After the success of our Senior Part Time Training Course, The Dublin Ballet Academy are opening up the opportunity to younger students.
The course is designed so that students have the opportunity to focus more on ballet and improve their technique, while working around school hours.
This is a fantastic opportunity to study ballet at a world class level and prepare students for a career in dance, without the costs and commitments that come with full time training abroad.
The course will include 8 hours of classes per week, spread over three days.
Part Time Students are also invited to take part in any Weekend Workshops/Summer Camps at no extra charge.
The course is open to boys and girls aged 8-12 years. It's important to start intensive training at a young age to develop the muscles correctly and achieve the high level expected as our students move on in their dance careers.
We promise you:
A training that matches your ambition.
To be provided with an environment in which you will be encouraged and inspired.
A setting in which a high level of challenge is matched with a high level of support.
Part Time Students will take classes in each of the following areas:
Classes are taught in the Russian Vaganova Style and are broken down into four main categories: Barre, Centre, Allegro and Turns.
Students are brought right back to basics at the beginning, working on every position and move to perfection before progressing to an advanced level. This is the only way to achieve the highest standards and technical proficiency we are striving for.
Students will take part in ARBTA ballet exams annually.
Acro Dance is a challenging style of dance that combines classical dance technique with complex acrobatic elements. Acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. This class will hugely benefit our students as ballet dancers as dancers who train in Acro are stronger, more flexible and fearless dancers. Part time students will have the option of taking part in Acrobatic Arts exams.
Character dance is integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire. It is the stylised representation of a traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries, and uses movements and music which have been adapted for the theatre.
P.B.T. (Progressing Ballet Technique):
PBT is an innovative program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. It is sometimes difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet their training. By using a fit ball, it is continually mobile under the student's body and so it gives the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle groups.
The Strength classes are planned with ballet in mind. Exercises are designed specifically to work and strengthen the body that will help develop the correct muscles that can then be transferred directly in to the ballet class. Strength and Conditioning programmes will give balance to muscle differences, toughen up tendons and ligaments, tackle flexibility and reduce injuries.
Students will take two Pointe classes per week. Some students will not yet be ready to get their pointe shoes, so they will take class on demi pointe until they are strong enough. Extensive training and practice are required to develop the strength and technique needed for proper pointe work.
Throughout the year there will also be workshops, lectures and seminars in Dance History, Nutrition, Flexibility, Injury Prevention, Pas De Deux, Make Up and many more.