Elementary – designed for students who have had at least 1-3 years of prior ballet experience. Barre work includes balances in all positions, turning, and port de bras. Centre work will involve more coordination of arms and legs, body directions, pirouettes, petit allegro, and the beginnings of grand allegro (large, traveling jumps).
Intermediate – designed for students with a complete knowledge of barre and centre work. Classes will include more complex combinations of steps as well as petit and grand allegro and batterie.
Advanced– designed for students who are either professional or former professional dancers, have many years of dance training, or are currently studying at a professional school or college.
2. What should I do on the first day?
There will be a welcome meeting for all students on the first Monday of the program. We will share our stories of what brought us to dance, meet the faculty, and find out more about the program.
Locker rooms for both men and women are available; students are permitted to bring in locks for day use only. It is strongly encouraged that students do not leave valuables unattended. Should you have additional questions, such as which studio you should report to, a studio administrator will be available at the front desk.
3. What should I wear?
The only traditional ballet attire we require of our adult students is soft ballet slippers. Otherwise, students should wear comfortable clothing that makes them feel at ease; from leotard and tights, to sweats, leggings and t-shirts. Whatever you choose to wear, we ask that it be form fitting, stretchy, and allow for freedom of movement. In addition, if you have long hair, please pull it back from the face.
4.What is included as part of the core program?
For information about the program details per level, please go back to the "Description" tab.
5. What are the enrichment classes?
This year, students may choose between a new Conditioning class and Modern, or do a combination of both. Sign-up sheets will be available on the first day.
6. What is Modern dance?
Modern dance uses some of the same technique found in ballet such as turn out, precise leg work, jumps and turns, while also incorporating expanded floor work, parallel positions, flexed feet, twist and tilting of the body, the use of gravity, fall and recovery, and the concept of contract-release of energy.
7. What happens at the end of the program?
On the last day of ASDP, students will have the opportunity to share work they have been learning in the variations and repertoire with other students. Friends and family are invited to this informal presentation and there will be a reception afterwards to wrap up the two weeks.
8. My summer plans have changed. How do I withdraw from ASDP?
Please contact the Office of Administration immediately at 617.456.6333. Tuition for ASDP is refundable until May 31, 2016 (less fees and a $50 withdrawal fee). Tuition is non-refundable except in cases of illness or injury as documented by a physician after May 31, 2016.