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Boston Ballet School's Adult Summer Dance Program offers students ages 18+ a two week opportunity to study ballet and the wider world of dance at our Newton Studio. Whether you want to take a first step into the world of ballet, improve your technique or simply immerse yourself in Boston Ballet with others who share your passion for dance, Adult Summer Dance Program is for you.
Thank you for a great summer!
Stay tuned for 2016 ASDP details in the coming months.
Christopher Hird, Head of Adult Programming, hears from an adult student about why he loves ASDP
- Train under the guidance of world class teachers dedicated to working with adult students
- Take classes and workshops in ballet technique
- Variations and repertoire from Marius Petipa's masterpiece, The Sleeping Beauty
- Lecture on Physical Therapy for Adult Dancers
- Exclusive Boston Ballet Company benefits
Students may choose between either Pilates or Modern, or do a combination of both. Sign-up sheets will be available on the first day.
Want to attend ASDP but not sure how you'll travel there? Email us to be added to our carpool/travel arrangement list. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, city and zip code in the body of the email. Students will receive carpool information via email during the last week of July.
*Subject to change. Students may not have every faculty member.
Students must be U.S. residents, age 18 or older.
1. How do I know which level is appropriate for me?
Boston Ballet School offers four levels of technique for this upcoming summer to suit all levels and abilities:
Beginner – designed for students who regularly take a Beginner level class or those who have no previous ballet experience. Students will be introduced to the basic arm and leg positions, the concept of turnout and developing coordination through simple exercises at the barre and in the centre.
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 includes the use of the body directions in combinations, pirouettes, 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, or are currently studying at a professional school or college. This is the highest level of training offered at Boston Ballet School.
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, t-shirts. Whatever you choose to wear, we ask that it be form fitted, stretchy, allow for freedom of movement and 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?
Enrichments will be in Pilates and Modern dance technique. This year students may choose between Pilates 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.
The only traditional ballet attire we require of our adult students is ballet slippers. Otherwise, students should wear what is easy to move in and makes them most at ease. For some, this is the traditional leotard and tights; for others, this is closer to typical work-out clothing – sweats, leggings, t-shirts. Whatever you choose to wear, we ask that it be form fitted, stretchy, allow for freedom of movement and be comfortable. Longer hair should be pulled back away from the face and dangling jewelry is discouraged.