Ballet Tech / NYC Public School for Dance

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Ballet Tech has as its purpose the furtherance and evolution of classical dance, and with that, the investigation of choreography and dancing aimed towards creating a richer and more authentic American ballet mode. Complementing this, Ballet Tech is committed to introducing tens of thousands of New York City public school children to the beauty and rigor of classical dance and providing those most talented with the dance training necessary to fulfill their natural gifts, tuition-free. Ballet Tech pledges itself to the development of succeeding generations of ballet
dancers, whose diversity reflects the full spectrum of the American community.

Each year, Ballet Tech auditions approximately 30,000 children at 200 public elementary schools across New York City. No experience is required. In fact, the auditions provide most children with an introduction to movement as an art form. During the auditions, children learn a simple series of movements, including pliés and relevés, seated forward bends, skipping, marching and leaping. While evaluating each child’s potential to excel in classical dance, Ballet Tech audition staff look for an innate joy for movement as well as such essential attributes as flexibility, musicality, and coordination.

Beginner Program
Approximately 400 of the 30,000 children who audition enroll in Ballet Tech’s 6-week Beginner Program. Beginners are bused from their local elementary schools to Ballet Tech one morning each week. Select students return for a second session. The following fall, 40 graduates will enroll as full-time students at the New York City Public School for Dance.

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