Today's requirements for a career in dance are greater than ever as ballet technique involves consistent and dedicated training. It requires athletic and psychological stamina, dedication, and sacrifice. Adolescents with aspirations to become a professional dancer must be able to balance their academic career as well as maintain the rigorous training schedule in pursuit of this goal. Keeping this in mind, The Florida Ballet launched the Conservatory Program in the fall of 2011 providing a full time, pre-professional program designed to prepare 11-18 year old students for a performing career in professional ballet. Students enrolled in the program receive detailed and intensive training six days per week with dedicated time to continue academic studies through homeschooling or online virtual school.
Additional Educational Opportunities Include:
Conservatory students are offered numerous educational opportunities through Master Classes, residencies, and workshops from nationally recognized teachers and choreographers. A week-long residency with New York Dance Project, Master Classes with Davis Robertson, and ABT's Susan Brooker, workshops with traveling Broadway tours of Phantom of the Opera and Motown as well as touring dance companies Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, and Parsons Dance are just some of the opportunities our Conservatory students have experienced.
Dance Performance Opportunities:
Another crucial component in the overall education of these Conservatory students is dance performance. These opportunities provide chances for students to learn first-hand the artistry, expression, and technical excellence expected of accomplished artists. Many of our outreach and collaborative programs are presented by our Conservatory students.
Some of Our Latest Projects Include:
Performances with the Jacksonville Symphony, Performances at the 4th Annual Seaside Dance Festival, Patrons of the HeArts Annual Gala, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, ArtWalk, Savannah's A-Town Get Down Art and Musical Festival, the Jacksonville Public Library, as well as many local elementary and middle schools.
Students are required to audition for the Conservatory. Audition fee is $25.
For further information, please email Administrative Director, Katharine Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 904-353-7518.