DANCE DEPARTMENT

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The program starts in the Enrollment Division where children are placed by age (age 3-grade 2) and progresses to the Pre-Professional Division where students are placed by ability (grades 2-12). Each division has a sequence of levels carefully designed to meet the developmental and technical needs of students as they train to be serious ballet dancers. The technique taught imparts an American speed and lightness in the lower limbs while maintaining a classical port de bras in preparation for today’s dance marketplace.

PCYB accepts students of all levels. No prior training is required; however, all students must first take a placement class to determine their level of proficiency. A placement class allows our faculty to assess your child to determine the level that will help her or him to improve dance skills. During the placement class, faculty will lead your child through normal class work and evaluate your child’s ability to perform the skills specified by the class syllabus. Although the child’s age is considered during the placement process, the grades attached to a particular level are approximate. Most new students enter the Pre-Professional Division in the Preparatory level, as prior serious ballet training is required to be placed in Levels 1-5.

Contact the PCYB office at 813.222.1263 to set up a placement class. The PCYB faculty will make all decisions regarding placements and promotions to the next level. Returning PCYB students will receive their placement from faculty during the summer and may register at any time. Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet will hold master classes for fall placement.
 

Enrollment Division

In this division, students, pre-K3-grade 2, are placed into appropriate class levels primarily by age. The classes introduce structured movement and the demands of serious ballet study. Each level is designed to challenge students within the context of their increasing physical, emotional and cognitive development in Beginning Dance 1, 2 and 3. Formal barre work is introduced as the students mature, typically during the Primary level. The technique taught imparts an American speed and lightness in the lower limbs while maintaining a classical port de bras in preparation for today’s dance marketplace. PCYB accepts students of all levels. No prior training is required; however all students must first take a placement class to determine their level of proficiency.
 

Pre-Professional Division

Students, grades 2-12, are placed by ability in this division. They begin in Preparatory, attending a minimum of two ballet classes per week and a class in tap or jazz to broaden their movement skills. As the students move at their own pace through Levels 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and 5, emphasis is placed on discipline, musicality and technique. In Levels 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and 5, young women take pointe classes while young men take specialized classes for male dancers. Each division has a sequence of levels carefully designed to meet the developmental and technical needs of students as they train to be serious ballet dancers. The technique taught imparts an American speed and lightness in the lower limbs while maintaining a classical port de bras in preparation for today’s dance marketplace. PCYB accepts students of all levels. No prior training is required; however all students must first take a placement class to determine their level of proficiency.


Trainee Program

The NGB Trainee program is designed for students, grades 8-12, who have the desire, commitment, aptitude and ability to pursue a career in classical ballet. Five hours of classes are offered six days per week, including rehearsals for bi-annual professional performances held at the Straz Center. Two technique classes are taken daily, along with pointe, men’s class, stretch and conditioning, contemporary dance and partnering (for select students). Select students have the opportunity to participate in the full scholarship intensive coaching program to prepare for serious ballet competitions. Information on offsite academic options is available. The program offers two to four years of advanced training and acceptance is by audition only. Placement is by audition only.


New Artist Program

New Artist dancers receive a full tuition scholarship to the NGB Trainee program and a living stipend. They receive intensive coaching, significant performing opportunities with NGB and other Straz Center events, competition opportunities and mentorship to prepare for a career in classical ballet. Acceptance is by audition only. Please call 813.222.1263 or email danceprogam@strazcenter.org for more information.


Classes for Boys

Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet (PCYB) and Next Generation Ballet (NGB) are committed to providing serious dance training for boys of all levels.These classes focus on the needs of the male ballet dancer and are taught by male instructors who have professional dance performing experience.
 

Accelerated Program

This audition-only program is designed for serious dance students, grades 3-12, who may show an aptitude for future dance employment. Students are placed with an instructor who can best teach at his or her current developmental stage. These classes must be taken in addition to all classes scheduled for a student’s assigned level. A few students may be invited to prepare for serious ballet competitions in addition to classes required by the student’s level. These students are usually advanced (Level 5 and Trainee) and are invited by the Dance Department Chair. Additional competition fees apply. PCYB/NGB views competitions as a compliment to accelerated learning; they may be beneficial for exceptional students but are not required.
 
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