this division include:

Level I meets twice a week and the curriculum includes ballet technique and stretch classes.

Level II meets three times a week and the curriculum includes ballet technique and stretch classes.   

Level III meets four times a week and the curriculum includes ballet, jazz, modern, stretch, character and beginning pointe classes.   

Level IV meets five times a week and the curriculum includes ballet, pointe, stretch, character, modern and jazz classes.

Level V meets six times a week and the curriculum includes ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, stretch and variations/repertory classes.

Has your child had a late start in ballet or are they looking to continue their training in a more recreational way?  Join us for our exciting new class – Youth Ballet, intended for students ages 9-13 who are either first-time ballet students or are continuing their training. Click here for more information.


Pre-Professional Division:
MCB School's year-round program produces versatile 21st century dancers. The program helps students develop the necessary technique, artistry, and physical capacity to perform the range of dance styles and repertoire required by today’s most prestigious dance companies throughout the United States and world. The School’s renowned faculty, established syllabus, and range of performance opportunities prepare students for future careers in dance.

Curriculum:

Pre-Professional I meets six times a week and the curriculum includes daily Ballet Technique, Pointe, Ballet & Contemporary Variations, Pas de Deux, Repertory, Modern, Jazz, and Composition (Choreography) classes.

Pre-Professional II meets six times a week and the curriculum additionally includes Pilates, Dance History, and Music Theory classes. Students also participate in a Wellness Program.  

Men’s Program meets six times a week and the curriculum includes daily Men’s Ballet Technique, Men’s Variations, three Pas de Deux classes per week, and personalized weight training, along with the other classes in the
Pre-Professional I & II curriculum.

All classes are to live piano accompaniment, a critical element in developing a student's understanding of the relationship between music and movement.

Student Ensemble
Miami City Ballet School Ensemble features 28 of the most advanced students from Miami City Ballet School. The Ensemble appears in special performances at theaters throughout the tri-county area, increasing access to high-quality artistic programming beyond the professional Company's reach. They also perform in MCB’s signature education and outreach program Ballet for Young People, in addition to special events throughout the year, serving as ambassadors for the Company and school. Each season's programming includes a range of choreographic works — from classical to contemporary, and including ballets from legendary choreographers such as George Balanchine to new, emerging artists.  Nearly half of the Ensemble members are also School or Company Apprentices, who rehearse and perform with the Company during the season. Through these high-quality performance experiences, students continue to develop the necessary technique, artistry and physical capacity to perform the range of dance styles and repertoire required by today’s most prestigious dance companies throughout the United States and the world.

 

Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs

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